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(Bonus) Stanford's Medical School Dean Lloyd Minor On The Promise of Precision Health
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I am honored to be speaking today to Lloyd Minor, the Dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine. He has a new book out called Discovering Precision Health, and if you are interested in health tech at all, ESPECIALLY if you are interested in trying your hand at a health tech startup? This is required reading. And for the rest of us, it’s also a great primer on how tech is about to transform health, and what we can (hopefully) look forward to as tech finally (again, hopefully) disrupts the health care space… in a positive sense!Sponsors:TinyCapital.com
(Bonus) Elon Check-in With The Tesla Daily Podcast
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Well, we mentioned it a couple weeks ago, but Tesla has had quite the month. Maybe one of the banner months of its entire life as a company. No better time to check in on the world of Elon Musk with Rob Mauer of the always excellent Tesla Daily podcast. Why did Tesla’s stock shoot to the moon, come back down a bit, and then inch back up toward the moon this month? What are the fundamentals behind that excellent earnings report? Is this it? Have the Tesla bulls won? Such a fascinating company…Sponsors:Tinycapital.comPodcorn.com (promocode "ride" at checkout)
Fri. 02/21 - Libra Gets A (Shopify) Win!
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Shopify joins the Libra Association, Facebook will pay you for your data in one specific instance, Google is cutting down on apps using background location, more Coronavirus cancellations and the Weekend Longreads Suggestions.Sponsors:Metalab.coPodcorn.com (promocode: "ride" at checkout)Links:Shopify joins Facebook's cryptocurrency Libra Association (TechCrunch)Google Resists Demands From States in Digital-Ad Probe (WSJ)Facebook will now pay you for your voice recordings (The Verge)Google is cracking down on Android apps that track your location in the background (The Verge)PlayStation and Facebook cancel GDC appearances citing coronavirus concerns (GamesIndustry.biz) Weekend Longreads:Did the Early Internet Activists Blow It? (Slate)Wikipedia Is the Last Best Place on the Internet (Wired)How the BBC’s Netflix-killing plan was snuffed by myopic regulation (WiredUK)Could micro-credentials compete with traditional degrees? (BBC)Debt is Coming (AlexDanco.com)The New Business of AI (and How It’s Different From Traditional Software) (A16Z)Aircraft, Big and Small, Are Changing Our Relationship With Flight (NYTimes)Classified Ad info: Email: cofounders@icloud.com
Thu. 02/20 - What’s a Pirate’s Favorite Business Model? ARR…
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Apple might let users choose third-party default apps, Twitter further embraces tweet storms, Morgan Stanley buys E*Trade, a rundown of all the stuff in the new Android developer preview, and if anything, it looks like cord cutting is just accelerating.Sponsors:Metalab.coNetgear.com/bestwifiLinks:Apple Weighs Letting Users Switch Default iPhone Apps to Rivals (Bloomberg)Microsoft plans antivirus software for Android and iOS devices (CNBC)Twitter rolling out new ‘Continue thread’ option for connecting multiple tweets together (9to5Mac)Blue Chip Morgan Stanley to Buy Discount Broker E-Trade (NYTimes)Google launches Android 11 Developer Preview ahead of schedule for Pixel phones (9to5Google)Cord-Cutting Accelerated in 2019, Raising Pressure on Cable Providers (WSJ)Classified Ad info: Email: cofounders@icloud.com
Wed. 02/19 - It’s Friggin’ App News Wednesday
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The ways in which Twitter might be taking a page out of Facebook’s book, and Facebook might be trying some Twitter-like feed experiments. Spotify finally starts showing lyrics. Ring finally requires two factor authentication. And be sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to hear about our new Gaming Ride Home podcast.Sponsors:Radar.ioMetalab.coLinks:Twitter acquires Stories template maker Chroma Labs (TechCrunch)Facebook prototypes tabbed News Feed with Most Recent & Seen (TechCrunch)Firefox releases Android app for its VPN service (Android Police)Spotify finally starts showing proper, complete song lyrics synced with music (Android Police)Google Docs autocorrect widely rolling out as Smart Compose exits G Suite beta (9to5Google)Adobe brings more desktop-quality Photoshop tools to the iPad (Engadget)Microsoft’s new Office app arrives on iOS and Android with mobile-friendly features (The Verge)Ring now requires two-factor sign-ins for its home security devices (Engadget)Record labels rush to IPO amid music streaming boom (Axios)Larry Tesler, the Apple employee who invented cut, copy and paste, dies at 74 (Cult of Mac)Classified Ad info: Email: cofounders@icloud.comAnd check out the job description here.
Tue. 02/18 - Apple's Coronavirus Warning
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The Coronavirus crisis forces Apple to miss their already cautious revenue guidance. Wait. Is the Galaxy Z Flip using real glass or not? Qualcomm claps back at Apple with its next gen 5G modem. And Jeff Bezos plans to donate $10 billion dollars to combat climate change.Sponsors:Metalab.coCapterra.com/rideLinks:Investor update on quarterly guidance (Apple Newsroom)APPLE WARNS THAT CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IN CHINA WILL AFFECT REVENUE THIS QUARTER (Daring Fireball)Forget foldable: These leaked images show a phone concept with a slide-out screen (CNET)Galaxy Z Flip durability test calls Samsung’s Ultra Thin ‘Glass’ into question (The Verge)Qualcomm's New 3rd Generation 5G Modem (AnAndTech)Microsoft's new all-in-one Office app is now available for all, but tablets aren't supported (Android Police)Pay Up, Or We’ll Make Google Ban Your Ads (Krebs on Security)Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion to fight climate change (The Verge)
Mon. 02/17 - HQ Trivia Into The Deadpool
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The world’s most powerful climate supercomputer, HQ Trivia joins the Deadpool, Apple isn’t happy with Qualcomm’s chips again, foldable phones are having crease issues again, and a bit of an explainer about the Indian e-commerce gold rush.Sponsors:Metalab.coWealthfront.com/techmemeLinks:UK to spend $1.6 billion on the world's fastest weather supercomputer (Engadget)Game over for HQ Trivia (CNN Business)Exclusive: Apple is designing its own antenna for this year’s 5G iPhone (Fast Company)Our Motorola Razr's display is already breaking and peeling at the fold (Input)US Army testing all terrain electric scooter for tactical use (Electrek)In India, mom-and-pop stores are proving to be the holy grail for tech startups (KrASIA)
(Bonus) The Samsung Event With Gizmodo's Sam Rutherford
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When a company does one of their big product events late in the day, it’s always a mad rush for me to get it out. Apple events are hard, but at least they start a bit earlier. The Samsung event this week just felt like me making a mad list of everything announced and hoping I wasn’t missing anything. So I really felt it was worth sitting back, taking a breath, and looking at everything that was announced in depth. We’re speaking to Gizmodo’s Sam Rutherford today who has actually be hands on with the S20s, so we’ll lay out in a more granular way, the differences between them all, and also, speculate on whether or not the Z Flip is actually the foldable phone we’ve all been waiting for. A foldable phone that might not suck.Sponsors:DoubleUp.agencyThe Special BookNotes Link
Fri. 02/14 - Is It Time For a $500 PlayStation?
