Weekly#498

  • Software fees to make up 10% of John Deere’s revenues by 2030
  • Code 2022 Videos
  • New attack can unlock and start a Tesla Model Y in seconds, say researchers
  • Starbucks details its blockchain-based loyalty platform and NFT community, Starbucks Odyssey
  • For more than 20 years, Massive software has spawned armies of artificially intelligent crowds, from Lord of the Rings to Avengers: Endgame.
  • Apple’s iOS 16 is now available to download
  • Google closes $5.4B Mandiant acquisition
  • “…Internal Meta research: Instagram users spend 17.6M hours/day on Reels vs. 197.8M hours/day on TikTok; ~1/3 of Reels are recycled posts from other platforms…” (WSJ)
  • Towards the end of 2022, the human population on Earth is expected to reach eight billion
  • The electrolyser is expected to have an output of 1100 Nm3/h hydrogen at normal current density. This equals 100 kg of pure hydrogen per hour, which will set a new standard for the industry
  • SoftBank Considers Launching a Third Vision Fund…The successor Vision Fund 2 is now worth 19% less than the $49 billion it invested… (WSJ)
  • Zoom Readies Email and Calendar Products to Defend Itself Against Microsoft, Google (The Information)
  • Starbucks and DoorDash launch delivery partnership, will expand offering nationwide in 2023
  • Instagram is internally testing a new monetization feature for creators called ‘Gifts
  • SWIFT Financial-Messaging System Pilots Blockchain Project
  • “…one of the estimated one billion customers around the globe using neobanks, according to analysis by German strategy consultants Simon-Kucher…” (FT)
  • World Intellectual Property Report 2022 [PDF]
  • “…Starlink is now on all seven continents! In such a remote location like Antarctica, this capability is enabled by Starlink’s space laser network…”
  • QR codes
  • The Secret Life of Selfies: How a Beauty Tech Startup Is Using AI to Match Faces With Products

Weekly#497

  • Apple Event: Everything Unveiled from iPhone 14 to Apple Watch 8
  • iOS 16 launches September 12
  • Steve Jobs archive
  • Predictive Maintenance: Developed by New York-based startup Augury Inc., the technology has helped Frito-Lay add some 4,000 hours a year of manufacturing capacity—the equivalent of several million pounds of snacks coming off the production line (WSJ)
  • Stanford classes on crypto
  • Microsoft invests in Travis Kalanick’s CloudKitchens start-up (FT)
  • AWS Compute Cost Calculator
  • ‘We don’t have enough’ lithium globally to meet EV targets
  • Google upgrades its Apple AirDrop competitor ‘Nearby Share’ and five other Android updates
  • Spotify exec says the company will begin testing audiobooks ‘very soon
  • Mercedes-Benz and Rivian partner to jointly build electric vans in Europe
  • US state of Virginia has more datacenter capacity than Europe or China

Weekly#496

  • Apple Watch Pro 2022 (Rumors)
  • AI detects 20,000 hidden taxable swimming pools in France
  • WhatsApp grocery shopping is already huge in Brazil
  • Rocket Lab planning to launch private Venus mission in May 2023
  • Switchbot Lock Review
  • Audi will build F1 engines, entering the sport in 2026.”…VW Group will actually fund two F1 programs, one with Audi and a second with Porsche, which is in the process of acquiring a 50 percent stake in Red Bull Technologies…
  • An iPhone 14 satellite link could depend on Apple cutting a deal with wireless carriers
  • Apple overtakes Android to pass 50% share of smartphones used in US (FT)
  • The smartphone is the new sun
  • China’s Pinduoduo Quietly Launches U.S. E-Commerce Site Temu (WSJ)
  • Apple eases subscription path to Xcode Cloud to keep devs in the ecosystem
  • Google launches third-party Play Store billing pilot
  • Merge requests and insecure GitHub workflows may lead to supply-chain attacks
  • Lenovo’s Glasses T1 let you bring a private big screen display with you
  • Netflix Ad Tier Launch Moved Up to November
  • Worldwide Shipments of PCs and Tablets Forecast to Decline in 2022
  • Microsoft Combat Goggles Win First US Army Approval for Delivery
  • Underwater datacenter will open for business this year
  • Android 13 review
  • The Road to Electric Car Supremacy in Five Charts
  • U.S. officials order Nvidia to halt sales of top AI chips to China

