Weekly#433

  • The Future by a16z
  • Spotify acquires Podz, a podcast discovery platform
  • What makes the Delta covid-19 variant more infectious?
  • How to Practice Emergency Preparedness as Self-Care
  • BioNTech CEO Warns Delta Variant Could Lead to a Covid-19 Resurgence”…Roughly 16% of the global population had been fully vaccinated…”
  • Bloomberg Vaccine Stats: 2.51 Billion Shots (Updated: June 17, 2021, 11:59 PM GMT+3)
  • Germany’s Fraunhofer FKIE institute, who’ve built a drone prototype designed to find people by detecting human screams and listening for other signs of distress.
  • Google’s adtech business set to face formal EU probe by year-end –sources
  • The smart home gym that analyzes your moves will soon have Olympian trainers
  • Amazon’s Halo body fat percentage calculator outperforms lab devices
  • Nielsen Now Knows When You Are Streaming
  • Facebook will start putting ads in Oculus Quest apps
  • We Don’t Have Much Longer to Become a Type 1 Civilization
  • TikTok Owner ByteDance’s Annual Revenue Jumps to $34.3 Billion (WSJ)
  • This tech uses augmented reality to give surgeons ‘superpowers
  • Google’s Next AI Move: Teaching Foreign Languages
  • The global chip shortage is creating a new problem: More fake components
  • A DNA-based storage system with files and metadata…Queries can take days, but it’s possible to pull out specific files.

Weekly#432

  • The Ethereum community & Single Sign-On
  • Consumer prices jump 5% in May, fastest pace since the summer of 2008
  • G-20 GDP returns to pre-pandemic levels, with China seeing a massive rebound
  • SoftBank investment helps Klarna to $45.6bn valuation (FT)
  • Suborbital travel isn’t subject to same rules as commercial flight (WSJ)
  • The first new close-up picture of Jupiter’s moon Ganymede in more than 20 years
  • Digital driver’s licenses are coming
  • CarPlay in iOS 15: Announce Messages with Siri, Driving Focus customization, new wallpapers
  • Self-driving Waymo trucks to haul loads between Houston and Fort Worth
  • What would you pay for autonomous driving? Volkswagen hopes $8.50 per hour
  • Linux Foundation readies Global COVID Certificate Network
  • Apple Hires Former BMW Executive for Its Rebooted Car Project
  • Nvidia acquires hi-def mapping startup DeepMap to bolster AV technology
  • Kuo: Apple’s First AR Headset to Launch in Second Quarter of 2022

  • Reverse Engineering the source code of the BioNTech/Pfizer SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine
  • How the Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Works
  • How Nine Covid-19 Vaccines Work
  • Bloomberg Vaccine Tracker

Weekly#431

  • The concept behind mRNA as a drug is strikingly simple: it is the molecule that your own cells use to carry instructions from your genes, written in a simple four-letter chemical language.In 1815 a volcanic eruption wreaked havoc around the world. But it led to the birth of the bicycle (Economist)
  • Apple Loses Multiple Top Managers From Self-Driving Car Division
  • DHL will deploy 2,000 Locus Robotics units by 2022
  • Etsy buys British fashion app Depop for $1.6bn in ‘Gen Z’ push (FT)
  • Ransomware attack hits meat industry and  Massachusetts ferries
  • WeTransfer Plans IPO at 1 Billion-Euro Valuation
  • Google Photos wants money: Stricter storage limitations kick in next week
  • Chinese ‘artificial sun’ hits new mark in fusion energy mission
  • A New Approach to Hypersonic Transportation
  • 7-Eleven to install 500 EV charging ports by the end of 2022
  • Stack Overflow acquired by Prosus for $1.8 billion
  • The UK Has a Plan for a New ‘Pandemic Radar’ System
  • The mRNA vaccine revolution is just beginning.  “…The concept behind mRNA as a drug is strikingly simple: it is the molecule that your own cells use to carry instructions from your genes, written in a simple four-letter chemical language.….Moderna has taken to calling mRNA therapies the “software of life”, or an “operating system” for medicine…
  • Apple ‘homeOS’ Mentioned in Job Listing Ahead of WWDC
  • Spotted the WhatsApp for iPad official app, under development
  • EU set to unveil plans for bloc-wide digital wallet
  • United Airlines announced it was purchasing a fleet of 15 planes that can travel faster than the speed of sound.
  • Apple wants staff back in offices by September
  • Sharks Almost Went the Way of the Dinosaurs 19 Million Years Ago
  • Realtime Robotics raises a $31M Series A
  • Little Black Door launches app on iOS/Android allowing women to share wardrobes, online and off
  • Silicon Valley bets on crypto projects to disrupt finance (FT)




