Weekly#456

  • Bluetooth tracking company Tile acquired for $205 million
  • Scientists use seismic noise to image first hundred meters of Mars
  • E-Commerce Needs Real Store Locations Now More Than Ever (WSJ)
  • “Once it’s farther than 20 minutes, people won’t come.” (WSJ)
  • The U.K. lost around 3,250 pubs and bars—about 6.8% of all such businesses—between March 2020 and September this year (WSJ)
  • Virtual real estate plot sells for record $2.4 million
  • NASA Just Launched a Spacecraft That Will Crash Into an Asteroid
  • Atom Bank introduces four-day working week without cutting pay
  • Apple digital-ID scheme delayed to 2022
  • Niantic Receives $300 Million Investment From Coatue
  • Ridley Scott confirms ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Alien’ live-action shows
  • Virtual real estate plot sells for record $2.4 million
  • Houston-based tech company Lancium is spending $150 million to build bitcoin mines across Texas that will run on renewable energy.
  • Pet video marketplace Camlist eyes UK growth after raising $1.3 million pre-seed funding
  • How micromobility operators can unlock a $300B industry
  • The metaverse is a $1 trillion opportunity, crypto giant Grayscale says as virtual land sales boom
  • 5 books you should read this holiday, according to Bill Gates
  • metaverse key takeaways from analysis of 158 mentions on investor calls.
  • China’s 5 big tech issues for 2022
  • China’s space programme will go nuclear to power future missions to the moon and Mars
  • NASA wants to put nuclear reactors on the Moon to power a future manned base

Weekly#455

  • Technology Radar (Thoughtworks)
  • Bill Gates Says Covid Deaths May Drop to Flu Levels by Mid-2022
  • Grammarly raises $200M at a $13B valuation
  • Apple will sell you iPhone parts to fix your own phone at home
  • Starbucks links with Amazon Go for first cashier-less cafe
  • What Went Wrong With Zillow? A Real-Estate Algorithm Derailed Its Big Bet (WSJ)
  • Apple’s electric car could debut as soon as 2025
  • Ford, GM Step Into Chip Business (WSJ)
  • Discord is quietly building an app empire of bots
  • Netflix : A look under the hood
  • Nasa Artemis Mission [PDF]
  • Nvidia approaches $800 billion market cap
  • Apple pushes back return to office plan to February
  • German digital bank N26 is shutting down its U.S. operations, less than two-and-a-half years after it launched in the country.
  • UPS will make deliveries using Waymo’s autonomous Class 8 trucks

Weekly#454

  • Unity purchases Weta Digital’s visual-effects tool suite for $1.6 billion… thestudio known for its work in movies such as “Godzilla vs. Kong” and “Avatar
  • An E. coli biocomputer solves a maze by sharing the work
  • Physicists say they’ve finally solved the teapot effect
  • Elon Musk sells around $5 billion of Tesla stock
  • Indonesia’s tech giant GoTo Group raises $1.3 billion ahead of IPO plans
  • E-commerce giant JD starts accepting China’s digital currency on Singles Day for the first time
  • E-commerce logistics startup Hive buzzes following $34M investment
  • YouTube is removing the dislike count on all videos across its platform
  • Disney+ added just 2.1 million subscribers in its fourth quarter, giving it a total of 118.1 million customers.
  • Twitter is building a crypto team
  • How an esports doctor helps pro gamers avoid injury, from warm-ups to strength training
  • Italian startup WeRoad wants to reinvent travel for Gen Z and millennials.
  • DoorDash will acquire European delivery company Wolt as it builds a global platform
  • Electric automaker Rivian valuation pops above GM, Ford in biggest IPO of 2021
  • Ecologi: “…The subscription service — used by 35,000 individuals and businesses — allows members to “grow their own forest” with at least 12 trees a month and offset their carbon footprint by funding a wide range of the carbon-reducing projects…” (Techcrunch)
  • Moov, an online marketplace for used manufacturing equipment, raises $41M from Tiger Global and others
  • Intel, Samsung and Porsche among investors in TriEye’s $74M funding round
  • Netflix starts rolling out more efficient AV1 codec to TVs following Android devices
  • $76 Billion a Day: How Binance Became the World’s Biggest Crypto Exchange (WSJ)
  • Uber CEO flies into London as driver shortages hit app (FT)
  • How Alibaba tracks China’s delivery drivers
  • Spotify is acquiring an audiobook company
  • The global chip shortage is a nightmare before Christmas
  • Patreon’s building native video hosting for creators to sidestep YouTube
  • Seoul will be the first city government to join the metaverse
  • The World’s Largest Record Company Is Creating an NFT Super Group
  • SpinLaunch: Space Launch Start-Up Just Used A Giant Centrifuge To Fling A Projectile Into The Upper Atmosphere
  • South Korea tests system for controlling air taxis

