Weekly#493

  • Disney Plus in the third quarter to reach a total of 152 million and 221 million across all its services…Disney has finally surpassed Netflix in overall streaming subscribers
  • Disney is increasing the price of its ad-free Disney+ subscription to $10.99
  • Microsoft has decided to open a store in India’s Open Network for Digital Commerce
  • “…AWS saw revenues climb 36 percent from the prior year, while Microsoft reported its cloud biz saw year-over-year growth of 40 percent…”
  • Teens, Social Media and Technology 2022
  • Spotify starts selling live music tickets to fans directly
  • Everything Samsung Unpacked at its August 2022 Event
  • The collapse in cryptocurrencies is easing supply of the most sought after watches on the second-hand market, depressing prices for hard-to get-Patek Philippe and Rolex models.
  • Amazon has become the third-biggest digital advertising company behind Google and Facebook, hitting $31 billion in ad revenue in 2021
  • DevOps and Cloud InfoQ Trends Report – June 2022
  • AI, ML, and Data Engineering InfoQ Trends Report—August 2022
  • …Among the hundreds of new car models for sale in the United States this year, only about 30 can be purchased with a manual transmission. Electric cars, which now account for more than 5 percent of car sales, don’t even have gearboxes
  • …Amazon’s Roomba Deal Is Really About Mapping Your Home… the maps also represent a wealth of data for marketers. The size of your house is a pretty good proxy for your wealth. A floor covered in toys means you likely have kids. A household without much furniture is a household to which you can try to sell more furniture. This is all useful intel for a company such as Amazon which, you may have noticed, is in the business of selling stuff
  • Pearson looks to NFTs to profit from second-hand textbook sales
  • The global semiconductor shortage is causing more than 100,000 vehicles to be dropped from North American production schedules this week.
  • Impacts of climate change on pathogenic human diseases
  • 99 percent of Netflix subscribers haven’t tried its games yet…Netflix’s games see 1.7 million daily users
  • Crypto-driven GPU crash makes Nvidia miss Q2 projections by $1.4 billion
  • Delivery Hero Architecture Reviews
    • Each tribe lead presents four slides for 15 minutes, including:
      • An up-to-date architecture diagram following our common representation standard, with major past and planned changes highlighted.
      • Suggested updates to the global technical debt tracker
      • Interesting learnings generated in the last six months
      • Proposed changes to our reliability manifesto or architecture guideline

Weekly#492

  • Pinterest said global monthly active users declined by 5% from a year earlier to 433 million
  • Netflix Is Scrambling to Learn the Ad Business It Long Disdained (WSJ)
  • Amazon is buying iRobot for $1.7B
  • Most Mobile Game Genres See Revenue Declines in the U.S. During H1 2022 as Industry Headwinds Bite
  • YouTube rolls out experimental ‘pinch to zoom’ feature for Premium users
  • Researchers who previously revived some brain cells in dead pigs succeeded in repeating the process in more organs.
  • The Spotify System Model: Automated Architecture Visualization at Spotify
  • Google’s video chat merger begins: Now there are two “Google Meet” apps
  • Maintaining customer engagement is critical to maximizing long-term customer value in financial services
  • Uber reports positive cash flow for the first time… Ride-sharing group hits its target after burning through $25bn since being founded in 2009 (FT)
  • HBO Max, Discovery+ to Merge Into Single Streaming Platform Starting in Summer 2023
  • With plans to create realistic synthetic embryos, grown in jars, Renewal Bio is on a journey to the horizon of science and ethics.
  • Starbucks to unveil its web3-based rewards program next month
  • The age of brain-computer interfaces is on the horizon
  • Martı SPAC, Form 8-K
  • Monzo Growth