October 2021 archive

Weekly#452

  • Amazon posted sales of $110.8 billion and generated a profit of $3.2 billion, down from the $6.3 billion the company made during the same period a year earlier. (WSJ)
  • Udemy IPO: Online education company has market value of about $4 billion
  • Facebook is killing the Oculus brand name as part of its huge Meta rebrand
  • Satellite Maker Terran Orbital Strikes $1.58 Billion SPAC Deal (WSJ)
  • A once-quiet battle to replace the space station suddenly is red hot…Three competitors have already entered the arena. More are expected.
  • TikTok is testing a new direct tipping feature with select creators
  • Verizon will use Amazon’s low Earth orbit satellites to extend 4G and 5G
  • Zendesk to Buy SurveyMonkey Parent Momentive Global
  • Alibaba is ramping up in Europe, and is already ahead of Amazon in one region
  • Global Chip Shortage ‘Is Far From Over’ as Wait Times Get Longer (WSJ)
  • On Thursday, Arizona-based carbon accounting startup Persefoni said it raised over $100 million

Weekly#451

  • Online learning firm Udemy targets nearly $4 bln valuation in U.S. IPO
  • Lucy is just starting its 12-year journey to see what asteroid clusters can teach us about the early solar system.
  • The test, in a brain-dead patient, was very short but represents a milestone in the long quest to use animal organs in human transplants.
  • Twitch is testing a rewind button
  • PayPal in talks with Pinterest on takeover worth $45bn (FT)
  • Tesla has 150,000 cars using its safety score tool
  • Tesla charges forward with a record quarterly profit of $1.6 billion
  • Satya Nadella, Annual Letter
  • Amazon created 6 ‘tenets’ during talks with Starbucks about a new cashierless coffee shop, internal document shows
  • Tesla will change the type of battery cells it uses in all its standard-range cars…The new batteries will use a lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) chemistry rather than nickel-cobalt-aluminum which Tesla will continue to use in its longer-range vehicles.
  • Amazon offers up more data to tell third-party sellers which items will be popular
  • Facebook’s recent trademark filings hold clues to the company’s new name
  • Path to Metaverse Expected to Go Through Videogames (WSJ)
  • Ultrafast grocery delivery has exploded in New York City
  • Starlab: Private space station planned to fly in 2027

Weekly#450

  • A global AI bill of rights is desperately needed (FT)
  • DoorDash Introduces Search-Page Ads for Restaurants (WSJ)
  • Google TV features finally make sense with new multi-user support
  • How to Move More Goods Through America’s Clogged Infrastructure? Robot Trains (WSJ)
  • Germany unveils first self-driving train
  • How amazon runs Alexa
  • Apple reportedly can’t get enough chips for the iPhone 13
  • Squid Game: 111 million viewers tuned into the series during its first 17 days
  • Stripe Is Hiring a Crypto Team 3 Years After Ending Bitcoin Support
  • Coinbase is launching a marketplace for NFTs
  • Behind SmartNews, the $2 billion unicorn trying to fix the news algorithm
  • The COVID Scoreboard: How Resilient Businesses Emerged New Winners
  • Tesla debuts new car insurance that uses Texans’ real-time driving behavior
  • We Mastered Zoom From Home. Just Wait for Hybrid-Office Zoom (WSJ)
  • Amazon sellers will be acquired at an unprecedented rate next year, according to a new survey.



Weekly#449

  • Understanding How Facebook Disappeared from the Internet
  • How Istanbul became the Silicon Valley of the mobile gaming industry
  • Haugen wants Facebook to change its algorithm and cooperate with researchers…serious questions about how Facebook’s algorithms work
  • A new NFT-based virtual startup investing game
  • Google Is Giving a Green Makeover to Services Like Search, Maps…And while this new routing option, which gives drivers the choice between the fastest and most fuel-efficient route
  • Google’s AI unit DeepMind makes first-ever profit (FT)
  • Amazon is reportedly working on a smart fridge
  • Long Covid now has a formal definition
  • A text message routing company suffered a five-year-long breach
  • Battery technology gives China an opening in electric vehicles (FT)
  • Uber can now track your flight so a ride home is ready when you land
  • Google Rolls Out Emission-Curbing Tools for Nest Thermostat (WSJ)
  • Code Conf Videos
  • Comcast Enters Smart-TV Market With Launch of Sky Glass in Europe
  • The software engineer will fix your car now…As sales of electric vehicles soar, spare a thought for the mechanics (FT)

Weekly#448

  • Deliveroo launches ‘Hop’ rapid grocery service with Morrisons (FT)
  • File Not Found…A generation that grew up with Google is forcing professors to rethink their lesson plans
  • Google Search’s Next Phase: Context is King
  • Venezuela’s economic crisis has made it a regional leader in digital payments
  • YouTube influencers are now launching their own cell phone services in Mexico
  • A Virginia company has connected mobile phones directly to satellites
  • Amazon’s indoor camera drone is ready to fly around your house
  • Incident.io helps your team communicate better during outages
  • MIT professor: Interest in space careers at an all-time high
  • Elon Musk is spending most of his time now on a fully reusable SpaceX rocket that could cost less than $1 million
  • iOS 15 Has a Fall-Prevention Feature (WSJ)
  • Google, Battling Amazon, Tries an E-Commerce Makeover to Win Back Advertisers (WSJ)
  • A Gene-Editing Experiment Let These Patients With Vision Loss See Color Again
  • Apple’s former design chief Jony Ive is reportedly helping Ferrari design its first electric car
  • Google Is Scrapping Its Plan to Offer Bank Accounts to Users (WSJ)
  • Will the next web be built on ethereum? (FT)