Weekly#453

  • The ‘Metaverse’ Prompts High-Stakes Race for Big Tech
  • Metaverse article2 (WSJ)
  • Hackers are stealing data today so quantum computers can crack it in a decade
  • Neuro-ID takes in fresh capital to combat fraud from all of our taps, types and swipes
  • Autonomous driving startup Momenta raises another $500M
  • Helion Energy will use $500M Series E to power up its fusion energy efforts
  • Peloton shares collapse 35% as momentum for its at-home fitness equipment slows
  • Amazon Glow
  • US charging infrastructure is outpacing forecasts, study finds (goal of 500,000 chargers by 2030)
  • Facebook to stop using facial recognition, delete data on over 1 billion people
  • “…Facebook researchers have found that 1 in 8 of its users report engaging in compulsive use of social media that impacts their sleep, work, parenting or relationships, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal…”  (WSJ)
  • Meta is reportedly planning physical stores to showcase its products
  • DJI releases new flagship Mavic drones — Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine
  • Nintendo Quarter Results
  • How to use your AirPods’ spatial audio feature and experience immersive surround sound
  • Your next car may come without a touchscreen and other tech as the chip shortage wreaks havoc on automakers
  • New York City’s mayor-elect says he wants to be paid in Bitcoin
  • Uber prices are still way up, so the company is bringing back carpooling
  • House passes Joe Biden’s $1.2tn bipartisan infrastructure bill (FT)
  • Airbnb Posts Record Results After Busy Summer Travel Season
  • Alphabet launches AI company to discover new drugs (FT)

Weekly#452

  • Amazon posted sales of $110.8 billion and generated a profit of $3.2 billion, down from the $6.3 billion the company made during the same period a year earlier. (WSJ)
  • Udemy IPO: Online education company has market value of about $4 billion
  • Facebook is killing the Oculus brand name as part of its huge Meta rebrand
  • Satellite Maker Terran Orbital Strikes $1.58 Billion SPAC Deal (WSJ)
  • A once-quiet battle to replace the space station suddenly is red hot…Three competitors have already entered the arena. More are expected.
  • TikTok is testing a new direct tipping feature with select creators
  • Verizon will use Amazon’s low Earth orbit satellites to extend 4G and 5G
  • Zendesk to Buy SurveyMonkey Parent Momentive Global
  • Alibaba is ramping up in Europe, and is already ahead of Amazon in one region
  • Global Chip Shortage ‘Is Far From Over’ as Wait Times Get Longer (WSJ)
  • On Thursday, Arizona-based carbon accounting startup Persefoni said it raised over $100 million

Weekly#451

  • Online learning firm Udemy targets nearly $4 bln valuation in U.S. IPO
  • Lucy is just starting its 12-year journey to see what asteroid clusters can teach us about the early solar system.
  • The test, in a brain-dead patient, was very short but represents a milestone in the long quest to use animal organs in human transplants.
  • Twitch is testing a rewind button
  • PayPal in talks with Pinterest on takeover worth $45bn (FT)
  • Tesla has 150,000 cars using its safety score tool
  • Tesla charges forward with a record quarterly profit of $1.6 billion
  • Satya Nadella, Annual Letter
  • Amazon created 6 ‘tenets’ during talks with Starbucks about a new cashierless coffee shop, internal document shows
  • Tesla will change the type of battery cells it uses in all its standard-range cars…The new batteries will use a lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) chemistry rather than nickel-cobalt-aluminum which Tesla will continue to use in its longer-range vehicles.
  • Amazon offers up more data to tell third-party sellers which items will be popular
  • Facebook’s recent trademark filings hold clues to the company’s new name
  • Path to Metaverse Expected to Go Through Videogames (WSJ)
  • Ultrafast grocery delivery has exploded in New York City
  • Starlab: Private space station planned to fly in 2027

Weekly#450

  • A global AI bill of rights is desperately needed (FT)
  • DoorDash Introduces Search-Page Ads for Restaurants (WSJ)
  • Google TV features finally make sense with new multi-user support
  • How to Move More Goods Through America’s Clogged Infrastructure? Robot Trains (WSJ)
  • Germany unveils first self-driving train
  • How amazon runs Alexa
  • Apple reportedly can’t get enough chips for the iPhone 13
  • Squid Game: 111 million viewers tuned into the series during its first 17 days
  • Stripe Is Hiring a Crypto Team 3 Years After Ending Bitcoin Support
  • Coinbase is launching a marketplace for NFTs
  • Behind SmartNews, the $2 billion unicorn trying to fix the news algorithm
  • The COVID Scoreboard: How Resilient Businesses Emerged New Winners
  • Tesla debuts new car insurance that uses Texans’ real-time driving behavior
  • We Mastered Zoom From Home. Just Wait for Hybrid-Office Zoom (WSJ)
  • Amazon sellers will be acquired at an unprecedented rate next year, according to a new survey.



