Weekly#421

  • The a16z Marketplace 100: 2021
  • Suez Canal Traffic Snarl Is Making Shipping Costs Skyrocket…Cost to ship a standard container to Europe has quadrupled…Rerouting around Africa would cost $300,000 just for the fuel…Suez Canal blockage is delaying an estimated $400 million an hour in goods
  • Are Electric Cars Really Better for the Environment (WSJ)
  • Zoom said Monday that it would start selling its videoconferencing technology so other companies can embed it in their own products (WSJ)
  • Amazon-backed Deliveroo seeks valuation of up to $12 billion in its London IPO
  • The Next Great Disruption Is Hybrid Work—Are We Ready?
  • 10 ways office work will never be the same
  • “…The biggest takeaway was that all the activities related to online dating ratcheted up during the pandemic. Conversations on average were 32 percent longer than they had been pre-pandemic and people matched — meaning both people found the other attractive — 42 percent more. There were about 20 percent more messages per day in February of this year than there had been in February of last year. The number of swipes on Tinder broke 3 billion in a single day for the first time in March of 2020, and then proceeded to surpass that benchmark 130 more times since…”
  • TSMC: How a Taiwanese chipmaker became a linchpin of the global economy
  • Exclusive: Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi to make EVs using Great Wall’s plant – sources
  • Xiaomi says to launch its own computer chip on March 29…flags rising costs of chips
  • Microsoft Is in Exclusive Talks to Acquire Discord…Deal valuing chat app at $10 billion or more could be completed next month (WSJ)
  • Some artists found a lifeline selling NFTs. Others worry it’s a trap.
  • Musicians Turn to NFTs to Make Up for Lost Revenue…Artists are connecting with fans and generating revenue by selling digital collectibles, even if they are hard to value (WSJ)
  • Private civilian astronaut training
  • Event Horizon Telescope captures new view of black hole in polarized light…Magnetic fields swirling around a black hole
  • Facebook is making a bracelet that lets you control computers with your brain…The device would let you interact with Facebook’s upcoming augmented-reality glasses just by thinking…It uses electromyography (EMG) to interpret electrical activity from motor nerves as they send information from the brain to the hand.
  • It’s been 20 years since the launch of Mac OS X
  • Fairphone suggests Qualcomm is the biggest barrier to long-term Android support
  • Global chip shortage worsens, forces production cuts at GM, Hyundai
  • “…Intel on Tuesday committed to a record $19 billion to $20 billion in capital expenditures this year, or about 45% above the company’s average annual capital expenditures over the past five years…” (WSJ)
  • Musk: Tesla accepts bitcoin as payment
  • Qualcomm is reportedly building a Nintendo Switch clone, powered by Android
  • New U.K. Currency Honors Alan Turing, Pioneering Computer Scientist And Code-Breaker
  • Researchers Found a Way to Send Tiny Robots Into Mouse Brains
  • Scientists discover how humans develop larger brains
  • A new study published in Nature Communications suggests lightning may have been a key component in making phosphorus available for organisms
  • Porsche adds the all-electric Taycan to its subscription program
  • Renewables met 97% of Scotland’s electricity demand in 2020
  • An Astronomer Just Laid Out a Navigation System For Interstellar Space Travel
  • Microsoft: Hydrogen fuel cells will enable data centers to completely rethink electrical systems
  • Gravitational lenses could allow a galaxy-wide internet
  • Tips for Managing Your Many Subscriptions…Audit your subscriptions. (WSJ)