Ali's Medium Post: Land of the Super Founders
On this bonus episode, we’re going to revisit a past weekend longread suggestion and talk to the author of that longread to go further in-depth. Do you remember I recommended Land of the Super Founders a medium piece by Ali Tamaseb who spent 300 hours gathering data on unicorn startups to answer the simple question what did billion-dollar startups look like when they were getting started? What common traits did they share?
This week had a lot of health tech news in it… a lot of it broken by CNBC’s health tech reporter Christina Farr. So, I reached out to Christina to chat, and we discussed Amazon getting into healthcare—possibly even getting into health insurance—what Apple’s health strategy is, where health tech might go beyond wearables and how the healthcare industry is responding to Silicon Valley invading their turf.
Netflix starts to open up, Cortana stops competing, gadget reviews now include shoes as a category and the weekend longreads suggestions.
Netflix beats on subscriber growth, but misses slightly on revenue — stock falls after hours (CNBC)
It’s Official: Satya Nadella Confirms Cortana Defeat (Thurrott)
Nike's auto-laced future (TechCrunch)
NIKE'S NEW SELF-LACING BASKETBALL SHOE IS ACTUALLY SMART (Wired)
The SmartTouchUSA.com Weekened Longreads
Drone Radio Show
Delivery Drones Use Bird-Inspired Legs to Jump Into the Air (IEEE Spectrum)
Why Do Shareholders Agree to Give Up Voting Rights? (New York Magazine)
The Attention Economy Is a Malthusian Trap (The Atlantic)
The Story Behind Meta, the AR Startup That Just Had Its Assets Sold to a Mystery Buyer (Variety)
Rekindled yet again, Nokia’s next-gen phones offer more than just nostalgia (Digital Trends)
INSIDE THE STRANGE YET PROFITABLE WORLD OF RETAIL ARBITRAGE (Mel Magazine)
EA’s Troubled Decade Of Star Wars Games (Kotaku)
Tim Cook calls for a data-broker clearinghouse, a possible criminal case against Huawei, the largest leak of user credentials ever found in the wild, and why we probably need a Unix for machine learning.
Removing Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior from Russia (Facebook Newsroom)
You Deserve Privacy Online. Here’s How You Could Actually Get It (Time)
I Mentored Mark Zuckerberg. I Loved Facebook. But I Can't Stay Silent About What's Happening. (Time)
Huawei Targeted in U.S. Criminal Probe for Alleged Theft of Trade Secrets (WSJ)
HACK BRIEF: AN ASTONISHING 773 MILLION RECORDS EXPOSED IN MONSTER BREACH (Wired)
AWS For Everyone: New clues emerge about Amazon’s secretive low-code/no-code project (GeekWire)
Former Facebook engineer picks up $15M for AI platform Spell (TechCrunch)
More high profile execs quit Snap, Apple’s in talks to get more Apple Watches in the hands of seniors, the state of the App Economy, and the Razr is coming back to herald in the era of the bendable phone.
(DataDog's Blog Post on Container Trends)
WeWork’s CEO Makes Millions as Landlord to WeWork (WSJ)
Apple is in talks with private Medicare plans about bringing its watch to at-risk seniors (CNBC)
App economy expected to be $120 billion in 2019 as small screen leads digital transformation efforts (ZDNet)
FACEBOOK'S '10 YEAR CHALLENGE' IS JUST A HARMLESS MEME—RIGHT? (Wired)
Madagascar has become a business outsourcing hotspot thanks to its super-fast internet (QZ Africa)
Return of the Razr—With a Foldable Screen and $1,500 Price (WSJ)
Netflix raises prices, maybe the Apple battery replacement WAS a big deal after all, cops can’t force you to unlock your phone with your face, and Amazon is driving its retail competitors into the arms of Microsoft.
Netflix will raise prices for US subscribers, with its most popular plan going up to $13 per month (TechCrunch)
Apple Q1 Numbers: Missing Explanations (Monday Note)
ON APPLE’S $29 IPHONE BATTERY REPLACEMENT PROGRAM AND ITS ROLE IN THEIR EARNINGS MISS (Daring Fireball)
MongoDB Follow-up, AWS’ Incentives, Batteries: The iPhone’s Missing Miss (Stratechery)
Apple's 5G iPhone shift bogged down by Qualcomm chip battle (CNET)
German court throws out Qualcomm's latest patent case against Apple (Reuters)
Feds Can't Force You To Unlock Your iPhone With Finger Or Face, Judge Rules (Forbes)
Microsoft counters Amazon again with big Walgreens partnership, aiming to reshape healthcare (GeekWire)
Event sharing comes to stories, what this year’s CES says about where consumer tech is at the moment, and then a bunch of stories about what that means for the future in different ways, including wireless chips that suck power from the air, and the dilemma that voice assistants pose for the modern office.
Facebook’s new Stories feature for event sharing actually sounds useful (The Verge)
CES 2019: A Show Report (Learn By Shipping/@stevesi)
SoundGuys: USB-C audio is dead (Android Authority)
Wiliot nabs $30M from Amazon, Avery Dennison, Samsung for a chip that runs on power from ambient radio frequencies (TechCrunch)
The rise of Alexa creates a dilemma for your open plan office (Wired)
A Picture Of An Egg Beat Kylie Jenner For The Most Liked Instagram Of All Time (BuzzFeed News)
Motherboard shames the telecom companies into not selling us out, shareholders are suing Alphabet’s board, the government shutdown claims more tech victims, Apple says, “We can add more cameras also!” and the weekend longreads suggestions.
I Gave a Bounty Hunter $300. Then He Located Our Phone (Motherboard)
AT&T says it’ll stop selling your location data, amid calls for a federal investigation (Washington Post)
Google Board Sued for Hushing Claims of Executive Misconduct (Bloomberg)
Government shutdown: TLS certificates not renewed, many websites are down (ZDNet)
Apple Plans Three New iPhones This Year, Plays Catch-Up on Cameras (WSJ)
Amazon Developing Game Streaming Service (The Information)
The Smart Touch Weekend Longreads:
Demon Underneath: John DeLorean and the Invention of the Future (The Outline)
The Rise and Demise of RSS (Motherboard)
Pitchfork’s Ryan Schreiber shaped Internet music journalism and now leaves it behind (Los Angeles Times)
Inside look at modern web browser (part 1) (Developers.Google)
The Race to Diagnose Cancer With a Simple Blood Test (2069 - Medium)
Lasers vs. Microwaves: The Billion-Dollar Bet on the Future of Magnetic Storage (ieee Spectrum)
PREPARING FOR Y2038 (ALREADY?!) (blogs.akamai)
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We have a good idea when that foldable Samsung phone is coming, Google is actually close to a big legal win in Europe (for a change), the government shutdown might actually be affecting CES and why the “gig economy” might actually be a big nothingburger.
Samsung to Show Off Its New Foldable Phone in February (WSJ)
Amazon Web Services calls MongoDB’s licensing bluff with DocumentDB, a new managed database (GeekWire)
Google Nears Win in Europe Over ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ (WSJ)
Google Only Has to Respect Your 'Right to Be Forgotten' in the EU, Court Says (Gizmodo)
2019 is already full of weird and wonderful monitors (The Verge)
Government shutdown halts FCC device approvals (Axios)
How Estimates of the Gig Economy Went Wrong (WSJ)
Now we know why Google has gone so big at CES: they want to put Assistant in everything, the first foldable phone arrives at CES, Twitter wants to show you only half of an NBA game, and Marc Zuckerberg wants to host his own version of a podcast, I guess.
GOOGLE’S PLAN TO TAKE ON ALEXA: NEW FEATURES, NEW DEVICES, AND A TROJAN HORSE (The Verge)
The world’s first foldable phone is charmingly awful (The Verge)
Twitter hopes you want to watch NBA games from a camera focused on just one player (Recode)
Zuckerberg's 2019 Challenge Post
VC funding in U.S. startups nears $100 billion in 2018, highest since dot-com era (GeekWire)
Venture Capital Funding Report 2018 (CBInsights)
Cable operators will fight off 5G with 10-gigabit cable modems (VentureBeat)
This pretax benefits startup is giving hourly workers a raise (Fast Company)
Are we in a smartphone recession, mooooaaaar tv new from CES, AT&T wants to make 5G confusing, and why WeWork is now, simply, We (company).
Sorry, Samsung. Seems nobody is immune to peak smartphone (The Register)
Apple’s Errors (Stratechery)
Sony doubles down on 8K TVs and the entertainment to play on them (VentureBeat)
AT&T decides 4G is now “5G,” starts issuing icon-changing software updates (ArsTechnica)
Uber’s Confidential Documents Show Path to $90 Billion IPO (The Information)
Exclusive: WeWork rebrands to The We Company; CEO Neumann talks about revised SoftBank round (Fast Company)
Amazon's new ad strategy: Free samples based on what it knows about you (Axios)
Is Apple willing to sacrifice Apple TV for the greater subscription good, is Google Assistant is coming to feature phones, what is the use-case for a tv you can roll up into a box, and plenty more like that because it’s time to let the CES headlines rain over you.
Stories from: @henrytcasey, @AshleyRReports
Apple is putting iTunes on Samsung TVs (The Verge)
Google Assistant will soon be on a billion devices, and feature phones are next (The Verge)
Everything you may have missed from Nvidia's CES keynote (Techspot)
HP Launches First-Ever AMD Chromebook (LaptopMag)
Withings undercuts Apple Watch, debuts $129 ECG monitoring smartwatch (ArsTechnica)
LG’s groundbreaking roll-up TV is going on sale this year (The Verge)
Keeping up with Netflix originals is basically a part-time job now (QZ)
The Verge and AT&T have a trademark dispute, the city of Los Angeles and The Weather Channel app have a location data dispute, more on how shows like Bandersnatch really might be the future of storytelling and the weekend longreads suggestions.
Mealime.com (iOS App) (Android App)
AT&T tries to trademark ‘Verge TV’ as if we’re going to let them get away with it (The Verge)
Los Angeles Accuses Weather Channel App of Covertly Mining User Data (NYTimes)
D-Link debuts a 5G Wi-Fi router with 40 times wired broadband speeds (Venture Beat)
BLACK MIRROR: BANDERSNATCH COULD BECOME NETFLIX’S SECRET MARKETING WEAPON (The Verge)
Podcast suggestion: Daily Fortnite
He Hawks Young Blood As A New Miracle Treatment. All That’s Missing Is Proof. (HuffPo)
Curbs on A.I. Exports? Silicon Valley Fears Losing Its Edge (NYTimes)
The Bird Box Effect: How Memes Drive Users to Netflix (The Ringer)
Birding Like It’s 1899: Inside a Blockbuster American West Video Game (Audubon)
How Space and Time Could Be a Quantum Error-Correcting Code (Quanta)
The Hacker News discussion of the Quanta piece
Apple lowers its guidance and the tech world freaks out, the company that you can outsource your censorship friendly China content to, a more durable e-scooter is coming and what to expect from CES.
Mealime.com (iOS App) (Android App)
Letter from Tim Cook to Apple investors
Censoring China’s Internet, for Stability and Profit (NYTimes)
Segway unveils a more durable electric scooter and autonomous delivery bot (TechCrunch)
What to expect from CES 2019 (TechCrunch)
Today, Roku is quietly a major combatant in the Streaming Wars, Tesla slashes prices, how many cameras can we fit on a smartphone, how much would it cost to convince you to quit Facebook, and why Bandersnatch might just be the beginning of the choose your own adventure trend.
Mealime.com (iOS App) (Android App)
Activision Plans to Fire CFO Neumann, Puts Him on Paid Leave (Bloomberg)
ROKU BREAKS FREE FROM BOXES AND TVS (Wired)
Tesla slashes EV prices by $2,000 to offset reduced tax credits (Engadget)
[Exclusive] Nokia 9 PureView Penta-camera Phone Revealed in Full Glory in First-ever Promo Video (Mysmartprice)
Economists calculate the true value of Facebook to its users in new study (ArsTechnica)
Popsugar's Twinning app was leaking everyone's uploaded photos (TechCrunch)
HOW THE SURPRISE NEW INTERACTIVE BLACK MIRROR CAME TOGETHER (Wired)
Instagram briefly goes horizontal, more on how epic Fortnite has been for Epic Games this year, Larry Ellison joins Tesla’s board, the global GPS wars are joined and the last weekend longreads of the year.
Instagram briefly switched to a horizontal feed and people freaked out (The Verge)
Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, banked a $3 billion profit in 2018 (TechCrunch)
Exclusive: Foxconn to begin assembling top-end Apple iPhones in India in 2019 - source (Reuters)
Tesla Taps Ellison, HR Expert to Prove Musk Is Reined In (Bloomberg)
China ramps up global coverage for domestic Beidou satellite navigation system as rival to GPS (South China Morning Post)
The Betterment Weekend Longreads Suggestions:
The Devchat.tv podcasts
The GPS wars have begun (TechCrunch)
Amazon gets into health insurance — and more 2019 health-tech predictions from top experts (CNBC)
The biggest technology failures of 2018 (MIT Technology Review)
Why Your Next Home Might Not Need Any Energy at All (WSJ)
THE 'FUTURE BOOK' IS HERE, BUT IT'S NOT WHAT WE EXPECTED (Wired)
Bird Box Is the First Great Monster Movie About This Poisonous Invention (PaleoFuture/Gizmodo)
Amazon has a record-breaking holiday season, surprising absolutely no one, another Instagram crackdown, a look at Austin as a tech hub, and why mobile alerts are a Frankenstein monster increasingly out of control.
Amazon Says Alexa Voice Shopping Tripled During 2018 Holiday Season (Fortune)
Instagram’s Christmas Crackdown (The Atlantic)
Tesla's Supercharger network will cover all of Europe in 2019 (Engadget)
With Tech Expansion, Austin Is Still Weird. It’s Just More Wired Now, Too. (NYTimes)
Pushed Even Further: US Newsrooms View Mobile Alerts as a Standalone Platform (CJR)
Movie Theaters Bounce Back: What’s Behind the 2018 Rebound (Variety)
Watch the trailer for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, releasing Friday 28th on Netflix (The Verge)
How the US government shutdown affects cybersecurity, how the Open Government Data Act is possibly good tech governance, Airbnb and Slack are considering non-traditional IPOs and the state of AI research at the end of 2018.
How a government shutdown affects America’s cybersecurity workforce (FifthDomain)
In a huge win for open data, Congress passes the Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary Government Data Act (BoingBoing)
Wall Street Quietly Shelves Its Bitcoin Dreams (Bloomberg)
Layoffs Underway Amid ‘Adjustments,’ Bitcoin Miner Bitmain Confirms (CoinDesk)
HQ Trivia launches HQ Words as reinstalled CEO seeks a game-changer (TechCrunch)
Airbnb and Slack are considering untraditional IPOs that box out bankers like Spotify did (Recode)
Geoffrey Hinton and Demis Hassabis: AGI is nowhere close to being a reality (VentureBeat)
Facebook is developing a cryptocoin for WhatsApp, Blind was not quite anonymous enough, which is the most accurate voice assistant and of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.
The Internet of Things Podcast
Facebook Is Developing a Cryptocurrency for WhatsApp Transfers, Sources Say (Bloomberg)
At Blind, a security lapse revealed private complaints from Silicon Valley employees (TechCrunch)
Apple AI Chief John Giannandrea Gets Promotion to Senior Vice President (MacRumors)
Annual Smart Speaker IQ Test (LoopVentures)
The Betterment Weekend Longreads:
Software Defined Talk (Podcast)
Apple Computers Used to Be Built in the U.S. It Was a Mess (NYTimes)
Inside Shenzhen’s race to outdo Silicon Valley (Bloomberg)
The 2019 IPO class headlined by Uber will create a ton of new wealth. Will the billions go to mansions or missions? (Recode)
Venture Capital Blind Spots: The Top 7 Reasons Why VCs Miss Billion-Dollar Outcomes (645 Ventures)
Prime and Punishment (The Verge)
7 Modern BBSes Worth Calling Today (PCMag)
Now some iPhones can’t be sold in Germany, is there an iPad Pro bend-gate brewing, drones shut down a major UK airport, and why Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is suing the makers of Fortnite.
The Cyberwire Podcast
Apple to Stop Selling iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 Models in Germany While Appealing Broader Sales Ban [Updated] (MacRumors)
Apple confirms some iPad Pros ship slightly bent, but says it’s normal (The Verge)
Justice Department charges Chinese nationals in ‘extensive’ global hacking campaign (CNBC)
Uber's self-driving cars return to public roads after fatal crash (CNET)
Drones cause holiday chaos at one of London's busiest airports (Engadget)
Gatwick Airport: Drones ground flights (BBC News)
Pinterest Readies Itself for Early 2019 IPO (WSJ)
FORTNITE KEEPS STEALING DANCES — AND NO ONE KNOWS IF IT’S ILLEGAL (The Verge)
I’m sorry. I truly am. Another Facebook scandal to tell you about. The Boring Company unveils its tunnel, Zwift is gamification, a fitness app play, a social network, VR, and e-sports all in one startup and why Touch ID might return to the iPhone.
Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast
Google presses pause on that Chinese search project, what’s delaying Facebook’s Clear History project, AT&T’s 5G goes live and Audi unveils its autonomous vehicle ambitions.
Facebook got all the press but the Russians really loved Instagram to spread misinformation, more tech real estate moves, the CEO of HQ Trivia passes away, and how to break into somebody’s phone with a 3D-printed head.Sponsors:Techmeme.Robinhood.comMetalab.coLinks:Instagram Was Bigger Russian Election Tool Than Facebook, Senate Report Says (Bloomberg)Google Details Major New York Expansion (WSJ)Colin Kroll, 34, HQ Trivia and Vine Co-Founder, Is Found Dead (NYTimes)We Broke Into A Bunch Of Android Phones With A 3D-Printed Head (Forbes)Robinhood Will Retool Checking Product Following Scrutiny (Bloomberg)Apple hires designer Andrew Kim away from Tesla (The Verge)My Talk at Google (Me)
Fri. 12/14 - Facebook Faces a GDPR Inquiryhttps://feedpress.me/RideHome - Direct RSS feed starting this weekend, just in caseThe bomb scare email scam that demanded bitcoin, Facebook’s Photo API gave away too many photos, Apple strikes back at Qualcomm, Apple kills its second music-based social network, an Apple analyst sounds alarm bells about iPhone unit sales, Instacart breaks up with Whole Foods, PlanetScale brings mega-scaling technology to the masses, and of course the Weekend Longreads suggestions.Sponsors:MacStadium.com/ridehome Tiny.websiteLinks:Bitcoin scammers send bomb threats worldwide, causing evacuations (The Verge)Facebook bug exposed up to 6.8M users’ unposted photos to apps (TechCrunch)Irish regulator to investigate Facebook after new data leak (Financial Times)Apple Says China iPhone Ban Would Force Settlement With Qualcomm (Bloomberg)Apple Music removes ability for artists to post to Connect, posts removed from Artist Pages and For You (9to5Mac)Ming-Chi Kuo cuts first quarter iPhone sales estimates by 20%, says iPhone XR demand is low (9to5Mac)Amazon has officially killed the Whole Foods-Instacart partnership (Recode)They scaled YouTube—now they’ll shared everyone with PlanetScale (TechCrunch)The Betterment Weekend Longreads:EV News Daily (Podcast)Evelyn Berezin, 93, Dies; Built the First True Word Processor (New York Times)The State of Technology at the End of 2018 (Stratechery)The rise of the recommendation site (Vox)How the CIA Trains Spies to Hide in Plain Sight (Wired)
Apple keeps Austin weird with a new campus, RobinHood launches checking and savings accounts, hands on with the Apple Watch ECG thingy, and the most disliked video in YouTube history. Sponsors:MacStadium.com/ridehome Tiny.websiteLinks:Apple to invest $1 billion in new Austin campus (Axios)Amazon Hires Lobbyists for N.Y. Site and Tries to Fend Off Ocasio-Cortez’s Supporters (NYTimes)Amazon Went to City Hall. Things Got Loud, Quickly. (NYTimes)High-Tech Degrees and the Price of an Avocado: The Data New York Gave to Amazon (NYTimes)After losing half its value, Nvidia faces reckoning (TechCrunch)Robinhood launches no-fee checking/savings with Mastercard & the most ATMs (TechCrunch)A look at the Apple Watch’s ECG, from someone who needs it (Ars Technica)Apple now has dozens of doctors on staff, showing it's serious about health tech (CNBC)POSTMATES' QUEST TO BUILD THE DELIVERY ROBOT OF THE FUTURE (Wired)YouTube Rewind 2018 is officially the most disliked video on YouTube (The Verge)
Intel’s next generation architecture revealed, was China behind that massive Marriott hack, Good Money wants to give customers a stake in their own banking, and what is Michael Dell’s long game?Sponsors:Eero.com/ride (promo code: ride)Tiny.websiteLinks:Intel unveils a new architecture for 2019: Sunny Cove (Ars Technica)Intel is bringing teraflop integrated graphics to 10nm chips in 2019 (Engadget)AN INTEL BREAKTHROUGH RETHINKS HOW CHIPS ARE MADE (Wired)Marriott Data Breach Is Traced to Chinese Hackers as U.S. Readies Crackdown on Beijing (NYTimes)Apple Suppliers Are Considering Moving iPhone Output if Tariffs Hit 25% (Bloomberg)U.S. investigators point to China in Marriott hack affecting 500 million guests (The Washington Post)Indonesia e-commerce leader Tokopedia raises $1.1B from Alibaba and SoftBank's Vision Fund (TechCrunch)At this new online banking platform, customers are the owners (Fast Company)Apple’s ‘Netflix for Magazines’ Getting a Chilly Reception (Bloomberg)Dell’s long game is in hybrid and private clouds (TechCrunch)U.S. internet speeds rose nearly 40 percent this year (ReCode)
Mr. Pichai goes to Washington, another bug prompts Google to kill Google+ even sooner, Keurig for beer makes no sense, and Doom turns 25.Sponsors:DataDogHQ.com/ridehomeTiny.websiteFlatironSchool.com/podcastLinks:Google moves up Google+ consumer shutdown to April 2019 (VentureBeat)Uber customers and drivers are furious after a major outage causes all kinds of issues (BusinessInsider)Social media outpaces print newspapers in the U.S. as a news source (Pew Research Center)Fintech start-up Plaid raises $250 million at $2.7 billion valuation, adds Mary Meeker to board (CNBC)Vroom nabs $146M from AutoNation, VCs for its used car site (TechCrunch)Keurigs for Beer Make No Sense (Gizmodo)Doom is 25 and co-creator John Romero is putting out a giant expansion for it (TechCrunch)
iPhone sales blocked in China, Apple’s getting into the A&R business, pump the breaks on the e-scooter hype, and forget the notch, 2019 might be the year of the hole punch.Sponsors:DataDogHQ.com/ridehomeTiny.websiteLinks:China bans many iPhone models in Qualcomm patent dispute (Axios)Can the U.S. Stop China From Controlling the Next Internet Age? (NYTimes)Huawei CFO Arrested, Australia’s Awful Law (Stratechery)Apple acquired Platoon, a platform for musicians to create and distribute work (TechCrunch)Investor Frenzy for Scooter Startups Cools (WSJ)Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret (NYTimes)Samsung’s A8s is its first phone with an Infinity-O hole-punch display (The Verge)
Microsoft calls for regulation of facial recognition AI, the Crypto market crash is starting to claim casualties, Reddit is quietly doing very well, thank you very much, and the Weekend Longreads suggestions.Sponsors:Metalab.coDataDogHQ.com/RideHomeLinks:MICROSOFT WANTS TO STOP AI'S 'RACE TO THE BOTTOM' (Wired)Scientists create AI that can crush the world's best AI (at board games, thankfully) (CNET)Crypto Market Crash Leaving Bankrupt Startups in its Wake (Bloomberg)Reddit’s Year in Review: 2018 (Upvoted)The Betterment Weekend Longreads:The Comics Canon (Podcast)Land of the “Super Founders“— A Data-Driven Approach to Uncover the Secrets of Billion Dollar Startups (Ali Tamaseb)YOUTUBE CREATORS BLINDSIDED BY MAJOR NETWORK’S COLLAPSE (The Verge)A 7-year-old boy is making $22 million a year on YouTube reviewing toys (MSN)Almost Every Electric Scooter in the World Comes From This Chinese Company (Bloomberg)Cryptopia In Crisis: Joe Lubin’s Ethereum Experiment Is A Mess. How Long Will He Prop It Up? (Forbes)How Robotics Maker Rethink Crashed and Burned (The Information)The new word processor wars: A fresh crop of productivity apps are trying to reinvent our workday (GeekWire)
Huawai’s CFO arrested and stock markets quake, Google’s Allo joins the crowded Google Deadpool, Lyft files for an IPO and are Amazon’s robots finally rebelling?Sponsors:DatadogHQ.com/RideHomeMetalab.coLinks:Canada arrests Huawei’s global chief financial officer in Vancouver (The Globe and Mail)Microsoft is rebuilding its Edge browser on Chrome and bringing it to the Mac (The Verge)Google is shutting down Allo (The Verge)Ride-hail firm Lyft races to leave Uber behind in IPO chase (Reuters)These Confidential Charts Show Why Facebook Bought WhatsApp (Buzzfeed)Firefly Nets $21.5 Million Seed Round To Boost Ride-Hail Driver Revenues With On-Car Ads (Crunchbase News)Cuba to roll out mobile internet for the first time (CNBC)Robot Accidentally Hospitalises 24 Amazon Workers After It Sprays Them With Bear Repellent (Huffington Post)
The UK Parliament docu-dumps on Facebook, Qualcomm fires the starter pistol on 5G rollout, an actual test drive on Waymo’s new ride hailing service, and behind that $100 million Friends deal.Sponsors:Metalab.coDataDogHQ.com/ridehomeLinks:Note by Damian Collins MP (UK Parliament)Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 855 and its news under-display fingerprint sensor (TechCrunch)Qualcomm announces first ultrasonic fingerprint reader: Headed to the Galaxy S10? (CNET)Fortnite’s Minecraft-like creative mode launches tomorrow (The Verge)RIDING IN WAYMO ONE, THE GOOGLE SPINOFF’S FIRST SELF-DRIVING TAXI SERVICE (The Verge)The story behind Netflix’s $100 million ‘Friends’ deal (Recode)
Another day, another data breach, this time Quora, Microsoft might be replacing the Edge web browser, and maybe even replacing Windows, a review of some low-end smartphones and why 4k streaming and data caps are on a collision course.Sponsors:DatadogHQ.com/ridehomeMetalab.coLinks:Quora Security Update (The Quora Blog)Microsoft is building a Chromium-powered web browser that will replace Edge on Windows 10 (Windows Central)What is Windows Lite? It's Microsoft's Chrome OS Killer (Petri.com)NVIDIA's new AI turns videos of the real world into virtual landscapes (Engadget)MOTOROLA AND NOKIA’S NEW PHONES MAKE $350 LOOK LIKE $1,000 (The Verge)Your 4K Netflix Streaming Is on a Collision Course With Your ISP's Data Caps (Motherboard)
Tumblr bans adult content, is Apple going to sit on the 5G sidelines, Uber has held talks about acquiring either Bird or Lime, a new self-driving car yardstick and resetting your web browser to square one.SimpleContacts.com/rideMetalab.coLinks:Tumblr will ban all adult content on December 17th (TheVerge)Apple Will Wait Until at Least 2020 to Release a 5G iPhone (Bloomberg)Kuo: ‘All-new design’ AirPods in 2020, wireless charging model in first quarter 2019 (9to5Mac)Uber Exploring Deal to Buy Bird or Lime (The Information)Tencent Music Moves Forward With IPO After Delay (WSJ)Microsoft PowerPoint is getting real-time captions and subtitles for presentations (The Verge)The first self-driving car you use will most likely carry your groceries, not you (Vox)How to Reset All of Your Browsers Back to Square One (Gizmodo)
The monster Starwood Hotels data breach, Apple music comes to Amazon Echo devices, Instagram rolls out “close friends” lists, Airbnb wants to build your house, not just rent it, and the Weekend Longreads Suggestions.Sponsors:Tiny.websitemacstadium.com/ridehomeLinks:Marriott says 500 million Starwood guest records stolen in massive data breach (TechCrunch)SEC charges Floyd Mayweather, DJ Khaled for promoting ICOs without disclosing payments (CNBC)Apple Music is coming to the Amazon Echo (TechCrunch)Instagram now lets you share Stories to a Close Friends list (TechCrunch)Exclusive: Airbnb will start designing houses in 2019 (Fast Company)Techmeme now publishing paid and free "Leaderboards" showing the most influential reporters around a specific news topic (Techmeme.com)The Betterment Weekend Longreads Suggestions:Our first podcast suggestion: Python BytesMicrosoft Is Worth as Much as Apple. How Did That Happen? (NYTimes)How China’s Bytedance became the world’s most valuable startup (The Verge)China’s Video Craze Drives Growth for ByteDance (The Information)How Amazon Web Services Reinvented the Internet and Became a Cash Cow (NYMag)The legacy of PlayStation creator Ken Kutaragi, in 24 stories (Polygon)This Is the Way the Paper Crumples (NYTimes)
Amazon gets into self-driving cars… in a way, Google Assistant adds some familiar features, YouTube rolls out Stories, and WTF is happening in Crypto?Sponsors:DataDogHQ.com/ridehomeLightstream.com/rideTiny.websiteStories from: @RolfeWinklerTweets: @CrankGameplays, @SavinTheBeesLinks:Amazon debuts a scale model autonomous car to teach developers machine learning (TechCrunch)New Parents Complain Amazon Baby-Registry Ads Are Deceptive (WSJ)An Amazon revolt could be brewing as the tech giant exerts more control over brands (Recode)Google Assistant gets visual lyrics and more in big holiday update (Engadget)YouTube is rolling out its Instagram-like Stories feature to more creators (The Verge)Facebook Considered Charging for Access to User Data (WSJ)WTF is happening to crypto? (TechCrunch)
The biggest ad fraud ever? Amazon gets into medical records, Project Fi comes to iPhones, one of Elon’s LA tunnels is canceled, and the Big Mouth Billy Bass enters the 21st Century.Sponsors:MacStadium.com/ridehomeTiny.websiteLinks:8 People Are Facing Charges As A Result Of The FBI’s Biggest-Ever Ad Fraud Investigation (BuzzFeed)Big Tech Expands Footprint in Health (WSJ)Project Fi is now Google Fi, and it will work with iPhones and most Android devices (The Verge)Waymo taps former NTSB chair to oversee safety of self-driving ride-share fleet (CNBC)YouTube to Make New Originals Available for Free, Ad-Supported Viewing With ‘Single Slate’ Strategy (Variety)Laurene Powell Jobs’s Emerson Collective bought Pop-Up Magazine Productions (Recode)Community Activists Kill Elon Musk's Plan for an Underground Freeway Tunnel in LA (Motherboard)Big Mouth Billy Bass Will Now Annoy the Shit Out of You With Alexa Support Built In (Gizmodo)
AWS goes the custom silicon route, Facebook Watch goes after the olds, will Microsoft leapfrog Apple and why does Amazon’s shopping experience suck so much?Sponsors:DataDogHQ.com/ridehomeTiny.websiteLightstream.com/rideStories from: @katienotopoulos, @ShiraOvideTweets: @ajassy, @AlexSchleberLinks:Amazon Web Services introduces its own custom-designed Arm server processor, promises 45 percent lower costs for some workloads (GeekWire)Facebook's YouTube competitor is pivoting to older audiences as teens tune out and publishers balk (CNBC)Half of all Phishing Sites Now Have the Padlock (Krebs on Security)Employees Say Startup Civil Hyped Crypto Returns, But Failed to Pay (CoinDesk)Apple has an idea to make Animoji even more fun (Cult of Mac)Don’t Look Now, But Microsoft Is Overtaking Apple (Bloomberg)What If Amazon.com Actually…Is A Horrible Website? (BuzzFeed)
AWS goes the custom silicon route, Facebook Watch goes after the olds, will Microsoft leapfrog Apple and why does Amazon’s shopping experience suck so much?Sponsors:DataDogHQ.com/ridehomeTiny.websiteLightstream.com/rideStories from: @katienotopoulos, @ShiraOvideTweets: @ajassy, @AlexSchleberLinks:Amazon Web Services introduces its own custom-designed Arm server processor, promises 45 percent lower costs for some workloads (GeekWire)Facebook's YouTube competitor is pivoting to older audiences as teens tune out and publishers balk (CNBC)Half of all Phishing Sites Now Have the Padlock (Krebs on Security)Employees Say Startup Civil Hyped Crypto Returns, But Failed to Pay (CoinDesk)Apple has an idea to make Animoji even more fun (Cult of Mac)Don’t Look Now, But Microsoft Is Overtaking Apple (Bloomberg)What If Amazon.com Actually…Is A Horrible Website? (BuzzFeed)
Apple heads to the Supreme Court over antitrust concerns about its App Store; Facebook’s internal documents are seized by the British Parliament; what’s behind the resurgence of Atari; the human story of Black Friday inside Amazon’s fulfillment centers; and Lenny—a chatbot designed to frustrate telemarketers.Sponsors:Juniper.net/tryTiny.websiteLinks:U.S. top court leans toward allowing Apple App Store antitrust suit (Reuters)My Amicus Brief (AVC/Fred Wilson)Parliament seizes cache of Facebook internal papers (The Guardian)Internal documents Facebook has fought to keep private obtained by UK Parliament (CNN)Atari CEO interview — How Rollercoaster Tycoon revival saved the company (VentureBeat)The human costs of Black Friday, explained by a former Amazon warehouse manager (Vox)The Story of Lenny, the Internet's Favorite Telemarketing Troll (Motherboard)
