Weekly#354
  • Pandora launches interactive voice ads
  • DataRobot is acquiring Paxata to add data prep to machine learning platform
  • Robot bartending company is handing out cash to the people it is replacing
  • Google Assistant’s interpreter mode is coming to iOS and Android
  • Blue Origin has now flown – and landed — the same rocket six times
  • Salesforce promotes Bret Taylor to president and COO
  • Chrome now warns you when your password has been stolen
  • NASA releases Martian water map for future astronauts

Weekly#353
  • Spotify’s Daniel Ek Has a Plan to Harness Hollywood for Podcasts and Create “the World’s No. 1 Audio Platform
  • Rocket Lab launches 10th Electron mission with successful rocket booster re-entry
  • Media Landscape
  • How Amazon’s Ring is creating a surveillance network with video doorbells
  • The first computer chip with a trillion transistors (paywall)
  • Waymo robotaxi app arrives on the App Store
  • 41 Cart Abandonment Rate Statistics
  • Amazon pushes cloud revolution into its second phase…AWS offers to put its cloud into the datacentres of its customers (paywall)
  • AWS speeds up Redshift queries 10x with AQUA
  • AWS Launches & Previews at re:Invent 2019 – Tuesday, December 3rd
  • AWS Launches & Previews at re:Invent 2019 – Wednesday, December 4th


Weekly#352
  • Alexa’s voice can now express disappointment and excitement
  • QZ:  The World In 50 Years
  • Pi-rate Radio
  • Farmers Put Cows in VR So They Can Chill
  • Yes, electric vehicles really are better than fossil fuel burners
  • How does a Brain-Computer Interface Work?
  • Scientists hit 21.6% perovskite cell efficiency using concentrator PV
  • Elon Musk: Tesla Cybertruck already has 200,000 pre-orders
  • Deutsche Telekom looking into a possible merger with Orange: Handelsblatt
  • Google is going to deploy Loon balloons in rural Peru…Loon’s solar-powered balloons reach altitudes of more than 12 miles (19.3 kilometres) above Earth and can cover areas within a 25-mile radius. Over the last decade, the company has improved the balloons’ life span to an average of 150 days (the record so far is 223 days).
  • How heat from the sun could help clean up steel and cement
  • Uber’s Shared Driver Accounts (paywall)
Weekly#351
  • VTEX, an e-commerce platform used by Walmart, raises $140M led by SoftBank’s LatAm fund
  • Time: Best Inventions of 2019
  • Storing Energy in Hydrogen
  • To cut down on bugs, Apple is changing how it develops its software
  • Google is killing Google Cloud Print
  • Why a robot pizza startup could be worth $4 billion
  • “Knowledge workers” could be the most impacted by future automation
  • Disney says its new Disney+ streaming service is so popular you can’t stream it
  • 10 lessons for Disney, Apple, and all the new streaming companies trying to take down Netflix
  • Google guesses what your political leanings are—but it’s a secret
Weekly#350
  • Tesla will unveil its ‘Cybertruck’ electric pickup on November 21st
  • Travis Kalanick’s Secret Startup, CloudKitchens (paywall)
  • Whatsapp is introducing Catalogs for Small Businesses
  • Alipay launches international e-wallet, giving foreigners access to mobile payment platform in first for China
  • Apple Eyes 2022 Release for AR Headset, 2023 for Glasses
  • More than 90% of large publishers use the Google ad server, DoubleClick for Publishers (paywall)
  • Next in Google’s Quest for Consumer Dominance—Banking (paywall)
  • Will Tesla and Google Kill the German Car?
  • New NASA app puts you in the pilot’s seat of Boeing’s Starliner or SpaceX’s Crew Dragon
  • The Curiosity rover detects oxygen behaving strangely on Mars
  • Disney+ has already attracted over 10 million subscribers
  • Dell Unveils Subscription Model to Counter Amazon, Microsoft
  • SpaceX launches another 60 Starlink satellites while setting two rocket reuse records
  • Google wants Chrome to offer instantaneous and native app-like experiences
  • The Science Is Extremely Clear: You Need to Prioritize Sleep
  • It Takes Two: How to Turn Job-Sharing Into a Promotion…and Another


