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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)
Is Apple finally throwing in the towel and giving us the sort of laptops we actually want? With these IPO first-day pops, forget banks screwing startups, are VC’s also undervaluing companies right now in a way that is unfair? Amazon wants to do in cars what it’s done successfully in homes. And, of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.Sponsors:Oracle For Startups - oracle.com/goto/rideMetalab.coLinks: Kuo details 2021 MacBook Pro: new design with squared-off sides, MagSafe connector and IO return, Touch Bar removed (9to5Mac) Apple Plans Upgraded MacBook Pros With Return of Magnetic Charging (Bloomberg) Online clothing reseller Poshmark closes up more than 140% on first day of trading (CNBC) Amazon opens Alexa AI tech for the first time so car makers can build custom assistants (The Verge) Galaxy Book Flex2: Samsung’s first 5G laptop has an 11th-gen Intel Processor (Digital Trends)Shares in China’s Xiaomi tumble after US investment ban (Financial Times)Weekend Longreads Suggestions:Is Letterboxd Becoming a Blockbuster? (NYTimes) Why the Canadian Tech Scene Doesn’t Work (AlexDanco.com) An Oral History of Wikipedia, the Web’s Encyclopedia (OneZero) CRISPR and the Splice to Survive (The New Yorker) Spotify Bets Big on Podcasts as a Path to Profitability (Bloomberg Businessweek)Subscribe to the premium feed here
All the news from the Galaxy Unpacked event. The tech stock IPO first day pop bubble continues. Asus persists with that dual screen laptop thing. BMW has a new way to unlock your car with your phone. And Google absolutely swears it won’t use your fitbit data against you. Swears.Sponsors:Metalab.coTinyCapital.comLinks: SAMSUNG GALAXY S21, S21 PLUS, AND S21 ULTRA FIRST LOOK: POLISHED DESIGN (AND PRICES) (The Verge) The Galaxy S21 Ultra packs two telephoto lenses and supports the S Pen (Engadget) Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTag is a $29.99 Tile competitor (The Verge) Max Levchin’s Affirm pops nearly 100% in market debut (CNBC) Asus’ 2021 laptop line includes two new dual-screen ZenBooks (The Verge) BMW’s Digital Key Plus will let iPhones unlock the iX from a pocket or bag (The Verge) Google's Fitbit acquisition is official (TechCrunch)
The Visa/Plaid merger is called off, and I’ll tell you why I think this is a sign of the current situation for tech. More tectonic shifts in the chip industry including Qualcomm acquiring a startup and Intel losing its CEO. More smoke around the fire story of an Apple Car. And Facebook has noticed you downloaded Signal.Sponsors:Netgear.com/bestwifiMetalab.coLinks: Visa Abandons Planned Acquisition of Plaid After DOJ Challenge (WSJ)Qualcomm eyes challenge to Apple, Intel with $1.4 billion deal for chip startup (Reuters) Intel CEO Bob Swan to step down, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger to replace him (CNBC) AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su: Interview on 2021 Demand, Supply, Tariffs, Xilinix and EPYC (AnandTech) Every Deleted Parler Post, Many With Users' Location Data, Has Been Archived (Gizmodo) Parler Users Breached Deep Inside U.S. Capitol Building, GPS Data Shows (Gizmodo) Exclusive: Apple held talks with EV startup Canoo in 2020 (The Verge) WhatsApp clarifies it’s not giving all your data to Facebook after surge in Signal and Telegram users (The Verge)