Storm clouds everywhere! Tech stocks in bear market territory, crypto in full-on meltdown territory… but video games might help solve science’s gender problem and this one spacebar trick might make your iPhone insanely more useful. Oh, and the weekend Longreads suggestions.Sponsors:MetaLab.coCyberwire PodcastLinks:It's Official: Once Mighty FAANG Stocks Have All Entered a Bear Market (Fortune)Silicon Valley wages have dropped for all except highest-paying jobs: report (The Mercury News)Bitcoin drops 12% to below $5,000 (CNBC)Tumblr was removed from Apple’s App Store over child pornography issues (The Verge)Video games could be a short-term answer to science’s gender problem (The Conversation)“The space bar trick” is the most amazing feature in iOS 12, and the internet just realized it (Fast Company)The Betterment Weekend Longreads:How The Wall Street Journal is preparing its journalists to detect deepfakes (NiemanLab)Self-driving trucks in US offer window into where machines may replace humans (Christian Science Monitor)When Elon Musk Tunnels Under Your Home (The Atlantic)The Case Against Quantum Computing (IEEE Spectrum)HOW GOOGLE AND AMAZON GOT AWAY WITH NOT BEING REGULATED (Wired)How to Use an iPod Touch as a Secure Device Instead of a Phone (Motherboard)Scientists say goodbye to physical definition of the kilogram (The Verge)
Skype calls on Amazon Echos, Tumblr disappears from iOS, Facebook on a war footing, iPhone sales storm clouds, and the Bitcoin Cash hard fork explained.Sponsors:techmeme.robinhood.comMetalab.coLinks:Skype calling now available on Alexa (The Verge)Tweet Storm on Where Tumblr's Gone (@bluechoochoo)With Facebook at ‘War,’ Zuckerberg Adopts More Aggressive Style (WSJ)Tim Cook defends multibillion-dollar Google search deal despite Apple’s privacy focus (The Verge)Apple Suppliers Suffer With Uncertainty Around iPhone Demand (WSJ)With Facebook at ‘War,’ Zuckerberg Adopts More Aggressive Style (WSJ)Bitcoin Cash Declares War: Why Coming Hard Fork Could Mean Another Split (CoinDesk)One Day After the Bitcoin Cash Hard Fork: Takeaways and Latest Developments (Bitcoin Magazine)
Airbnb opens the kimono, a disc-less Xbox, Facebook pushes back on controversy, SpaceX gets a key go-ahead, and the weekend longreads suggestions.Sponsors:hcii.cmu.edu/rideTiny.websiteLinks:Airbnb booked more than $1 billion in third quarter revenue (CNBC)Microsoft’s Building a Disc-Less Xbox One for Release in 2019 (Thurrott.com)Facebook Morale Takes a Tumble Along With Stock Price (WSJ)‘I Don’t Really Want to Work for Facebook.’ So Say Some Computer Science Students. (NYTimes)Major SMS security lapse is a reminder to use authenticator apps instead (The Verge)The Betterment Weekend Longreads:THE GENIUS NEUROSCIENTIST WHO MIGHT HOLD THE KEY TO TRUE AI (Wired)Are Killer Robots the Future of War? Parsing the Facts on Autonomous Weapons (NYTimes Magazine)The Internet Has a Huge C/C++ Problem and Developers Don't Want to Deal With It (Motherboard)How Superhuman Built an Engine to Find Product/Market Fit (First Round Review)THE HAIL MARY PLAN TO RESTART A HACKED US ELECTRIC GRID (Wired)Space Camp grows up (Mashable)
That huge New York Times story behind the scenes of Facebook, Google adds business messaging to Google Maps, Uber eats is a monster business, Amazon Go has a rival and there’s a new King of YouTube.Sponsors:DataDogHQ.com/ridehomeTiny.websiteThe CyberWire PodcastLinks:Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis (NYTimes)Google Maps will let you chat with businesses (The Verge)Uber continues to lose money as it scales scooters, bikes and other newer businesses (TechCrunch)Amazon Go competitor Standard Cognition raises $40 million to expand its cashierless store solution (VentureBeat)PewDiePie's Tumultuous Reign as YouTube King Is Almost Over (Bloomberg)
Why was Google’s traffic routed from Nigeria through China, Ford partners with Walmart on driverless cars, Amazon’s HQ2 stunt seems to be backfiring, and Uber gets a customer loyalty program.Sponsors:RXBAR.com/ride (Promo code RIDE at checkout)Tiny.websiteLinks:Nigerian firm takes blame for routing Google traffic through China (Reuters)Exclusive: Snap reveals U.S. subpoenas on IPO disclosures (Reuters)Ford partners with Walmart and Postmates to test autonomous grocery delivery (TechCrunch)A STARTUP IS SETTING DRONES FREE BY TYING THEM TO THE GROUND (Wired)Amazon’s HQ2 stunt could come back to haunt it (The Verge)This time, Amazon has gone too far: Jeff Bezos's company is profiting and taxpayers are paying the price (NYDailyNews)Uber launches rider loyalty Rewards like credits & upgrades 9 cities (TechCrunch)Amazon's Microwave With Alexa Makes Life Marginally Better (BuzzFeed)
Amazon’s HQ2 officially lands in Queens and Crystal City; Waymo is launching a driverless car service in December; Apple locks down repairs on modern Macs; get ready for cloud gaming; Pandora applies its music technology to podcasts; and a magic act that’ll make your day.Sponsors:RXBAR.com/rideTiny.websiteLinks:Amazon selects New York City and Northern Virginia for new headquarters (Amazon DayOne Blog)Amazon HQ2 decision: Amazon splits prize between Crystal City and New York (The Washington Post)Pandora brings its Genome technology to podcast recommendations (TechCrunch)Waymo to Start First Driverless Car Service Next Month (Bloomberg)Apple confirms its T2 security chip blocks some third-party repairs of new Macs (The Verge)The Tricky—but Potentially Lucrative—Task of Streaming Videogames (WSJ)Eric Chien 2018 Fism Grand Prix Magic Act (YouTube)
SAP buys Qualtrics, the Galaxy S10 might be coming in February and the Galaxy F might be coming in March, what exactly is TikTok and why you should care, and Jony Ive has an exclusive new product design.Sponsors:Molekule.com promo code: RIDETiny.websiteLinks:SAP to buy Qualtrics for $8 billion (Axios)How One Family Built $8 Billion Startup Far From Silicon Valley (Bloomberg)Samsung Electronics to release first foldable smartphone in March: sources (Yonhap News Agency)Snap’s former No. 2 exec Imran Khan is building an online shopping startup (ReCode)Facebook quietly launches a TikTok competitor app called Lasso (The Verge)A Guide to TikTok for Anyone Who Isn’t a Teen (Slate)Netflix to Test Lower-Price Plans as It Seeks More Asian Users (Bloomberg)At Netflix, Who Wins When It’s Hollywood vs. the Algorithm? (WSJ)Jony Ive’s latest design is the ultimate diamond ring – made only of diamond … (9to5Mac)The Fading Battlefields of World War I (The Atlantic)
The great winter of tech worker discontent is definitely here, Disney’s streaming service has a name, Vine might be coming back, Github hits a major milestone and, of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.Sponsors:Lightstream.com/rideMetalab.coLinks:Amazon is finally selling new iPhones after a long and complicated 'turf war' with Apple (BusinessInsider)A note to our employees (Google)#GoogleWalkout update: Collective action works, and we need to keep working. True equity depends on it. (Google Walkout For Real Change)Amazon Execs Addressed Concerns About Amazon Rekognition And ICE At An All-Hands Meeting (BuzzFeed)Vine co-founder plans to launch successor Byte in Spring 2019 (TechCrunch)GitHub passes 100 million repositories (Venture Beat)The Betterment Weekend Longreads:Why Technology Favors Tyranny (The Atlantic)Tech C.E.O.s Are in Love With Their Principal Doomsayer (NYTimes)HQ Trivia was a blockbuster hit — but internal turmoil and a shrinking audience have pushed its company to the brink (ReCode)‘It’s Giant and Has Like Five Million Buttons.’ The Office Desk Phone Won’t Die (WSJ)Why Doctors Hate Their Computers (The New Yorker)Here Comes ‘Smart Dust,’ the Tiny Computers That Pull Power from the Air (WSJ)ASTRONOMERS SEE MATERIAL ORBITING A BLACK HOLE *RIGHT* AT THE EDGE OF FOREVER (SyFy Wire)
Foldable phones are officially a thing, Tesla names a new board chair, Amazon’s mailing a physical toy catalog, Ford doesn’t want to miss out on scooters, and Comcast doesn’t want to miss out on home hubs.Sponsors:Eero.com/ride - Promo code: rideMetalab.coStories from: @albertwenger, @dmac1, @meganrosedickeyTweets: @bryceLinks:This is Samsung’s foldable smartphone (The Verge)Google says Android will natively support ‘foldables’ to limit fragmentation (The Verge)Amazon is mailing a printed holiday toy catalog to millions of customers (CNBC)Google Plans Large New York City Expansion (WSJ)The Anchor Tenant (Fred Wilson/AVC)Google's Gift to NYC (Albert Wenger)Ford buys electric scooter startup Spin (TechCrunch)Comcast is developing a video-streaming platform for broadband-only customers (CNBC)So I sent my mom that newfangled Facebook Portal (TechCrunch)
Silicon Valley’s special election day vote, why robocalls have taken over your phone, Jeff Bezos’ clever HQ2 bonus, making 911 calls better and why Jake Tapper is a digital media pioneer.Sponsors:Metalab.coVistaprint.com, promo code RideHolidayLinks:San Francisco has passed a first-of-its-kind tax on big businesses — like Square and Stripe — to help the homeless (Recode)Scoop: AT&T to cut off some customers' service in piracy crackdown (Axios)Why robocalls have taken over your phone (The Verge)Amazon gained a huge perk from its HQ2 contest that's worth far more than any tax break (Business Insider)Chinese ‘gait recognition’ tech IDs people by how they walk (The Associated Press)RapidSOS, an emergency response data provider, raises $30M as it grows from 10K users to 250M (TechCrunch)Newsonomics: “Digital defeats print” is the headline as Gannett steps away from printed election results (NiemanLab)
Facebook takes down more accounts ahead of the election, the new Chrome might block ALL ads on some websites, Macbook Air reviews, and why you might not be able to read election results in tomorrow’s newspaper.Sponsors:Lightstream.com/rideDataDogHQ.com/ridehomeMetalab.coLinks:Medium Post on Facebook and the Election (Jonathan Albright)Chrome will soon ad-block an entire website if it shows abusive ads (The Verge)Amazon Plans to Split HQ2 Evenly Between Two Cities (WSJ)APPLE MACBOOK AIR (2018) REVIEW: THE PRESENT OF COMPUTING (The Verge)The 2018 Retina MacBook Air (Daring Fireball)India's Meesho, which enables social commerce via WhatsApp, raises $50M (TechCrunch)PredictHQ exits stealth with $10 million to help Uber and others forecast demand surges (VentureBeat)VMWare acquires Heptio, the startup founded by 2 co-founders of Kubernetes (TechCrunch)
Has Amazon decided on the location of its new HQ? What do people think of the new iPad Pros? Why are recently IPO’d tech companies hoarding cash? And why you might want to think twice about taking a selfie in the voting booth tomorrow.Sponsors:Metalab.coCasper.com/ride and promo code "ride"Links:Amazon in Late-Stage Talks With Cities Including Crystal City, Va., Dallas, New York City for HQ2 (WSJ)Amazon waives $25 minimum spend to offer free Christmas deliveries for all U.S. customers (Venture Beat)APPLE IPAD PRO REVIEW 2018: THE FASTEST IPAD IS STILL AN IPAD (The Verge)Apple’s first 5G iPhone will arrive in 2020 (Fast Company)YOU TOO CAN BUILD YOUR OWN CHIP – FOR ONLY $30 MILLION (Digits to Dollars)Newly Public Tech Firms Race Back to Market as IPO Frenzy Continues (WSJ)Did You Vote? Now Your Friends May Know (and Nag You) (NYTimes)You can't take a 'ballot selfie' in Illinois, Florida, or 25 other states — see where it's illegal to take a photo in the voting booth (Business Insider)
Apple makes a pile of money and their stock tanks, Flickr ends its mega-free-storage plan, a classic internet cartoon gets a 4K makeover, browser extensions steal Facebook private messages, testing the latest smartphones to see how their batteries hold up, and the weekend longreads suggestions.Sponsors:DataDogHQ.com/RideHomeTiny.websiteTweets: @neilcybart, @textfilesLinks:Apple results: A record September quarter with $62.9B revenue (Six Colors)Apple’s price hike strategy is paying off (The Verge)Flickr will end 1TB of free storage and limit free users to 1,000 photos (The Verge)Several thoughts from your old pal Jason (Jason Scott/Twitter)The Cartoon That Invented Internet Culture Gets a High-Definition Rerelease (Intelligencer)Private messages from 81,000 hacked Facebook accounts for sale (BBC News)It’s not your imagination: Phone battery life is getting worse (Washington Post)‘How the Internet Happened’ Review: Building a World Online (Wall Street Journal)The Betterment Weekend Longreads:The Facebook Dilemma, Part 1 (Frontline on YouTube) and The Facebook Dilemma, Part 2 (Frontline on YouTube)A Cryptocurrency Millionaire Wants to Build a Utopia in Nevada (New York Times)The Man Behind the Scooter Revolution (CityLab)A Fork in the Road for Avis (Fortune)The Encyclopedia of the Missing (Longreads)
Google employees stage a walk-out protest around the globe, Vox swallows Recode, the new devices this week continue Apple’s push to increase ASP, and maybe it’s subscriptions that are eating the world.Sponsors:Tiny.websiteDataDogHQ.com/RideHomeStories from: @rustybrick, @benlovejoyTweets: @lizthegrey, @ingridlundenLinks:Google walkout: Pictures of Google workers leaving their desks in protest over sexual misconduct (Business Insider)Recode Tech and Media Website to Be Folded Into Vox.com (WSJ)New MacBook Air threatens both MacBook and MacBook Pro with Function Keys (Apple Insider)Opinion: The 2018 MacBook Air is the iPhone X’s ASP strategy all over again (9to5Mac)Apple's new T2 security chip will prevent hackers from eavesdropping on your microphone (TechCrunch)WhatsApp found a place to show you ads (The Verge)Google My Business Adds Setting For Google Assistant Calls Over Duplex (Search Engine Roundtable)Spotify is just $6.8 million away from profitability (Engadget)Liftoff: Mobile users are embracing subscription app economy (Venture Beat)Tickets for: Brian's 92Y Book Event
Facebook earnings were not a disaster, another Alphabet employee is out because of scandal, Waymo has a permit to test real driverless cars on California roads, and if you don’t know what computational notebooks are, let me tell you about them. Sponsors:Tiny.websiteDataDogHQ.com/ridehomeLinks:Zuckerberg says the future is sharing via 100B messages & 1B Stories/day (TechCrunch)Scoop: Executive accused of harassment at Alphabet 'X' unit is out (Axios)Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile Won't Support eSIM Until Later This Year (MacRumors)Gmail for iOS now lets you view all of your accounts in a single inbox (The Verge)Waymo’s excruciatingly gradual launch process, explained (Ars Technica)How Facebook Failed To Build A Better Alexa (Or Siri) (Forbes)Google, Accel and Jay Z invest in life insurance start-up Ethos, valuing it at more than $100 million (CNBC)Why Jupyter is data scientists’ computational notebook of choice (Nature)
Today MacBook Airs, Mac Minis and new iPad Pros, Coinbase raises a round, the UK has a new tech tax, interesting executive musical chairs, and why reCAPTCHA’s might be a thing of the past.Sponsors:DataDogHQ.com/ridehomeTiny.websiteLinks:UK chancellor announces 2% ‘digital services tax’ on tech giants’ revenues starting in April 2020 (TechCrunch)Snap CEO Picked a New Business Chief, Then Changed His Mind (Bloomberg)Google Launches reCAPTCHA v3 (Security Week)
IBM buys Red Hat, museums get new ways to preserve video games, Sony announces the full list of titles for its retro PlayStation mini-console, DJI has a drone for first responders, and a look at the service Gab.Sponsors:Vistaprint.com promocode: RIDEDataDogHQ.com/RideHomeTiny.websiteLinks:IBM to acquire Red Hat in deal valued at $34 billion (CNBC)Forget Watson, the Red Hat acquisition may be the thing that saves IBM (TechCrunch)IBM’s Old Playbook (Stratechery)Copyright Law Just Got Better for Video Game History (Motherboard)Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies (PDF - US Copyright Office, Library of Congress)Here are the 20 games shipping with the PlayStation Classic (TechCrunch)DJI's latest Mavic 2 drone is built for search and rescue (Engadget)Two more platforms have suspended Gab in the wake of Pittsburgh shooting (TechCrunch)On Gab, an Extremist-Friendly Site, Pittsburgh Shooting Suspect Aired His Hatred in Full (New York Times)
