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  • US patents hit record 333,530 granted in 2019; IBM, Samsung (not the FAANGs) lead the pack
  • Facebook Backs Off Controversial Plan to Sell Ads in WhatsApp (paywall)
  • Visa is acquiring Plaid for $5.3 billion, 2x its final private valuation
  • Renewables will be cheaper than coal by 2026 in China – study
  • 25% of users watching Netflix on their iPhones also watch Disney+
  • Grubhub sale rumors highlight the state of the struggling food-delivery industry
  • Twitch’s loss of top streamers impacts hours watched and streamed in Q4 2019, report says
  • Mojo Vision is developing AR contact lenses
  • Copilot is a subscription personal finance tracker aiming to kill Mint
  • JWT The Future 100: 2020 Report [PDF]
  • Michael Moritz backs Turkish grocery start-up ($40m funding into ultrafast delivery company Getir) (paywall)
  • Hyundai and Kia put over $110M into UK electric delivery vehicles startup Arrival 
  • Alphabet Becomes Fourth U.S. Company to Reach $1 Trillion Market Value (paywall)
  • Germany to invest 86 bln euros to upgrade ageing railway network
  • DeepMind found an AI learning technique also works in human brains…An algorithm that learns through rewards may show how our brain does too
  • These living bricks use bacteria to build themselves
  • Here’s how just four satellites could provide worldwide internet


  • Here’s everything Google announced at CES 2020
  • California’s new privacy law, explained
  • Arduino launches a new modular platform for IoT development
  • In 2018, the oil and gas industries spent an estimated $1.75 billion on AI — a sum that is projected to balloon to $4 billion by 2025.
  • WSJ: Silicon Valley to Big Oil: We Can Manage Your Data Better Than You (paywall)
  • Amazon has sold more than 100 million Alexa devices
  • Google Assistant is now used by 500 million monthly active users
  • The new Bluetooth standard will be known as LE Audio and one of the biggest improvements it will include will be a feature called Multi-Stream Audio
  • Toyota will transform a 175-acre site in Japan into a ‘prototype city of the future
  • The End of the Beginning
  • Uber is bringing audio recording, irregular ride checks and authentication code safety features to India
  • Huawei unveils openEuler, CentOS-based Linux distribution
  • Warner Bros. Signs Deal for AI-Driven Film Management System 
  • A New Protein Source Made From Air Could Be A Planet-Saving Game Changer
  • Apple says its software business is booming
  • Bosch Deploys AI to Prevent Attacks on Cars’ Electronic Systems (paywall)


  • Samsung shipped more than 6.7 million Galaxy 5G smartphones in 2019
  • Grab and Singtel team up to apply for a digital full bank license in Singapore
  • Tesla battery researcher unveils new cell that could last 1 million miles in ‘robot taxis
  • Tesla’s market cap is now double Ford’s, after being eclipsed by it eight months ago
  • Will Apple get rid of the charging port, too? All signs point to portless iPhones
  • How streaming and other data demands take a toll on the environment
  • Amazon’s Biggest Threat Isn’t a Huge Competitor but a Collective
  • These Breakthroughs Made the 2010s the Decade of the Brain


  • Apple Has Secret Team Working on Satellites to Beam Data to Devices
  • Fjord 2020
  • SpaceX achieves key safety milestone for crewed flight with 10th parachute test
  • The Next Big Streaming Trend? Recommendations From Actual People
  • “…In 2016, researchers at Harvard and Syracuse University found that human cognitive function declined by about 15 percent when indoor CO₂ reached 945 parts per million, and crashed by 50 percent when indoor CO₂ reached 1,400 parts per million…”
  • Fintech’s next decade will look radically different
  • Amazon wants to patent technology that could identify shoppers by their hands
  • A.I. Is Making it Easier to Kill (You). | NYT
  • Elon Musk says Tesla will add Disney+ to its vehicles ‘soon
  • The State of JavaScript 2019
  • Uniqlo’s Tokyo warehouse is 90 percent robotic and yes, the robots can even fold shirts
  • VW’s prototype charging robot can find your EV in the parking garage
  • ‘This is the farming of the future’: the rise of hydroponic food labs
  • Spotify will ‘pause’ political ads in early 2020
  • A new trend: customers caring about how their purchases affect the planet
  • Futuristic hotels for business travelers in China and Japan
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