September 2021 archive

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

Weekly#446

  • SpaceX has launched a billionaire-funded crew of space tourists into orbit — the first civilian mission of its kind
  • Amazon and Deliveroo offer free delivery to Prime subscribers (FT)
  • Apple’s September 14, 2021 Live blog
  • Ransomware encrypts South Africa’s entire Dept of Justice network
  • The next Big Tech battle: Amazon’s bet on healthcare begins to take shape (FT)
  • Liveblocks is an API that lets you add real-time collaboration to your product
  • Why an Electric Car Battery Is So Expensive, For Now
  • Whatnot raises another $150M for its livestream shopping platform, evolves into a unicorn
  • Why TV Antennas Are Making a Comeback in the Streaming Age (WSJ)
  • Tencent Opens WeChat to Rivals’ Links as App Walls Crumble
  • SoftBank Sells $1.69 Billion of Coupang as Son Unloads Assets
  • ‘Moneyball’ Analytics Help Fight Wildfires. This Year’s Blazes Are Testing Their Limits. (WSJ)
  • Facebook / Instagram acquisition strategy
  • ‘Dark Stores’: How Groceries Are Being Delivered in Minutes (WSJ)
  • Consumers and small businesses will be able to buy Office 2021 as a one-time purchase this fall
  • Apple product placement (WSJ)

Weekly#445

  • What to expect from Apple’s September 14 “California Streaming” event
  • 21st-century storms are overwhelming 20th-century cities
  • Driverless cars to arrive on European streets next year
  • On-demand grocery delivery: A regularly updated list of market expansions
  • Smart Toilets (WSJ)
  • Altos Labs, Silicon Valley’s latest wild bet on living forever
  • Apple Car Chief’s Departure Puts Its Next Big Thing in Doubt…Doug Field is coming aboard as chief advanced technology and embedded systems officer, Ford said in a statement
  • Five Ways to Train Your Brain for Another Covid Season (WSJ)
  • Amazon is working on a new point-of-sale system to lure merchants from Shopify, Square, and PayPal
  • 5G will advance payments and mobile commerce
  • World’s Largest Direct Air Carbon Capture System Goes Online
  • PayPal acquires Japan’s Paidy for $2.7B …buy now, pay later market in Asia
  • Microsoft joins Open Infrastructure Foundation
  • PSD2 and global payment regulation map
  • Mastercard acquires CipherTrace to boost crypto security and compliance
  • New lamp generates light for 45 days with half-liter of salt water

Weekly#444

  • Amazon is close to launching its own TV in the US
  • NPM package with 3 million weekly downloads had a severe vulnerability
  • Apple Watch Series 7 reportedly facing production delays due to complex redesign
  • Kuo: iPhone 13 to support LEO satellite communication, allowing users to make phone calls and send texts without cell signal
  • Philips Hue partners with Spotify to turn all your lights into a music visualizer
  • Yandex to buy out Uber from Russian joint ventures in $1bn deal (FT)
  • Google Delays Mandatory Office Return to 2022 on Covid Surge
  • YouTube music services hit 50m subscribers in race to catch Spotify (FT)
  • Amazon now running 164 flights a day to deliver stock in US (FT)
  • Uber hired a top Amazon adtech exec as it steps up plans to grab a bigger slice of the $240 billion mobile ad market
  • Apple to Allow Media Apps to Link to Own Websites for Payment Options (WSJ)
  • Spotify, Netflix and Match Group shares rise after Apple relaxes App Store rules
  • Apple to Add Driver’s Licenses to Apple Wallet…Capability will first be offered to people in Arizona and Georgia (WSJ)
  • Fitness studios are combining virtual and in-person classes, so people can mix and match based on their needs (WSJ)
  • Cox Automotive acquires battery health company Spiers as ‘EVs take center stage
  • Insurify, a ‘virtual insurance agent,’ raises $100M Series B
  • Rocket Lab boosts its space systems division in quest to become an ‘end-to-end space company
  • Bright Cellars lands more funding to personalize its subscription-based wines
  • ‘Autonomous accounting’ platform Vic.ai raises $50M round led by ICONIQ Growth
  • Apple will ask before it targets you with its ads in iOS 15
  • Intuit in Talks to Buy Mailchimp for More Than $10 Billion
  • Amazon CEO unveils 55,000 tech jobs in his first hiring push…That’s equal to more than a third of Google’s headcount as of June 30, and close to all of Facebook’s.
  • Stanford researchers make rechargeable batteries that store six times more charge
  • First Autonomous Cargo Ship Faces Test With 236-Mile Voyage
  • NVIDIA’s latest tech makes AI voices more expressive and realistic
  • China may use an existing rocket to speed up plans for a human Moon mission
  • Motional and Hyundai reveal the first images of their forthcoming autonomous vehicle