Weekly#488

  • Apple’s latest security : Lockdown Mode, link2, link3
  • Amazon.com Inc.  agreed to add Grubhub to its suite of Prime services in the U.S., in a deal aimed at expanding the food-ordering company’s reach by tapping Amazon’s membership program (WSJ)
  • Europe wants a high-speed rail network to replace airplanes
  • World’s first commercial sand battery begins energy storage in Finland
  • Switzerland’s 20 million kWh ‘water battery’ is now operational
  • “…As money leaves the market (see below), fundraises are likely to slow from 2021’s a company raising a new round every 6-9 months back to the historical norms of a company raising a round every 12-24 months. Companies with a valuation that far exceeds their product/market fit may not raise for 24-36 months, and many of them have the cash to last that long…”
  • Vehicle safety in Europe takes a giant leap forward
  • IDC: “All eyes will be on Apple” as Meta’s VR strategy “isn’t sustainable
  • FedEx to close data centers, retire all mainframes by 2024, saving $400m
  • Your Corporate Purpose Changed. Has Your Strategy Kept Up?
  • Gartner predicts 9.5% drop in PC shipments
  • Disney could soon lose exclusive rights to Mickey Mouse…The beloved character was created in 1928 and will enter the public domain in 2024
  • BioNTech, Pfizer to start testing universal vaccine for coronaviruses

Weekly#487

  • IBM has quietly announced its first-ever cloudy mainframes will go live on June 30…Z mainframe platform on the IBM Cloud, by offering virtual machines running z/OS as-a-service.
  • The Next ‘iPhone Moment’ Will Eventually Arrive. Hurry Up Already
  • Mercedes-Benz runs on 900 Kubernetes clusters
  • The 30-year-old comic book that became a Silicon Valley bible (FT)
  • Meta has reduced its target for hiring engineers in 2022 to around 6,000-7,000, down from an initial plan to hire about 10,000 new engineers, Zuckerberg said.
  • The dollar’s share of total allocated reserves was 59% in the first quarter of 2022
  • New algorithm can predict future crime a week in advance, with 90% accuracy, and within a range of about 1000 feet.
  • “…We Asked GPT-3 to Write an Academic Paper about Itself—Then We Tried to Get It Published…”
  • A group of MIT researchers is exploring a radical idea for reversing global warming: using a raft of “space bubbles” to reflect sunlight away from our planet.
  • Venture capital’s reckoning
  • Steve Jobs awarded posthumous Medal of Freedom by President Biden
  • Klarna in Talks to Raise Fresh Cash at Slashed $6.5 Billion Valuation…The deal would be a huge comedown for the company, which investors valued at $45.6 billion in 2021 (WSJ)
  • Microsoft Cloud Computing System Suffering From Global Shortage…Due to a confluence of crises, the second-largest cloud provider has been operating in the yellow zone, meaning its data centers have a less-than-normal level of servers available. (WSJ)

Weekly#486

  • GitHub’s AI code assistant Copilot takes flight. And that’ll be $10 a month
  • Mars Express orbiter to get code update after 19 years
  • Energy-hungry data centers are quietly moving into cities
  • Amazon launches CodeWhisperer, a GitHub Copilot-like AI pair programming tool
  • Spotify revamps in-app concert discovery with new Live Events Feed
  • Wilco gamifies your path through your software engineering career
  • DoorDash teams up with grocer Loblaw as ultrafast delivery rivalry heats up (FT)
  • 7 Modern Microservice Design Patterns
  • For the first time, a small rocket will launch a private spacecraft to the Moon
  • As Bitcoin Busts, What’s the Future of Web3? And What Even Is Web3?
  • Nasa starts shutting down Voyager after 50 years…Nasa must start limiting the craft processes in order to keep them operating until 2030
  • “…Pinduoduo shares have more than doubled since then, while Meituan shares have climbed 80%, and JD shares are up more than 50% in Hong Kong. Kuaishou is up by nearly 47%…”
  • Valve’s Steam Deck makes a brilliant case against walled gardens
  • iOS 16 Will Let iPhone Users Bypass CAPTCHAs in Supported Apps and Websites

