February 2021 archive

Weekly#417

  • Even the World’s Most-Vaccinated Economy Faces a Tough Reopening
  • DLD Conference Videos
  • Toyota begins building smart city near Mount Fuji
  • Amazon acquires Selz, a Shopify competitor that helps small businesses build online stores
  • How NASA Designed a Helicopter That Could Fly Autonomously on Mars
  • Google Mobile-First Indexing Deadline Is Around March 2021
  • MIT Technology Review: 10 Breakthrough Technologies
  • Firefox 86 brings multiple Picture-in-Picture, “Total Cookie Protection
  • Chip shortage may threaten PlayStation 5 supplies at Christmas
  • Starlink broadband speeds will double to 300Mbps “later this year
  • Nickelodeon creates Avatar Studios to create new Avatar, Legend of Korra content
  • Mission: Impossible 7 will stream on Paramount Plus just 45 days after it hits theaters
  • Nvidia made $5 billion during a GPU shortage and expects to do it again in Q1
  • Why Discord is switching from Go to Rust
  • Pfizer seeks to store vaccine at higher temperatures, easing logistics…that would allow vials to be stored at -25 to -15 degrees Celsius (-13°F to 5°F) for a total of two weeks.
  • Square purchased approximately 3,318 bitcoins at an aggregate purchase price of $170 million
  • Microsoft Word is getting text predictions next month
  • YouTube to launch parental control features for families with tweens and teens
  • Airbnb is introducing Flexible Search, which will allow users to forgo putting in exact dates when they look to book lodging on the platform
  • Spotify to Add 85 New Markets With 1 Billion People
  • Coinbase S-1 Document
  • Twitter announces paid Super Follows to let you charge for tweets
  • Twitter CFO says company is confident about strategy to double revenues in two years
  • Digital vaccination passports likely available before summer, Merkel says
  • Covid-19 has persuaded some parents that home-schooling is better
  • China’s economy could double in size by 2035 — and surpass the U.S. along the way


Weekly#416

  • Perseverance Rover has landed on Mars
  • “…When the Perseverance rover sets down on Mars on Thursday, another NASA spacecraft already there will be listening for the thump-thump that will result when the newcomer arrives…”
  • Why Google’s Internet Balloon Project Loon Failed
  • Elon Musk’s SpaceX raised $850 million, jumping valuation to about $74 billion
  • Russia, China to sign agreement on international lunar research station
  • Google closes Stadia’s dedicated game studios after less than 2 years
  • Glassdoor now lets you filter company ratings by demographics
  • YouTube TV to Launch Option for 4K and Unlimited Streams, TikTok-Like YouTube Shorts Coming to U.S. in March
  • Ford says it will go all-electric in Europe by 2030
  • Jaguar to become all-electric brand from 2025
  • Apple will proxy Safe Browsing traffic on iOS 14.5 to hide user IPs from Google
  • Coca-Cola company trials first paper bottle
  • Bitcoin Jumps to $50,000
  • Bitcoin market cap hits $1 trillion
  • No 2. cryptocurrency ethereum soars to record high as bitcoin rally continues
  • “…China dominates battery production today, with 93 “gigafactories” that manufacture lithium-ion battery cells, vs. only four in the United States, according to Benchmark Mineral Intelligence…”
  • Sequoia-Backed Grocery App Dingdong Maicai Mulls U.S. IPO
  • Coupang, South Korean E-Commerce Giant, Unveils U.S. IPO Plan (paywall: WSJ)…Coupang S-1 Document
  • Shopify Q4 Presentation
  • 3 ways that the U.S. population will change over the next decade
  • Apple reportedly negotiating to build iPads in India
  • Nvidia is purposefully making its new RTX 3060 graphics cards less efficient to mine Ethereum cryptocurrency.
  • How to audit Core Web Vitals
  • Microsoft announces Office 2021, available for Windows and macOS later this year
  • “…Apple has posted multiple job listings indicating that it is hiring engineers to work on 6G technology internally so it does not have to rely on partners like Qualcomm…”
  • Google announces the Android 12 Developer Preview
  • Math learning app Photomath raises $23 million as it reaches 220 million downloads
  • Google has appointed Dr. Marian Croak to lead its responsible artificial intelligence division within Google Research
  • AI creates psychedelic visual interpretations of famous poems
  • IBM Explores Sale of IBM Watson Health (paywall: WSJ)
  • China May Ban Rare Earth Technology Exports on Security Concerns