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The DOJ charges a bitcoin mixing service. A judge has blocked Microsoft’s JEDI contract. What happens if the PlayStation 5 is $500? Google takes down some malicious browser extensions. And, of course, the Weekend Longreads Suggestions.Sponsors:DoubleUp.agencyNetgear.com/bestwifiLinks:Ohio man arrested for running Bitcoin mixing service that laundered $300 million (ZDNet)Judge temporarily blocks Microsoft Pentagon cloud contract after Amazon suit (CNBC)Sony Is Struggling With PlayStation 5 Price Due to Costly Parts (Bloomberg)Google removes 500+ malicious Chrome extensions from the Web Store (ZDNet)Weekend Longreads Suggestions:Inside Mark Zuckerberg's Lost Notebook (Wired)THE HIGH COST OF A FREE CODING BOOTCAMP (The Verge)Cost Cutting Algorithms Are Making Your Job Search a Living Hell (Vice)Are Algorithmically-Generated Term Papers the Next Big Challenge to Academic Integrity? (EdSurge)SoftBank’s $375 Million Bet on Pizza Went Really Bad Really Fast (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)How a Space Engineer Made Her Own Rotary Cell Phone (Wired)
Thu. 02/13 - Modular Apple Watches and Quantum Internets?
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The US charges Huawei with racketeering. Could the future of the Apple Watch be modular? Uber trials ordering an Uber via 800 number. Interesting raises in robotics and in space. And why quantum entanglement could lead to a truly secure internet.Sponsors:Doubleup.agencyBuyRaycon.com/techLinks:The US is charging Huawei with racketeering (TechCrunch)Andy Rubin’s Start-Up, Essential Products, Shuts Down (NYTimes)Apple Watch of the future could have a modular back for upgrades & new sensors (Apple Insider)Broadcom launches Wi-Fi 6 extended combo processor, aims to hit 2 Gbps speeds (ZDNet)Uber's latest test books rides with a phone call, not the app (Engadget)Intuition Robotics raises $36 million to bring AI companions to everyone (VentureBeat)Astranis raises $90 million for its next-gen satellite broadband internet service (TechCrunch)Dieter Bohn's Processor newsletter (The Verge)Quantum entanglement over 30 miles of fiber has brought super secure internet closer (MIT Technology Review)Click here to give the Ad-Free Feed a Try
Wed. 02/12 - Is CISO A Thankless Job?
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Does Uncle Sam have a smoking gun when it comes to Huawei? Could Airbnb’s recent financials imperil its IPO plans? Is Apple Pay eating the payments market? Is the CISO job actually a miserable one? And might the Z Flip actually be the first good foldable phone?Sponsors:DoubleUp.agencyZapier.com/rideLinks:U.S. Officials Say Huawei Can Covertly Access Telecom Networks (WSJ)Facebook accuses telecoms groups of disinformation tactics (Financial Times)FTC Expands Antitrust Investigation Into Big Tech (WSJ)Airbnb Swings to a Loss as Costs Climb Ahead of IPO (WSJ)Apple Pay is on pace to account for 10% of all global card transactions (QZ)State of Software Engineers (Hired.com)Average tenure of a CISO is just 26 months due to high stress and burnout (ZDNet)Samsung Galaxy Z Flip hands-on: This is more like it (TechCrunch)Samsung Galaxy Z Flip hands-on: Razr who? (Engadget)Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip beats the Motorola Razr in nearly every way (The Verge)The world’s biggest phone show has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns (The Verge)
Tue. 02/11 - The Samsung Galaxy Unpacked Event
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All of the headlines from the big Samsung Unpacked event, the T-Mobile-Sprint merger is officially a go… mostly, Brandless is the first Softbank company to shut down entirely, a Sirius lifeline for Soundcloud, and has the CIA quietly been the real owner of the leading encryption company for decades now?Sponsors:DoubleUP.agencyLinkedIN.com/rideLinks:SAMSUNG’S GALAXY S20, PLUS, AND ULTRA FIRST LOOK: CAMERAS, 5G, AND 120HZ SCREENS (The Verge)Samsung’s new foldable Galaxy Z Flip will arrive on February 14th for $1,380 (The Verge)Samsung Galaxy Z Flip debuts w/ less expensive ‘flip phone’ design (9to5Google)Judge approves $26 billion merger of T-Mobile and Sprint (CNBC)Brandless shuts down operations, becoming SoftBank Vision Fund's first failure (Protocol)SiriusXM Acquires Minority Stake in SoundCloud for $75 Million (The Hollywood Reporter)Netflix dominates viewing on TVs over all other streaming services (CNET)‘The intelligence coup of the century’ (Washington Post)
Mon. 02/10 - The Race To Make The Cloud Redundant (For AI)
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The DOJ says the Chinese were behind the Equifax hack, MWC is becoming a ghost conference, the Razr reviews are in, the Corp.com domain name is a weird story, and why ARM’s new edge chips could revolutionize the Internet of Things.Sponsors:Netgear.com/bestwifiAshford.edu/rideLinks:U.S. charges Chinese military hackers with massive Equifax breach (Politico)As top exhibitors pull out of MWC, organizers implement stringent safeguards (TechCrunch)Coronavirus: Sony and Amazon pull out of major tech show (BBC News)Motorola Razr review: It's the most personal phone I've used, but I have concerns (CNET)Motorola Razr review: A tragedy unfolds (Input Magazine)Netflix Spends Big for Oscars—Will Hollywood Give In? (WSJ)Dangerous Domain Corp.com Goes Up for Sale (KrebsonSecurity)ARM’s new edge AI chips promise IoT devices that won’t need the cloud (The Verge)
Fri. 02/07 - Uber Can See The Promised Land
