Weekly#252

  • Didi, the ride-hail company, is buying Brazilian app 99.
  • Roku is rolling out its version of Alexa for home speakers and TV soundbars
  • Three million people are staying in Airbnbs over New Years. Eight years ago, only 1,400 were.
  • GoPro cuts 200-300 jobs, largely impacting its drone division
  • Spotify hits 70 million subscribers
  • Salesforce wants to reach $60 billion revenue goal by 2034
  • Tesla launches a web-based version of its in-car trip planning tool
  • Amazon has big plans for Alexa ads in 2018; it’s discussing options with P&G, Clorox and others
  • China’s president had 2 books about artificial intelligence on his shelf in his New Year speech
  • What You Need to Do Because of Flaws in Computer Chips
  • HBO officially confirms ‘Game of Thrones’ won’t return for its final season until next year
  • Alar Kolk – Prototyping & Experiments
  • Brazil may write new laws with data stored on the ethereum blockchain
  • Uber powered four billion rides in 2017
  • Visual network map of MegaTrends to 2050
  • App revenue climbed 35 percent to $60 billion in 2017