The Tech earnings season earnings roundup, new DRM rules allow jailbreaking… for some things, China’s rival GPS system, AI “art” fetches $400,000 at auction and the weekend longreads suggestions.Sponsors:hi.Photoslurp.comMetalab.coLinks:Twitter Stock Soars after Strong Earnings Beat (CNBC)Tesla Shares Soar on Surprise Third-Quarter Profit That Beats Wall Street Expectations (CNBC)Microsoft Reports $29.1 Billion in Q1 2019 Revenue: Azure up 76%, Surface up 14%, and Windows up 3% (VentureBeat)Amazon Squeezes Out More Profit as Sales Growth Slows (New York Times)Google Stock Falls As Revenue Misses; Amazon Ad Competition To Blame? (Investor’s Business Daily)Snap Hits All-Time Low After Lackluster Earnings Report (CNBC)Copyright Office Ruling Issues Sweeping Right to Repair Reforms (iFixit)In Groundbreaking Decision, Feds Say Hacking DRM to Fix Your Electronics Is Legal (Motherboard)How China's GPS 'Rival' Beidou is Plotting to Go Global (BBC News)AI Art at Christie’s Sells for $432,500 (New York Times)The Betterment Weekend Longreads:Inside Rockstar Games' Culture Of Crunch (Kotaku)At Netflix, Radical Transparency and Blunt Firings Unsettle the Ranks (WSJ)Podcast on Netflix Culture (Planet Money Podcast)It Might Get Loud: Inside Silicon Valley’s Battle to Own Voice Tech (Fortune)How Dara Khosrowshahi’s Iranian heritage shapes how he leads Uber (Fast Company)AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY OF SILICON VALLEY DISRUPTION (Wired)Bonus Link (from Wednesday):THE AI COLD WAR THAT COULD DOOM US ALL (Wired)
How Google paid Andy Rubin on his way out the door despite allegations of sexual misconduct, Uber Eats and the rise of virtual restaurants, Kickstarter sunsets its Drip service but plans a nice replacement, and older people are worse than younger people at telling fact from opinion.Sponsor:Vistaprint.com promocode: RIDEMetalab.coLinks:How Google Protected Andy Rubin, the ‘Father of Android’ (New York Times)Uber’s Secret Restaurant Empire (Bloomberg)A New Approach to Our Work on Drip (Kickstarter Blog)Kickstarter to End Drip, Fund New Platform with XOXO Festival Creators (The Verge)The Team Behind XOXO is Taking Over Kickstarter’s Drip Crowdfunding Community (TechCrunch)Older People Are Worse Than Young People at Telling Fact from Opinion (The Atlantic)Younger Americans Are Better than Older Americans at Telling Factual News Statements from Opinions (Pew Research Center)VIDEO: Joseph Saelee vs. Jonas Neubeauer in CTWC 2018 Finals (Twitter)
Tim Cook attacks the “data industrial complex,” why political texts are flooding your phone, the US, China and the AI cold war, and how Facebook Messenger got its new look.Sponsor:DataDogHQ.com/RideHomeMetalab.coLinks:Apple’s Tim Cook Makes Blistering Attack On the “Data Industrial Complex” (TechCrunch)Why political text messages are flooding your phone (Axios)The AI Cold War That Could Doom Us All (Wired) Messenger redesigns to clean up Facebook’s mess (TechCrunch)How Facebook’s Messenger Got Its New Look in a New Jersey Basement (Wired)
Tim Cook demands a retraction from Bloomberg, another founder flees Facebook, Repl.it gets a murder’s row of VC backers and the iPhone XR reviews are in.Sponsors:Metalab.coThe Cyberwire PodcastLinks:Amazon cloud chief Jassy follows Apple in calling for retraction of Chinese spy chip story (CNBC) Apple CEO Tim Cook Is Calling For Bloomberg To Retract Its Chinese Spy Chip Story (Buzzfeed)Supermicro CEO Joins Cook in Calling for Bloomberg to Retract Supply Chain Hack Story (MacRumors)Oculus co-founder is leaving Facebook after cancellation of ‘Rift 2’ headset (TechCrunch)Former Facebook engineer quit to build the programming tool he always wanted (CNBC)Apple iPhone XR Review: Better Than Good Enough (The Verge)Now Apps Can Track You Even After You Uninstall Them (Bloomberg)Android: A Visual History of Google’s OS On Its 10th Anniversary (The Verge)
Facebook wants to buy some cybersecurity, Washington wants to know what Silicon Valley will do for its country, Fred Wilson wants you to ask yourself if your investors are bad actors, and stealing a Tesla by hacking the entry fob.Sponsors:techmeme.RobinHood.comMackweldon.com, promo code: RIDEMetalab.coLinks:Facebook on Hunt for Big Cybersecurity Acquisition (The Information)Who Are My Investors? (AVC)Thieves steal a Tesla Model S by hacking the entry fob (Engadget)A tech executive's video of his Tesla Model S being hacked and stolen is going viral (Business Insider)Video of the Tesla theftGoogle Home Hub review (CNET)Google Home Hub review—Awesome hardware for Google’s nascent smart display software (Ars Technica)Google Home Hub Review: At the intersection of useful and just plain cute [Video] (9to5Google)Google Home Hub review: A more personal smart display (Engadget)
Facebook makes a hire that makes British Twitter laugh, here’s how much Google’s going to charge for Android, Google wants China but does China want Google and the Weekend Longreads suggestions.Sponsors:DataDogHQ.com/ridehomeTiny.websiteLinks:Facebook Hires Nick Clegg, Former UK Deputy Prime Minister, as Head of Global Affairs and Communications, to Succeed Elliot Schrage (Financial Times)Twitter Suspends Pro-Saudi Bots Spreading Propaganda About the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi (Gizmodo)Twitter Pulls Down Bot Network That Pushed Pro-Saudi Talking Points about Disappeared Journalist (NBC News)Powerful Executives Have Stepped Away From the Saudis. Not SoftBank's. (New York Times)Google App Suite Costs as Much as $40 Per Phone Under New EU Android Deal (The Verge)Google Wants China. Will Chinese Users Want Google? (Wired)The Betterment Weekend Longreads Suggestions:Craig Newmark, Newspaper Villain, Is Working to Save Journalism (New York Times)How the West Was Digitized: The Making of Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2 (Vulture/New York Magazine)Drone Journalism's Battle for Airspace (Columbia Journalism Review)Mother Earth Mother Board (Wired)The Prophets of Cryptocurrency Survey the Boom and Bust (The New Yorker)
Spotify Premium gets a spit shine, Facebook think it knows who was behind that big hack, why everyone and their mother has a subscription box service, and an Apple event in Brooklyn!Sponsors:DatadogHQ.com/ridehomeTiny.websiteLinks:Spotify Premium gets personalized artist radio stations and better search (The Verge)Twitter makes it easier to see enforcement taken on reported tweets (Tech Crunch)Facebook Finds Hack Was Done by Spammers, Not Foreign State (WSJ)Android Creator’s Startup Essential Products Cuts About 30% of Staff (Bloomberg)Inside the $2.6 billion subscription box wars (Fast Company)Beddr’s SleepTuner is a powerful standalone alternative to Apple Watch sleep tracking (9to5Mac)
Google bows to the EU’s demands, the biggest thing to happen to Github since the pull request, video game cheaters are getting sued, and Facebook brings back MTV’s The Real World. Sponsors:DatadogHQ.com/RideHomeTiny.website99designs.com/techmeme Links:Google will start charging Android device makers a fee for using its apps in Europe (The Verge)GitHub launches Actions, its workflow automation tool (Github)Fortnite, GTA V hackers face legal action for online cheating (Ars Technica)It turns out that Facebook could in fact use data collected from its Portal in-home video device to target you with ads (Recode)MTV is bringing back 'The Real World' for Facebook Watch, and will let the audience vote on the direction of the show (Business Insider)
Uber’s targeting a blockbuster IPO valuation, cops told to stop looking at iPhones, the Kindle Paperwhite is ready for the bath, the Pixel reviews are in, and remembering Paul Allen.Sponsors:DatadogHQ.com/RideHomeTiny.website99designs.com/techmeme Links:Uber Proposals Value Company at $120 Billion in a Possible IPO (WSJ)Cops Told ‘Don’t Look’ at New iPhones to Avoid Face ID Lock-Out (Motherboard)The Kindle Paperwhite is ready for the bath (Engadget)Google Pixel 3 review: improving on incredible (Charged)GOOGLE PIXEL 3 AND 3 XL REVIEW: THE BEST CAMERA GETS A BETTER PHONE (The Verge)The Google Pixel 3 XL review (TechCrunch)Google Pixel 3 Review: The Other Way to Make a Killer Phone (Gizmodo)Paul G. Allen, Microsoft’s Co-Founder, Is Dead at 65 (NyTimes)
The future of Photoshop is here today, Palm is back to bring us a tiny phone, Apple makes another acquisition, and why we’re doomed to a future of genetic surveillance.Sponsors:DatadogHQ.com/RideHome99designs.com/techmeme Tiny.websiteLinks:FINALLY: REAL PHOTOSHOP ON THE IPAD (The Verge)Adobe launches new AR and drawing tools (TechCrunch)Adobe launches Premiere Rush, a cross-platform video editor (Venture Beat)Apple acquires music analytics startup Asaii (Axios)THE NEW PALM IS A TINY PHONE TO KEEP YOU AWAY FROM YOUR PHONE (The Verge)GENOME HACKERS SHOW NO ONE’S DNA IS ANONYMOUS ANYMORE (Wired)Blockchain isn't about democracy and decentralisation – it's about greed (The Guardian)Tweetstorm about Google+ from @morganknutson
Facebook announces the results of their investigation into that data breach, the market downturn is biting some tech companies, has Spotify ruined music, and, of course, the Weekend Longreads suggestions.Sponsors:99designs.com/techmeme Metalab.coLinks:An Update on the Security Issue (Facebook)Facebook rolls out 3D photos that use AI to simulate depth (TechCrunch)Tencent Music Pauses IPO Amid Market Turmoil (WSJ)FAANG stocks have seen $600 billion of market value wiped out — here's how much each one is on sale (Business Insider)Tesla sets deadline on new orders to get delivery and full tax credit by end of the year (Electrek)Who Needs German Engineering? Tesla Outsells Mercedes-Benz For The First Time—And Has a Plan to Pass BMW Too (Fortune)Has 10 years of Spotify ruined music? (The Guardian)The Betterment Weekend Longreads Suggestions:This Is How Amazon Loses (NewCo Shift)The Pentagon’s Push to Program Soldiers’ Brains (The Atlantic)Alexa, Should We Trust You? (The Atlantic)Fear and loathing in venture capital (Max Niederhofer)The First Rule of Microsoft Excel—Don’t Tell Anyone You’re Good at It (WSJ)
Facebook cracks down again, ahead of the election, Apple make some interesting acquisitions, how many cameras does a smartphone need, and Dieter Rams just wants Silicon Valley to slow down.Sponsors:DatadogHQ.com/ridehome99designs.com/techmemeMetalab.coLinks:Facebook purged over 800 accounts and pages pushing political messages for profit (The Washington Post)Apple inks $600M deal to license IP, acquire assets and talent from Dialog to expand chipmaking in Europe (TechCrunch)Apple buys machine learning AR firm specializing in mixed realities (Apple Insider)Samsung’s Galaxy A9 is the first quad camera phone (Engadget)Samsung hopes these four cameras will save its mid-range phone lineup (The Verge)Gartner: Microsoft passes Acer to become top 5 PC vendor in the U.S. (Venture Beat)Apple plans to give away original content for free to device owners as part of new digital TV strategy (CNBC)Coinbase's Active Customers Drop 80% in Crypto Slump, Study Says (Bloomberg)Plan to Fix Journalism With Cryptocurrency Draws Skepticism (WSJ)Dieter Rams wants Silicon Valley to stop (Fast Company)
Windows needed a do-over, Snapchat hopes its Originals will give it one too, Minecraft abandons Apple TV, and Andy Rubin can’t quit smartphones. Sponsors:Vistaprint.com (use code RIDE)Leap.ai/rideMetalab.coLinks:Microsoft begins re-releasing Windows 10 October update after fixing file deletion bug (The Verge)Snapchat becomes the mobile HBO with 12 daily scripted Original shows (TechCrunch)Snap Is ‘Quickly Running Out of Money,’ Analyst Says (Bloomberg)Google Photos adds automated sharing through ‘Live Albums,’ which can stream to Home Hub (TechCrunch)Apple's dream of making the Apple TV a gaming console just took a major hit (Business Insider)A China Veggie-Selling App May Be Worth $7 billion (Bloomberg)Android Creator Is Building an AI Phone That Texts People for You (Bloomberg)AT&T will launch a Netflix rival next year (CNBC)Where the next 10 million miles will take us (Waymo)
The big Made By Google event, follow up on that Google+ bug, WeChat is willing to debunk rumors for you and Saudi Arabia doubles down on Masa Son.Sponsors:Leap.ai/rideMetalab.coLinks: First look at Google’s Pixel 3 and 3 XL (The Verge)Exclusive: iPad Pro Face ID details, 4K HDR video over USB-C, AirPods-like Apple Pencil 2 pairing, more (9to5Mac)Google, Exposures, and Breaches; Was Google Wrong?; The Political Considerations (Stratechery)Google Drops Out of Pentagon's $10 Billion Cloud Competition (Bloomberg)Some advertisers are moving half of their search budget from Google to Amazon, say ad industry sources (CNBC)How China's biggest social network fights fake news (Abacus)Saudi Arabia Doubles Down on SoftBank Bet With Extra $45 Billion (Bloomberg)
Google has a data scandal and it's a doozy. Facebook portal is real, a Microsoft streaming gaming service is real, next generation Intel chips are manifest, no one knows what to believe in that blockbuster Bloomberg story, and how the Internet Archive works.Sponsors:Metalab.coDataDogHQ.com/ridehomeLinks:Facebook launches Portal auto-zooming video chat screens for $199/$349 (TechCrunch)THE NEW AMAZON ECHO SHOW’S IMPROVED SCREEN AND BETTER SPEAKERS AREN’T ENOUGH (The Verge)Microsoft’s xCloud service streams Xbox games to PCs, consoles, and mobile devices (The Verge)Intel Announces 9th Gen Core CPUs (AnAndTech)Google Exposed User Data, Feared Repercussions of Disclosing to Public (WSJ)Supply Chain Security is the Whole Enchilada, But Who’s Willing to Pay for It? (Krebs on Security)The Internet’s keepers? “Some call us hoarders—I like to say we’re archivists” (Ars Technica)
He said she said on that Bloomberg Bombshell, Evan Spiegel’s plan for survival, new Macs are un-repairable, why are Apple Watch faces such a mess, and the Weekend Longreads Suggestions.Sponsors:Tiny.websiteStories from: @jsnell, @bizcarsonTweets: @karaswisher, @AdamMinterLinks:Instagram prototypes handling your location history to Facebook (TechCrunch)Instagram is testing the ability to share your precise location history with Facebook (The Verge)9 highlights from Snapchat CEO’s 6,000-word leaked memo on survival (TechCrunch)iMac Pro and 2018 MacBook Pro Systems Must Pass Apple Diagnostics to Function After Certain Repairs (MacRumors)Facebook’s Oculus Looking to Invest in Location-Based Virtual Reality (EXCLUSIVE) (Variety)Why are Apple Watch faces such a mess? (Macworld)Norway's petabyte plan: Store everything ever published in a 1,000-year archive (ZDNet)The Betterment Weekend Longreads:The iPhone XS & XS Max Review: Unveiling the Silicon Secrets (AnAndTech)Sex Workers Pioneered the Early Internet—and It Screwed Them Over (Motherboard)Raised by YouTube (The Atlantic)Old Unicorn, New Tricks: Airbnb Has A Sky-High Valuation. Here's Its Audacious Plan To Earn It (Forbes)EA announces ‘FIFA 19’ PS4 esports tournament (Engadget)
Did China pull off a hardware hack to end all hardware hacks, is a new Nintendo Switch coming as soon as next summer, the ThinQ has five cameras on one phone, and Movie Pass? Still alive!Sponsors:Vistaprint.com promocode: RIDETiny.websiteLinks:The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies (Bloomberg Businessweek)Russia cyber-plots: US, UK and Netherlands allege hacking (BBC News)Nintendo Plans New Version of Switch Next Year (WSJ)LG V40 THINQ REVIEW: ONE PHONE, FIVE CAMERAS (The Verge)Verizon’s Severance Offer Goes to About 44,000 Employees (WSJ)Barnes & Noble names board committee to review possible sale, shares soar (CNBC)MoviePass' new funding means it isn't going anywhere just yet (Engadget)