Intel’s new flagship chips are here. Lenovo’s new laptop lineup is here. Walmart wants in on the fintech startup game. GM is spinning off a new electric delivery truck startup. And I know foldable phones haven’t exactly taken over the world, but could I interest you in a rollable phone?Sponsors: NewYorker.com/techmemeBuyRaycon.com/techLinks: Intel Previews 11th Gen Core Rocket Lake: Core i9-11900K and Z590, Coming Q1 (AnandTech) Lenovo’s new ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is less than half an inch thick (The Verge) Walmart to create fintech start-up with investment firm behind Robinhood (CNBC) Aptiv unveils new self-driving platform with wireless upgrades (Reuters) GM unveils electric delivery van with 250 miles of range as part of new spinoff business (The Verge) Parler sues Amazon, leveling far-fetched antitrust allegations (The Verge) Following Trump Ban, Facebook Tells Employees to Avoid Wearing Company-Branded Apparel (The Information) LG’s Rollable phone is real and launching in 2021 (The Verge)
Once again, did some things happen since we last spoke? A run-down of, especially, the Parler situation. And it’s the first day of CES. Here’s what we’re missing in terms of gadget announcements, cool gadgets we’d love to get hands-on time with and the weird gadgets that make CES so fun.Sponsors:KiwiCo.com promocode: rideExpressVPN.com/techmemeLinks: Amazon Is Booting Parler Off Of Its Web Hosting Service (Buzzfeed) Parler CEO Says Service Dropped By “Every Vendor” And Could End His Business (Deadline) San Francisco police are prepping for a pro-Trump rally at Twitter headquarters (TechCrunch)HP launches new Envy 14 laptop, Elite Folio 2-in1 tablet, and new… earbuds? (Android Authority) Lenovo's ThinkReality A3 Smart Glasses can show up to five virtual displays (Engadget) HyperX made its first 60-percent mechanical gaming keyboard (The Verge) WHY CHAMBERLAIN BUILT A $3,000 AUTOMATIC GARAGE DOOR FOR YOUR DOG (The Verge)
Interesting new Apple Car rumors, including how they’ve basically raided Tesla for talent, apparently. Alex Stamos and Chris Krebs have formed the security Avengers. People do seem to be jumping ship from WhatsApp. Why Roku is maybe the dark horse of the Streaming Wars. And, of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.Sponsors:TinyCapital.comDoubleUp.agencyLinks: Hyundai Motor says it’s in early talks with Apple to develop a car, sends shares soaring 19% (CNBC)SolarWinds hires former Trump cyber security chief Chris Krebs (Financial Times) Encrypted Messaging App Signal Sees Surge in Popularity Following WhatsApp Privacy Policy Update (MacRumors) Roku TV Was the Top Selling Smart TV OS in 2020 (The Streamable) A New Service Seeks to Streamline Your Streaming (WSJ) ‘TV Remote’ is an app that turns your iPhone into a universal control for your TV (9to5Mac)Weekend Longreads Suggestions: Xbox: The Oral History of an American Video Game Empire (Bloomberg) FarmVille Once Took Over Facebook. Now Everything Is FarmVille. (NYTimes) Archaeology is going digital to harness the power of Big Data (Ars Technica) Here are the 6 most exciting space missions of 2021 (TNW)
Some stuff happened yesterday at the US Capital, and there’s a tech angle to it. Is SolarWinds just the beginning of the supply chain compromises? There’s new wi-fi coming that is faster and broader. Did the Georgia runoff mean the floodgates are now open for tech antitrust? And what the final segment pre-supposes is: putting a 55 inch display inside a car is a good idea.Sponsors:TinyCapital.comLiftoff.toLinks: Twitter and Facebook Lock Trump’s Accounts After Violence on Capitol Hill (NYTimes) Widely Used Software Company May Be Entry Point for Huge U.S. Hacking (NYTimes) SuperData: Games grew 12% to $139.9 billion in 2020 amid pandemic (VentureBeat) Wi-Fi industry launches next-gen 6E certification, and new devices are up next (CNET)Democrats have won the Senate. Here’s what it means for tech. (Protocol) Mercedes-Benz unveils its absolutely massive 56-inch ‘Hyperscreen’ display (The Verge)