Weekly#430

  • The Wharton School: DeFi Beyond the Hype (link from Global İşler #37)
  • Valve is making a Switch-like portable gaming PC
  • 24-inch M1 iMac teardown finds… not that much inside, actually…It’s basically a MacBook Air with a large screen and a small cooling system
  • Google launches its third major operating system, Fuchsia…The Google Nest Hub is the world’s first commercial Fuchsia device.
  • Joe Biden opens up California coast to offshore wind
  • From trash to jet fuel in 60 minutes—and 220 ºC
  • Microsoft uses GPT-3 to let you code in natural language
  • iOS 14.6 is now available
  • Amazon Agrees to Buy MGM Film Studio for $8.45 Billion
  • This AI makes Robert De Niro perform lines in flawless German
  • Heirloom Carbon Technologies believes carbon removal for $50 a ton, and aims to remove one billion tons by 2035
  • The wearables, includes smartwatches, fitness trackers, and augmented reality glasses—shipped more than 100 million units in the first quarter for the first time, according to research firm IDC
  • Ford Expects 40% of Global Vehicle Volume to Be Fully Electric By 2030 (WSJ)
  • Apple and the End of the Car as We Know It…As cars become computers with wheels, Apple is joining other tech companies in eyeing the $5 trillion auto market (WSJ)
  • Tesla starts using in-car camera for Autopilot driver monitoring
  • Big Data Model Takes Local London Team to Soccer’s Richest Game
  • Sony lists PC version of Uncharted 4 in investor report
  • Zero-gravity space fridge could keep astronaut food fresh for years
  • The U.S. Is Back in the 5G Game (WSJ)
  • Cities have their own distinct microbial fingerprints
  • Study on use of fuel cell hydrogen in railway environment [PDF]
  • Germany gives greenlight to driverless vehicles on public roads
  • Longitudinal analysis of blood markers reveals progressive loss of resilience and predicts human lifespan limit
  • Immunity to the Coronavirus May Persist for Years, Scientists Find
  • German scientists identify possible cause of vaccine blood clots

Weekly#429

  • Real Time Retail 
  • China has landed a rover on Mars for the first time—here’s what happens next
  • Another media acquisition? This one would involve Amazon, MGM, and ~$9B
  • Toy Retailer Rolls Out Online Shopping for Kids as Young as 3 (WSJ)
  • Spotify will auto-transcribe podcasts over the coming weeks
  • How space weather could wreck NASA’s return to the moon…A new study suggests that extreme solar activity might make future Artemis missions too dangerous to launch later this decade.
  • Apple launches an affiliate program for paid podcast subscriptions
  • How HugoApp squashed Uber in Central America
  • As Covid mutations spread, will herd immunity ever be possible?
  • Here’s who owns everything in Big Media today
  • Android 12 Preview, Google Blog Post
  • China’s JD Logistics set to raise $3.2 billion in Hong Kong IPO
  • Snap announces new Spectacles AR glasses, which let you overlay digital objects on the real world
  • Snap emphasizes commerce in updates to its camera and AR platforms
  • Tencent Q1 profit rises 65% as online gaming revenue climbs
  • Denial of Electricity Service Could Become Next Geopolitical Weapon…with electricity expected to account for a large share of the world’s energy use by 2050, the stakes are high (WSJ)
  • Google announces its first-ever physical retail store
  • 20 percent of Switch sales now going to households that already had a Switch
  • Google, Samsung, and Fitbit team up to save Wear OS
  • factory14 raises $200M to jump into the Amazon marketplace roll-up race
  • Bain Capital Ventures raised $1.3 billion to fund young startups, and young VC firms
  • The top 50 companies by value added $4.5 trillion of stock market capitalization in 2020, taking their combined worth to about 28% of global gross domestic product
  • Opera brings its gaming browser to mobile
  • Ethereum Staking Will Drop Power Consumption by 99%
  • There are over 3 billion active Android devices



