Weekly#429

  • Real Time Retail 
  • China has landed a rover on Mars for the first time—here’s what happens next
  • Another media acquisition? This one would involve Amazon, MGM, and ~$9B
  • Toy Retailer Rolls Out Online Shopping for Kids as Young as 3 (WSJ)
  • Spotify will auto-transcribe podcasts over the coming weeks
  • How space weather could wreck NASA’s return to the moon…A new study suggests that extreme solar activity might make future Artemis missions too dangerous to launch later this decade.
  • Apple launches an affiliate program for paid podcast subscriptions
  • How HugoApp squashed Uber in Central America
  • As Covid mutations spread, will herd immunity ever be possible?
  • Here’s who owns everything in Big Media today
  • Android 12 Preview, Google Blog Post
  • China’s JD Logistics set to raise $3.2 billion in Hong Kong IPO
  • Snap announces new Spectacles AR glasses, which let you overlay digital objects on the real world
  • Snap emphasizes commerce in updates to its camera and AR platforms
  • Tencent Q1 profit rises 65% as online gaming revenue climbs
  • Denial of Electricity Service Could Become Next Geopolitical Weapon…with electricity expected to account for a large share of the world’s energy use by 2050, the stakes are high (WSJ)
  • Google announces its first-ever physical retail store
  • 20 percent of Switch sales now going to households that already had a Switch
  • Google, Samsung, and Fitbit team up to save Wear OS
  • factory14 raises $200M to jump into the Amazon marketplace roll-up race
  • Bain Capital Ventures raised $1.3 billion to fund young startups, and young VC firms
  • The top 50 companies by value added $4.5 trillion of stock market capitalization in 2020, taking their combined worth to about 28% of global gross domestic product
  • Opera brings its gaming browser to mobile
  • Ethereum Staking Will Drop Power Consumption by 99%
  • There are over 3 billion active Android devices