Weekly#375

  • New Google Lens features to help you be more productive at home
  • How Lyft intends to navigate and survive COVID-19
  • Your iPhone will soon be able to tell 911 about your medical conditions and allergies
  • Remote work is a huge opportunity for high-impact climate policy
  • Intel Is Acting Like Only the Paranoid Survive. The CEO Wants It to Stay That Way…Bob Swan sees a future company of more empowered managers: ‘If you know the right thing to do, just go do it… For instance, as the pandemic spread, many customers ordered more chips for PCs that were in high demand as employees shifted to working from home. Cloud-computing giants, including Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp., also wanted more chips to cater to growing demand in the work-from-home economy…”(Paywall)
  • Zoom acquires Keybase to get end-to-end encryption expertise
  • Dropbox has 14.6 million paid subscribers
  • Walmart is piloting a pricier 2-hour Express grocery delivery service
  • Ocado said that retail sales were up by 40 per cent in the second quarter (paywall)
  • GitHub Codespaces lets you code in your browser without any setup

COVID-19

  • “…The changes in our traffic light system to assist pedestrians and avoid build-ups of pedestrians at crossings actually preclude a return to previous high levels of private car use…”
  • Property Investors See Fiber-Optic Cables as ‘Railroads of the Future’ (paywall)
  • NHS reveals source code behind the contact-tracing app
  • Roaming ‘robodog’ politely tells Singapore park-goers to keep apart
  • Facebook to allow employees to work remotely until year-end
  • Google will let most employees work remotely until the end of 2020
  • Microsoft updates WFH policy, lets employees work remotely through October
  • Zoom Bachelorette, Minimum Viable Shows, and the nature of celebrity in quarantine