Weekly#349
  • Elon Musk says building the first sustainable city on Mars will take 1,000 Starships and 20 years
  • Yandex has built a fleet of self-driving food-delivery robots
  • researchers from the University of Oxford recently determined that the probability of our entire species going extinct in any given year is as high as one in 14,000.
  • Electric cars are changing the cost of driving
  • Canso spaceport partners with U.S. company to recycle rockets in space…including hotels, research parks, fuel depots and storage centres.
  • Netflix, HBO and Cable Giants Are Coming for Password Cheats
  • Kepler achieves a world-first for satellite broadband with 100Mbps connection to the Arctic
  • OpenAI has published the text-generating AI it said was too dangerous to share
  • Microsoft Hololens 2
  • SoftBank Reveals $6.5 Billion Loss From Uber, WeWork Turmoil
Weekly#348
  • Massive, AI-Powered Robots Are 3D-Printing Entire Rockets
  • Google’s got a chief decision scientist. Here’s what she does
  • Ikea Catalog Covers | Argos Catalog
  • The five keys to a successful Google team
  • 1.5 Million Packages a Day: The Internet Brings Chaos to N.Y. Streets
  • McDonald’s delivery is now available across 950 of its sites across the UK and accounts for just over 10% of all its UK business
  • Google is acquiring Fitbit for $2.1 billion
  • Small satellite startup Kepler opens sign-ups for its IoT developer kits
  • Blade Runner: How well did the film predict 2019’s tech?
  • Google Introduces Huge Universal Language Translation Model: 103 Languages Trained on Over 25 Billion Examples
Weekly#347
  • AWS Customers Rack Up Hefty Bills for Moving Data (paywall)
  • Google Claims a Quantum Breakthrough That Could Change Computing
  • Tesla Returns To Profitability, Smashes Analyst Estimates
  • “The Last of Us Part II” is now scheduled to arrive on PlayStation 4 on May 29, 2020
  • Some of the universe’s heavier elements are created by neutron star collisions
  • Netflix launches Rs 199 ($2.8) mobile-only monthly plan in India
  • An Uber boss insists its flying taxis will be fully functional by 2023, and says the company is talking with NASA to find a way to manage air traffic
  • The think tank Carbon Tracker Initiative reported that four in five coal plants in the European Union were unprofitable and utilities faced losses of nearly 6.6 billion euros this year.
  • Apple Pay Overtakes Starbucks as Most Popular Mobile Payment Platform in the US
  • No one expected The Athletic could get people to pay for sports news. Now it has 600,000 subscribers.
  • ‘Whoa, it worked!!’: Elon Musk successfully tweeted using a Starlink satellite for the first time…SpaceX plans to start offering Starlink broadband services in 2020
  • “If you’re creating a paid-for product, you have to start charging from day one.”
  • AI Weekly: In China, you can no longer buy a smartphone without a face scan
  • Archive of memos
  • Gartner’s top 10 strategic predictions for 2020
Weekly#346
  • SpaceX seeks permission to launch 30,000 more satellites
  • Rocket Lab successfully launches fifth Electron rocket this year
  • Generation Z doesn’t always want to hear from you, they’re less likely than millennials to be okay with being reachable at all times.
  • University of Artificial Intelligence launched in Abu Dhabi
  • Few aeroplanes land automatically but new systems could make this the norm
  • Netflix Q3 earnings exceed estimates, despite disappointing US subscriber growth
  • Volvo unveils its first electric car, the XC40 Recharge
  • Canva, now valued at $3.2 billion, launches an enterprise product
  • Google Maps adds more Waze-like features, including driving-incident reports
  • Nintendo announced Thursday that they had sold 15 million units of Switch console in North America
  • HBO Max scores all 21 Studio Ghibli films


