Weekly#380

  • Volkswagen launches home EV charging system sales ahead of ID.3 vehicle deliveries
  • WarnerMedia tries to simplify HBO branding by sunsetting HBO Go and renaming HBO Now
  • Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb’s Vibrations…The so-called lamphone technique allows for real-time listening in on a room that’s hundreds of feet away.
  • Scientists Have Discovered Vast Unidentified Structures Deep Inside the Earth
  • Their dining rooms are closed, their margins have evaporated, and their industry is in turmoil. But a handful of restaurateurs are rebuilding their operations around takeout—without paying sky-high delivery fees. (WSJ) “…Among these survivors are restaurants that behave more like direct-to-consumer brands selling cosmetics, mattresses and bidets on the internet. The platforms they’re using to help them succeed—which include Tock, Toast, Your Fare, BentoBox and others—are to their online sales and delivery operations what Shopify is to a half million sellers of consumer goods on the internet…”
  • Americans spend billions to look good in lockdown…”…Overall US health and beauty sales in the period rose by $3.74bn, or 13 per cent, from a year ago to $32.2bn. Ecommerce led the increase, up 31 per cent to $9.28bn, encouraged by social media influencers who have been providing self-care tips…” (FT)
  • People Aren’t Visiting Branches. Banks Are Wondering How Many They Actually Need. (WSJ)
  • Included with your next apartment: VR pods and esports arenas
  • The Coming Disruption – Scott Galloway predicts a handful of elite cyborg universities will soon monopolize higher education