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Weekly#397

  • “…Capital markets think a new era is dawning: conventional banks now account for only 72% of the total market value of the global banking and payments industry, down from 81% at the start of the year…”
  • Owning an electric car really does save money, Consumer Reports finds…Most EVs are $6,000-$10,000 cheaper to operate than an equivalent vehicle.
  • A NASA mission is about to capture carbon-rich dust from a former water world
  • IBM to split into two companies by end of 2021…As-yet unnamed “NewCo” will handle IBM’s “managed infrastructure services.”
  • Computer Scientists Break Traveling Salesperson Record
  • The future of the Belt has begun in first trailer for The Expanse S5
  • Amazon unveils its new electric delivery vans built by Rivian…
  • The delivery giant aims to have 10,000 vehicles on the road by 2022
  • Microsoft Edge gets free 24-hour video calls, screenshot tool, and shopping features
  • AMD Is in Advanced Talks to Buy Xilinx (WSJ)
  • Two women share chemistry Nobel in historic win for ‘genetic scissors
  • Waymo finally launches an actual public, driverless taxi service
  • Ant’s IPO Runs Low on Time to Avoid U.S. Election Turbulence
  • Digital money Ant Group and fintech come of age
  • Microsoft app store playbook swipes at Apple, Google
  • NVIDIA Uses AI to Slash Bandwidth on Video Calls
  • Pentagon wants SpaceX delivering cargo around the globe — and a live test could come next year
  • Microsoft Thinks You’ve Been Missing Your Commute in Lockdown (WSJ)”…‘Virtual commutes’ on Teams aim to rebuild the boundaries between work and home life, and signify the tech firm’s move into corporate well-being…”
  • “…The committee asserted repeatedly that Amazon dominates U.S. e-commerce. The company’s market share of U.S. online sales is often said to be about 39%, but the figure is as high as 74% across a range of product categories, according to the report, which also called out practices of other large tech companies…” WSJ
  • How 10 billion people could live well by 2050 – using as much energy as we did 60 years ago
  • On Oct. 1, AT&T stopped selling digital-subscriber-line connections
  • Amazon’s Growing Ad Business Could Forever Change Tech
  • Apple TV now plays YouTube videos in 4K, with limits