Weekly#495

  • McKinsey Technology Trends Outlook 2022
  • E-Commerce revenue to shrink for the first time ever
  • Surgery Simulation Startup FundamentalVR Raises $20 Million (WSJ)
  • Viral Post Generator “…A simple tool that might make you a “Linkedin Influencer” After analyzing 100,000+ viral posts on Linkedin…”
  • The Mere Presence of One’s Own Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity
  • Spectral, a web3 credit score company
  • …A volunteer with severe liver disease will soon undergo a procedure that could lead them to grow a second liver
  • Artemis 1 Launch Will Test NASA’s Mission to Return Humans to the Moon (WSJ)
  • Apple event, Sep 7
  • The GPU surplus has arrived
  • Websites Can Identify If You’re Using iPhone’s New ‘Lockdown’ Mode
  • Pleton…its Q4 2022 earnings, the company reported a $1.2 billion operating loss, a 28 percent revenue drop
  • Twitter is becoming a podcast app
  • Google has opened up the waitlist to talk to its experimental AI chatbot
  • DuckDuckGo Email Protection Beta
  • “…White House issues new policy that will require, by 2026, all federally-funded research results to be freely available to public without delay…”
  • iOS 16 can detect when you’ve saved duplicate photos on your iPhone
  • Artificial intelligence model can detect Parkinson’s from breathing patterns
  • James Webb telescope captures surreal images of Jupiter’s auroras
  • …Apple’s business model “is evolving from maximising unit growth to maximising installed-base monetisation
  • Smart Contract Head to Head — Ethereum vs. Flow
  • Popular Design Patterns for Microservices Architectures
  • China’s 19 New Measures to Bolster Economic Growth

Weekly#494

  • A New Attack Can Unmask Anonymous Users on Any Major Browser
  • 2022 CWE Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Weaknesses
  • The Open Source Software Security Mobilization Plan
  • How The New York Times Uses Machine Learning To Make Its Paywall Smarter
  • 2022 State of the API Report
  • Inside the software that will become the next battle front in US-China chip war…The US has moved to restrict export of electronic design automation (EDA) software
  • Red Hat OpenShift adds heterogenous clusters mixing x86, Arm
  • Tesla expands Powerwall-to-grid program to cover most of California…Utility companies are offering $2 per kWh for power stored in battery tech
  • A new strain of avian flu is decimating wild birds…In a pre-Covid 19 world, the deaths of 86mn birds would have been a global news story (FT)
  • HTTP/3 Support for Amazon CloudFront
  • The James Webb Space Telescope runs JavaScript
  • Five years later, Google is still all-in on Kotlin
  • Non-canonical odor coding in the mosquito
  • Netflix’s ad-supported plan may block offline viewing, code suggests
  • ‘Lord of the Rings’ Acquired by Embracer Group
  • Netflix’s ad-supported plan may block offline viewing, code suggests
  • TikTok launches new ad solutions with smarter targeting and amplified product discovery
  • Google blocks third record-breaking DDoS attack in as many months…46 million requests per second network flood comes as attacks increase by more than 200% compared to last year
  • VPN bypass vulnerability in Apple iOS

Weekly#493

  • Disney Plus in the third quarter to reach a total of 152 million and 221 million across all its services…Disney has finally surpassed Netflix in overall streaming subscribers
  • Disney is increasing the price of its ad-free Disney+ subscription to $10.99
  • Microsoft has decided to open a store in India’s Open Network for Digital Commerce
  • “…AWS saw revenues climb 36 percent from the prior year, while Microsoft reported its cloud biz saw year-over-year growth of 40 percent…”
  • Teens, Social Media and Technology 2022
  • Spotify starts selling live music tickets to fans directly
  • Everything Samsung Unpacked at its August 2022 Event
  • The collapse in cryptocurrencies is easing supply of the most sought after watches on the second-hand market, depressing prices for hard-to get-Patek Philippe and Rolex models.
  • Amazon has become the third-biggest digital advertising company behind Google and Facebook, hitting $31 billion in ad revenue in 2021
  • DevOps and Cloud InfoQ Trends Report – June 2022
  • AI, ML, and Data Engineering InfoQ Trends Report—August 2022
  • …Among the hundreds of new car models for sale in the United States this year, only about 30 can be purchased with a manual transmission. Electric cars, which now account for more than 5 percent of car sales, don’t even have gearboxes
  • …Amazon’s Roomba Deal Is Really About Mapping Your Home… the maps also represent a wealth of data for marketers. The size of your house is a pretty good proxy for your wealth. A floor covered in toys means you likely have kids. A household without much furniture is a household to which you can try to sell more furniture. This is all useful intel for a company such as Amazon which, you may have noticed, is in the business of selling stuff
  • Pearson looks to NFTs to profit from second-hand textbook sales
  • The global semiconductor shortage is causing more than 100,000 vehicles to be dropped from North American production schedules this week.
  • Impacts of climate change on pathogenic human diseases
  • 99 percent of Netflix subscribers haven’t tried its games yet…Netflix’s games see 1.7 million daily users
  • Crypto-driven GPU crash makes Nvidia miss Q2 projections by $1.4 billion
  • Delivery Hero Architecture Reviews
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      • Proposed changes to our reliability manifesto or architecture guideline

