Weekly#249

  • T-Mobile plans pay-TV service in 2018 fueled by Layer3 TV acquisition
  • SpaceX launches a reused Dragon atop a reused Falcon 9 for the first time
  • Alexa skills top 25,000 in the U.S. as new launches slow
  • UX: Hide/Show Passwords
  • UX How to with Luke Wroblewski
  • Apple has finally turned on its podcast analytics feature
  • Here come the Facebook pre-roll video ads
  • Apple picks up a new space drama from the creator of ‘Battlestar Galactica
  • Google Searches for Path Back to China With Artificial-Intelligence Lab
  • Why Apple’s Shazam acquisition could be a big deal for the HomePod
  • SoftBank to Invest Around $500 Million More in OneWeb Satellite-Internet Venture
  • WSJ: “…$390 Million funding will enable  the supplier of a laser technology (vertical-cavity-surface-emitting lasers, or VCSELs) used in its iPhone X’s facial-recognition capabilities, to speed up production and boost its R&D efforts, Apple said…”
  • Facebook is paying WWE to stream some professional wrestling
  • Anyone can now build augmented reality face masks inside Facebook. Facebook is opening up its AR platform to everyone
  • Disney is acquiring Fox’s film and TV divisions for $52.4 billion…Disney details overarching direct-to-consumer plan possible through Fox deal…”…Iger added that this will allow Hulu to “become an even more viable competitor” to existing services, likely referencing Netflix and Amazon Prime Video without naming them directly. He also said that Disney will, of course, be “flowing more content in Hulu’s direction” now that it owns a controlling 39 percent majority stake…“…Hulu has 32 million subscribers (April 2017)
  • Disney CEO Wagers That Traditional TV Can Pave Way to Future
  • Disney Is About to Become the ‘Walmart of Hollywood
  • Andreessen Horowitz has a new, $450 million bio fund
  • Andrew Ng’s Landing.ai wants to bring artificial intelligence to the manufacturing industry, starting with Foxconn
  • Nvidia and construction giant Komatsu partner on AI for job site safety
  • China’s CCTV surveillance network took just 7 minutes to locate a person…“…There are some 170 million CCTV cameras across the country, and that’s tipped to grow more than three-fold with 400 million more set to be installed by 2020…”
  • Elon Musk’s Boring Company is reportedly starting to dig 12.4-mile tunnel in Maryland next month
  • A robot can print this $64,000 house in as few as 8 hours — take a look inside
  • David Attenborough Warns: Sixth Mass Extinction Is Imminent
  • China Blocks Foreign Companies from Mapping Its Roads for Self-Driving Cars
  • ‘World’s First’ Solar-Powered train to begin operation in Australia
  • Japan’s Yamato plans automated facility to beat labour shortage
  • JWT 2018 :The Future 100