Weekly#417

  • Even the World’s Most-Vaccinated Economy Faces a Tough Reopening
  • DLD Conference Videos
  • Toyota begins building smart city near Mount Fuji
  • Amazon acquires Selz, a Shopify competitor that helps small businesses build online stores
  • How NASA Designed a Helicopter That Could Fly Autonomously on Mars
  • Google Mobile-First Indexing Deadline Is Around March 2021
  • MIT Technology Review: 10 Breakthrough Technologies
  • Firefox 86 brings multiple Picture-in-Picture, “Total Cookie Protection
  • Chip shortage may threaten PlayStation 5 supplies at Christmas
  • Starlink broadband speeds will double to 300Mbps “later this year
  • Nickelodeon creates Avatar Studios to create new Avatar, Legend of Korra content
  • Mission: Impossible 7 will stream on Paramount Plus just 45 days after it hits theaters
  • Nvidia made $5 billion during a GPU shortage and expects to do it again in Q1
  • Why Discord is switching from Go to Rust
  • Pfizer seeks to store vaccine at higher temperatures, easing logistics…that would allow vials to be stored at -25 to -15 degrees Celsius (-13°F to 5°F) for a total of two weeks.
  • Square purchased approximately 3,318 bitcoins at an aggregate purchase price of $170 million
  • Microsoft Word is getting text predictions next month
  • YouTube to launch parental control features for families with tweens and teens
  • Airbnb is introducing Flexible Search, which will allow users to forgo putting in exact dates when they look to book lodging on the platform
  • Spotify to Add 85 New Markets With 1 Billion People
  • Coinbase S-1 Document
  • Twitter announces paid Super Follows to let you charge for tweets
  • Twitter CFO says company is confident about strategy to double revenues in two years
  • Digital vaccination passports likely available before summer, Merkel says
  • Covid-19 has persuaded some parents that home-schooling is better
  • China’s economy could double in size by 2035 — and surpass the U.S. along the way