Weekly#492

  • Pinterest said global monthly active users declined by 5% from a year earlier to 433 million
  • Netflix Is Scrambling to Learn the Ad Business It Long Disdained (WSJ)
  • Amazon is buying iRobot for $1.7B
  • Most Mobile Game Genres See Revenue Declines in the U.S. During H1 2022 as Industry Headwinds Bite
  • YouTube rolls out experimental ‘pinch to zoom’ feature for Premium users
  • Researchers who previously revived some brain cells in dead pigs succeeded in repeating the process in more organs.
  • The Spotify System Model: Automated Architecture Visualization at Spotify
  • Google’s video chat merger begins: Now there are two “Google Meet” apps
  • Maintaining customer engagement is critical to maximizing long-term customer value in financial services
  • Uber reports positive cash flow for the first time… Ride-sharing group hits its target after burning through $25bn since being founded in 2009 (FT)
  • HBO Max, Discovery+ to Merge Into Single Streaming Platform Starting in Summer 2023
  • With plans to create realistic synthetic embryos, grown in jars, Renewal Bio is on a journey to the horizon of science and ethics.
  • Starbucks to unveil its web3-based rewards program next month
  • The age of brain-computer interfaces is on the horizon
  • Martı SPAC, Form 8-K
  • Monzo Growth

Weekly#491

  • Delivery Hero’s Platform business at adjusted EBITDA break-even already during Q2 2022
  • Google’s DeepMind AI Reveals 3D Structures of the ‘Entire Protein Universe
  • The Net-Zero Industry Tracker
  • “...Google’s latest blog post details the second delay to the shutdown of third-party tracking cookies. Google says it will now support the tracking method until “the second half of 2024
  • Apple Needs Another Affordable 5G iPhone
  • defining stablecoins; latest on NFTs; policy moves
  • a16z is Moving to the Cloud
  • Global smartphone shipments hit lowest point since pandemic start
  • Apple Reports Third Quarter Results…iPhone and Services drive June quarter record revenue
  • Rapid Loss of Smell Predicts Dementia and Smaller Brain Areas Linked to Alzheimer’s
  • Polymath Robotics launches plug-and-play autonomy software for any industrial vehicle
  • Ant Group IPO set for further delay as Jack Ma plans to give up control (FT:Lex)
  • Walmart Hawks Refurbished Goods to Inflation-Squeezed Shoppers
  • NASA To Send Two More Helicopters To Mars For 2033 Sample Return
  • Amazon.com Announces Second Quarter Results
  • If This Is a Recession, We Might Not Know for Months (WSJ)

Weekly#490

  • How the Metaverse Will Remake Your Strategy
  • Amazon has started drastically reducing the number of items it sells under its own brands, and the company has discussed the possibility of exiting the private-label business entirely (WSJ)
  • The Amazon customers said they saved 10% to 40% on computing costs by renting Graviton servers (The Information)
  • Tesla dumped 75% of its Bitcoin holdings
  • Google to pause all hiring for two weeks
  • SAP’s quarterly revenue beats estimates, trims 2022 profit outlook
  • Toyota plans to roll out hydrogen fuel-cell trucks for the Japanese market next year
  • Ocado Falls as Losses Grow on Britain’s Cost-of-Living Crisis
  • Netflix loses 970,000 subscribers, says ads and new fees are key to recovery
  • Xbox becomes first game console to formally support Discord voice chat
  • Microsoft launches simulator to train drone AI systems
  • Brain-Computer Interface Startup Implants First Device in US Patient
  • Amazon Announces General Availability of EC2 M1 Mac Instances to Build and Test on macOS
  • UK set to have world’s biggest automated drone superhighway
  • How China is creating new foods in space

Weekly#489

  • NASA’s Webb Delivers Deepest Infrared Image of Universe
  • James Webb telescope finds evidence of water in atmosphere of planet WASP-96 b, 1,150 light-years away.
  • YouTube TV Now Has More Than 5 Million Users, Topping Hulu’s Live TV Service
  • Inside Apple’s Eight-Year Struggle to Build a Self-Driving Car
  • iPadOS 16 Review
  • Amazon launches cancer vaccine clinical trial in partnership with Fred Hutchinson
  • BMW starts selling heated seat subscriptions for $18 a month
  • India set to overtake China as the world’s most populous country in 2023, UN says
  • America’s new agricultural frontier: vertical farms (FT)
  • Japanese researchers reveal plans for massive artificial-gravity buildings on moon
  • Artificial intelligence model finds potential drug molecules a thousand times faster
  • Stripe Cuts Internal Valuation by 28% (WSJ)…Payments processor was last valued by private investors at $95 billion
  • Netflix Surprised Everyone by Picking Microsoft as Its Partner for Ad-Supported Streaming