Highlights from the Microsoft Surface event, Uber launches its scooter play, streaming service fatigue might be pushing consumers back toward piracy, did you get your smartphone alert from the president, and the new app startup from a young entrepreneur by the name of Bill Gates. Sponsors:Tiny.websiteBubble.is/rideLinks:Microsoft has unveiled the $3,499 Surface Studio 2, its super-powerful and gorgeous new competitor to the Apple iMac (Business Insider)Facebook Hack Puts Thousands of Other Sites at Risk (NYTimes)Facebook Login Update (Facebook Newsroom)Facebook Briefs Lawmakers on Breach in Effort to Guard Against Backlash (WSJ)GM and Honda will team up to build an autonomous car (Quartz)First presidential wireless test alert will come to your phone today (Axios)The Rise of Netflix Competitors Has Pushed Consumers Back Toward Piracy (Motherboard)Recommendations startup Likewise emerges from Bill Gates’ private office, letting friends track and share their favorite things (GeekWire)
Amazon raises its minimum wage, Tesla’s hitting its Model 3 marks, another new California law could change the face of Tech Boards of Directors and Netflix wants us to choose our own adventure.Sponsors:Ziprecruiter.com/rideTiny.websiteLinks:Amazon raises minimum wage to $15 for all US employees (CNBC)The Story of Henry Ford's $5 a Day Wages: It's Not What You Think (Forbes)Tesla delivered over 55,000 Model 3s in Q3 (Road Show/CNET)Three US universities now let students use iPhone and Apple Watch as their campus ID card (9to5Mac)THESE TECH COMPANIES WILL NEED MORE WOMEN ON THEIR BOARDS (Wired)Google's Project Stream lets you play Assassin's Creed Odyssey in Chrome (CNET)Netflix Is Planning a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure ‘Black Mirror’ (Bloomberg)Amazon's IMDb will announce this week a new free video service to compete for TV ad dollars (CNBC)The anti-Netflix: Free, ad-supported video streaming services are growing (Digiday)
California ready to do battle over net neutrality, Instagram under new management, Elon settles with the SEC, and Tim Berners Lee kinda wants a do-over on the whole World Wide Web thing.Casper.com/ride and promo code "ride"Tiny.WebsiteLinks:The Trump administration is suing California to quash its new net neutrality law (The Washington Post)Justice Department Sues to Stop California Net Neutrality Law (NYTimes)SEC settles charges with Tesla's Elon Musk, will remain as CEO but relinquish chairman role and pay stiff fine (CNBC)Internet, social media use and device ownership in U.S. have plateaued after years of growth (Pew Research Center)(SMART) SPEAKING MY LANGUAGE: DESPITE THEIR VAST CAPABILITIES, SMART SPEAKERS ARE ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC (Nielsen)One Small Step for the Web... (Inrupt Blog)Exclusive: Tim Berners-Lee tells us his radical new plan to upend the World Wide Web (Fast Company)
A new Facebook scandal—but this time it’s different, Slack is preparing for an IPO, an exciting new episode of Today in Elon Musk, and, of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. Download the Instants App!Metalab.coLinks:Slack Actively Preparing for Early 2019 IPO (WSJ)Coinbase now lets users buy 'bundles' (TechCrunch)Compound launches easy way to short cryptocurrencies (TechCrunch)Tesla's Musk pulled the plug on a settlement with the SEC at the last minute (CNBC)The Betterment Weekend Longreads:How Uber is getting flying cars off the ground (CNET)Coinbase Wants To Be Too Big To Fail (Fortune)The Apple Watch – Tipping Point Time for Healthcare (Steve Blank)Meet the Community Keeping Obsolete Supercomputers Alive (Motherboard)The first Android phone 10 years later: An annotated review (CNET)Hacker says he'll livestream deletion of Zuckerberg's Facebook page (Engadget)
Facebook said it doesn’t market certain data; surprise, surprise, researchers prove they do, Amazon doesn’t love unions, is the Oculus Quest VR’s iPhone moment, and do ride sharing companies actually make money?Sponsors:DatadogHQ.com/ridehomeMetalab.coLinks:Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information (Gizmodo)Amazon's Aggressive Anti-Union Tactics Revealed in Leaked 45-Minute Video (Gizmodo)Teen Apple Hacker Avoids Jail in Australia After Serious Attacks (Bloomberg)Payment Startup Stripe Is Now a $20 Billion Company (Bloomberg)Masayoshi Son, SoftBank, and the $100 Billion Blitz on Sand Hill Road (Bloomberg Businessweek)Lyft Shows Financial Improvement Ahead of IPO Filing (The Information)
More fallout from the Instagram departures and some pretty dirty laundry aired from inside Facebook, Google reverses course on Chrome, Coinbase opens its doors to alts, and maybe I was right about Amazon Homes!Sponsors:Ingage Instants (Instants.io/ridehome)Metalab.coLinks:Exclusive: WhatsApp Cofounder Brian Acton Gives The Inside Story On #DeleteFacebook And Why He Left $850 Million Behind (Forbes)Facebook’s Messing With Instagram Prompted Co-Founders’ Departure (WSJ)Product updates based on your feedback (The Google Chrome Blog)The Temptation of Apple News (Slate)Coinbase will add cryptocurrencies more rapidly, with ratings and reviews (Yahoo Finance)One third of ICOs launched in the past two years aren’t listed anywhere (TNW)Amazon Comes Up With Another Way to Get Alexa Into Your Home (Bloomberg)
Instagram’s founders turn in their two weeks notice, Samsung accuses Apple of stealing, lots of changes coming to Google Search, and a “Netflix for open source.” Sponsors:DataDogHQ.com/ridehomeStamps.com use promo code RIDEMetalab.coLinks:Why Instagram's founders are resigning: independence from Facebook weakened (TechCrunch)Facebook’s Terrible Year Hits a New Low (Bloomberg Opinion)Qualcomm accuses Apple of stealing chip secrets and giving them to Intel (CNBC)Google CEO Sundar Pichai to Meet With Top GOP Lawmakers (WSJ)Google's new activity cards will save your previous searches (Engadget)'NETFLIX FOR OPEN SOURCE' WANTS DEVELOPERS TO GET PAID (Wired)macOS 10.14 Mojave: The Ars Technica review (Ars Technica)
Office 2019 is here, SiriusXM acquires Pandora, the Chrome browser login controversy, more missed revenue numbers in digital media and Eric Schmidt says there could someday be the regular internet and a separate, Chinese internet.Sponsors:Vistaprint.com, Code RIDE at checkout.Metalab.coLinks:SiriusXM to buy Pandora in all-stock deal valued at $3.5 billion (CNBC)Why I’m done with Chrome (Matthew Green)Uber drivers and other gig economy workers are earning half what they did five years ago (Recode)Vox Media On Pace to Miss Revenue Target as Digital Advertising Disappoints (WSJ)Amazon: Retailers Gonna Retail (Steven Sinofsky)Former Google CEO predicts the internet will split in two — and one part will be led by China (CNBC)
More fallout from that monster Alexa event yesterday, Facebook is gonna take another swing at Portal, Instagram wants to cut down on #hashtagoverload, Gmail was too willing to say “I love you,” and the Weekend Longreads Suggestions.Sponsors:Ude.my/techTiny.websiteLinks:AMAZON WANTS ALEXA TO HEAR YOUR WHISPERS AND FRUSTRATION (Wired)Amazon just pulled an Apple on the smart home (Stacey on IOT newsletter)Facebook's 'Portal' Video Chat Device to Be Announced Next Week (Cheddar)Instagram may divide hashtags from captions to end overhashing (TechCrunch)Instagram is testing a native resharing feature for the feed (The Verge)Is This Article Worth Reading? Gmail’s Suggested Reply: ‘Haha, Thanks!’ (WSJ)The Betterment Weekend Longreads:Inside Facebook’s Election ‘War Room’ (NYTimes)Bitcoin Miners Flock to New York’s Remote Corners, but Get Chilly Reception (NYTimes)Living The Stream (ESPN The Magazine)A brief history of the numeric keypad (UX Collective)Inside the Dramatic, Painful--and Hugely Successful--Return of Reddit's Founders (Inc)Buy The History of Reddit Book Here
Amazon announced Alexa for friggin everything, AmazonGos might soon be friggin everywhere, a life insurer will only sell you a policy if you own a smartwatch, and they’ve finally found Spock’s home planet of Vulcan. Sponsors:DataDogHQ.com/ridehomeTiny.websiteLinks:Amazon Will Consider Opening Up to 3,000 Cashierless Stores by 2021 (Bloomberg)Strap on the Fitbit: John Hancock to sell only interactive life insurance (Reuters)Life Insurance Offering More Incentive to Live Longer (NYTimes)ESPN's new streaming service passes 1 million paid subscribers in five months (CNBC)Google, Facebook Lead Digital’s March to Half of U.S. Ad Market (Bloomberg)Spock’s planet ‘Vulcan’ found years after Star Trek prediction (SlashGear)
Amazon’s ad business is already huge, there’s a new retro Playstation console, Evernote is in our prayers, HQ is moving beyond trivia with a new game and a roundup of the Apple Watch Series 4 reviews.Sponsors:Ude.my/techTiny.websiteLinks:The ACLU Is Charging Facebook With Gender Discrimination In Its Targeted Ads (Buzzfeed News)Facebook Is Letting Job Advertisers Target Only Men (ProPublica)Amazon becoming 3rd-biggest digital ad platform (Axios)Google Home Mini was the best-selling smart speaker in Q2 (TechCrunch)Sony is launching a PlayStation Classic console this December loaded with 20 games (The Verge)Evernote just slashed 54 jobs, or 15 percent of its workforceHQ expands beyond trivia with new ‘Wheel of Fortune’-type game (Digiday)Google Maps for CarPlay in iOS 12 is now available (9to5Mac)iOS 12.1 references ‘iPad2018Fall’, all but confirming new iPad Pro debut next month (9to5Mac)
A reported criminal investigation around Elon Musk’s tweets, Twitter brings back the chronological feed, Alexa for microwaves, and a wrap up of the iPhone XS and XS Max reviews.
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Links:Tesla Is Facing U.S. Criminal Probe Over Elon Musk Statements (Bloomberg)The Tweet that got Twitter to bring back the chrono-feed (@EmmaKinema)Amazon plans to release at least 8 new Alexa-powered devices, including a microwave, an amplifier, and an in-car gadget (CNBC)Trump Hits China With Tariffs on $200 Billion in Goods, Escalating Trade War (NYTimes)APPLE IPHONE XS AND XS MAX REVIEW: SMOOTHED OUT (The Verge)
Another Billionaire bails out a major media brand, social network Path is no more, Amazon employees are allegedly taking bribes, Linus Torvalds apologizes for being a jerk, and Steve Jobs had a weird notion about what actually constitutes pizza.
Stories from: @cgartenberg
Tweets: @laura_nelson, @BuzzFeedBen
Links:Are there any other billionaires out there to buy Fortune or Sports Illustrated? (Recode)Mobile social network Path, once a challenger to Facebook, is closing down (TechCrunch)Here are over 150 new features and changes in iOS 12 for iPhone and iPad (Apple Insider)Amazon Investigates Employees Leaking Data for Bribes (WSJ)Amazon Storefronts is a new retail hub exclusively for US small businesses (The Verge)Linus Torvalds apologizes for years of being a jerk, takes time off to learn empathy (Ars Technica)AN ORAL HISTORY OF APPLE'S INFINITE LOOP (Wired)
More signs of drama inside Google, how Apple cleared the new Apple Watches through the FDA, how the Weather Channel made that insane flooding video, and the weekend longreads suggestions.
Links:Google Employees Are Quitting Over The Company’s Secretive China Search Project (Buzzfeed News)Google’s internal political battles keep spilling out into the public (The Verge)The new heart-monitoring capabilities on the Apple Watch aren’t all that impressive (Quartz)iPhone XS Max and Apple Watch Series 4 shipping dates now slipping into October (9to5Mac)Apple Is Deleting Bought Films From iTunes Accounts - And Don't Expect A Refund (Forbes)Yes, You Can Name A Website “F***nazis.us”HOW THE WEATHER CHANNEL MADE THAT INSANE STORM SURGE ANIMATION (Wired)
The Betterment Weekend Longreads:Android 9 Pie, thoroughly reviewed (Ars Technica)Why a Leading Venture Capitalist Is Betting on a Decentralized Internet (Breaker)Olaf Carlson-Wee Rode the Bitcoin Boom to Silicon Valley Riches. Can He Survive the Crash? (WSJ)Memo to the Silicon Valley boys’ club: Arlan Hamilton has no time for your BS (Fast Company)Driverless Hype Collides With Merciless Reality (WSJ)
The fallout from the Apple event, Google kills another beloved product, the Nintendo Switch online service comes online, and where in the World is Larry Page?
Links:The iPhone Franchise (Stratechery)Making sense of the most confusing new iPhone lineup ever (Fast Company)Inbox, Google’s playground for email innovation, is going bye-bye (Fact Company)The Nintendo Switch online service is launching on September 18th (The Verge)How Procore Built The Cloud’s Hottest Unicorn By Bringing Software To Low-Tech Construction Sites (Forbes)Where in the World Is Larry Page? (Bloomberg Businessweek)
What else? The iPhone event. Also, the EU strikes again, the T-Mobile/Sprint merger is on “pause” and "Gawker" is coming back.
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Links:EU approves controversial Copyright Directive, including internet ‘link tax’ and ‘upload filter’ (The Verge)European Parliament Passes Copyright Directive Giving Artists Greater Share of Revenue (Variety)FCC says it needs more time to review Sprint-T-Mobile deal (CNBC)Verizon to begin 5G home broadband service sign-ups on Thursday (Axios)Gawker Set to Relaunch Under New Owner Bryan Goldberg (EXCLUSIVE) (Variety)
ICOs now officially securities, some steps backward in the self-driving car space, parsing the Zuckerberg New Yorker profile, and did Facebook disrespect the memory of Burt Reynolds?
Stories from: @eosnos
Tweets: @ezraklein, @BrendanNyhan
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Links:US Judge Rules ICO Frauds Fall Under Securities Law (CoinDesk)Renesas in $6.7 billion deal for IDT to boost chips for self-driving cars (Reuters)GM's Plan to Test Autonomous Cars in New York City Seems to Have Gone up in Smoke (Jalopnik)How to prepare your iPhone for a trade-in program (The Verge)Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy? (The New Yorker)Facebook Apologizes For Taking Down Your Horny Burt Reynolds Posts (Vulture)
Some juicy new Apple rumors for Wednesday, the end of the Jack Ma era is nigh upon us, there were some naughty apps in the Mac App Store and why following people whose politics you disagree with might not lead to peace in our time.
Links:Kuo: USB-C on 2018 iPad Pro, Touch ID on 2018 MacBook, EKG and Ceramic Backs on All Apple Watch Series 4 Models, More (MacRumors)Snap just lost its chief strategy officer (Fast Company)Alibaba announces Jack Ma succession plan: CEO Daniel Zhang to take over as chairman in a year (CNBC)Additional Mac App Store apps caught stealing and uploading browser history (9to5Mac)No. 1 paid utility in Mac App Store steals browser history, sends it to Chinese server (9to5Mac)Twitter’s Flawed Solution to Political Polarization (NYTimes Opinion)Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy? (The New Yorker)
Tim Armstrong might be on his way out of Oath, Alex Jones is permanently off of Twitter, a Cambridge Analytica figure is officially no longer a Facebook employee, Elon Musk smokes a blunt and the weekend longreads suggestions!
Links:Verizon’s Internet Boss Tim Armstrong in Talks to Leave (WSJ)Tim Armstrong is headed out of Verizon. What happens to the $9 billion content company he is leaving behind? (Recode)Charlie Warzel Twitter ThreadHOW THAT MAGICAL JACK DORSEY–ALEX JONES PHOTO HAPPENED (Wired)A Facebook scientist tied to Cambridge Analytica has quietly left Facebook (Fast Company)Weed, whiskey, Tesla and a flamethrower: Elon Musk meets Joe Rogan (CNN Tech)Tesla Erupts in Chaos After Senior Execs Leave, Musk Tokes Up (Bloomberg)
The Betterment Weekend Longreads:Inside the World of Eddy Cue, Apple’s Services Chief (The Information)Bezos Unbound: Exclusive Interview With The Amazon Founder On What He Plans To Conquer Next (Forbes)The Super Rich of Silicon Valley Have a Doomsday Escape Plan (Bloomberg)What went wrong at Social Capital (Axios)How Android Pie’s Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness work (Venture Beat)The man who won the lottery 14 times (The Hustle)
The 2014 Sony hacker gets charged, Lyft beats Uber to the scooter punch, why Roblox is the biggest thing since Minecraft, Spotify plays chicken with the music industry, and let’s play another round of Apple event rumor bingo.
