Weekly#345

  • Virgin Orbit plans to launch first commercial small satellites to Mars
  • Uber’s newest feature alerts drivers that pets will be joining the ride
  • (Pivot) Dyson kills its electric car project and turns to solid-state batteries…Dyson  said it will end its electric vehicle project after determining it could not make the car commercially viable or find a buyer…
  • NASA Administrator ‘very confident’ SpaceX crew launch could happen in early 2020
  • Steam will soon let you play local-only multiplayer games with far off friends
  • Amazon Music arrives on Apple TV
  • Get ready to see more looping videos on Spotify, as Canvas launches into beta
  • Yandex introduces an Echo Dot-style smart speaker
  • Chinese citizens will soon need to scan their face before they can access internet services or get a new phone number
  • Elon Musk says that NASA is free to share all SpaceX IP with ‘anyone it wants
  • Autonomous vehicles won’t save cities without sharing
  • Nanoscale 3D printing technique is 1,000 times faster
  • Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan
  • Robots to Replace 200,000 Banking Jobs: Report

Weekly#344

  • NASA’s first all-electric experimental X-plane is ready for testing
  • Maisie Williams’ startup Daisie is preparing for new partnerships, funding
  • HTC stopped innovating on smartphones, new CEO admits
  • NASA shares 3D Moon data for CG artists and creators
  • PayPal is the first company to drop out of the Facebook-led Libra Association
  • Amazon’s video app is back in Apple’s App Store. But get ready to see more streaming fights.
  • 3D-printed rocket company to begin commercial launches in 2021
  • The Netherlands Surpasses Wildest Predictions For Tesla Model 3 Sales
  • Nasa invites bids from firms to build lunar lander for 2024 mission
  • The rise of the financial machines (Paywall) “…Funds run by computers that follow rules set by humans account for 35% of America’s stockmarket, 60% of institutional equity assets and 60% of trading activity…”
  • “…Rising precious metals prices are luring criminals to target  catalytic converters which use platinum, palladium or rhodium…”
  • Text-generating AI is getting better and better — but it’s not yet contest-winning good.
  • Watch the Open Future Festival


Weekly#343

  • Amazon launches Amazon Care, a virtual and in-person healthcare offering for employees
  • The Guardian: The 100 best books of the 21st century
  • Grammarly gets a tone detector
  • “…companies all have multi-class stock structures, meaning that some of their stock — usually that which belongs to the founders — has much more powerful voting rights than others and therefore much more impact when it comes to company decisions…”
  • Paperspace adds machine learning model development pipeline to GPU service
  • Training a single AI model can emit as much carbon as five cars in their lifetimes
  • Windows 10 is used on over 900 million devices
  • How Amazon’s Ring is creating a surveillance network with video doorbells
  • Car subscription service Cluno discloses €140M in debt financing
  • Equinor wins opportunity to develop the world’s largest offshore wind farm
  • Struggling Farmers See Bright Spot in Solar ($)…“…Farmers have two options for adding solar power on their farms: lease land for energy companies to generate power to funnel electricity into the grid, as the Nielsens are doing; or install their own solar panels to cut their electricity bills. Both methods can amount to more than $1,000 a month in improved margins, according to farmers and renewable-energy advocates…
  • Energy and food together: Under solar panels, crops thrive
  • Generate income by generating power – Hong Kong homes close to selling solar power under new ‘feed-in tariff’ scheme
  • Alibaba unveils self-developed AI chip for cloud computing services
  • IKEA expects to offer home solar panels in stores across all its markets in 2025

  • From Ben Evans
  • Pinterest’s Lens can now recognize 2.5 billion home and fashion objects
  • Facebook experiments with AI-powered styling program
  • Amazon Changed Search Algorithm in Ways That Boost Its Own Products ($)



Weekly#342

  • iOS 13 is now available to download
  • CRISPR removes antibiotic resistance gene from bacterium
  • Amazon orders 100K electric delivery trucks from Rivian as part of going carbon-neutral by 2040
  • Airbnb says it will go public next year
  • Automattic raises $300 million at $3 billion valuation from Salesforce Ventures
  • The man behind Tesla’s Powerwall is now pitching an all-in-one power management system for homes
  • Amazon is bringing a cash-based checkout option, Amazon PayCode, to the US
  • IBM will soon launch a 53-qubit quantum computer
  • Amazon launches Amazon Music HD with lossless audio streaming
  • Amazon/food sales: perdition postponed (FT: paywall)
  • …And now scientists believe the changing climate may put our brains at risk. A new analysis predicts that by 2100, increasing water temperatures brought on by a warming planet could result in 96 percent of the world’s population not having access to an omega-3 fatty acid crucial to brain health and function
  • Silent Skies: Billions of North American Birds Have Vanished…an overall decline of 29 percent from 1970.
  • Mini Transformers: Scientists Have Created a Robot Made of Robots
  • Fiat Chrysler will set up an experimental fleet of up to 700 electric cars to test vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology, which allows power grids to use energy stored in car batteries to face demand during peak hours.
  • Fintech Company Stripe Joins Silicon Valley Elite With $35 Billion Valuation (WSJ: paywall)