Weekly#413

  • Benedict Evans: The great unbundling
  • Bill Gates: It’s not too soon to start thinking about the next pandemic
  • Clubhouse announces plans for creator payments …raised around $100 million led by existing investor Andreessen Horowitz at a $1 billion post-money valuation
  • Most of the World’s Pilots Are No Longer Flying for a Living
  • How the chaos of 2020 will shape the next decade, according to 8 design experts
  • More than 260 airports around the globe are currently at risk of coastal flooding, and dozens could be below mean sea level by the turn of the century, the research published in the journal Climate Risk Management found.
  • Apple says there are now over 1 billion active iPhones…with 1.65 billion Apple devices in use overall
  • Apple’s App Tracking Transparency feature will be enabled by default and arrive in ‘early spring’ on iOS
  • Facebook predicts ‘significant’ obstacles to ad targeting and revenue in 2021
    •   Facebook also highlighted two broad economic trends that it says it has benefited from during the pandemic:
      • The “ongoing shift toward online commerce”
      • “The shift in consumer demand toward products and away from services
  • Google spells out consequences of Apple’s privacy push and IDFA changes
  • Google has been testing a new API (a software interface) called Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC) that acts as an effective replacement signal for third-party cookies. The API exists as a browser extension within Google Chrome.
  • Tesla reports its first annual profit…Tesla made a $721 million profit thanks to $1.58 billion in regulatory credits.
  • WhatsApp adds biometric authentication to its web and desktop versions
  • Tesla is willing to license Autopilot and has already had ‘preliminary discussions’ about it with other automakers
  • Tesla Model S refreshed with a radically redesigned interior and 520-mile range
  • Starlink Now Own a Quarter of All Active Satellites…SpaceX adds laser links to Starlink satellites to serve Earth’s polar areas
  • Peacock hit 33 million signups before The Office even arrived
  • YouTube has paid more than $30 billion to creators, artists, and others over the last three years
  • HBO Max hits 40 million US subscribers…two years ahead of schedule
  • Apple Watch Series 7 Rumored to Feature Blood Glucose Monitoring
  • Plex is launching a game subscription service filled with Atari games
  • How WallStreetBets Pushed GameStop Shares to the Moon
  • Mobility has reached a tipping point. More than 250 new models of battery electric vehicles (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) will be introduced in the next two years alone, and as many as 130 million EVs could be sharing roads the world over by 2030