Links:U.S. charges North Korean operative in conspiracy to hack Sony Pictures, banks (The Washington Post)Lyft rolls out its first electric scooters in Denver (The Verge)You Will Soon Be Able to Control Your Xbox With Alexa and Cortana (Thurrott)Walmart partners with delivery logistics platform Bringg on last-mile grocery delivery (TechCrunch)The new Roomba could be the end of vacuuming (Quartz)Kids' gaming platform Roblox raises $150M (TechCrunch)The video game turning teens into millionaires has raised a whopping $150 million, making it a $2.5 billion company (Business Insider)A New Spotify Initiative Makes the Big Record Labels Nervous (NYTimes)The Tension Is Building Between Spotify and the Music Industry (Bloomberg)‘iPhone Xs Max’ likely name for 6.5-inch OLED flagship, sources say (9to5Mac)
Tech CEOs hauled before Congress again, Theranos is no more, Google mulls big changes to URL’s and maybe the whole the-teens-are-abandoning-Facebook is a real thing after all?
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Links:Video of the Hearings (The US Senate)Facebook and Twitter testified before Congress. Conservative conspiracy theorists lurked behind them. (The Washington Post)Blood-Testing Firm Theranos to Dissolve (WSJ)HOW GOOGLE CHROME SPENT A DECADE MAKING THE WEB MORE SECURE (Wired)GOOGLE WANTS TO KILL THE URL (Wired)Americans are changing their relationship with Facebook (PEW Research)Instagram is building a standalone app for shopping (The Verge)Snap launches new styles of Spectacles that look more like traditional sunglasses (The Verge)Vimeo pivots business from media to tech (Axios)Vimeo launches stock video marketplace starting at $79 per clip (Venture Beat)
Amazon hits a trillion, the EU is giving Netflix quotas, gaming out various Apple rumors ahead of next week’s event and the robots are coming to the drive through window.
LinksAmazon falls off $1 trillion market cap, leaving Apple the only public US company above the benchmark (Bloomberg)Local Product Quotas for Netflix, Amazon to Become Law, EU Official Says (EXCLUSIVE) (Variety)Ethereum in BigQuery: a Public Dataset for smart contract analytics (Google Cloud)Major cryptocurrency exchange delists Bitcoin Gold following $18M hack (TNW)2018 iPad Pro redesign is both brilliant and stupid (Cult of Mac)Samsung teases foldable smartphone launch for later this year (The Verge)China's Silicon Valley Threatens to Swallow Up Hong Kong (Bloomberg)Clinc is building a voice AI system to replace humans in drive-through restaurants (TechCrunch)
How those iPhone leaks happened (maybe), the scooter permits happened and some big names got snubbed, Google’s secret deal with MasterCard, and the weekend long reads suggestions.
Links:Exclusive: This is ‘iPhone XS’ — design, larger version, and gold colors confirmed (9to5Mac)Exclusive: Apple Watch Series 4 revealed — massive display, dense watch face, more (9to5Mac)Huawei’s AI Cube is a 4G router and Alexa speaker, not a cube (The Verge)Huawei's Google Home clone has Alexa inside (Engadget)Scooters will return to San Francisco, but Bird and Lime aren’t invited (The Verge)Mozilla announces Firefox will block trackers by default (Venture Beat)Google and Mastercard Cut a Secret Ad Deal to Track Retail Sales (Bloomberg)
The Betterment Weekend Longreads:Franken-algorithms: the deadly consequences of unpredictable code (The Guardian)Logged off: meet the teens who refuse to use social media (The Guardian)How Big Tech Swallowed Seattle (Bloomberg Businessweek)The Mystery of People Who Speak Dozens of Languages (The New Yorker)
An Apple acquisition suggests they’re serious about AR, Uber is serious about escooters, Google lets Kubernetes leave the nest, your IP address is not enough to finger you for a crime, and a fully functional Bugatti made out of Legos.
Links:Apple buys startup focused on lenses for AR glasses (Reuters)Apple’s AR lenses purchase also sees future mobile storage (ComputerWorld)Google takes a step back from running the Kubernetes development infrastructure (TechCrunch)Uber Is Building Its Own Scooter to Compete in Frenzy (Bloomberg)Microsoft Requires Paid Parental Leave for Subcontractors (Bloomberg)Important Appeals Court Ruling States Clearly That Merely Having An IP Address Is Insufficient For Infringement Claims (TechDirt)FIRST EVER LIFE-SIZE AND DRIVABLE LEGO® TECHNIC BUGATTI CHIRON IS A PIONEERING PIECE OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN (Lego)
A bunch of new laptops from Dell, Amazon might jump into the free tv game, Google updates Wear OS, and why the world’s oldest blockchain has been hiding in plain site since 1995.
Links:Dell tempts Pixelbook lovers with premium $599 Inspiron Chromebook 14 (ArsTechnica)Dell shows its fall lineup of Alexa-ready Inspiron, XPS, and Vostro laptops and 2-in-1s (VentureBeat)Amazon Plans New Video App, Latest Step Into TV Ad Market (The Information)Google is revamping the Wear OS smartwatch user interface (TheVerge)The rise of giant consumer startups that said no to investor money (Recode)'World Computer' Project Dfinity Raises $102 Million (Fortune)The rise of crypto in higher education (Coinbase Reports)The Hot New Subject on Campus? It's Blockchain (Fortune)The World’s Oldest Blockchain Has Been Hiding in the New York Times Since 1995 (Motherboard)
President Trump accuses Google of rigged search results, Instagram updates its identity systems, Yahoo scans your mail for marketing purposes, BuzzFeed tests memberships and the rarest Apple device in the world comes to auction.
Links:You can now apply to be verified in Instagram (The Verge)Yahoo, Bucking Industry, Scans Emails for Data to Sell Advertisers (WSJ)Toyota Investing $500 Million in Uber in Driverless-Car Pact (WSJ)AutoX is using its self-driving vehicles to deliver groceries (TechCrunch)BuzzFeed News quietly tests a membership program (Digiday)Buzzfeed, With Nearly $500M In Funding, Asks For Contributions (Crunchbase News)How ‘Grand Theft Auto’ Is Changing the Way the World Experiences Music (Rolling Stone)First Apple Computer Goes Up For Auction, Expected to Fetch More Than $300,000 (Paleofuture)
The three new iPhones Mark Gurman says are coming our way, Warren Buffet invests in an Indian tech company, Palmer Luckey pans Magic Leap and why Uber thinks e-scooters are cool.
Links:Apple to Embrace iPhone X Design With New Colors, Bigger Screens (Bloomberg)Berkshire Hathaway in talks for a stake in Paytm (Economic Times)Microsoft Announces Xbox All Access (Thurrott.com)Public Bravado, Private Doubts: Inside the Unraveling of Elon Musk’s Tesla Buyout (WSJ)Why Elon Musk Reversed Course on Taking Tesla Private (NYTimes)Epic's first Fortnite Installer allowed hackers to download and install anything on your Android phone silently (Android Central)Magic Leap is a Tragic Heap (PalmerLuckey.com)Uber plans shift from cars to bikes for shorter trips (The Financial Times)
Tech’s version of the five families met today to get on the same page over election security, 23andMe shuts down its API just to be safe, robot puppies, and the weekend longreads suggestions.
Links:Google finds evidence of attack linked to Iran state media (Axios)Tech Companies Are Gathering For A Secret Meeting To Prepare A 2018 Election Strategy (Buzzfeed News)Microsoft Hit With U.S. Bribery Probe Over Deals in Hungary (WSJ)23andMe will no longer let app developers read your DNA data (CNBC)The Impossible Job: Inside Facebook’s Struggle to Moderate Two Billion People (Motherboard)
The Betterment Weekend Longreads Suggestions:Late to the Driverless Revolution (WSJ)Posting Instagram Sponsored Content Is the New Summer Job (The Atlantic)THE UNTOLD STORY OF NOTPETYA, THE MOST DEVASTATING CYBERATTACK IN HISTORY (Wired)The Vanishing Idealism of Burning Man (The New Republic)Welcome to the Age of Privacy Nihilism (The Atlantic)A monstrous primer on the works of H.P. Lovecraft (Polygon)
Bonus Link!Sony Aibo hands-on: An adorable robo-pup that needs training (Engadget)
Australia bans Chinese telecoms equipment, Microsoft might offer an Xbox subscription that includes the whole console, new DJI drones, Alex Stamos on hacking the 2018 election and the backlash against the “app store tax.”
Links:Australia Bars China’s Huawei From Building 5G Wireless Network (NYTimes)'Xbox All Access' looks like a new subscription service with Xbox Live, Game Pass, and a console (Windows Central)DJI Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom add Hasselblad quality and optical zoom to folding drones (CNET)How the U.S. Has Failed to Protect the 2018 Election--and Four Ways to Protect 2020 (Lawfare)Apple and Google Face Growing Revolt Over App Store ‘Tax’ (Bloomberg)The 30% Tax (Fred Wilson/AVC)
The fake Russians are back and they’ve brought some fake Iranians with them, Verizon throttles firefighters, Google wants to tell you something good, and day two of the Y Combinator demo days.
Links:Sprawling Iranian influence operation globalizes tech’s war on disinformation (The Washington Post)Verizon throttled fire department’s “unlimited” data during Calif. wildfire (Ars Technica)Google Assistant's latest feature delivers just the 'good news' (TechCrunch)Walmart takes another jab at Amazon as it begins selling e-books for first time (USA Today)How Teens and Parents Navigate Screen Time and Device Distractions (Pew Research Center)‘Bitcoin Jesus’ Is Having a Hard Time Winning Over True Believers (Bloomberg)All 59 startups that launched today at Y Combinator’s S18 Demo Day 2 (TechCrunch)
Microsoft uncovers more Russian political hacking, a possible MacBook Air successor, Netflix “tests” bypassing the App Store, and are you paying for Amazon’s electricity bill?
Links:New Russian Hacking Targeted Republican Groups, Microsoft Says (NYTimes)Apple Is Planning a New Low-Cost MacBook, Pro-Focused Mac Mini (Bloomberg)Netflix Tests Promotional Videos but Users See ‘Commercials’ (NYTimes)Netflix tests a bypass of iTunes billing in 33 markets (TechCrunch)Facebook is rating the trustworthiness of its users on a scale from zero to 1 (The Washington Post)Amazon Isn’t Paying Its Electric Bills. You Might Be (Bloomberg Businessweek)Here are the 63 startups that launched today at Y Combinator’s S18 Demo Day 1 (TechCrunch)
Fitbit doubles down on fitness trackers, new EU regulations might be coming for web platforms, Karma is a startup selling excess food, Trip Advisor has its own fake news problem, and are women the most valuable mobile gaming consumers?
Links:With Charge 3, Fitbit blurs the smartwatch line (TechCrunch)EU Weighs Regulations For Terrorist Content (Financial Times)‘Minecraft: Education Edition’ comes to iPad, as education features expand to mainstream version of game (GeekWire)Karma raises $12 million for marketplace that helps restaurants and supermarkets reduce food waste (Venture Beat)Farfetch files for IPO to trade on NYSE as FTCH; has nearly 1M active users of its luxury goods marketplace (TechCrunch)Arm Unveils Client CPU Performance Roadmap Through 2020 - Taking Intel Head On (AnAndTech)How TripAdvisor changed travel (The Guardian)Women are 79 percent more likely to spend money on mobile games (The Verge)
A Google smart speaker with a screen, the crypto mining fad is fading, Silicon Valley has lost a piece of its history, the secret Netflix categories and the weekend longreads suggestions.
Links:Google to debut display-equipped AI speaker before holidays (Nikkei Asian Review)APNewsBreak: Google clarifies location-tracking policy (The Associated Press)Crypto crash: Despite a strong quarter, Nvidia shares fall on disappointing forecast (SiliconAngle)Wish, an Internet Dollar Store, Struggles to Keep Customers (The Information)Silicon Valley is dismantling a priceless piece of its history (Fast Company)The Netflix ID Bible – Every Category on Netflix (What's on Netflix)
The Betterment Weekend Longreads:VIRGIN GALACTIC’S ROCKET MAN (The New Yorker)Inside Evernote’s brain (Fast Company)LET’S ALL GO BACK TO TUMBLR (The Outline)Why Can’t Europe Do Tech? (Bloomberg Businessweek)To Get Ready for Robot Driving, Some Want to Reprogram Pedestrians (Bloomberg)
Amazon might buy a chain of movie theaters, why the Saudis invest the way they do, Twitter pisses everyone off because… what else is new? And reviews of the Note 9 and Android Pie are in.
Links:Amazon in Running to Acquire Landmark Movie Chain (Bloomberg)Saudi Arabia Goes High-Tech in Approach to Investing (WSJ)Twitter company email addresses why it’s #BreakingMyTwitter (TechCrunch)Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: A better Note for most of us (Engadget)You Can Really Feel the Samsung Note 9's $1000 Price Tag (Gizmodo)Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: Sleek and new, but too much déjà vu (BGR)ANDROID 9 PIE REVIEW: THE PREDICTIVE OS (The Verge)
Today, Twitter takes action on Alex Jones, a new Intel chip vulnerability, Alexa and Cortana play nice together, consolidation in podcasting and a “rest and vest” for the ages.
Stories from: @AnneMarieSteele, @dseetharaman
Links:SPECTRE-LIKE FLAW UNDERMINES INTEL PROCESSORS' MOST SECURE ELEMENT (Wired)After a year's wait, Amazon and Microsoft bring Alexa and Cortana to each other's devices (CNET)OneDrive can now automatically backup your PC’s documents, pictures, and desktop folders (The Verge)Public Radio Networks to Merge in Big Bet on Podcasts (WSJ)Uber’s Losses Mount at Self-Driving Car Unit (The Information)Cash Wildfire Spreads Among Young Tech Companies (Bloomberg)WhatsApp Co-Founder’s ‘Rest and Vest’ Reward From Facebook: $450 Million (WSJ)
NVIDIA announces its next generation GPUs, Apple wants developers to get SaaS-y, what if we just rebuilt the cable bundle with streaming channels, Tinder founders file suit and is Kevin Durant teaming up with Marc Andreessen?
LinksNVIDIA Reveals Next-Gen Turing GPU Architecture (AnandTech)How an invite-only meeting at Apple's luxury loft in New York set the stage for one of the biggest subscription businesses in the world (Business Insider)Banks and Retailers Are Tracking How You Type, Swipe and Tap (NYTimes)Netflix, Amazon Video, and Xfinity are accidentally re-creating cable TV (The Verge)Kevin Durant, Will Smith Top the Lineup for a New Venture-Capital Fund for Black Investors (WSJ)
Is Google tracking you even when you tell it not to? Big executive departure at Netflix, Elon expounds on taking Telsa private, and how machine learning can identify devs simply by the way they code.
Links:Lenovo Launches Ultra-Thin ThinkPad P1: X1 Carbon Meets Workstation (AnAndTech)EVEN ANONYMOUS CODERS LEAVE FINGERPRINTS (Wired)Update on Taking Tesla Private (Tesla)China has outspent the US by $24 billion in 5G technology since 2015, study shows (CNBC)An 11-Year-Old Changed The Results Of Florida's Presidential Vote At A Hacker Convention. Discuss. (Buzzfeed News)Dozens of Vegas slots went offline simultaneously during a hacker convention (Mashable)
Is Apple’s secret car project back on? Is Elon Musk in trouble with the SEC? How many people use Apple Pay? Is Alexa coming to cars? And the weekend Longreads suggestions.
Stories from: @gruber
Tweets: @jbarro, @kairyssdal
Links:Tesla is now worth less than it was before Elon Musk's $420 tweet (Business Insider)Doug Field Returns to Apple After Leaving Tesla (Daring Fireball)Apple Pay Increasingly Central to iPhone (Loop Ventures)Amazon launches Auto SDK to bring Alexa to more cars (VentureBeat)VCs Are On Track To Make 2018 A Record Year For Unicorns (Crunchbase News)
The Betterment Weekend Long Reads Suggestions:Fintech Frenzy: Hype or Reality? A Closer Look at 6 Key Sectors (Fortune)HOW THE SHARED FAMILY COMPUTER PROTECTED US FROM OUR WORST SELVES (The Verge)“The Lean Startup” is an unproductive legend (Quartz)THE STRANGE DAVID AND GOLIATH SAGA OF RADIO FREQUENCIES (Wired)THE ULTRA-PURE, SUPER-SECRET SAND THAT MAKES YOUR PHONE POSSIBLE (Wired)
The new Galaxy Note 9 is unveiled, New York City caps ride hailing companies, Discord kneecaps Steam—as expected, the continuing saga of Alex Jones and what’s up with Elon Musk now?DataDogHQ.com/ridehomeWeWorkRemotely
Links:Samsung Galaxy Note9: Design, specs, features, and pricing (VentureBeat)New York Plans to Cap Uber and Lyft (WSJ)Where’s the Money Coming From, Elon? (Bloomberg Businessweek)
We can actually, finally find out what Magic Leap does, Snap reports earnings, Slack gets ready for war, Patreon is building a patronage empire and why you’re probably getting ripped off if you’re paying for DSL.