There are two new GPT-3 models and now the robots have come for the graphic artists. Trump continues his tech cold war against China, but the question is, will Biden? WhatsApp is further absorbed into the Facebook mothership. Eve Online players broke the game by playing it so hard. And Cameo wants you to know there’s money in the banana stand—I mean... paying Tom Arnold to record a video for you.Sponsors:Audible.com/techmeme or text techmeme to 500-500 for a free 30-day trialLinks: This avocado armchair could be the future of AI (MIT Technology Review)DALL·E: Creating Images from Text (OpenAI Blog) Trump bars U.S. transactions with eight Chinese apps including Alipay (Reuters) WhatsApp updates its Terms and Privacy Policy to mandate data-sharing with Facebook (XDA-Developers) CIRP: iPhone 12 sales strong at launch, but iPhone 12 mini ‘likely disappointed Apple’ (9to5Mac) Players in Eve Online broke a world record — and then the game itself (Polygon) Cameo launches hiring spree following banner year (Axios)Link to the Clubhouse parody video (@PottsJustin)
The OCC clears US banks to run crypto nodes and issue stablecoins. Microsoft wants to make One Outlook to rule all your email and calendar apps. Looks like Haven couldn’t solve healthcare. Why haven’t we seen Jack Ma in public for going on two months now? And Singapore says SYKE on that whole, not using Covid tracking data to keep track of citizens.Sponsors:SmartAsset.com/techmemeLinks: US regulator: Federally chartered banks can facilitate stablecoin payments, issue their own (The Block) Twitter acquires social podcasting app Breaker, team to help build Twitter Spaces (TechCrunch) Microsoft’s new ‘One Outlook’ app leaks online (The Verge) Haven, the Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan venture to disrupt health care, is disbanding after 3 years (CNBC) Kuo: Apple to Unveil AirTags, Augmented Reality Device, and More in 2021 (MacRumors) Alibaba Founder Jack Ma Has Been Missing For 2 Months (ZeroHedge) Singapore police can access COVID-19 contact tracing data for criminal investigations (ZDNet) Dell built a range of monitors for video conferencing (Engadget) Dell's new Latitude 9000 laptops feature an automatic webcam shutter (Engadget)
Google/Alphabet workers launch an official union drive. We’ve got a date for the Galaxy Unpacked event. Microsoft wants to give Windows a good scrubbing this year. Everyone wants a piece of ShareChat. Gazelle is getting out of the trade-in business. And LG doesn’t want to give up on tv screens you can hide away when not in use.Sponsors:Fundrise.com/techmemeLinkedIn.com/rideLinks: Google, Alphabet employees seek to form a union (TechCrunch) Samsung officially confirms Galaxy S21 event for January 14th (The Verge) Microsoft planning ‘sweeping visual rejuvenation of Windows’ (The Verge) Google and Snap in talks to invest in India's ShareChat (TechCrunch) Trade-in site Gazelle is ending trade-ins (The Verge) Apple will let Amphetamine app stay in the App Store after wrongly telling developer it violated App Store rules (The Verge) This LG display transforms from flat to curved for immersive gaming (The Verge)
Apple loses an interesting copyright law case. Get ready to see TikToks in your Google searches. Amazon’s “other” business unit is becoming a monster. The tech consumers did, and did not AS MUCH partake in over the holidays. And of course, the weekend longreads suggestions. For the final time in 2020, here’s what you missed in the world of tech.Sponsors: Tovala.com/rideDoubleUp.AgencyLinks: Apple loses copyright battle against security start-up Corellium (Washington Post) Google pilots a search feature that aggregates short-form videos from TikTok and Instagram (TechCrunch)Amazon’s advertising business booms in pandemic (Financial Times) Apple iPhone Devices Sweep 9 of Top 10 Devices on Christmas 2020 (Flurry)Weekend Longreads Suggestions: The Turing Test is obsolete. It’s time to build a new barometer for AI (Fast Company) Tech Choices Dictate Teen Friendships During Pandemic (WSJ) Ambani Sold a Tech Dream for $27 Billion. Now He Has to Deliver (Bloomberg) Where Year Two of the Pandemic Will Take Us (The Atlantic) With Money, and Waste, China Fights for Chip Independence (NYTimes) The Lasting Lessons of John Conway’s Game of Life (NYTimes)