Weekly#415

  • Preparing for the Next Macroeconomic Cycle — and Its Risks
  • When Will Life Return to Normal? In 7 Years at Today’s Vaccine Rates
  • Disney says it now has 94.9 million Disney+ subscribers
  • United Airlines orders 200 vertical-takeoff electric airplanes
  • What, Exactly, Is Amazon Web Services?
  • Qualcomm objects to Nvidia’s $40 billion Arm acquisition
  • Spotify will let employees work from anywhere after the pandemic
  • Breached water plant employees used the same TeamViewer password and no firewall
  • Bitcoin Hits Record as Mastercard, BNY Mellon Embrace Crypto
  • Google is testing a dark mode for desktop search
  • Microsoft approached Pinterest about a takeover (Paywall: FT)
  • Top 100 subscription apps grew 34% to $13B in 2020, share of total spend remained the same
  • Monzo, nearing 5 million customers, has recruited a new US CEO
  • Android 12 leak appears to show major redesign with color-changing UI
  • The Apple car, briefly explained
  • Facebook Is Said to Be Building a Product to Compete With Clubhouse
  • The price of solar electricity has dropped 89% in 10 years
  • All the Coronavirus in the World Could Fit Inside a Coke Can, With Plenty of Room to Spare
  • The future of “smart” cities is in street lights
  • Germany to let citizens store ID cards on smartphone
  • The cinemas now hiring out their screens to gamers
  • Earth to Voyager 2: After a Year in the Darkness, We Can Talk to You Again
  • In a major new pandemic trend, people are turning to carbon dioxide monitoring devices to help assess ventilation quality
  • How Car Makers Collided With a Global Chip Shortage (Paywall: WSJ)

Weekly#414

  • Why Big Companies Keep Failing: The Stack Fallacy
  • Jeff Bezos to step down as Amazon CEO…Andy Jassy, head of Amazon Web Services, will take the reins as CEO beginning in the third quarter
  • Amazon reports first $100 billion quarter following holiday and pandemic shopping surge
  • Fire TV now reaches more than 50 million monthly active users around the world.
  • eBay’s sneaker category exploded with triple-digit growth last quarter
  • Amazon timeline
  • Alphabet revenue up 23% as core advertising business shows strong growth
  • Airstream’s New Trailer Comes With Beds That Transform Into an Office
  • “…in uncertain economic times there is often nostalgia for decor from former decades associated with comfort and stability…”
  • Facebook makes the case for activity tracking to iOS 14 users in new pop-ups
  • Sony says semiconductor shortage makes increased PS5 production difficult…Sony shipped more than 4.5 million PlayStation 5s
  • Spotify: 155 million premium subscribers, 345 million monthly active users
  • Apple will invest $3.6 billion in Kia Motors to build an Apple Car, report says
  • South Korea Leads World in Innovation as U.S. Exits Top Ten
  • Google Cloud lost $5.61 billion on $13.06 billion revenue last year
  • When the Electric Car Is King, Less Energy Is More
  • iOS 14.5 will support PS5 DualSense and Xbox Series X controllers
  • Neuralink has wired up a monkey to play video games using its mind
  • Pixel phones will be able to read your heart rate with their cameras
  • SpaceX Starlink public beta begins: It’s $99 a month plus $500 up front
  • VW Group will handle self-driving car development in-house, report says
  • Apple’s mixed reality headset could cost $3,000 and include 8K displays
  • We’re Teaching Robots to Evolve Autonomously—So They Can Adapt to Life Alone on Distant Planets
  • Diablo IV and Overwatch 2 aren’t launching this year
  • How the search for a ‘death ray’ led to radar
  • YouTube Expands Its CTV and Sports Offerings Ahead of Upfront Season