Sponsors:Casper.com/ride ... promo code "ride"WeWorkRemotely
Links:I TRIED MAGIC LEAP AND SAW A FLAWED GLIMPSE OF MIXED REALITY’S AMAZING POTENTIAL (The Verge)Magic Leap Headset Test Drive: Off Your Phone and Into Your World (WSJ)Magic Leap’s headset is real, but that may not be enough (MIT Technology Review)Patreon buys Memberful but keeps it indie as patronage consolidates (TechCrunch)Tinder’s business will double this year to more than $800 million (Recode)Study Shows How Bad Most of the Country Is Getting Ripped Off By Their ISPs (Motherboard)
Voting via app will be tested during the midterms, Old Bitcoin Money and New Bitcoin money are in a power struggle, the truth about how we use Alexa, and a new combatant joins the fray in the Streaming Video Wars.
Sponsors:DataDogHQ.com/ridehomeWeWorkRemotelyStamps.com (click the microphone at the tope, type in: ride)
Links:West Virginia to introduce mobile phone voting for midterm elections (CNN Tech)A Culture War Is Brewing Between Bitcoin’s Old and New Money (Bloomberg)Wall Street isn’t boosting bitcoin (Quartz)Twitter says Alex Jones and InfoWars accounts don't violate policy, will remain live for now (CNBC)The Reality Behind Voice Shopping Hype (The Information)Jeffrey Katzenberg’s ‘NewTV’ Startup Closes $1 Billion, All Major Studios Among Investors (Variety)Cloudflare Stream makes it easy (and cheap) for developers to work with video (TNW)Airbnb for Work claims 700,000 businesses as bookings tripled for second year in a row (VentureBeat)
Nearly every major tech platform bans Alex Jones to one degree or another, does Facebook really want to know your bank balance, MoviePass comes with another subscription pivot, Apple’s plans for India and why $1,000 smartphones might only be the beginning.
Links:Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify ban Infowars' Alex Jones (The Guardian)Facebook to Banks: Give Us Your Data, We’ll Give You Our Users (WSJ)Facebook taps banks, but for chatbots not purchase data like Google (TechCrunch)MoviePass Abandons Price Hike, But Will Limit Films to Three a Month (Variety)iPhone Chipmaker Races to Recover After Crippling Computer Virus (Bloomberg)Here’s Apple’s Plan to Keep From Losing the World’s Fastest-Growing Smartphone Market (Bloomberg Businessweek)Why iPhone and Android phone prices will get even higher (CNET)
Fortnite snubs Google, Amazon Prime Video is coming to Comcast, Peloton raises a ton, the top ten programming languages of 2018 and, of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.
Links: Epic Games sidesteps the Play Store with Fortnite for Android launch (TechCrunch)Ready, Aim, Hire a ‘Fortnite’ Coach: Parents Enlist Videogame Tutors for Their Children (WSJ)Google Maps location sharing shows your contact's battery level (Android Police)The 2018 Top Programming Languages (IEEE Spectrum)
The Betterment.com/ride Weekend Longreads:How Robot Hands Are Evolving to Do What Ours Can (NYTimes)Why the Next Silicon Valley Will Probably Be Outside the U.S. (Citylab)Masayoshi Son’s secret to running his $100 billion fund: Telling start-ups to treat each other like family (CNBC)What Happened to General Magic? (NYMag/SelectAll)Growing Up Jobs (Vanity Fair)
Apple hits a trillion, a midwestern unicorn cashes in, the Surface Go reviews are in, there are no perfect tools for making memes, and Tesla is adding video games to its cars.
Links:Cisco to acquire Ann Arbor-based Duo Security in $2.35 billion deal (Crain's Detroit Business)Surface Go review: The ideal cheap Windows tablet... almost (Engadget)The tiny Microsoft Surface Go is available now, and it’s an overachiever (The Verge)Microsoft Surface Go review: Barely better than a netbook (Mashable)The Microsoft Surface Go Is Practically Perfect (Gizmodo)RideOS raises $25M to become the traffic control center for self-driving cars (TechCrunch)As Memes Evolve, Apps Are Struggling to Keep Up (The Atlantic)How Software Ate the Point of Sale (The Atlantic)
Google has a secret plan to return to China, the Apple earnings analysis, Masayoshi Son goes “Brandless” and in praise of microfilm!
Links:GOOGLE PLANS TO LAUNCH CENSORED SEARCH ENGINE IN CHINA, LEAKED DOCUMENTS REVEAL (The Intercept)Apple tops 300 million paid subscriptions as it reportedly preps new subscription services (Digiday)This No-Brand Startup Won $240 Million to Fight Amazon on Price and Quality (Bloomberg)Microfilm Lasts Half a Millennium (The Atlantic)
Facebook reveals fresh election meddling, Galaxy 9s might not be selling well, but Nintendo Switches sure are, and Playstation 4s still are, Uber stops truckin’ and Google Maps will predict which restaurant you’ll like.
Stories from: @kerby, @fredwilson
Links:Smartphone Slowdown Hits Profits at Samsung Electronics (Bloomberg)Sony can't stop making money from PlayStation (Engadget)Uber’s self-driving trucks division is dead, long live Uber self-driving cars (TechCrunch)Where Did you Go to School? (Richard Kerby)Where Did You Go To School? (AVC)WhatsApp group calls are rolling out to everyone, but don’t ditch Skype just yet (Android Authority)Google Maps can predict how much you'll like a restaurant (Engadget)
The king of the bitcoin miners mulls an IPO (not an ICO), the prediction market Augur gets dark, a “Netflix for gadgets” and a “Dallas Cowboys for e-sports” both raise money, advice for Twitter and Facebook, and why autonomous cars need to talk to us.Metalab.coOkta.com/techmeme
Links:Scoop: Bitcoin Mining Company Bitmain Hit $1.1 Billion in Profits in Q1 2018 (Fortune)The First Augur Assassination Markets Have Arrived (CoinDesk)Grover raises €37M Series A to offer latest tech products as a subscription (TechCrunch)Twitter is prioritizing its network ‘health’ over adding new growth features. Is that the right move? (Recode)Why unskippable Stories ads could revive Facebook (TechCrunch)Retailers set sights on Facebook, Google ad revenue (Reuters)The self-driving cars hitting the road in Texas today are unlike any we’ve seen before (The Verge)
Slack takes out some competitors, Twitter get its own earnings shock, Amazon is just fine, thank you very much, Stripe issues credit cards, MoviePass… still alive at the time of this recording… and the weekend longreads suggestions.
Stories from: @neilstrauss, @lmatsakis
Links:Goodbye HipChat: Slack and Atlassian Team Up on Chat Software (Bloomberg)This is the Amazon everyone should have feared — and it has nothing to do with its retail business (Recode)Stripe Starts Issuing Credit Cards (Bloomberg)
Weekend Longreads:Brock Pierce: The Hippie King of Cryptocurrency (Rolling Stone)How Silicon Valley Has Disrupted Philanthropy (The Atlantic)THE 'GUERRILLA' WIKIPEDIA EDITORS WHO COMBAT CONSPIRACY THEORIES (Wired)Inside Google’s Shadow Workforce (Bloomberg)MySpace and the Coding Legacy it Left Behind (Code Academy)
The Facebook earnings disaster. What else? But also Qualcomm walks away from an acquisition, Amazon’s facial recognition tech seems pretty flawed, and Samsung might have invented unbreakable displays for smartphones!
Links:Samsung announces new 'unbreakable' display that survives punishing UL certification (Android Central)
Another internal Facebook memo leaks, China tells Facebook “not so fast,” Steam battles Discord, why the iPhone can’t compete in China, and a Y2K bug for the new millennium.
Links:Departing Facebook Security Officer's Memo: "We Need To Be Willing To Pick Sides" (BuzzFeed News)China Said to Quickly Withdraw Approval for New Facebook Venture (NYTimes)Steam is rolling out its new Discord-like chat features to all users (The Verge)General Motors wants its customers to rent their cars to other people (The Verge)Why the iPhone can’t compete in India (The Verge)Big tech warns of 'Japan's millennium bug' ahead of Akihito's abdication (The Guardian)
Alphabet earnings, Google’s Translation app takes over the world, potentially two new Xbox consoles, Verizon wants to deliver TV over 5G and the thin-and-light laptop revolution has gone too far!
Links:Alphabet surges to all-time high as Wall Street says internet giant’s big bets are ‘paying off’ (CNBC)Alphabet’s experimental investments in the future continue to cost it a fortune (The Verge)Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed a jaw-dropping fact about its translation app that shows how much money is still sitting on the table (Business Insider)Miles is an app that tracks your every move in exchange for deals and discounts (The Verge)A Few More Details About Microsoft’s Xbox Scarlett Game Streaming Service (Thurrott.com)Verizon Is Seeking Google or Apple as 5G TV Provider (Bloomberg)Thinner and Lighter Laptops Have Screwed Us All (Motherboard)
Susan Fowler Rigetti gets a high profile new job, a Lyft and Uber driver was live-streaming without consent, Samsung takes a big step toward a 5G world, and why is Google Translate spitting out religious prophecies?
Links:St. Louis Uber driver has put video of hundreds of passengers online. Most have no idea. (St. Louis Dispatch)$20K in Crypto: The First Bets on Prediction Market Augur Just Paid Out (CoinDesk)Qualcomm's new chips fix a major problem for 5G phones (CNET)Why Is Google Translate Spitting Out Sinister Religious Prophecies? (Motherboard)Pinterest nears $1 billion in ad sales and valuation rises as it looks to go public in mid-2019 (CNBC)Consumer startups are dead. Long live consumer startups. (Eric Feng)
WhatsApp limits forwards, Microsoft announces earnings, emergency alerts on Netflix, grocery chain Kroger throws shade at Amazon Prime Day, and the Weekend Longreads Suggestions.
Links:WhatsApp will drastically limit forwarding across the globe to stop the spread of fake news, following violence in India and Myanmar (Recode)https://techcrunch.com/2018/07/18/senate-wants-emergency-alerts-to-go-out-through-netflix-spotify-etc/ (TechCrunch)First Test Drive of the Tesla Model 3 Performance: A Thrilling, Modern Marvel (WSJ)
Weekend LongreadsHow ‘Small’ Security Errors Lead to a Security Breach (Alex DeFreese)Robots Are Ready to Shake (and Stir) Up Bars (WSJ)AI Could Make Detecting Autism Easier (The Atlantic)Best Buy Should Be Dead, But It’s Thriving in the Age of Amazon (Bloomberg Businessweek)When a DNA Test Shatters Your Identity (The Atlantic)
Facebook and Zuckerberg address misinformation and censorship, Reddit rolls out live chatrooms, will Fuchsia replace Android, and who is online journalism’s newest savior?
Links:Facebook says it will begin removing misinformation that leads to violence (The Verge)Full transcript: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Recode Decode (Recode)Mark Zuckerberg clarifies: ‘I personally find Holocaust denial deeply offensive, and I absolutely didn’t intend to defend the intent of people who deny that.’ (Recode)REDDIT REINVENTS THE CHAT ROOM WITH COMMUNITY CHAT (Wired)The European Commission Versus Android (Stretechery)Project ‘Fuchsia’: Google Is Quietly Working on a Successor to Android (Bloomberg)Google’s Fuchsia OS on the Pixelbook: It works! It actually works! (Ars Technica)
Google faces a record European fine, Nest gets a major reshuffle inside Google, Walmart guns for Netflix, Venmo transactions can be public, and can cool camera tech destined for smartphones actually improve autonomous vehicles?
Netflix’s subscriber miss, Amazon’s troubled Prime Day, Walmart and Microsoft team up against Amazon, some big problems with voting machines and the big autonomous vehicle startup you’ve probably never heard of.
Links:What Netflix's big miss means for the new tech economy (Axios)STRIKES, BOYCOTTS, AND OUTAGES MAR AMAZON PRIME DAY (Wired)Amazon warehouse workers are striking across Europe on Prime Day (The Verge)Andreessen Horowitz Names Connie Chan A General Partner, Ending VC Firm's No-Promotion Policy (Forbes)Top Voting Machine Vendor Admits It Installed Remote-Access Software on Systems Sold to States (Motherboard)VC Firm Social Capital Set Out to Fix Capitalism. Now It’s In Turmoil (Bloomberg)Amazon Foes Walmart and Microsoft Deepen Tech Partnership (WSJ)$800 Million Says a Self-Driving Car Looks Like This (Bloomberg Businessweek)
A Roku wireless speaker, better Uber pickups, Instapaper goes solo, what to expect from the Galaxy S10 and it’s Amazon Prime Day everybody!
Links:Wave Uber’s new Spotlight or send canned chats to find your driver (TechCrunch)Airbnb is grappling with how to treat people with criminal convictions (Quartz)A German court ruled you can inherit Facebook content like a letter or a diary (Quartz)Here's what to expect from the Samsung Galaxy S10, including a new feature you won't find on iPhones (Business Insider)Amazon’s share of the US e-commerce market is now 49%, or 5% of all retail spend (TechCrunch)
Full Photoshop is coming to iPads, PC sales are growing again, what now for the AT&T/Time Warner merger, what does an unlimited data plan really mean, and the weekend longreads suggestions.
Stories from: @imkialikethecar, @ballmatthew
Links:Top of the Morning (Axios)AT&T’s no-good week shows why it may regret its Google envy (Fast Company)Uber begins monitoring U.S. driver background checks continuously (Axios)Unlimited data plans are a mess: here’s how to pick the best one (The Verge)
Weekend Longreads:Hell for Elon Musk Is a Midsize Sedan (Bloomberg Businessweek)How Twitter Became Home to the Teen Status Update (The Atlantic)Why Some of Instagram's Biggest Memers Are Locking Their Accounts (The Atlantic)GEORGE HOTZ IS ON A HACKER CRUSADE AGAINST THE ‘SCAM’ OF SELF-DRIVING CARS (The Verge)THE ONLY GOOD ONLINE FANDOM LEFT IS DUNE (The Outline)Netflix Isn’t Being Reckless, It’s Just Playing a Game No One Else Dares (Netflix Misunderstandings, Pt. 3) (Matthew Ball/Redef)
Surprise MacBook Pro updates, Broadcom goes for Plan B, the fate of Gawker and The Onion, who will be the first to a trillion dollars, and who wants to be the Pixar of VR.
Links:APPLE’S NEW MACBOOK PROS HAVE THE LATEST INTEL PROCESSORS AND QUIETER KEYBOARDS (The Verge)Broadcom reaches deal to acquire CA Technologies for $18.9 billion in cash (CNBC)The Race to a Trillion (Above Avalon)
Facebook faces its first fine from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a look at what Article 13 might do to the web, a juicy new Apple rumor, more hints from Magic Leap, and a look at Alphabet’s “Moonshot” factory.
Stories from: @AlecMuffett, @adavies47
Links:Facebook is slapped with first fine for Cambridge Analytica scandal (Washington Post)Thread by @AlecMuffett: "Regards Article13, I wrote up a little command-line false-positive emulator; it tests 10 million events with a test (for copyrighted materia […]" #Article13 (Alex Muffett)European Networks Are Joining Forces to Take On Netflix and Amazon (The Hollywood Reporter)INSIDE X, THE MOONSHOT FACTORY RACING TO BUILD THE NEXT GOOGLE (Wired)
Microsoft unveils a new Surface tablet, police can probably still break into iPhones, YouTube fights fake news, the new silicon gold rush, and Netflix makes binging even easier.
Links:Microsoft’s $399 Surface Go aims to stand out from iPads or Chromebooks (The Verge)Microsoft's $399 Surface Go is here to nuke Apple's iPad (Mashable)The AI revolution has spawned a new chips arms race (Ars Technica)Netflix Binge-Watching Just Got Even Easier: Now It Automatically Downloads New Episodes To Watch Offline (BuzzFeed)
Xiaomi’s IPO disappoints, Apple Music gains on Spotify, Amazon’s ad business could be a contender, and why half the members of a popular subreddit are getting banned.