Coinbase is suspending trading of XRP. Ant Group tries to appease the CCP. Will we soon see immunity passports on our phones? We now know the identity of the first tech IPO of the new year. And why, if you’re doing to do some dirt, you might want to know that your car is probably going to bust your alibi.Sponsors:CalderaLab.com code: TECHMEME (all caps, one word)Tovala.com/rideLinks:Coinbase to Suspend XRP Trading Following SEC Suit Against Ripple (CoinDesk) Ant Considers Holding Company With Regulation Similar to Bank, Sources Say (Bloomberg) Los Angeles Vaccine Recipients Can Put the Proof in Apple Wallet (Bloomberg) Qualtrics Files for U.S. IPO Two Years After Sale to SAP (Bloomberg) Insecure wheels: Police turn to car data to destroy suspects' alibis (NBC News) TV Ratings: First Streaming-Only NFL Game Scores Solid Numbers for Amazon (Variety)Link to the AMA Auction with Andrew Wilkinson and Chris Sparling: https://lu.ma/tinyama
The Chinese Communist Party is throwing serious cold water on its entire tech sector by continuing to target Jack Ma. Did Elon Musk once try to sell Tesla to Apple? Drones are getting digital license plates, of a sort. And a look at the generation of search engine startups hoping to, you know, maybe strike at Google while the antitrust iron is hot.Sponsors:Tovala.com/rideGetRoman.com/techmemeLinks:Beijing launches antitrust investigation into Alibaba (Financial Times) China Tells Ant to Return to Its Payment Roots, Places Curbs (Bloomberg) Alibaba Probe Stirs Global Worry on What’s Next for Chinese Tech (Bloomberg) Kuo: Apple Car Still in Early Stages, Unlikely to Launch Until 2025-2027 at Earliest (MacRumors) Drone-Crowded Skies Get One Step Closer With U.S. Security Rules (Bloomberg)Search engine start-ups try to take on Google (Financial Times) Covid-19 Propelled Businesses Into the Future. Ready or Not. (WSJ)
The SEC does indeed sue Ripple, and that could be a bigger deal than I thought. Twitter won’t hand over the @Potus Twitter followers to Biden. What Zoom wants to do for its next act beyond video. Controlling your AirPods with your teeth. And, special for this week, a Long Holiday Weekend edition of the Longreads Suggestions.Sponsors:Hawthorne.co, promocode: techmemeTovala.com/rideLinks: SEC Sues Ripple Over 7-Year, $1.3B ‘Ongoing’ XRP Sale (CoinDesk) Biden @POTUS Account Reset to Zero With Trump Followers Out (Bloomberg) Telegram, nearing 500 million users, to begin monetizing the app (TechCrunch) Buoyed by Video Success, Zoom Explores Email, Calendar Services (The Information) Apple Patent reveals new Through-Body' input for AirPods allowing users to control functionality by touching their face, clicking their teeth & more (Patently Apple)Weekend Longreads Suggestions: Our Digital Lives Drive a Brick-and-Mortar Boom in Data Centers (NYTimes) The North Carolina Kid Who Cracked YouTube’s Secret Code (Bloomberg) What if life were a video game? These 650,000 people imagine it that way. (The Washington Post) Czech Startup Founders Turn Billionaires Without VC Help (Bloomberg) Inside the Whale: An Interview with an Anonymous Amazonian (Logic Magazine) Star Wars toys keep changing, and leaving kids behind (Polygon) Shigeru Miyamoto Wants to Create a Kinder World (The New Yorker)