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Uber says it will be profitable quicker than it had expected to, yet another entrant into the lists at the Streaming Wars, what’s it like to use a 64-core processor, and of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.Sponsors:TinyCapital.comPodcorn.comLinks:Uber stock is on pace for its best day ever (CNBC)ViacomCBS to launch new streaming service blending CBS All Access with Paramount films, Viacom channels (CNBC)NYSE Owner Abandons Potential eBay Deal (WSJ)The 64 Core Threadripper 3990X CPU Review (AnandTech)Big Tech opponent Bernie Sanders raises more money from Big Tech employees than anyone else (Recode)Netflix will now let you disable its awful autoplaying feature (The Verge)The Weekend Longreads Suggestions:MICROSOFT’S WINDOWS FUTURE IS NOW TIED TO HARDWARE (The Verge)Steven Levy's PlaintextAn Algorithm That Grants Freedom, or Takes It Away (NYTimes)‘ClassPass Is Squeezing Studios to the Point of Death’ (Vice)Elon Musk Can’t Lose (BuzzFeed News)A SMALL ROCKET MAKER IS RUNNING A DIFFERENT KIND OF SPACE RACE (Bloomberg)
Thu. 02/06 - Google Maps Freshens Up For Its Birthday
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Google Maps turns 15 and puts on a fresh coat of paint, it turns out you WILL be able to unlock your car via iPhone and really soon, Huawei is suing Verizon, Twitter impresses investors, Casper has a rollercoaster IPO, and does the fact that Google has stopped reporting a key metric basically guarantee that they have crossed the ad-load Rubicon?Sponsors:TinyCapital.comPodcorn.comLinks:Google Maps gets a new icon and more tabs to celebrate 15th anniversary (The Verge)New ‘CarKey’ feature in iOS 13.4 beta brings built-in support for unlocking, driving, and sharing NFC car keys (9to5Mac)Apple now sells more watches than the entire Swiss watch industry (The Verge)Huawei sues Verizon for alleged patent violations (The Verge)Twitter reports $1.01B in Q4 revenue with 152M monetizable daily active users (TechCrunch)Casper surges nearly 30% in market debut (CNBC)The mysterious disappearance of Google's click metric (ZDNet)Ancestry to lay off 6% of workforce because of a slowdown in the consumer DNA-testing market (CNBC)U.S. allows SoftBank-backed Nuro to deploy driverless delivery vehicles (Reuters)
Wed. 02/05 - It Turns Out…
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Spotify officially buys The Ringer, we have the official Disney+ subscriber numbers, Jeff Weiner is officially stepping down as LinkedIn CEO, a Rockstar Games co-founder is apparently leaving the company, and what languages do most developers say they want to learn next?Sponsors:TinyCapital.comNetGear.com/bestwifiLinks:Spotify is buying Bill Simmons’s The Ringer to boost its podcast business (Recode)Disney earnings beat expectations, fueled by strong Disney+ subscriptions (Yahoo! Finance)LG Electronics is withdrawing from Mobile World Congress due to coronavirus (The Verge)NYSE Owner Intercontinental Exchange Makes Takeover Offer for eBay (WSJ)Instagram Brings In More Than a Quarter of Facebook Sales (Bloomberg)Jeff Weiner Updates His LinkedIn Profile (Wired)Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser is leaving the company (The Verge)Programming languages: Go and Python are what developers most want to learn (ZDNet)Why the N.Y.P.D. Dropped One of Its Oldest Crime-Fighting Tools (NYTimes)Steve Jobs' personality changed after Apple's success, Wozniak says (CNET)
Tue. 02/04 - Tech Is the Angle In Iowa
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We finally know how big a business YouTube is, the tech angle on that Iowa Caucuses mess IS the only angle, Mastercard explains why it pulled out of Libra, and why has the US Government decided to break up Big Razor, before it gets around to Big Tech.Sponsors:Capterra.com/rideWarbyParker.com/techLinks:YouTube is a $15 billion-a-year business, Google reveals for the first time (The Verge)This Is The Buzzy Democratic Firm That Botched The Iowa Caucuses (HuffPost)Some Google Photos videos in ‘Takeout’ backups were sent to strangers last November (9to5Google)Mastercard chief speaks out against nationalism and Facebook (Financial Times)Asana Says It’s Filed to Go Public Through a Direct Listing (Bloomberg)Chip Industry Had Worst Sales Year Since Dot-Com Bubble Burst (Bloomberg)Top Antitrust Official Is Said to Recuse Himself From Google Inquiry (NYTimes)The US government is breaking up Big Razor before it gets to Big Tech (Recode)
Mon. 02/03 - Is THIS the End of the BlackBerry Era?
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The end might truly be nigh for Blackberry this time. Will the Corona Virus mean we won’t have an Apple event next month after all? Leaked video of the Galaxy Z Flip. Did Jeff Bezos succumb to Elon Musk envy? And why one of the most popular music streaming services in the world is one you’ve probably never heard of.Sponsors:TinyCapital.comLegalZoom.com (code: ride at checkout)Links:BlackBerry’s Android smartphones will stop being sold in August 2020 (9to5Google)Ming-Chi Kuo Says Coronavirus Outbreak Impacting iPhone Supply, Lowers Shipment Forecast (MacRumors)Uber Suspends 240 Mexican Accounts to Prevent Coronavirus Spread (Bloomberg)Microsoft Teams goes down after Microsoft forgot to renew a certificate (The Verge)Alleged leaked video shows off Samsung’s folding Galaxy Z Flip (The Verge)Disney Takes Tighter Control of Hulu After Disney+ Bundle Revs Up Growth (Bloomberg)Behind Amazon’s HQ2 Fiasco: Jeff Bezos Was Jealous of Elon Musk (Bloomberg)Spotify, Apple Music Trail Little-Known Rival in Music-Obsessed India (WSJ)A guy carted 99 phones around to create traffic jams on Google Maps (Updated) (Android Authority)
(Bonus) A16Z's Angela Strange On Why Every Company Will Be a Fintech Company
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This is the promised interview with Angela Strange from Andreessen Horowitz. I told you about it on the weekend longreads segment yesterday, so no more need to explain it: let’s talk about why soon, every company could be a Fintech company.Sponsor:Tinycapital.com
Fri. 01/31 - Did Uber and DoorDash Almost Merge?
