June 2021 archive

Weekly#434

  • Why every platform wants to be a super app
  • Microsoft just unveiled Windows 11: Here’s everything it announced
  • Microsoft didn’t kill Skype, but Windows 11 is shoving it out of sight
  • Microsoft announces Windows 11 will be able to run Android apps
  • Biden’s new $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan includes $65B for universal broadband
  • Microsoft hits $2 trillion market cap for first time
  • Kickstarter CEO: Let’s try a 4-day work week
  • London Underground to Gain Full Mobile Phone Coverage by 2024
  • Google gets a new rival as Brave Search opens to the public…About 32 million people now use Brave’s ad-blocking browser each month.
  • The next pandemic is already here. Covid can teach us how to fight it.
  • Amazon, Google Probed in U.K. Over Fake Reviews (WSJ)
  • Google delays plan to phase out third-party cookies by 2 years (FT)
  • NASA’s Perseverance Rover Begins Its Search for Life on Mars (WSJ)
  • Tesla Shareholder Panasonic Sells Stake for $3.6 Billion (WSJ)

Weekly#433

  • The Future by a16z
  • Spotify acquires Podz, a podcast discovery platform
  • What makes the Delta covid-19 variant more infectious?
  • How to Practice Emergency Preparedness as Self-Care
  • BioNTech CEO Warns Delta Variant Could Lead to a Covid-19 Resurgence”…Roughly 16% of the global population had been fully vaccinated…”
  • Bloomberg Vaccine Stats: 2.51 Billion Shots (Updated: June 17, 2021, 11:59 PM GMT+3)
  • Germany’s Fraunhofer FKIE institute, who’ve built a drone prototype designed to find people by detecting human screams and listening for other signs of distress.
  • Google’s adtech business set to face formal EU probe by year-end –sources
  • The smart home gym that analyzes your moves will soon have Olympian trainers
  • Amazon’s Halo body fat percentage calculator outperforms lab devices
  • Nielsen Now Knows When You Are Streaming
  • Facebook will start putting ads in Oculus Quest apps
  • We Don’t Have Much Longer to Become a Type 1 Civilization
  • TikTok Owner ByteDance’s Annual Revenue Jumps to $34.3 Billion (WSJ)
  • This tech uses augmented reality to give surgeons ‘superpowers
  • Google’s Next AI Move: Teaching Foreign Languages
  • The global chip shortage is creating a new problem: More fake components
  • A DNA-based storage system with files and metadata…Queries can take days, but it’s possible to pull out specific files.

Weekly#432

  • The Ethereum community & Single Sign-On
  • Consumer prices jump 5% in May, fastest pace since the summer of 2008
  • G-20 GDP returns to pre-pandemic levels, with China seeing a massive rebound
  • SoftBank investment helps Klarna to $45.6bn valuation (FT)
  • Suborbital travel isn’t subject to same rules as commercial flight (WSJ)
  • The first new close-up picture of Jupiter’s moon Ganymede in more than 20 years
  • Digital driver’s licenses are coming
  • CarPlay in iOS 15: Announce Messages with Siri, Driving Focus customization, new wallpapers
  • Self-driving Waymo trucks to haul loads between Houston and Fort Worth
  • What would you pay for autonomous driving? Volkswagen hopes $8.50 per hour
  • Linux Foundation readies Global COVID Certificate Network
  • Apple Hires Former BMW Executive for Its Rebooted Car Project
  • Nvidia acquires hi-def mapping startup DeepMap to bolster AV technology
  • Kuo: Apple’s First AR Headset to Launch in Second Quarter of 2022

  • Reverse Engineering the source code of the BioNTech/Pfizer SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine
  • How the Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Works
  • How Nine Covid-19 Vaccines Work
  • Bloomberg Vaccine Tracker

Weekly#431

  • The concept behind mRNA as a drug is strikingly simple: it is the molecule that your own cells use to carry instructions from your genes, written in a simple four-letter chemical language.In 1815 a volcanic eruption wreaked havoc around the world. But it led to the birth of the bicycle (Economist)
  • Apple Loses Multiple Top Managers From Self-Driving Car Division
  • DHL will deploy 2,000 Locus Robotics units by 2022
  • Etsy buys British fashion app Depop for $1.6bn in ‘Gen Z’ push (FT)
  • Ransomware attack hits meat industry and  Massachusetts ferries
  • WeTransfer Plans IPO at 1 Billion-Euro Valuation
  • Google Photos wants money: Stricter storage limitations kick in next week
  • Chinese ‘artificial sun’ hits new mark in fusion energy mission
  • A New Approach to Hypersonic Transportation
  • 7-Eleven to install 500 EV charging ports by the end of 2022
  • Stack Overflow acquired by Prosus for $1.8 billion
  • The UK Has a Plan for a New ‘Pandemic Radar’ System
  • The mRNA vaccine revolution is just beginning.  “…The concept behind mRNA as a drug is strikingly simple: it is the molecule that your own cells use to carry instructions from your genes, written in a simple four-letter chemical language.….Moderna has taken to calling mRNA therapies the “software of life”, or an “operating system” for medicine…
  • Apple ‘homeOS’ Mentioned in Job Listing Ahead of WWDC
  • Spotted the WhatsApp for iPad official app, under development
  • EU set to unveil plans for bloc-wide digital wallet
  • United Airlines announced it was purchasing a fleet of 15 planes that can travel faster than the speed of sound.
  • Apple wants staff back in offices by September
  • Sharks Almost Went the Way of the Dinosaurs 19 Million Years Ago
  • Realtime Robotics raises a $31M Series A
  • Little Black Door launches app on iOS/Android allowing women to share wardrobes, online and off
  • Silicon Valley bets on crypto projects to disrupt finance (FT)