Weekly#385

  • The Next Phase of the Retail Apocalypse: Stores Reborn as E-Commerce Warehouses (WSJ, paywall)
  • Researchers develop laser-based underwater WiFi system for sub-sea data networks
  • Zoom introduces all-in-one home communications appliance for $599
  • Jack Ma’s fintech giant tops 1.3 billion users globally
  • Fertility rate: ‘Jaw-dropping’ global crash in children being born… Researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation showed the global fertility rate nearly halved to 2.4 in 2017 – and their study, published in the Lancet, projects it will fall below 1.7 by 2100.
  • SpaceX’s Starlink asks potential service testers for addresses, says private beta starts this summer
  • Twitter introduces a new, fully rebuilt developer API, launching next week
  • Uber acquires Routematch as it drives deeper into public transit in hunt for SaaS revenue
  • Searching for Video? Google Pushes YouTube Over Rivals
  • Waldo is a ‘no code’ automated mobile testing service that anyone can use
  • Monzo launches new Monzo Plus with software features it hopes users will want to pay for…Costing £5 per month, rather than bundle a host of perks that might otherwise be up-sold individually, such as travel or gadget insurance or additional cash-back and merchant discounts, as many other banks and fintechs do, this third Monzo Plus attempt is more akin to a paid-for software upgrade.
  • It costs the U.S. government about 2 cents to produce every penny
  • CERN: Physicists Report the Discovery of Unique New Particle
  • WebGazer.js
  • Digital Transformation: Powering the Great Reset (World Economic Forum)
    • 1. Transform into a digital business across seven dimensions: new value creation; digital-at-the-core business models; intelligent and agile operating models; localized and resilient supply chains; real-time decisions at the edge; data-driven investment decisions; and augmented talent
    • 2. Empower all stakeholders: employees, consumers, suppliers, partners, government and society
    • 3. Effect systems change through digitally-enabled collaboration models that correct market failures