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Amazon earnings, the new Apple Maps is rolling out in the US, Uber and DoorDash held merger talks at Softbank’s behest, who’s number two to TikTok in short form videos, and of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.Sponsor:Metalab.coLinks:Amazon Revenue Jumps on Holiday Sales as Profit Rises (WSJ)Apple's redesigned Maps app is available across the US (TechCrunch)Uber and DoorDash held merger talks after SoftBank push (Financial Times)SoftBank Is Funding Every Side of a Bruising Startup Battle (WSJ)EU lawmakers snub Apple's pleas, overwhelmingly vote to push for charging cable standard (Apple Insider)How Dubsmash revived itself as #2 to TikTok (TechCrunch)Weekend Longreads Suggestions:Every Company Will Be a Fintech Company (Angela Strange/A16Z)Don't Brush Off Mouth Tech As a Passing Fad (Wired)The iPad's original software designer and program lead look back on the device's first 10 years (InPut)Super Bowl 2020: The madness and magic behind the game’s first 4K HDR broadcast (Digital Trends)Researchers Are Racing to Make a Coronavirus Vaccine. Will It Help? (NYTimes)How Do Bats Live With So Many Viruses? (NYTimes)Facial Recognition- The controversial and nearly ever-present technology that could replace the fingerprint (California Sunday Magazine)CollegeHumor Helped Shape Online Comedy. What Went Wrong? (Wired)
01/30 - Tesla's Earnings Home Run
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Its Earnings Bonanza Day! Tesla, Facebook, Microsoft, Samsung… Facebook pays a record fine to Illinois, the Switch has outsold the SNES, three interesting Apple stories, Avast changes its business model and the new Fantastical app.Sponsors:Metalab.coBelovedRobot.com/nolowcodeLinks:Tesla’s record 2019 has bought it some breathing room (The Verge)We’re about to enter a world where Tesla is the cheaper electric car (Quartz)Facebook plunges, wiping out more than $50 billion in market value (CNBC)Xbox revenue falls 21% as Microsoft gears up for Xbox Series X debut (GeekWire)Samsung Posts Lower Profit, Anticipates End of Chip Slump (WSJ)Facebook to Pay $550 Million to Settle Facial Recognition Suit (NYTimes)Avast winds down Jumpshot, cites user data sale privacy concerns (ZDNet)Nintendo upgrades fiscal-year forecast as Switch hits 52.5 million consoles sold (VentureBeat)Apple Hires Key Netflix Engineer in Bid to Boost Subscription Services (WSJ)Apple Ends AI Startup’s Work on ‘Project Maven’ After Acquisition (The Information)Kuo: Apple to Launch AirTags, Small Charging Mat, New iPads and Macs, High-End Headphones, and More in First Half of 2020 (MacRumors)Say hello to the new Fantastical: one robust calendar for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac (9to5Mac)
Wed. 01/29 - Apple Has More Active Devices Than Microsoft
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Apple earnings, Google is testing another chat app, we know Uncle Sam is wary of Huawei but did you know he doesn’t trust DJI either, Lime is testing AI scooters and the new app that will let you skip the ads without screwing over publishers.Sponsors:Metalab.coLinks:Apple shares rise after company reports better-than-expected revenue of $91.8B (TechCrunch)Apple could see some impact from coronavirus in China, Cook says (CNET)Google Developing New ‘Unified’ Communications App for Businesses (The Information)Interior Department Adopts Restrictions Aimed at Chinese Drones (WSJ)Facebook's 'Clear History' Tool Doesn't Clear Shit (Gizmodo)Ring Doorbell App Packed with Third-Party Trackers (EFF)Lime knows when you're riding on a sidewalk, and will warn you if you do (CNET)Here’s how to stop seeing ads on the internet without screwing over publishers (recode)
Tue. 01/28 - Gruber's iPad Disappointment
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The UK government will allow Huawei to build SOME 5G components, the coronavirus is testing the Great Firewall of China, Product Hunt has a social network, Gruber is critical of the iPad at 10, and would you stay at an Atari Hotel?Sponsors:Metalab.coWealthfront.com/techmemeLinks:UK Huawei decision appears to avert row with US (The Guardian)As Virus Spreads, Anger Floods Chinese Social Media (NYTimes)iPhone 11's new multicam app lets you shoot video with two cameras at once (CNET)Product Hunt Has Released YourStack, A Social Network Where People Talk About Products (BuzzFeed News)The iPad Awkwardly Turns 10 (Daring Fireball)Facebook will now show you exactly how it stalks you — even when you’re not using Facebook (The Washington Post)Google will shut down App Maker on January 19, 2021 (Venture Beat)Atari is opening eight video game hotels across the U.S. (Input Magazine)
Mon. 01/27 - The AI That Spotted the Wuhan Virus Early
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Vine has a spiritual successor in Byte, the new razr might have “bumps and lumps,” your anti-virus program might be selling all your clicks, Seamless might be inventing restaurants from whole cloth, and the AI algorithm that spotted the Wuhan virus early.Sponsors:Metalab.coMintMobile.com/rideLinks:Vine reboot Byte officially launches (TechCrunch)Motorola on the Razr’s folding screen: ‘bumps and lumps are normal’ (The Verge)An AI Epidemiologist Sent the First Warnings of the Wuhan Virus (Wired)YouTube signs exclusive streaming deal for Activision e-sports like Call of Duty and Overwatch (The Verge)Online mattress retailer Casper IPO to raise $182.4 million (CNBC)Leaked Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data (Motherboard)Seamless, Grubhub deliver confusion with mistaken restaurant listings (The San Francisco Chronicle)Alex Danco Tweet Thread
