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Weekly#400

  • Apple reports record $64.7 billion revenue in Q4 2020 despite iPhone delay
  • Amazon reports $96.1 billion in Q3 2020 revenue: AWS up 29%, subscriptions up 33%, and ‘other’ up 51%…Subscription services were up 33% to $6.58 billion. This segment mainly constitutes Amazon Prime and its 150 million paid members.
  • SpaceX Starlink public beta begins: It’s $99 a month plus $500 up front…About 3% of Starlink satellites have failed so far
  • making Ocado’s operations streamlined and efficient—in just 5 minutes robotics can complete 50,000 orders
  • US grid-battery costs dropped 70% over 3 years
  • Amazon launches shopping website in Sweden
  • UK study finds evidence of waning antibody immunity to COVID-19 over time
  • Microsoft cloud business gathers steam as pandemic boosts growth
  • Visa to Acquire YellowPepper
  • Visa’s Planned Purchase of Plaid Faces Antitrust Scrutiny at the Justice Department (WSJ)
  • No Implants Needed For Precise Control Deep Into The Brain
  • Don’t fear AI. It will lead to long-term job growth.
  • Apple is quietly building a search rival to Google ahead of the DOJ’s landmark antitrust case, according to a report…Apple develops alternative to Google search
  • Sony sets 100m sales target for new PlayStation 5 console (FT)
  • Marketers Try New Data Tools to Navigate Pandemic…Analytics platforms developed by marketers’ agencies collate information on everything from foot traffic to local pandemic restrictions (WSJ)
  • WhatsApp is now delivering roughly 100 billion messages a day
  • Under Armour to sell MyFitnessPal for $345 million, after acquiring it in 2015 for $475 million
  • Smartphone shipments dip in China for Q3, led by Huawei decline
  • PlayStation CEO says VR won’t be a ‘meaningful’ part of gaming for years
  • The Simple Rule That Could Keep COVID-19 Deaths Down
  • Corsair acquires EpocCam, a webcam app for iPhone
  • Google’s AI converts webpages into videos
  • Humans have been living in space for 20 years straight
  • These drones will plant 40,000 trees in a month. By 2028, they’ll have planted 1 billion
  • “…Even if people now work from home only one day a week, how many retailers will experience that as a 20% decline in footfall…”



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