Weekly#449

  • Understanding How Facebook Disappeared from the Internet
  • How Istanbul became the Silicon Valley of the mobile gaming industry
  • Haugen wants Facebook to change its algorithm and cooperate with researchers…serious questions about how Facebook’s algorithms work
  • A new NFT-based virtual startup investing game
  • Google Is Giving a Green Makeover to Services Like Search, Maps…And while this new routing option, which gives drivers the choice between the fastest and most fuel-efficient route
  • Google’s AI unit DeepMind makes first-ever profit (FT)
  • Amazon is reportedly working on a smart fridge
  • Long Covid now has a formal definition
  • A text message routing company suffered a five-year-long breach
  • Battery technology gives China an opening in electric vehicles (FT)
  • Uber can now track your flight so a ride home is ready when you land
  • Google Rolls Out Emission-Curbing Tools for Nest Thermostat (WSJ)
  • Code Conf Videos
  • Comcast Enters Smart-TV Market With Launch of Sky Glass in Europe
  • The software engineer will fix your car now…As sales of electric vehicles soar, spare a thought for the mechanics (FT)

Weekly#448

  • Deliveroo launches ‘Hop’ rapid grocery service with Morrisons (FT)
  • File Not Found…A generation that grew up with Google is forcing professors to rethink their lesson plans
  • Google Search’s Next Phase: Context is King
  • Venezuela’s economic crisis has made it a regional leader in digital payments
  • YouTube influencers are now launching their own cell phone services in Mexico
  • A Virginia company has connected mobile phones directly to satellites
  • Amazon’s indoor camera drone is ready to fly around your house
  • Incident.io helps your team communicate better during outages
  • MIT professor: Interest in space careers at an all-time high
  • Elon Musk is spending most of his time now on a fully reusable SpaceX rocket that could cost less than $1 million
  • iOS 15 Has a Fall-Prevention Feature (WSJ)
  • Google, Battling Amazon, Tries an E-Commerce Makeover to Win Back Advertisers (WSJ)
  • A Gene-Editing Experiment Let These Patients With Vision Loss See Color Again
  • Apple’s former design chief Jony Ive is reportedly helping Ferrari design its first electric car
  • Google Is Scrapping Its Plan to Offer Bank Accounts to Users (WSJ)
  • Will the next web be built on ethereum? (FT)

Weekly#447

  • Delivery Hero Said to Invest in Gorillas at $3 Billion Value
  • “…To meet global demand, agriculture will need to produce almost 50 per cent more food by 2050. But yields could decline by 30 per cent in the absence of dramatic emissions reductions…”
  • Inside Amazon’s Department Store Plans: High-Tech Dressing Rooms, Its Own Apparel Brands (WSJ)
  • Amazon announces new Kindle Paperwhite lineup with 6.8-inch screens, USB-C
  • Uber on course to post first profitable quarter (FT)
  • The pandemic destroyed Uber’s core business. Here’s how it pivoted its ad strategy and saved itself with its delivery business.
  • FedEx uses autonomous trucks for first time on delivery route
  • Apple releases iOS 15 with Focus mode and more
  • Netflix’s $1B Roald Dahl Deal May Be the Biggest Investment in Kids Programming Yet
  • PayPal launches its ‘super app’ combining payments, savings, bill pay, crypto, shopping and more
  • NASA Reorganizing Human Spaceflight Division as Private Space Industry Expands (WSJ)
  • The Nigerian fintech boom, by the numbers
  • UK appeals court rules AI cannot be listed as a patent inventor
  • Livestream video shopping app NTWRK raises $50M from Goldman Sachs, Kering
  • Tim Cook says employees who leak memos do not belong at Apple, according to leaked memo
  • Secondhand furniture is set to become a $16 billion market. Vintage furniture startup Vinterior used to raise $11 million from investors.
  • Amazon plan to bring Alexa’s home-security system to your car
  • This Microchip With Wings Is The Smallest Flying Structure Humans Have Ever Built
  • TikTokers Are Trading Stocks By Copying What Members Of Congress Do

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