March 2018 archive


  • …With cord-cutting accelerating and over-the-top (OTT) viewing on the rise, outlays on TV ads will slip 0.5% in 2018 to $69.87 billion. As a result, TV’s share of total US media ad expenditures will drop from 33.9% in 2017 to 31.6% this year
  • Facebook will cut off access to third-party data for ad targeting
  • GoDaddy to move most of its infrastructure to AWS, not including domain management for its 75M domains
  • Pandora launches automatically generated personalized playlists
  • Apollo 17 Crew Members Think We Need To Go Back To The Moon Before Pursuing More Distant Journeys
  • DARPA eyes new neural interfaces to connect warfighters hands-free to advanced military systems
  • ARKit app downloads exceed 13M in 6 months, nearly half are games, the report says
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts predict a space market that is worth $339 billion today will grow to $2.7 trillion by 2045.
  • Foxconn buys peripheral maker Belkin for $866M
  • The Ikea Manual Of The Future Looks Amazing
  • FCC approves SpaceX plan for 4,425-satellite broadband network


  • Facebook, Cambridge Analytics (in Turkish)
  • The world will add 70,000 solar panels every hour in the next 5 years
  • The new algorithm will allow for simulating neural connections of the entire brain on future exascale supercomputers…is intended to allow simulation of the human brain’s 100 billion interconnected neurons on supercomputers
  • Computer scientists have created a neural network that can self-replicate…“Self-replication is a key aspect of biological life that has been largely overlooked in Artificial Intelligence systems,” they argue in a paper popped onto arXiv this month
  • Jeff Bezos gave a sneak peek into Amazon’s future…“ machine learning, home automation, robotics, and space exploration
  • Microsoft begins to push for Windows Server 2019
  • Artificial Intelligence Detects Construction Problems
  • A bot named ‘Goldie’ has answered nearly 1 million questions for EY employees in human resources
  • Robotic Fish Swims in the Ocean
  • America’s Changing Workforce: Independent and Gig Workers
  • How JavaScript works
  • Affectiva’s Automotive AI could keep distracted and drowsy drivers from causing accidents
  • Apple’s newly proposed emojis are more inclusive for those with disabilities
  • A material supreme: How graphene will shape the world of tomorrow
    MIT researchers at MIT found that graphene can function as a superconductor
  • Dutch court rules that Bitcoin is a legitimate ‘transferable value


  • Spotify’s first day of trading will be April 3
  • …Apple’s market cap is at an all-time high of more than $922 billion. Soon it could be the first company to reach a $1 trillion valuation
  • Facebook launches Express Wi-Fi app for its local-operated hotspots
  • Don’t foul this free-throwing Toyota basketball robot
  • Amazon’s top original shows generated an estimated 5M new Prime members
  • Experian acquires UK’s ClearScore and its financial product matching engine for $385M
  • Astronaut’s DNA no longer matches that of his identical twin, NASA finds…Preliminary results from NASA’s Twins Study reveal that 7% of astronaut Scott Kelly’s genes did not return to normal after his return to Earth two years ago…
  • Russia will launch a mission to Mars in 2019
  • GM is spending $100 million on production-ready autonomous cars
  • Google is opening up Maps so game developers can create the next Pokémon Go
    …The first wave of games includes Jurassic World and The Walking Dead
  • Lyft will build self-driving cars with top auto parts supplier Magna
  • China’s WeChat Isn’t Just An App—It’s A Cross-Cultural Education
  • With millions of users, WeChat’s mini-programs draw favor among the diverse range of businesses


  • YouTube Studio exiting beta, adds new metrics for impressions, unique viewers
  • Netflix is worth more than GE or Ford
  • Airbnb has hired a former head of Amazon Prime to run its core business
  • Netflix says 70 percent of its streams end up on connected TVs
  • Next big Windows update will bring hardware-accelerated machine learning
  • The nine types of startups Y Combinator thinks the world needs in 2018
  • Self-Flying Aircraft Can Be a $30 Billion Industry by 2036, Study Suggests
  • SpaceX launches its largest satellite ever
  • Digital Transformation Review 11 – Artificial Intelligence Decoded
  • How AI Is Changing Your Job Hunt
  • Next Up for Amazon: Checking Accounts
  • Drones help bring back electricity in Puerto Rico
  • Ethereum’s smart contracts are full of holes
  • Inside Google’s plan to make the whole web as fast as AMP
  • Twitter may eventually let anyone become verified
  • Notes from Coursera Deep Learning courses


  • Amazon is taking photos of your front door to show when packages have been delivered
  • Google launched a simple browser-based sequencer for making music
  • Amazon is reportedly trying to turn Alexa into a real-time translator
  • Uber is driving patients to their doctors in a big grab for medical transit market
  • Amazon buys itself Ring, its second-biggest acquisition after Whole Foods
  • Square’s Venmo competitor — the Cash app — had more than seven million customers in December
  • Mobile World Congress shifts focus from gadgets to 5G
  • Telegram hits 100m users and commits to remaining ad-free
  • Self-driving cars will profoundly change the way people live
  • Instagram code reveals unreleased voice and video calling
  • Toyota venture to spend $2.8 billion to develop self-driving technology
  • Moon to get first mobile phone network
  • Building Your Smart Applications with Amazon AI