(Bonus) The Curious Case of Casper (with Dan Frommer)
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One of my favorite newsletters—I’ve really gotta give you all a list of all the newsletters I subscribe to if you’re interested at some point—one of my favorite newsletters is The New Consumer (subscribe here) by Dan Frommer. Dan published his own analysis of the Casper IPO, and I couldn’t help myself. I needed to delve into the Casper financials in greater detail. But also: scandal marketing! Can brands be “cancelled”? And analysis of this week’s Netflix earnings.Sponsors:DoubleUp.agency
Fri. 01/24 - RIP Clayton Christensen
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Quick Share is coming to challenge AirDrop, how iOS 13 has blown up location marketing, Google takes the wrapping of Dataset Search, an interesting eSports raise and, of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.Sponsors:DoubleUp.agencyBelovedRobot.com/nolowcodeLinks:Clayton Christensen, guru of disruptive innovation and Latter-day Saint leader, dies at 67 (DesertNews)Exclusive: Quick Share is Samsung’s alternative to AirDrop for Galaxy phones (XDADevelopers)Apple, Broadcom Strike $15 Billion Worth of Chip-Supply Deals (Bloomberg)Apple and Google’s tough new location privacy controls are working (Fast Company)Shlayer, No. 1 Threat for Mac, Targets YouTube, Wikipedia (ThreatPost)Google’s search engine for scientists upgraded for better data scouring (The Verge)Esports Training Site ProGuides Raises $5 Million In Seed Funding (Forbes)Weekend Longreads Suggestions:Inside the World's Highest-Stakes Industrial Hacking Contest (Wired)We’re Banning Facial Recognition. We’re Missing the Point. (NYTimes)The Secret History of Facial Recognition (Wired)Behind the Scenes at Rotten Tomatoes (Wired)Jobs, Cook, Ive—Blevins? The Rise of Apple’s Cost Cutter (WSJ)The Tesla Skeptics Who Bet Against Elon Musk (Bloomberg Businessweek)The Internet of Beefs (Ribbonfarm.com)The Hacker News Thread on The Internet of Beefs
Thu. 01/23 - Security Features As A Feature
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More Samsung phone rumors, Match Group invests in safety features as a feature, the Bezos phone hack story gets a lot murkier, and everyone seems to have noticed that Google search has gotten crufty.Sponsors:DoubleUp.agencyClearMe.com/techmeme Code: TechmemeLinks:Samsung's new foldable phone already sounds way better than the Galaxy Fold (Mashable)New leak says the Galaxy S20's display will run at 60Hz by default (Android Central)Microsoft starts rolling out developer tools for its dual-screen Surface Duo Android phone (ZDNet)Match Group invests in Noonlight to power new safety features in Tinder and other dating apps (TechCrunch)Here Is the Technical Report Suggesting Saudi Arabia’s Prince Hacked Jeff Bezos’ Phone (Motherboard)Alex Stamos Tweet StormGoogle’s ads just look like search results now (The Verge)
Wed. 01/22 - The Bezos Phone Hacking Thing
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The whole Jeff Bezos phone-got-hacked thing blows up into something crazy. That rumored “cheap” iPhone might be mere weeks away. Is Amazon Music almost as big as Apple Music? Cruise unveils the Origin self-driving car. And the first test of voting via smartphone in the US.Sponsors:DoubleUp.agencyCapterra.com/rideLinks:Jeff Bezos hack: Amazon boss's phone 'hacked by Saudi crown prince' (The Guardian)Saudi’s MBS implicated in hacking of Jeff Bezos’s phone (Financial Times)UN calls for investigation into alleged Saudi crown prince involvement in Bezos phone hack (CNBC)New Low-Cost iPhone to Enter Mass Production in February (Bloomberg)Amazon Music subscriber numbers close in on Apple (Financial Times)Exclusive: Seattle-Area Voters To Vote By Smartphone In 1st For U.S. Elections (NPR)EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT CRUISE’S FIRST DRIVERLESS CAR WITHOUT A STEERING WHEEL OR PEDALS (The Verge)Netflix says Disney and Baby Yoda may have cut into the streaming service’s growth (Recode)
Mon. 01/21 - Why Didn't Apple Encrypt iCloud Backups?
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Apple could have encrypted iCloud backups… but didn’t… ostensibly to play nice with the government? Getting an Uber from the airport is about to get more expensive. Digital media is actually making money??!! Is IGTV on the way out? Some interesting raises and (potentially) the most consequential lawsuit in Silicon Valley history.Sponsors:DoubleUp.agencyZapier.com/rideLinks:Exclusive: Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups after FBI complained - sources (Reuters)Uber Tests Feature Allowing Some California Drivers to Set Fares (WSJ)A true digital media publishing breakthrough (Axios)Spotify in Early Talks to Buy Sports and Pop-Culture Outlet the Ringer (WSJ)Instagram drops IGTV button, but only 1% downloaded the app (TechCrunch)DARPA-backed Soft Robotics raises $23 million for autonomous grippers and sorters (VentureBeat)Berlin proptech Home raises €11 million to be tech-enabled middleman between owners and tenants (Tech.eu)Snyk raises $150 million at $1 billion valuation for AI that protects open source code (VentureBeat)Apple lawsuit tests if an employee can plan rival startup while on payroll (Reuters)