Weekly#345
  • Virgin Orbit plans to launch first commercial small satellites to Mars
  • Uber’s newest feature alerts drivers that pets will be joining the ride
  • (Pivot) Dyson kills its electric car project and turns to solid-state batteries…Dyson  said it will end its electric vehicle project after determining it could not make the car commercially viable or find a buyer…
  • NASA Administrator ‘very confident’ SpaceX crew launch could happen in early 2020
  • Steam will soon let you play local-only multiplayer games with far off friends
  • Amazon Music arrives on Apple TV
  • Get ready to see more looping videos on Spotify, as Canvas launches into beta
  • Yandex introduces an Echo Dot-style smart speaker
  • Chinese citizens will soon need to scan their face before they can access internet services or get a new phone number
  • Elon Musk says that NASA is free to share all SpaceX IP with ‘anyone it wants
  • Autonomous vehicles won’t save cities without sharing
  • Nanoscale 3D printing technique is 1,000 times faster
  • Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan
  • Robots to Replace 200,000 Banking Jobs: Report
Weekly#344
  • NASA’s first all-electric experimental X-plane is ready for testing
  • Maisie Williams’ startup Daisie is preparing for new partnerships, funding
  • HTC stopped innovating on smartphones, new CEO admits
  • NASA shares 3D Moon data for CG artists and creators
  • PayPal is the first company to drop out of the Facebook-led Libra Association
  • Amazon’s video app is back in Apple’s App Store. But get ready to see more streaming fights.
  • 3D-printed rocket company to begin commercial launches in 2021
  • The Netherlands Surpasses Wildest Predictions For Tesla Model 3 Sales
  • Nasa invites bids from firms to build lunar lander for 2024 mission
  • The rise of the financial machines (Paywall) “…Funds run by computers that follow rules set by humans account for 35% of America’s stockmarket, 60% of institutional equity assets and 60% of trading activity…”
  • “…Rising precious metals prices are luring criminals to target  catalytic converters which use platinum, palladium or rhodium…”
  • Text-generating AI is getting better and better — but it’s not yet contest-winning good.
  • Watch the Open Future Festival


Weekly#343
  • Amazon launches Amazon Care, a virtual and in-person healthcare offering for employees
  • The Guardian: The 100 best books of the 21st century
  • Grammarly gets a tone detector
  • “…companies all have multi-class stock structures, meaning that some of their stock — usually that which belongs to the founders — has much more powerful voting rights than others and therefore much more impact when it comes to company decisions…”
  • Paperspace adds machine learning model development pipeline to GPU service
  • Training a single AI model can emit as much carbon as five cars in their lifetimes
  • Windows 10 is used on over 900 million devices
  • How Amazon’s Ring is creating a surveillance network with video doorbells
  • Car subscription service Cluno discloses €140M in debt financing
  • Equinor wins opportunity to develop the world’s largest offshore wind farm
  • Struggling Farmers See Bright Spot in Solar ($)…“…Farmers have two options for adding solar power on their farms: lease land for energy companies to generate power to funnel electricity into the grid, as the Nielsens are doing; or install their own solar panels to cut their electricity bills. Both methods can amount to more than $1,000 a month in improved margins, according to farmers and renewable-energy advocates…
  • Energy and food together: Under solar panels, crops thrive
  • Generate income by generating power – Hong Kong homes close to selling solar power under new ‘feed-in tariff’ scheme
  • Alibaba unveils self-developed AI chip for cloud computing services
  • IKEA expects to offer home solar panels in stores across all its markets in 2025

  • From Ben Evans
  • Pinterest’s Lens can now recognize 2.5 billion home and fashion objects
  • Facebook experiments with AI-powered styling program
  • Amazon Changed Search Algorithm in Ways That Boost Its Own Products ($)