December 2020 archive

Weekly#408

  • Covid-19 Propelled Businesses Into the Future. Ready or Not. (Paywall: WSJ)
  • FT People of the Year: BioNTech’s Ugur Sahin and Ozlem Tureci (Paywall:FT)
  • Will you have to carry a vaccine passport on your phone?
  • The power of value 4.0 for industrial internet of things
  • Nearly half a billion users played Among Us in November
  • Zoom may launch an email service and calendar app to compete with Google and Microsoft
  • Microsoft may be developing its own in-house ARM CPU designs
  • Tesla is going to release Full Self-Driving monthly subscription in early 2021
  • Telegram, nearing 500 million users, to begin monetizing the app
  • TaskRabbit is resetting customer passwords after finding ‘suspicious activity’ on its network
  • Horizon Robotics, a Chinese rival to Nvidia, seeks to raise over $700M
  • Apple targets car production by 2024 and eyes ‘next level’ battery technology
  • The Battle for Mars
  • German firm says indoor vertical farm in Singapore will produce 1.5 tons of ‘leafy greens’ every day
  • There are now almost 300 so-called “neobanks” live worldwide, with nearly half concentrated in Europe.
  • How Amazon Wins: By Steamrolling Rivals and Partners (Paywall:WSJ)
  • Investors pour $1bn into buying up small merchants on Amazon (Paywall:FT)
  • These breakthroughs will make 2021 better than 2020
  • Amazon Echo Frames
  • GP Bullhound Technology 2021 Predictions
  • Fjord Trends 2021
  • BBC Tech trends in 2021
  • Trends In 2021: The Future Of Life, Learning And Play
  • Trendwatching: 21 meaningful, trend-driven innovation opportunities for 2021
  • Top 100 Business Trends for 2021


Weekly#407

  • McKinsey: The Next Normal
  • The great hack attack: SolarWinds breach exposes big gaps in cyber security
  • Deloitte 2021 Global Marketing Trends
  • AWS introduces new Chaos Engineering as a Service offering
  • Global Competitiveness Report Special Edition 2020
  • Global chip shortage threatens production of laptops, smartphones and more
  • Battery prices have fallen 88 percent over the last decade
  • E-commerce became commerce…Online shopping made up 14 percent of all retail sales in the US last quarter as in-store retail flagged.
  • Walmart will use fully driverless trucks to make deliveries in 2021
  • Google Waives $1.5 Billion DeepMind Loan as AI Costs Mount
  • Floating ‘mini-nukes’ could power countries by 2025, says startup
  • China just brought moon rocks back to Earth for the first time in its history
  • Google to shut down Android Things, a smart home OS that never took off
  • “None of us were ready” to manufacture genetic vaccines for a billion people
  • Amazon’s answer to SpaceX Starlink delivers 400Mbps in prototype phase
  • AI controlled a US military aircraft for the first time
  • OneWeb launches 36 satellites to join its global broadband constellation on orbit
  • UiPath files confidential IPO paperwork with SEC
  • WhatsApp to bring voice and video calls to desktop next year
  • Among Us’ is coming to Xbox in 2021
  • A successful experiment gets us one step closer to a quantum internet
  • Twitter launches its voice-based ‘Spaces’ social networking feature into beta testing
  • Walmart to pilot test livestreamed video shopping on TikTok
  • F1 engine makers are testing sustainable fuel…Formula 1 aims to hit net zero carbon emissions within 10 years.
  • How Pfizer Delivered a Covid Vaccine in Record Time



Weekly#406

  • Goodreads: Best books of 2020
  • Disney+ Could Hit 260 Million Subscribers by 2024, CEO Bob Chapek Says
  • Outlook 2021: Sustaining the Outperforming Covid Recovery
  • Wall Street Begins Trading Water Futures as a Commodity
  • Apple Fitness+ launches this coming Monday at $9.99 per month
  • Facebook hit with massive antitrust lawsuit from 46 states
  • SpaceX’s Starship has flown a record 12.5 km into the air—and then crashed
  • Adobe just released the last Flash update ever…Adobe will stop supporting Flash on December 31st, 2020, and it will block Flash content from running on January 12th, 2021.
  • Amazon’s redesigned Fire TV software starts rolling out today
  • Seoul-based payment tech startup CHAI gets $60 million from Hanhwa, SoftBank Ventures Asia
  • Hyundai to acquire Boston Dynamics for nearly $1B
  • Coronavirus, election results, Kobe Bryant and Zoom among Google’s top 2020 search trends in US and world
  • App stores to see 130 billion downloads in 2020 and record consumer spend of $112 billion
  • With over 1 billion users, Chrome is both a browser and a major platform. The Chrome Web Store hosts more than 250,000 extensions and themes with 4 million Chrome extensions downloaded every day
  • McKinsey estimates that global digital-health revenues—from telemedicine, online pharmacies, wearable devices and so on—will rise from $350bn last year to $600bn in 2024
  • Sony to buy AT&T’s anime business for $1.18 billion to expand global footprint
  • The New Consumer Conversation in an Era of Uncertainty

Weekly#405

  • After reaching $40B in revenue in record time, Amazon Web Services hints at its own reinvention
  • AWS brings the Mac mini to its cloud
  • Facebook Buys Customer-Service Software Maker Kustomer
  • How the US, UK and China are planning to roll out vaccines
  • Japan is about to bring back samples of an asteroid 180 million miles away
  • Warner Bros. will release entire 2021 film slate in theaters and on HBO Max… includes Dune, Matrix 4, and Godzilla vs. Kong, among other titles.
  • More online retailers are following Amazon’s lead in making it easier to drop off items at brick-and-mortar locations near your home, no box or shipping label necessary
  • The death and rebirth of America’s department stores, in charts
  • Revolut lets businesses accept online payments
  • Grab-Singtel and Ant Group win digital bank licenses in Singapore
  • More than 500,000 full electric cars sold so far this year in Europe
  • Singapore approves sale of lab-grown meat in world first
  • Stripe announces embedded business banking service Stripe Treasury…The company is partnering with banks to offer a banking-as-a-service API. In other words, Stripe clients will be able to provide bank accounts to their customers — the service is invite-only for now.
  • Microsoft launches Azure Purview, its new data governance service
  • Hulu officially launches its co-viewing feature, Watch Party
  • Elon Musk is open to talking about merging Tesla with another car company. These are the 4 most likely candidates, experts say.
  • Coronavirus: Vaccination ‘could become routine from 2022
  • Elon Musk is ‘highly confident’ SpaceX will land humans on Mars by 2026
  • Gartner Says Global Smartphone Sales Declined 5.7% in Third Quarter of 2020
  • The Luxury E-Commerce Wars Heat Up