Weekly#334

  • Burgernomics: The Big Mac index  was invented by The Economist in 1986 as a lighthearted guide to whether currencies are at their “correct” level.
  • Apple Dominates App Store Search Results, Thwarting Competitors…Searches for ‘music,’ ‘audiobooks’ and other categories rank company apps first, a process some developers find unfair; Apple says algorithm doesn’t give own products an advantage…(paywall)
  • YouTube probably generates $16 billion to $25 billion in annual revenue, making the video service big enough to crack the top half of the Fortune 500.
  • AWS Well-Architected Labs
  • Apple’s spending $1 billion to buy most of Intel’s 5G modem business
  • Moon has more water ice than previously thought…UCLA study suggests that there may be enough water to sustain a future lunar settlement
  • Carbon nanotube films created at Rice University enable method to recycle waste heat
  • AT&T loses nearly 1 million TV customers after raising DirecTV prices
  • Netflix thought it would have 5 million new subscribers this quarter. Instead it added 2.7 million
  • Unity, now valued at $6B, raising up to $525M
  • AWS yearly run rate is $33 billion…Google Cloud’s run rate is now over $8B
  • Why Innovation Labs Fail, and How to Ensure Yours Doesn’t
  • Stackery lets AWS Lambda developers debug their serverless programs locally on a laptop
  • AWS gets a chatbot
  • SoftBank Rolls Out Second Tech Megafund, With Apple Among Top Investors…Japanese banks and Microsoft are among those that have committed to $108 billion Vision Fund 2 (paywall)
  • Tesla says its new self-driving chip will help make its cars autonomous