Weekly#428

  • Android Automotive OS review: Under the hood with Google’s car OS
  • Apple invests $45 million more in Gorilla Glass-maker Corning
  • 96% of US users opt out of app tracking in iOS 14.5, analytics find
  • Sony says PS5 could be difficult to find into 2022
  • Chip shortage continues, US asks Taiwan to prioritize automakers. Ford, Renault, and Stellantis warn that Q2 production will be heavily affected.
  • Facebook wants to make sure you’ve read the article you’re about to share
  • Lidar startup Innovusion closes $64M round led by Temasek
  • In the emptiness of space, Voyager 1 detects plasma ‘hum
  • The Digital Farmers’ Market: New Shortcuts to the Freshest Food (WSJ)
  • The brain game: What causes engagement and addiction to video games?
  • Electric cars ‘will be cheaper to produce than fossil fuel vehicles by 2027
  • Avoid inbox panic and save your sanity with a digital disconnect (FT)
  • How E-Commerce Fits into Retail’s Post-Pandemic Future
  • EY: The Now, Next, Beyond Consumer
  • Ford will start rolling out major over-the-air software updates to its vehicles this year
  • Sony has 25 PS5 games in the works, including characters you’ve never seen
  • Korea Unveils $450 Billion Push for Global Chipmaking Crown
  • NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Heads for Earth with Asteroid Sample
  • Apple Gave Zoom Access to Special API to Use iPad Camera During Split View Multitasking
  • Move over CRISPR, the retrons are coming
  • eBay embraces NFTs
  • Uber used 50 Dutch shell companies to dodge taxes on nearly $6 billion in revenue
  • Softbank just shocked its critics by landing the biggest profit in the history of a Japanese company
  • Supermarkets of the future: deploying AI in your grocery store
  • Pipeline Hack Points to Growing Cybersecurity Risk for Energy System

Weekly#427

  • Get ready for Fedcoin and the e-euro
  • Teens, tech and mental health: Oxford study finds no link
  • Apple puts more adverts in App Store after ad-tracking ban
  • ‘World first’ 30-year hydrogen battery set to be made in Queensland
  • The Use of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Accelerated During the Pandemic. It’s Here to Stay.
  • Alternative to Conventional Fertilizers: Fungi Could Manipulate Bacteria to Enrich Soil With Nutrients
  • GM expects to offer personal self-driving vehicles to consumers this decade
  • Apple is Holding the Web Back with ‘Uniquely Underpowered’ iOS Browsers, Reveals Google Engineer
  • Uber’s First Quarter Shows Food Delivery’s Continuing Strength (WSJ)
  • Starlink can serve 500,000 users easily, several million “more of a challenge
  • In A Post-Covid World Customers Will Be Revenge Shopping
  • World’s largest compressed air grid “batteries” will store up to 10GWh
  • Scientists Discover That the Shape of Light Changes Our Vision
  • EBay says open to accepting to cryptocurrencies in future, exploring NFTs
  • The rise of Japan’s loyalty point influencers


Weekly#426

  • What history tells you about post-pandemic booms (The Economist)
  • Enabling the mass adoption of autonomous driving
  • Amazon crosses $100 billion in sales in huge first quarter
  • Among Us is finally coming to PS4 and PS5, three years after its 2018 debut
  • China to report first population drop in five decades
  • Report: Apple’s M2 chip has entered production and will ship as soon as July
  • Between “pay with your face” programs in supermarkets and facial recognition cameras in the metro
  • Instead of rushing to rebuild Barbados’ Covid-ravaged tourism industry, one startup is opting for slow investment.
  • ‘Disaster Girl’ has sold her popular meme as an NFT for $500,000
  • What cities need now
  • The climate solution actually adding millions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere
  • Michael Collins, who piloted the Apollo 11 command module, has died
  • Smartphone shipments jumped 27% globally in Q1, 347 milion units
  • Blue Origin will start selling tickets for New Shepard space tourism flights on May 5
  • Waymo’s New CEOs Say Self-Driving Unit Eyes Outside Funding
  • Amazon’s ads business is generating nearly $7 billion a quarter, and growth is accelerating
  • China plans to launch the core module for its first permanent space station this week in the latest big step forward for the country’s space exploration program.
  • Instacart Expands Online Food-Stamp Payments, Challenging Rivals
  • Microsoft is changing the default Office font and wants your help to pick a new one
  • ‘Self-driving’ cars to be allowed on UK roads this year
  • Google Is Saving Over $1 Billion a Year by Working From Home

