Weekly#366

  • Amazon makes its same-day delivery service faster in select U.S. cities
  • …British online grocer Ocado warns of “exceptionally high demand” as coronavirus spreads…Ocado suggests placing grocery orders two to three days in advance and booking a weekday delivery slot…Ocado’s stock rose more than 6% in late afternoon trading on Monday…
  • Facebook Messenger on iOS is now twice as fast and a quarter the size
  • Alibaba says AI can identify coronavirus infections with 96% accuracy within 20 seconds
  • Apple now lets apps send ads in push notifications…Apple single sign-on coming next month
  • Google’s self-driving biz Waymo eyes expansion with $2.25B cash injection…this is the first time the company has welcomed external investment. Investors included VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, auto part maker Magna, and American auto retailer AutoNation
  • Alipay owner Ant Financial takes minority stake in Klarna…”…Klarna said its technology is being used by more than 200,000 retailers and e-commerce platforms globally at this point, including AliExpress, H&M, ASOS,  Expedia Group, IKEA, Farfetch, Adidas, Spotify, Samsung and Nike…Last year it said it added over 75,000 new merchants …It claims a base of 85 million shoppers...”
  • Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference will now be online only due to coronavirus concerns
  • Earth may have been a ‘water world’ 3bn years ago, scientists find
  • FT:Operators will spend about $1tn on kit to enable them to offer the latest generation networks (paywall)
  • GM reveals ‘Ultium,’ the heart of its EV strategy…Using a single architecture for such a wide variety of vehicles provides much-needed scale and capital-efficiency to what has been a small-volume and profitability-challenged EV market
  • NASA accepts applications for astronauts for the first time in four years
  • Clearview AI is operating a sister entity called Insight Camera that’s been experimenting with live facial recognition
  • Electric vehicles are changing the future of auto maintenance…Tires and glass emerge as dominant consumables of the EV era
  • Nvidia acquires data storage and management platform SwiftStack…a software-centric data storage and management platform that supports public cloud, on-premises and edge deployments.
  • Sequoia Capital sent a memo to its portfolio companies on Thursday.
  • Twitter is testing ephemeral tweets in Brazil and calling them ‘fleets