Weekly#324

  • Disney takes over Hulu from Comcast as stream wars heat up…Comcast also will be allowed to sell its 33% stake in Hulu to Disney in 2024 at a valuation of at least $27.5 billion
  • AT&T will pull popular shows like Friends from streaming competitors, says CEO
  • Stranger Things’ amazing Lego set takes the Upside Down literally
  • San Francisco becomes the first US city to ban facial recognition by government agencies
  • Uber Black launches Quiet Driver Mode
  • VW’s new electric car passes 10,000 orders in just 24 hours
  • Microsoft exec explains how the Windows 10 upgrade cycle is driving sales growth — and it’s only halfway done…Windows 7 support ends in January 2020, and Office 2010 support ends in October 2020.
  • Uber launches a new tool to help cities track average vehicle speeds by street
  • Google’s combining all its travel planning features under a site called Trips
  • The next Star Wars movie hitting theaters in 2022 will be from Game of Thrones’ Benioff and Weiss
  • McKinsey Skill shift: Automation and the future of the workforce
  • WSJ: McDonald’s Strategy to Personalize Ordering
  • “…In 2015, about 54 percent of product searches started on Google, and 46 percent started on Amazon. By 2018, the numbers had flipped, according to the marketing analytics firm Jumpstart…Google said on Tuesday that it planned to beef up its e-commerce with a shopping feature that would allow people to make purchases directly from searches, images and YouTube videos. By clicking ads in those settings, a shopper would buy products through Google.” Nytimes