(Bonus) Sports Tech With Will Martin
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As I said on Friday, we’re going to delve into Sports Tech in a meaningful way for the first time. This will cover the streaming wars from a new angle because, where is sports in all that? This will be esports, the streaming wars surrounding game streaming, the new betting economy, this will be wearables and actual sports tech products. My guest is Will Martin, who’s Sports Tech Newsletter is something you should subscribe to immediately if you like this space.Subscribe to the Sports Tech Live newsletterSponsor:Tiny Capital
Fri. 01/17 - Jack Dorsey Asked Elon Musk How To Fix Twitter
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No ads in WhatsApp… for now. We have all the details on the Peacock streaming service. The other streaming wars are taking their toll on Twitch. Jack Dorsey asked Elon Musk how to fix Twitter. And, of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.Sponsors:Metalab.coLinks:Facebook Backs Off Controversial Plan to Sell Ads in WhatsApp (WSJ)NBC’s Peacock streaming service will launch on July 15th with three different price tiers (The Verge)Twitch's loss of top streamers impacts hours watched and streamed in Q4 2019, report says (TechCrunch)Huawei P40 Pro leak shows off five-camera bump and ceramic body (The Verge)Jack Dorsey Asks Elon Musk How to Fix Twitter (Bloomberg)Weekend Longreads Suggestions:How Mormons Built the Next Silicon Valley While No One Was Looking (Marker)All the money in the world couldn’t make Kinect happen (Polygon)The Promise of Cloud-Native Games (A16Z/Jonathan Lai)The Metaverse: What It Is, Where to Find it, Who Will Build It, and Fortnite (MatthewBall.vc)Islamic fintechs are on the rise — but how viable is this tailored offering? (Sifted)The Big Question Now Facing Apple (Above Avalon)
Thu. 01/16 - Apple Acquires Xnor.ai
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Apple has acquired a pretty interesting AI startup, the Chromium-based Edge browser is here, but there is trouble in Mozilla land, Fitbit is first to market with blood oxygen monitoring, the state of the app economy and ‘instant’ weather forecasts from Google.Sponsor:Metalab.coLinks:Exclusive: Apple acquires Xnor.ai, edge AI spin-out from Paul Allen’s AI2, for price in $200M range (GeekWire)XNOR.ai frees AI from the prison of the supercomputer (TechCrunch)Microsoft launches Chromium Edge for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and macOS (VentureBeat)Mozilla lays off 70 as it waits for new products to generate revenue (TechCrunch)Fitbit quietly enables blood oxygen tracking on its wearables (Engadget)Venture capital slowly seeps outside of Silicon Valley (Axios)App stores saw record 204 billion app downloads in 2013, consumer spend of $120 billion (TechCrunch)Google says new AI models allow for ‘nearly instantaneous’ weather forecasts (The Verge)Subscribe to the ad-free feed here
Wed. 01/15 - @Jack On An Edit Button: ‘We’ll probably never do it’
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More juicy details about the Galaxy S20 lineup, Google Smart Lock lets you do 2FA on your iPhone, proof that no-code development is the new hotness, why do the Feds even need Apple to unlock those iPhones, and Jack Dorsey says we are never, ever, ever going to get… a Edit Tweet button. Probably.Sponsors:MetalabBelovedRobot.com/ridehomeLinks:Exclusive: Leaked Samsung Galaxy S20+ Hands-on confirms 120Hz display, ultrasonic under-display fingerprint scanner, and no headphone jack (XDAdevelopers)You can now use iPhones as Google security keys for 2FA (9to5Google)Google acquires no-code app development platform AppSheet (VentureBeat)Four years after being acquired, Hipmunk is shutting down (TechCrunch)Apple Takes a (Cautious) Stand Against Opening a Killer’s iPhones (NYTimes)European Venture Report: VC Dollars Rise In 2019 (Crunchbase News)Disney+ was the most downloaded app in the US in Q4 2019 (TechCrunch)Twitter’s Jack Dorsey on edit button: ‘We’ll probably never do it’ (The Verge)Subscribe to the ad-free feed here.
Tue. 01/14 - The End of the Windows 7 Era
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Apple once again refuses to unlock an iPhone for the Feds, Visa buys Plaid, a macOS beta hints at future ‘Pro Mode’, super crucial Windows update you should download right away and why today is also the end of the Windows 7 Era.Sponsors:Metalab.coLegalZoom.com (promo code RIDE at checkout)Links:Apple Said It Is Helping In The Pensacola Shooting Investigation, But It Won't Unlock The Shooter's iPhones (Buzzfeed News)Visa to acquire Plaid, the fintech powering Venmo and other banking apps, in $5.3 billion deal (CNBC)Epic says its PC game store now has more than 100 million users (The Verge)macOS beta hints at future ‘Pro Mode’ to boost performance on portable Macs (9to5Mac)PC shipments grew in 2019 ahead of bet on 5G and dual-screen devices (VentureBeat)Cryptic Rumblings Ahead of First 2020 Patch Tuesday (KrebsOnSecurity)MICROSOFT BIDS FAREWELL TO WINDOWS 7 AND THE MILLIONS OF PCS THAT STILL RUN IT (The Verge)Free Windows 10 upgrade still works for many Windows 7 users. Here's how to get it (CNET)(Potentially??) Free Windows 10 Upgrade LinkSubscribe to the Ad-Free Feed Right Here!
Mon. 01/13 - Get Hyped For the Galaxy S20!
