Weekly#420

  • Five Things We Know About Google’s Ad Changes After Cookies (WSJ)
  • What’s Ahead in the Second Year of COVID-19?
  • Roku to Acquire Nielsen’s Addressable TV Advertising Business
  • NFT marketplace OpenSea raises $23 million from a16z
  • Pinduoduo  788M annual active users
  • WhatsApp hires Amazon Pay’s Mahatme to lead India payments – sources
  • A mouse embryo has been grown in an artificial womb—humans could be next
  • Among Us’ new Airship map launches on March 31st
  • What working from home looks like
  • How the pandemic fueled a new criminal business model
  • Twitter begins testing a way to watch YouTube videos from the home timeline on iOS
  • NFL finalizes a new 11-year media rights deal, Amazon gets exclusive Thursday Night rights. “…Advertisers, meanwhile, are buying more in streaming TV, especially on internet-connected sets, where U.S. ad spending will total nearly $13.41 billion this year, up from nearly $9.03 billion in 2020, according to research firm eMarketer…”
  • “…My gut says that, for us, it’s still very important to physically be in touch with one another because collaboration isn’t always a planned activity. Innovation isn’t always a planned activity,” Cook said. “It’s bumping into each other over the course of the day and advancing an idea that you just had. And you really need to be together to do that…”
  • Google to Invest $7 Billion in Bet on Post-Pandemic Office…The tech giant says ‘coming together is core to its culture in announcing U.S. investment (WSJ)
  • Study finds 3-ft distancing in schools is enough—but the debate is far from over/ article link
  • BMW’s big electric car push: Selling 2 million new EVs by 2025
  • Microsoft PowerPoint can now help you practice presentations almost anywhere — no humans required
  • Chrome now instantly captions audio and video on the web
  • World-Wide Streaming Subscriptions Pass One Billion During Pandemic…Mass movie theatre closures caused global box-office revenue to drop more than $30 billion in 2020, Motion Picture Association says (WSJ)
  • 15 billion car locations. Nearly any country on Earth. ‘The Ulysses Group’ is pitching a powerful surveillance technology
  • Lenders are turning to coercive loan apps that shut down smartphones if customers fall behind on payments.
  • Covid: EU plans rollout of travel certificate before summer
  • From Remote Work to Hybrid Work: The Tech You’ll Need to Link Home and Office (WSJ)
  • Nvidia raises GeForce Now subscription plan to $10 per month
  • Morgan Stanley becomes the first big U.S. bank to offer its wealthy clients access to bitcoin funds
  • Visa Plans to Enable Bitcoin Payments at 70 Million Merchants