Weekly#485

  • How To Be A Great 21st Century CEO
  • Klarna faces valuation slash to $15bn as it seeks fresh round of funding
  • Amazon CEO Andy Jassy’s First Year on the Job: Undoing Bezos-Led Overexpansion (WSJ)
  • Welcome to the E-Commerce Winter (The Information)
  • Solar Power for Rentals: It’s Easier Than You Think
  • Apple scores deal for Major League Soccer streaming rights worth $2.5bn (FT)
  • Roku Stock Jumps After Unveiling Walmart E-Commerce Partnership
  • “…Unit economics is becoming an albatross around the necks of tech-adjacent businesses that listed on public markets in recent years…” (FT)

Weekly#484

  • Microplastics found in freshly fallen Antarctic snow for first time
  • Today’s CEOs Don’t Just Lead Companies. They Lead Ecosystems
  • Google releases Android 13 beta 3, reaches platform stability
  • Spotify Targets One Billion Listeners by 2030 Amid Profitability Concerns (WSJ)“…Audible controls about 48% of U.S. audiobook unit sales, according to book-audience researcher Codex Group LLC…”
  • Amazon gets into AR shopping with launch of ‘Virtual Try-On for Shoes
  • WWDC 2022 recap: iOS 16, new MacBook Air, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9 and more
    • Apple: new financing arm banks on credit (FT:Lex)
    • Apple’s “next generation” of CarPlay plans to take over every screen in your car
    • What WatchOS 9 May Reveal About the Next Apple Watch
    • iPadOS 16 has lots of updates, but new multitasking features require an M1 chip
    • Apple’s medication feature is a step in the right direction
  • Meta Halts Development of Apple Watch Rival With Two Cameras
  • Autonomous cargo ship completes first ever transoceanic voyage
  • Apple is coming for Garmin but it has a battery problem. 18 hours still falls short of other multisport watches

Weekly#483

  • India’s open e-commerce plan
  • WatchOS 9: Every New Apple Watch Feature to Expect at WWDC
  • How Lyft Is Improving Their Experiments Beyond A/B Testing
  • Facebook parent Meta COO Sheryl Sandberg is stepping down
  • Metaverse Land: What Makes Digital Real Estate Valuable
  • Tech Valuations Tumble, but Business Software Stocks Are Cushioned by the Cloud (WSJ)
  • There is no such thing as ‘data’…”…What we have are innumerable different collections of information, each of them specific to a particular application…” (FT / Benedict Evans)
  • Twitter’s reportedly shifting teams away from Spaces, newsletters, and communities…Twitter says its focus is ‘on the areas that will have the greatest positive impact to the public conversation’
  • Slack adds audio name pronunciations to user profiles
  • Volvo will use Epic’s Unreal Engine to create ‘photorealistic’ graphics in its electric cars
  • Have an old iPad lying around? You might be able to make it run Linux soon
  • Bukalapak races to bring Indonesian roadside kiosks online (FT)
  • Pinterest to Acquire The Yes
  • Missed Payments, Rising Interest Rates Put ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ to the Test (WSJ)

Weekly#482

  • Microsoft brings support for Arm-based AI chips to Windows
  • Pokemon Go Maker Niantic Is Building a Massive Social AR Gaming Network
  • Travel & Tourism Development Index 2021: Rebuilding for a Sustainable and Resilient Future [PDF]
  • a16z 2022 State of Crypto Report
  • “…at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Philadelphia, Dyson revealed “secret robot prototypes” that are part of broader research it’s managed to keep a tight lid on thus far…”
  • Netflix is adding four more games this month, including Exploding Kittens
  • Google TV is finally launching personalized user profiles
  • Microsoft starts testing new OneNote design overhaul
  • Walmart is expanding its drone deliveries to reach 4 million households…will deliver up to 10 pounds by air in as little as 30 minutes using drones (WSJ)
  • Broadcom in Talks to Pay About $60 Billion for VMware (WSJ)
  • Is the ‘subscription economy’ going to feel the Netflix effect? (FT)
  • Sequoia Capital plays Nostradamus (again)