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Are you ready to get hyped for the Galaxy S20 cause yes, that’s the name. We’re skipping some numbers. TikTok might be cloning Snapchat’s Discover feed. Is GDPR actually doing anything and/or is it enforceable? And could Casper be a make or break test for the Unicorn ecosystem?Sponsors:LinkedIn.com/rideMetalab.coLinks:Exclusive: This is the Samsung Galaxy S20+ (XDAdevelopers)TikTok explores curated content feed to lure advertisers (FT)Cookie consent tools are being used to undermine EU privacy rules, study suggests (TechCrunch)A billion medical images are exposed online, as doctors ignore warnings (TechCrunch)Casper's IPO could be a bellwether for unprofitable startups in the post-We-Work era (TechCrunch)Casper files to go public, shows you can lose money selling mattresses (TechCrunch)
Health Tech Checkin With CNBC's Christina Farr
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Checkin on the health-tech space with the only reporter I follow religiously around this space: Christina Farr. Why are hospitals suddenly in the middle of a health data gold rush? Why are you more likely to have your health records hacked then every be able to get them in your own hands?Sponsors:Tiny CapitalDoubleUp.agency
Fri. 01/10 - I Flip-Flop on Quibi
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Thu. 01/09- </CES>
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Twitter will allow you to limit who can reply to your tweets, iPhone sales in China seem to have rebounded, the Chinese version of TikTok is why TikTok can distance itself from China, AI is going to pick which movies get made, and why sex tech finally has a home at CES.Sponsors:Tiny CapitalLinks:Twitter will put options to limit replies directly on the compose screen (The Verge)Firefox gets patch for critical 0-day that’s being actively exploited (Ars Technica)iPhone Hits Double-Digit Growth in China, Official Data Show (Bloomberg)Douyin, TikTok app in China, hits 400 million daily active users (TechCrunch)Warner Bros. Signs Deal for AI-Driven Film Management System (Exclusive) (The Hollywood Reporter)At CES 2020, the AirPods Pro competitors arrived in droves (The Verge)Sex-Tech Companies Are Having More Fun Than the Rest of Us at CES (Wired)
01/08 - CES Day 3
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Another interesting Facebook memo from Boz, Intel previews its next generation of mobile GPUs, more troubles in Softbank startup land, Quibi had a bit of a launch event today, and I saw Charmin’s toilet paper delivery robot. Sponsors:Tiny CapitalBelovedRobot.com/ridehome Links:(To come I'm publishing now to get this out delete and reload later and show notes will be here)
Tue. 01/07 - CES Day 2
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Sonos goes nuclear on Google, though it really has Amazon in mind also; Facebook bans deep fakes… in a way; a whole bunch of really interesting laptop stuff, Sony makes a car, and you make a fashion statement and protect yourself from air pollution at the same time… all the stuff from Day 2 at CES.Sponsors:Tiny CaptialCapterra.com/rideLinks:Sonos, Squeezed by the Tech Giants, Sues Google (NYTimes)Enforcing Against Manipulated Media (Facebook Newsroom)Facebook bans deepfakes, but new policy may not cover controversial Pelosi video (Washington Post)Sony surprises with an electric concept car called the Vision-S (The Verge)Mercedes-Benz unveils an Avatar-themed concept car with scales (The Verge)Lenovo's ThinkBook Plus Laptop Has a Second Screen on the Lid (TomsHardware)Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Fold is a $2,499 PC with a folding OLED screen (The Verge)Lenovo's Yoga 5G laptop packs nine antennas and Snapdragon power (Engadget)Ring adds privacy dashboard to app in response to security concerns (The Verge)Atmos Faceware makes clean air an expensive accessory (The Verge)
Mon. 01/06 - CES Day 1
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Samsung tries to scoop CES, Amazon’s Fire TV Edition wants to leapfrog Roku TV, Samsung wants the Galaxy Chromebook to change the way you think about Chromebooks, is Softbank ghosting startups even after delivering term sheets, and a roundup of day one of CES.Sponsors:Wealthfront.com/techmemeAshford.edu/rideLinks:Fire TV Edition expands to more soundbars, plus cars, cables boxes and more (TechCrunch)Roku TV adds 15 more brand partners plus a new 'Roku TV Ready' program (TechCrunch)THE SAMSUNG GALAXY CHROMEBOOK IS BEAUTIFUL, FAST, AND EXPENSIVE (The Verge)Scoop: SoftBank shafts startups (Axios)News coverage gets geo-fragmented (NiemanLab)Samsung details its stunning bezel-less 8K TV (The Verge)The 10 Neatest Things We've Seen at CES So Far (Wired)Intel just confirmed it’s building this tiny modular desktop gaming PC (The Verge)Processor With Dieter Bohn Newsletter Signup
Fri. 01/03 - What To Expect From CES
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Google’s AI has a medical breakthrough, Apple raids HBO for maybe it’s biggest name, Instagram seems to be plateauing by one metric—going gangbusters in another, what to expect from CES and, of course, the Weekend Longreads Suggestions.Sponsors:WeWorkRemotelyLinks:A.I. Is Learning to Read Mammograms (NYTimes)Apple Deal Returns Former HBO Boss Richard Plepler to Spotlight (NYTimes)HERE’S WHAT’S NEXT FOR GADGETS IN 2020 (The Verge)Snapchat quietly acquired AI Factory, the company behind its new Cameos feature, for $166M (TechCrunch)Instagram User Growth in the US Will Drop to Single Digits For the First Time (eMarketer)Weekend Longreads Suggestions:How to lose a monopoly: Microsoft, IBM and anti-trust (Benedict Evans)Windows: Facing the New Decade (2010–2020) (Steven Sinofsky)Ghosts in the Clouds: Inside China’s Major Corporate Hack (WSJ)'Shattered': Inside the secret battle to save America's undercover spies in the digital age (Yahoo News)This time, for sure! Ars Technica’s 2020 Deathwatch (Ars Technica)
Thu. 01/02 - A Grand Unified Theory of the Google Civil War
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Dell kicks off CES season with two new laptops, Imagination Technologies is back in Apple’s good graces, the IRS is finally sticking it to tax prep software firms, and a grand unified theory of the Google Civil War.Sponsors:WeWorkRemotelyMintMobile.com/rideLinks:Dell’s latest XPS 13 has a new design with a bigger display and Ice Lake chips (The Verge)Dell debuts 5G-ready Latitude 9510 laptop, adds iOS mirroring to PCs (VentureBeat)Apple restores Imagination GPU chip agreement after public dispute and employee poaching (9to5Mac)IRS Reforms Free File Program, Drops Agreement Not to Compete With TurboTax (ProPublica)I Was Google’s Head of International Relations. Here’s Why I Left. (Ross LaJeunesse/Medium)Google veterans: The company has become ‘unrecognizable’ (CNBC)
Mon. 12/30 - The Chinese GPS In Nigh
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A major internet of things data leak, China is about to turn on its GPS competitor, would you like to star in a bitmoji TV show, a look back at the year in unicorns and is the VC gravy train over for us consumers, at least?Sponsors:WeWorkRemotelyGiveWell.org/ridehomeLinks:IoT vendor Wyze confirms server leak (ZDNet)China decouples from US in space with 2020 'GPS' completion (Nikkei Asian Review)SPOTIFY TO SUSPEND POLITICAL ADS IN 2020 (AdAge)Snapchat will launch Bitmoji TV, a personalized cartoon show (TechCrunch)The New Unicorns Of 2019 (Crunchbase News)Israel doubles number of unicorns in 2019 (Globes)Tech Startups Face New Investor Mandate: Profits Over Discounts (WSJ)
Fri. 12/27 - All Hail Baby Yoda!