Weekly#425

  • everything Apple announced at its ‘Spring Forward’ event, link2
  • Apple’s AirTag relies on a feature no competitor can match: One billion iPhones
  • just become a big week for AI regulation
  • How a tiny media company is helping people get vaccinated
  • NASA has just flown a helicopter on Mars for the first time…Ingenuity flew up by 3 meters then hovered for 40 seconds.
  • The Case for Universal Creative Income
  • Who will win the self-driving race? Here are eight possibilities
  • Call of Duty: Warzone now has 100 million players
  • Apple targeted in $50 million ransomware attack resulting in unprecedented schematic leaks
  • Amazon One’s palm-scanning payments are coming to Whole Foods
  • Magic Leap CEO says second-generation headset will ship later this year…It’s 20 percent lighter, with a doubled field of view
  • World’s first public cloud-based 5G network will run on AWS in major test for global telecoms (FT)
  • Sleeping less than 6 hours a night in midlife raises risk of dementia 30%, study finds
  • PDF: Fostering Effective Energy Transition 2021 edition (WEF)
  • Where New Ideas in Management Come From?
  • Volvo Group Sees More Risk From ‘Unstable’ Chip Supply Chain
  • Bank of England to consider digital money plan
  • Teaching children to play chess found to decrease risk aversion
  • “…How often do people actually copy and paste from Stack Overflow? Now we know…One out of every four users who visits a Stack Overflow question copies something within five minutes of hitting the page. That adds up to 40,623,987 copies across 7,305,042 posts and comments between March 26th and April 9th. People copy from answers about ten times as often as they do from questions and about 35 times as often as they do from comments…”
  • Microsoft Outlook now lets you end all meetings early to give your brain a rest…Back-to-back meetings can now have a break in between
  • “…In certain applications, hydrogen is a promising contender for a carbon-zero fuel. Which countries are leading the race for its implementation?Hydrogen is the lightest gas with the lowest density. It is also plentiful; it is stored in water (H2O) and hydrocarbons, such as methane (CH4), but cannot be captured. It has to be separated in its compound state to produce a useable fuel. (In liquid form, hydrogen is 1/800 the volume of hydrogen in its gas state.)…”
  • Elon Musk’s SpaceX wins $2.9 billion NASA moon landing contract
  • Amazon Opens London Augmented Reality Salon to Showcase Tech
  • Chat App Discord Ends Takeover Talks With Microsoft…now focused on a potential public listing in the long term

Weekly#424

  • Microsoft’s Nuance Gambit Shows Healthcare Is Shaping Up as Next Tech Battleground
  • Nvidia Plans New Chip to Compete With Intel in Data-Center Market…Product named Grace uses technology licensed from SoftBank Group-owned Arm
  • Nvidia to Make Server Processor, Targets Intel Profit Center
  • Autodesk acquires Upchain
  • Livestreaming has taken over Chinese e-commerce. Now, online shopping giants are trying to replicate the model in Russia.
  • EU to consider ban on using A.I. for mass surveillance and social credit scores
  • How Amazon Strong-Arms Partners Using Its Power Across Multiple Businesses (WSJ)
  • Cable Companies Emerge as Force in Cellphone Business…More than five million Americans have turned to cable providers for cellphone service, attracted by lower prices and ease of adjusting plans
  • Garry Kasparov launches a community-first chess platform
  • France is giving citizens $3,000 to get rid of their car and get an ebike
  • Intel, Nvidia, TSMC execs agree: Chip shortage could last into 2023
  • Ford’s BlueCruise self-driving tech did a 110,000-mile road trip
  • Coinbase opens at $102 billion valuation on first day of public trading
  • Apple Working on Combined TV Box, Speaker to Revive Home Efforts
  • Google Shopping for Android, iOS shutting down in favor of the web
  • Ferrari’s Electric Reluctance Eases as Chairman Sees 2025 Debut
  • World-first hologram dining experience opens