November 2021 archive

Weekly#456

  • Bluetooth tracking company Tile acquired for $205 million
  • Scientists use seismic noise to image first hundred meters of Mars
  • E-Commerce Needs Real Store Locations Now More Than Ever (WSJ)
  • “Once it’s farther than 20 minutes, people won’t come.” (WSJ)
  • The U.K. lost around 3,250 pubs and bars—about 6.8% of all such businesses—between March 2020 and September this year (WSJ)
  • Virtual real estate plot sells for record $2.4 million
  • NASA Just Launched a Spacecraft That Will Crash Into an Asteroid
  • Atom Bank introduces four-day working week without cutting pay
  • Apple digital-ID scheme delayed to 2022
  • Niantic Receives $300 Million Investment From Coatue
  • Ridley Scott confirms ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Alien’ live-action shows
  • Virtual real estate plot sells for record $2.4 million
  • Houston-based tech company Lancium is spending $150 million to build bitcoin mines across Texas that will run on renewable energy.
  • Pet video marketplace Camlist eyes UK growth after raising $1.3 million pre-seed funding
  • How micromobility operators can unlock a $300B industry
  • The metaverse is a $1 trillion opportunity, crypto giant Grayscale says as virtual land sales boom
  • 5 books you should read this holiday, according to Bill Gates
  • metaverse key takeaways from analysis of 158 mentions on investor calls.
  • China’s 5 big tech issues for 2022
  • China’s space programme will go nuclear to power future missions to the moon and Mars
  • NASA wants to put nuclear reactors on the Moon to power a future manned base

Weekly#455

  • Technology Radar (Thoughtworks)
  • Bill Gates Says Covid Deaths May Drop to Flu Levels by Mid-2022
  • Grammarly raises $200M at a $13B valuation
  • Apple will sell you iPhone parts to fix your own phone at home
  • Starbucks links with Amazon Go for first cashier-less cafe
  • What Went Wrong With Zillow? A Real-Estate Algorithm Derailed Its Big Bet (WSJ)
  • Apple’s electric car could debut as soon as 2025
  • Ford, GM Step Into Chip Business (WSJ)
  • Discord is quietly building an app empire of bots
  • Netflix : A look under the hood
  • Nasa Artemis Mission [PDF]
  • Nvidia approaches $800 billion market cap
  • Apple pushes back return to office plan to February
  • German digital bank N26 is shutting down its U.S. operations, less than two-and-a-half years after it launched in the country.
  • UPS will make deliveries using Waymo’s autonomous Class 8 trucks

Weekly#454

  • Unity purchases Weta Digital’s visual-effects tool suite for $1.6 billion… thestudio known for its work in movies such as “Godzilla vs. Kong” and “Avatar
  • An E. coli biocomputer solves a maze by sharing the work
  • Physicists say they’ve finally solved the teapot effect
  • Elon Musk sells around $5 billion of Tesla stock
  • Indonesia’s tech giant GoTo Group raises $1.3 billion ahead of IPO plans
  • E-commerce giant JD starts accepting China’s digital currency on Singles Day for the first time
  • E-commerce logistics startup Hive buzzes following $34M investment
  • YouTube is removing the dislike count on all videos across its platform
  • Disney+ added just 2.1 million subscribers in its fourth quarter, giving it a total of 118.1 million customers.
  • Twitter is building a crypto team
  • How an esports doctor helps pro gamers avoid injury, from warm-ups to strength training
  • Italian startup WeRoad wants to reinvent travel for Gen Z and millennials.
  • DoorDash will acquire European delivery company Wolt as it builds a global platform
  • Electric automaker Rivian valuation pops above GM, Ford in biggest IPO of 2021
  • Ecologi: “…The subscription service — used by 35,000 individuals and businesses — allows members to “grow their own forest” with at least 12 trees a month and offset their carbon footprint by funding a wide range of the carbon-reducing projects…” (Techcrunch)
  • Moov, an online marketplace for used manufacturing equipment, raises $41M from Tiger Global and others
  • Intel, Samsung and Porsche among investors in TriEye’s $74M funding round
  • Netflix starts rolling out more efficient AV1 codec to TVs following Android devices
  • $76 Billion a Day: How Binance Became the World’s Biggest Crypto Exchange (WSJ)
  • Uber CEO flies into London as driver shortages hit app (FT)
  • How Alibaba tracks China’s delivery drivers
  • Spotify is acquiring an audiobook company
  • The global chip shortage is a nightmare before Christmas
  • Patreon’s building native video hosting for creators to sidestep YouTube
  • Seoul will be the first city government to join the metaverse
  • The World’s Largest Record Company Is Creating an NFT Super Group
  • SpinLaunch: Space Launch Start-Up Just Used A Giant Centrifuge To Fling A Projectile Into The Upper Atmosphere
  • South Korea tests system for controlling air taxis

Weekly#453

  • The ‘Metaverse’ Prompts High-Stakes Race for Big Tech
  • Metaverse article2 (WSJ)
  • Hackers are stealing data today so quantum computers can crack it in a decade
  • Neuro-ID takes in fresh capital to combat fraud from all of our taps, types and swipes
  • Autonomous driving startup Momenta raises another $500M
  • Helion Energy will use $500M Series E to power up its fusion energy efforts
  • Peloton shares collapse 35% as momentum for its at-home fitness equipment slows
  • Amazon Glow
  • US charging infrastructure is outpacing forecasts, study finds (goal of 500,000 chargers by 2030)
  • Facebook to stop using facial recognition, delete data on over 1 billion people
  • “…Facebook researchers have found that 1 in 8 of its users report engaging in compulsive use of social media that impacts their sleep, work, parenting or relationships, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal…”  (WSJ)
  • Meta is reportedly planning physical stores to showcase its products
  • DJI releases new flagship Mavic drones — Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine
  • Nintendo Quarter Results
  • How to use your AirPods’ spatial audio feature and experience immersive surround sound
  • Your next car may come without a touchscreen and other tech as the chip shortage wreaks havoc on automakers
  • New York City’s mayor-elect says he wants to be paid in Bitcoin
  • Uber prices are still way up, so the company is bringing back carpooling
  • House passes Joe Biden’s $1.2tn bipartisan infrastructure bill (FT)
  • Airbnb Posts Record Results After Busy Summer Travel Season
  • Alphabet launches AI company to discover new drugs (FT)