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A late holiday gift for YouTube creators, an important new rule for drone operators, to what degree has the Chinese government enabled Huawei’s success, and of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.Sponsors:GiveWell.org/ridehomeMealimeLinks:YouTube gives creators more control over copyright claim disputes with new update (The Verge)New rule would make it possible to track and identify nearly all drones flying in the U.S. (CNBC)State Support Helped Fuel Huawei’s Global Rise (WSJ)Inside Documents Show How Amazon Chose Speed Over Safety in Building Its Delivery Network (Pro Publica)Weekend Longreads Suggestions:Where Are the Tech Zillionaires? San Francisco Faces the I.P.O. Fizzle (NYTimes)Netflix was the best-performing stock of the decade, delivering a more than 4,000% return (CNBC)11 Lessons from the Success of Disney+ (MatthewBall.vc)Tuvalu is a tiny island nation of 11,000 people. It’s cashing in thanks to Twitch. (WSJ)How Atari took on Apple in the 1980s home PC wars (Fast Company)THE 84 BIGGEST FLOPS, FAILS, AND DEAD DREAMS OF THE DECADE IN TECH (The Verge)
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Travis Kalanick has cut all ties with Uber, Sling does indeed have streaming pricing power, livestreams are the new telethons, YouTube considered doing the right thing but passed, and is Catalyst fundamentally flawed?Sponsors:MealimeGiveWell.org/ridehomeLinks:Travis Kalanick severs all ties with Uber, departing board and selling all his shares (CNBC)Sling TV gets more expensive, raises cheapest subscription price to $30 (The Verge)Pyka and its autonomous, electric crop-spraying drone land $11M seed round (TechCrunch)Pentagon tells military personnel not to use at-home DNA kits (NBC News)Livestreams are the new telethons, and they’re raising millions for charities (Washington Post)Inside YouTube’s Year of Responsibility (Bloomberg)Catalyst and Cohesion (WormsandViruses.com)Catalyst, Two Months In (Daring Fireball)
Mon. 12/23 - A New Competitor For Tesla?
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The Government says ToTok is a full on spying app, TikTok wants to distance itself from allegations that it might be a spying app, out of nowhere, could Rivian be Tesla’s biggest competitor, and what does it mean if Travis Kalanick sells all of his Uber stock?Sponsors:GiveWell.org/ridehomeMealimeLinks:It Seemed Like a Popular Chat App. It’s Secretly a Spy Tool. (NYTimes)U.S. Navy bans TikTok from government-issued mobile devices (Reuters)DraftKings going public via reverse merger (Axios)Rivian adds $1.3 billion in funding for its electric utility and adventure vehicles (TechCrunch)Uber Co-Founder Travis Kalanick Cuts Stake in Company by More Than 90% (WSJ)Boeing Starliner Lands in New Mexico After Clock Error Prompts Early Return (NYTimes)Starliner makes a safe landing—now NASA faces some big decisions (Ars Technica)
Fri. 12/20 - Now Apple Joins The Space Race?
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Does Apple have a secret team to do an end run around telecom carriers, Google buys a game studio, IAC buys Care.com, Ripple is an interesting raise, and of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.Sponsors:Tiny CapitalGetQuip.com/rideBooknotesapp.com (or on iPhone and Android)Links:Apple Has Secret Team Working on Satellites to Beam Data to Devices (Bloomberg)Google buys triple-A game dev Typhoon Studio to beef up Stadia (VentureBeat)Care.com shares surge after Barry Diller’s IAC agrees to buy online caregiver marketplace (CNBC)Ripple Raises $200 Million as Part of Bid for XRP Adoption (Fortune)Robocall fines rise to $10,000 per call under newly passed law (The Verge)Labels & Publishers Win $1 Billion Piracy Lawsuit Against Cox Communications (Billboard)The Booknotesapp.com Weekend Longreads Suggestions:SoftBank Vision Fund Employees Depict a Culture of Recklessness (Bloomberg Businessweek)Shopify: A StarCraft Inspired Business Strategy (Non-GAAP Thoughts)IKEA 2.0 (The Verge)State of the Stream 2019: Platform Wars, the New King of Streaming, Most Watched Game and More! (Stream Elements)Meet the Mad Scientist Who Wrote the Book on How to Hunt Hackers (Wired)I created my own deepfake—it took two weeks and cost $552 (Ars Technica)The 100 Memes That Defined The 2010s (Buzzfeed News)
Thu. 12/19 - What If Apple Owned James Bond?
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That big NYTimes piece about location data, is Facebook taking another run at creating its own OS, is Apple considering buying James Bond, is Spotify building a social graph, and do e-athletes need gaming socks?Sponsors:TinyCapital.comRhone.com/ridehomeLinks:Twelve Million Phones, One Dataset, Zero Privacy (NYTimes)Facebook will bar posts, ads that spread disinformation about the U.S. Census (Washington Post)To Control Its Destiny, Facebook Bets Big on Hardware (The Information)Apple Held Preliminary Talks With Pac-12 Conference, MGM (WSJ)Spotify prototypes Tastebuds to revive social music discovery (TechCrunch)A milestone: Earthquake early warning system sends first public alert to smartphones in California (Los Angeles Times)TiVo to Merge With Entertainment-Tech Firm Xperi in $3 Billion Deal (Variety)Puma’s first ‘active gaming footwear’ is a sock (Engadget)
Wed. 12/18 - Did Google Almost
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Everyone comes together to create a smart-home standard, did Google consider walking away from its cloud business, the last holdout comes to streaming, Gary Larson stops holding out on the web and the math behind that gift-wrapping video.Sponsors:Tiny CapitalAircall.io/rideLinks:Apple, Google and Amazon are cooperating to make your home gadgets talk to each other (CNBC)We Tested Ring’s Security. It’s Awful (Motherboard)Google Brass Set 2023 as Deadline to Beat Amazon, Microsoft in Cloud (The Information)Cord cutters, you can finally stream your PBS stations online – on YouTube TV (USA Today)Virtual product placement is coming for TV and movies and Ryff has raised cash to put it there (TechCrunch)Far Side creator Gary Larson launches website with promise of new work (The Guardian)A Letter From Gary Larson (TheFarSide.com)The Internet Is Losing Its Mind Over This Gift-Wrapping Trick. Here's the Secret. (Popular Mechanics)The Gift Wrapping Video
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