Stories from: @mikelaris, @noamscheiber
Links:Shares of Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi stumble on their debut, slipping as much as 6% (CNBC)Xiaomi's weak debut signals trouble for upcoming Hong Kong tech listings (Reuters)Apple slices into Spotify’s lead in the US music market (CNBC)High-Skilled White-Collar Work? Machines Can Do That, Too (NYTimes)Federal researchers are using data from Waze and Maryland to try to predict road dangers (Washington Post)The Thanos subreddit is gleefully heading for mass slaughter (The Verge)
Sonos files for an IPO, Netflix sunsets movie reviews, the iPhone is getting new colors, the memes are safe for now, and the weekend longreads suggestions.
Links:MEPs vote to reopen copyright debate over 'censorship' controversy (TechCrunch)Kuo: New 2018 iPhone models to come in gold, grey, white, blue, red and orange colors (9to5Mac)Amazon Takes a Page From Toys ‘R’ Us With a Holiday Catalog (Bloomberg)Reddit — one of the world's most popular websites — is trying to cash in through advertising (CNBC)
Longreads Suggestions:Xiaomi founder Lei Jun’s tech empire goes way beyond smartphones (Quartz)SELF-DRIVING CARS ARE HEADED TOWARD AN AI ROADBLOCK (The Verge)How to Make Piles of Money Using Instagram (Bloomberg)Ice Poseidon’s Lucrative, Stressful Life as a Live Streamer (The New Yorker)
A big problem with Samsung Messages, Dell comes back to the public markets, more machinations in the transportation shuffle, more NSA shenanigans, and the 10th anniversary of the App Store.
Links:Dell to Return to Public Markets With Tracking Stock (NYTimes)Alphabet adds to transport bets with scooter deal (FT)N.S.A. Purges Hundreds of Millions of Call and Text Records (NYTimes)IPO Market Posts Blistering First Half (WSJ)In Q2 2018, Global VC Scales Tipped In Favor Of Chinese Startups Over North America (CrunchBase)These are the top iPhone apps of all time (Tech Crunch)“Perhaps it is simpler to say that Intel…was disrupted” (Steven Sinofsky)
Xiaomi’s IPO disappoints, Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up, the state of the ICO market, the weekend long reads suggestions, and the NES is back, baby!
Stories from: @panzer, @tomwarren
Links:Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up (TechCrunch)Microsoft details secret ‘pocketable’ Surface device in leaked email (The Verge)Digital currency sales hit $13.7 billion in first five months of 2018: report (Reuters)The NES Classic is back: here’s where you can pick one up (The Verge)
Weekend Longreads Suggestions:I Delivered Packages for Amazon and It Was a Nightmare (The Atlantic)HOW THE STARTUP MENTALITY FAILED KIDS IN SAN FRANCISCO (Wired)Despite Caution Over Cryptocurrency, Investors Are Bullish (NYTimes)The Biggest Digital Heist in History Isn’t Over Yet (Bloomberg)
Amazon makes a ton of news including buying into pharmaceutical commerce and creating its own mini-package delivery army, Apple considers one subscription to rule them all, and the long Apple/Samsung war is over.
Stories from: @angelicalavito, @jacknicas
Links:Amazon shakes up drugstore business with deal to buy online pharmacy PillPack (CNBC)Amazon’s new blue crew: Tech giant enlists entrepreneurs to own the ‘last mile,’ delivering packages in Prime vans and uniforms (GeekWire)Apple Eyes Streaming Bundle for TV, Music and News (The Information)Apple and Samsung End Smartphone Patent Wars (NYTimes)Bird CEO Explains Why His Scooter Startup Needed $300 Million (Bloomberg)AT&T more than doubles ‘admin fee’ for every wireless customer (The Verge)Colossal 128TB SD cards could soon be on the way (TNW)
Google rebrands AdWords and demos Duplex for reporters, Twitter takes steps to fight spam and make your account more secure, Facebook wants to help you avoid spoilers and is Blackberry back with the Key2?
Links:Google is retiring the AdWords & DoubleClick brands in a major rebranding aimed at simplification (Search Engine Land)Google opens its human-sounding Duplex AI to public testing (CNET)Google Duplex really works and testing begins this summer (The Verge)Facebook tests 30-day keyword snoozing to fight spoilers, triggers (TechCrunch)BlackBerry KEY2 review: One of the most unique phones around comes up short of awesome (Android Police)
Uber gets legal in London, a16z raises a crypto fund, Apple opts for human editors, Fortnite makes bank, and a check-in on the space race.
Links:Uber wins the right to keep operating in London (TheVerge)Wi-Fi security is starting to get its biggest upgrade in over a decade (TheVerge)Fortnite is generating more revenue than any other free game ever (ReCode)Intel and the Danger of Integration (Ben Thompson/Stratechery)Steven Sinofsky Tweet Thread on the Above
New noise cancelling AirPods might be coming, AT&T buys AppNexus, more Trump and Chinese tech rumblings, and what is the future of Benchmark Capital?
Links:Apple to Unveil High-End AirPods, Over-Ear Headphones For 2019 (Bloomberg)The US now officially has the world's fastest supercomputer, knocking China off the top spot (TechSport)Is there a next act for one of Silicon Valley’s top investors after Uber? Benchmark and Bill Gurley are about to find out. (ReCode)Here’s How That Tablet On The Table At Your Favorite Restaurant Is Hurting Your Waiter (BuzzFeed)
The Supreme Court rules on cell phone tracking, YouTube gets channel memberships, Twitter literally smites Smyte, the Elon Musk sabotage saga gets weirder and the weekend longreads suggestions.
Stories from: @sarahintampa, @drewharwell
Links:Supreme Court says police can't use your cellphone to track you without a court order (NBC News)Twitter ‘smytes’ customers (TechCrunch)Elon Musk Has Always Been At War With The Media (BuzzFeed)
Weekend Longreads:How Twitter Made The Tech World's Most Unlikely Comeback (BuzzFeed)The Legend of Nintendo (Bloomberg)Intel now faces a fight for its future (The Verge)INSIDE THE CRYPTO WORLD'S BIGGEST SCANDAL (Wired)
Intel’s CEO steps down, an update on Apple’s AirPower wireless charger, a Supreme Court ruling will have a big impact on e-commerce, and Amazon Fire TV Cube reviews.
Stories from: @jessiwrites, @chrisvelazco
Links: Why Apple’s AirPower Wireless Charger Is Taking So Long to Make (Bloomberg)AMAZON FIRE TV CUBE REVIEW: A SMARTER STREAMING BOX (The Verge)Google turns on ‘Continued Conversation’ in the Google Assistant (Search Engine Land)WHY LYFT IS TRYING TO BECOME THE NEXT SUBSCRIPTION BUSINESS (Wired)
The immigration controversy comes to Silicon Valley, Instagram debuts IGTV, Disney ups its bid for Fox, and a new phone finds a new way around “the notch.”
Links:Facebook launches gameshows platform with interactive video (TechCrunch)Oppo’s Find X ditches the notch for pop-up cameras (The Verge)Crypto Exchange Bithumb Halts Withdrawals After $31 Million Hack (CoinDesk)
Verizon and AT&T stop selling your location data, Google roles out a couple of cool new things, Alexa is coming to your hotel, Elon Musk is worried about sabotage, and how Europe might kill meme culture.
Stories from: @jacknicas
Tweets: @coryweinberg, @danprimack
Links:In China Trade War, Apple Worries It Will Be Collateral Damage (NYTimes)One Year in, Bird Founder Sells Some Shares (The Information)The EU's bizarre war on memes is totally unwinnable (Wired UK)
Apple upgrades 911 calls—and is taking a case to the Supreme Court—Google invests big time in China, gaming addiction is officially a disorder, and how an Australian telecom company is screwing up the World Cup.
Stories from: @stevelevine, @tiffkhsu
Links:In China, a picture of how warehouse jobs can vanish (Axios)Video Game Addiction Tries to Move From Basement to Doctor’s Office (NYTimes)Google Is Training Machines to Predict When a Patient Will Die (Bloomberg)SBS to screen World Cup games after Optus fail (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oprah signs with Apple, but OLEDs aren’t working out for Apple, Netflix has a hidden source for teen comedy hits, the weekend longreads suggestions, and, if you can believe it, William Shatner’s new gig.
Stories from: @mochi_wsj, @McLauchlin
Links:APPLE’S ORIGINAL CONTENT IS FURTHER ALONG THAN YOU THINK (LoupVentures)Netflix’s latest hit ‘The Kissing Booth’ is a Wattpad success story (TechCrunch)How Batteries Went From Primitive Power to Global Domination (Bloomberg)William Shatner's new enterprise: A solar-powered bitcoin mining farm in southern Illinois (Chicago Tribune)
Weekend Longreads Suggestions:The Time Canada Wanted Its Own Internet Because It Thought the US Would Mess It Up (Motherboard)Instagram’s Wannabe-Stars Are Driving Luxury Hotels Crazy (The Atlantic)HOW THE TRENDIEST GRILLED-CHEESE VENTURE GOT BURNT (Wired)THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE RACY MODULE THAT ALMOST RUINED D&D (Wired)
Apple tries to lock down it’s phones again, Google makes ad targeting more transparent, Microsoft works to replace cashiers with robots… but the robots have already come for middle managers at Amazon, and a plea to help save Metafilter.
Stories from: @spencersoper, @viticci, @CamiRusso
Links:Shortcuts: A New Vision for Siri and iOS Automation (MacStories)Amazon’s Clever Machines Are Moving From the Warehouse to Headquarters (Bloomberg)Making a Killing in Virtual Real Estate (Bloomberg)The Million Dollar Homepage (Wikipedia)SAVE METAFILTER!
Today was major revamp day. Twitter’s ringing in big changes. Microsoft is putting a new polish on Office. Also: Intel jumps into the GPU game, Bitcoin might have been manipulated, and Fortnite comes to the Nintendo Switch.
Sponsors:Stamps.com (click on the microphone at the top and type in RIDE)WeWorkRemotely.com
Stories from: @nathanielpopper, @PatcohenNYT, @ryanshrout
Links:Intel makes it a three-way race with AMD and Nvidia on graphics chips (Marketwatch)Bitcoin’s Price Was Artificially Inflated Last Year, Researchers Say (NYTimes)E-Commerce Might Help Solve the Mystery of Low Inflation (NYTimes)Fortnite on the Switch is good enough to make Sony’s cross-play policy look even more stupid (The Verge)
E-scooter valuations explode, Facebook turns in its homework, Microsoft’s next Xbox is coming in 2020, how Netflix is winning, and a dreaded 51% attack explained. Here’s what you missed today in the world of tech.
Tweets: @annehelen, @arielbogle
Stories: @danprimack, @bdsams
Links:Scooter startup Bird is seeking a $2 billion valuation (Axios)Microsoft’s Next-Gen Xbox Will Arrive in 2020 (Thurrott.com)The Guy Tapping His Head Meme Explained (NYMag)Inside the Binge Factory (NYMag)Blockchain's Once-Feared 51% Attack Is Now Becoming Regular (CoinDesk)TED Residency (TED)
Snapchat Clear Chats and Facebook’s Memories come at social media from different philosophical viewpoints, headlines from the ramp up to E3, new Apple Watch rumors, the scooter economy, and do on-screen fingerprint scanners work well?
Stories from: @thesullivan, @345triangle
Links:The Apple Watch will get touch-sensitive, solid-state buttons (Fast Company)The Scooter Economy (Stratechery)How to understand the financial levers in your business (TechCrunch)AT&T-Time Warner Ruling Has Dealmakers Bracing (NYTimes)In-display fingerprint sensors are here, and they actually work (The Verge)
Google’s lays out ethical principles for AI development, Facebook has another privacy issue (again), why the next generation of gaming consoles might be the last, Yahoo Messenger logs off, and the weekend long-reads suggestions.
Stories from: @sundarpichai, @terrortola
Links:AI at Google: our principles (Google)Can Google keep its promises on building ethical AI? (Engadget)Airbnb says forced to cancel bookings under new Japan law (Asia One)Ubisoft Believes Next Gen Is the Last for Consoles as Microsoft Looks Beyond Platforms (Variety)Chat Wars (N+1)
Longreads:‘I can understand about 50 percent of the things you say’: How Congress is struggling to get smart on tech (Washington Post)The Twitter crime mystery that gripped Spain (BBC)Meet the people who still use Myspace: 'It's given me so much joy' (The Guardian)Exploring The Digital Ruins Of 'Second Life' (Digg)Why Aren’t We All Buying Houses on the Internet? (Slate)
ZTE makes a deal with Uncle Sam, but Google might be in trouble because of Huawei, the new Amazon Fire TV Cube is announced, a new Blackberry phone, a redesigned Lyft app and more Instagram video rumors.
Sponsors:DataDogHQ.com/ridehomeThe Great Women of Business PodcastMetaLab.co
Stories from: @stuwoo, @meganrosedickey
LinksAfter Scrutinizing Facebook, Congress Turns to Google Deal With Huawei (WSJ)Lyft redesigns rider app to encourage shared rides (TechCrunch)Instagram plans to launch Snapchat Discover-style video hub (TechCrunch)For BlackBerry Key2, privacy is (again) a key pitch for comeback (CNET)
A whole slew of product announcements. New Sonos speakers. A new Motorola smartphone. A new AMD chip. Instagram may soon allow you to post hour-long videos. Plus: why Microsoft sunk a data center off the Scottish coast and why startups keep naming themselves after… people.
Sponsors:DataDogHQ.com/ridehomeThe Great Women of Business PodcastMetaLab.co
Stories from: @DMOberhaus, @janinewolfj9, @laforgia_
Links:Facebook Gave Data Access to Chinese Firm Flagged by U.S. Intelligence (NYTimes)Instagram Could Soon Allow Users to Post Long-Form Video (WSJ)Microsoft Just Put a Data Center on the Bottom of the Ocean (Motherboard)Marcus, Casper, Oscar: Why Startups Are Obsessed With Human Names (Bloomberg)
Intel releases some anniversary chips, why WhatsApp and Facebook had a falling out, followups from WWDC and analysis of that GitHub acquisition, and some scientists purposely created a psychopathic AI.
Stories from: @jameskobielus, @janewakefield
Links:Microsoft’s GitHub takeover sends shockwaves through the open-source developer ecosystem (SiliconAngle)Behind the Messy, Expensive Split Between Facebook and WhatsApp’s Founders (WSJ)Are you scared yet? Meet Norman, the psychopathic AI (BBC News)I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream (Wikipedia)Roko's basilisk (LessWrong)
Today, it’s all about developers, everything from Apple’s WWDC Keynote, Microsoft buys GitHub in order to court developers. Oh. And a new Facebook data brouhaha.
Tweet commentary: @ericlbarnes, @HenrikJoreteg
Links:Microsoft confirms it’s acquiring GitHub for $7.5 billion (The Verge)Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and Friends (NYTimes)
The end of an era in venture capital, the end of Facebook’s trending news feature, what to expect from WWDC next week, some new ARM chips and the weekend longreads suggestions.
Stories from: @joshuarothman, @deborahgage, @meliarobin
Links:New Arm Cortex-A76 and Mali-G76 target laptop-class performance (Android Authority)Angry Facebook shareholders challenge Zuckerberg over 'corporate dictatorship' (The Guardian)Apple Is Set to Unveil AR Upgrade, Software to Manage iPhone Use (Bloomberg)Apple’s WWDC 2018: iOS 12, macOS, and what else to expect (The Verge)WWDC 2018: What to expect from Apple’s big event (MacWorld)
Weekend Longreads:Obama's US Digital Service Survives Trump—Quietly (Wired)The Search for Women Who Want Cybersecurity Careers (WSJ)How Futures Trading Changed Bitcoin Prices (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco)The Growing Emptiness of the "Star Wars" Universe (The New Yorker)
A bunch of self driving car news, a bunch of headline making quotes from the Code Conference, a couple new flagship smartphones, and a new Atari gaming console that nobody is quite sure the purpose of.
Stories: @Charlie_L_Hall, @richardlai
Tweets: @ChengmingAlpert, @dcseifert
Links:Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says he’s trying to convince Alphabet to put Waymo self-driving cars on the company’s network (Recode)Xiaomi's transparent Mi 8 also does 3D face unlock (Engadget)Atari is crowdfunding a new console, but who is this device actually for? (Polygon)
The Code Conference brings us Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report and juicy quotes from Evan Spiegel, web publishers find life after Facebook, a new gaming laptop from HP, and how ambulance chasing lawyers can target ads to people in the hospital.
Tweets: @simonowens, @agolis
Links:Snapchat preps Snapkit platform to bring camera, login to other apps (TechCrunch)Mobile Direct Traffic Eclipses Facebook (Chartbeat)Mary Meeker’s 2018 internet trends report: All the slides, plus analysis (Recode)Digital Ambulance Chasers? Law Firms Send Ads To Patients' Phones Inside ERs (NPR)Glenn's Kickstarter