Weekly#481

  • Bionic Reading
  • Apple previews new accessibility features combining the power of hardware, software, and machine learning
  • …Ads were supposed to be on their way out, replaced by subscription money. Now Netflix, Disney, and everyone else is learning to live with them
  • Mastercard Rolls Out Biometric Payments
  • …Apple Inc. executives previewed its upcoming mixed-reality headset to the company’s board last week, indicating that development of the device has reached an advanced stage, according to people with knowledge of the matter
  • For the first time since the pandemic, leisure and business flights surpass 2019 levels
  • Klarna, Buy-now-pay-later startup, valued last year at $46 billion, could see its valuation fall by one-third in a tough environment for tech companies (WSJ)
  • Netflix has updated its  culture memo
  • Amazon Head of Devices: Company Focused on Real-World Tech, Not Metaverse (WSJ)
  • Y Combinator, a Silicon Valley kingmaker, is advising its portfolio founders to “plan for the worst” as startups across the globe scramble to navigate a sharp reversal after a 13-year bull run.
  • State of the Java Ecosystem Report from New Relic
  • Uber, Grocery Outlet partner to pilot on-demand and scheduled grocery delivery
  • Meta Unveils WhatsApp Cloud API at Its Conversations Event
  • Scientists Grow Plants in Lunar Soil
  • The banks collapsed in 2008 – and our food system is about to do the same
  • TikTok plans big push into gaming, conducting tests in Vietnam
  • TikTok shot past Facebook’s time-spent record in 2021, reaching 44 daily minutes per user.


Weekly#480

  • Google IO Videos
  • Google’s new Android Auto interface works with any screen size
  • Google TV app to add casting as Android TV ecosystem grows to 110M monthly active devices
  • The first image of the black hole at the center of our galaxy…“…If Sagittarius A* were the size of a doughnut, M87* would be the size of the Allianz Arena…”
  • Fostering Effective Energy Transition [PDF]
  • E Ink Launches E Ink Gallery 3 Color ePaper
  • “…Instacart has filed confidential paperwork with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering, the company announced Wednesday…”
  • Web3 Is Our Chance to Make a Better Internet
  • Disney Plus added almost 8 million new subscribers as Netflix struggles
  • A solar power plant in space? The UK wants to build one by 2035.
  • Lunar Soil Can Be Used To Generate Oxygen and Fuel for Moon Astronauts
  • Research Finds over 1.5 Million “Abandoned” Mobile Apps
  • 15th Annual State Of Agile Report

Weekly#479

  • Google acquires Raxium
  • Below Antarctic ice, scientists discover a giant groundwater system
  • AMD reported more than $5 billion in quarterly revenue
  • Fortnite is back on iOS through Xbox Cloud Gaming
  • Apple, Google, and Microsoft will soon implement passwordless sign-in on all major platforms… Google blog post
  • Tony Fadell archive
  • NY Times says Wordle drove “tens of millions” of new users, record growth
  • Pandemic killed 15M people in first 2 years, WHO excess death study finds
  • The gene-edited pig heart given to a dying patient was infected with a pig virus
  • The Marketplace 100: 2022
  • Elon Musk expected to serve as temporary Twitter CEO after deal closes
  • Blizzard hires a vice president of culture to fix its culture
  • Google’s changing its performance reviews
  • Microsoft teams up with VW to make HoloLens work in cars
  • Mechanical Watch
  • Software Architecture and Design InfoQ Trends Report—April 2022