See… I had a feeling. Reuters says Apple really is revealing an Apple Car in the coming years. More details on that suit charging Facebook and Google allegedly agreed to divvy up the ad market. The third biggest cryptocurrency says the SEC is coming after it. And the crazy story behind those sexy butt-flap pajama ads you’ve seen all over the internet.Sponsors:CalderaLab.com, promocode TECHMEME (all caps, one word) at checkout for 20% off.Hawthorne.co promocode: techmemeLinks: Exclusive: Apple targets car production by 2024 and eyes 'next level' battery technology - sources (Reuters) Google, Facebook Agreed to Team Up Against Possible Antitrust Action, Draft Lawsuit Says (WSJ) U.S. vs. Facebook: Inside the tech giant’s behind-the-scenes campaign to battle back antitrust lawsuits (Washington Post) Ripple says it will be sued by the SEC, in what the company calls a parting shot at the crypto industry (Fortune) Dailyhunt is India's latest unicorn after backing from Microsoft, Google, others Ouster, maker of self-driving tech, agrees $1.9 billion deal to go public (Reuters) SoftBank launches blank-check company to join SPAC craze (CNBC) IAC shares jump after Vimeo spinoff announcement (CNBC) The bizarre case of the sexy butt-flap onesie that has taken over the internet (Business Insider)
Huge day for Real Estate tech with Opendoor going public to a soaring valuation and RealPage getting bought for a ton of money. Microsoft might design its own custom silicon, cause, why not (to quote Vincent Hanna)? Is the first under the display selfie camera basically a fail? And could we actually see the Apple Car debut as soon as next year?Sponsors:GetArmorLock.comHawthorne.co promocode: techmemeLinks: Opendoor Rides SPAC Deal to Lofty $18 Billion Valuation at Market Debut (The Information) Real estate software and data analytics company RealPage to be acquired for $10.2 billion (VentureBeat)Russia’s Hacking Frenzy Is a Reckoning (Wired) Microsoft Designing Its Own Chips for Servers, Surface PCs (Bloomberg) U.S. States Weighs New Google Suit Over App Store Fees (Bloomberg) THE WORLD’S FIRST UNDER-DISPLAY SELFIE CAMERA ISN’T VERY GOOD (The Verge) Sketchy Report Says Apple Car is Years Ahead of Schedule, Will Debut Next Year (MacRumors)
Drone maker DJI is blacklisted by the commerce department. Group video comes to Echo devices. Twitter launches Spaces. Sony offers refunds for Cyberpunk 2077. Coinbase files to go public. And, of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.Sponsors:Masterworks.io, promocode RIDE to skip the waitlistCalderalab.com use code TECHMEME (all one word, all caps) at checkout Links: US government adds DJI to Commerce blacklist over ties to Chinese government (The Verge) Amazon launches group video and audio calling for Echo devices (The Verge) Twitter launches its voice-based ‘Spaces’ social networking feature into beta testing (TechCrunch) Sony is pulling Cyberpunk 2077 from the PlayStation Store and offering full refunds (The Verge) Source Code newsletter A moment of reckoning: the need for a strong and global cybersecurity response (Microsoft Blog) Coinbase announces IPO in a milestone for the crypto industry (Fortune)Weekend Longreads Suggestions: Where Tech Workers Are Moving: New LinkedIn Data vs. the Narrative (Big Technology Newsletter) Why I Decided to Leave Substack (A Media Operator Newsletter) New WarnerMedia chief Jason Kilar is moving to shake up Hollywood. Insiders are questioning if he has what it takes to turn around the entertainment giant without destroying it. (Business Insider) Can’t get a PlayStation 5? Meet the Grinch bots snapping up the holidays’ hottest gift. (Washington Post) How AltaVista, our first good search engine, fell into the digital abyss (Tedium)My $200,000 Sushi Dinner (NYTimes)Link to today's easter egg on YouTube
Mommy and Daddy are fighting. This time it’s Apple and Facebook and it’s getting pretty heated. The EU okays Google’s acquisition of Fitbit. Substack has resurrected Google Reader, in spirit at least. And why the new antitrust lawsuit against Google is maybe the most serious yet, because we’re talking about actual felonies here. Potentially. Allegedly.Sponsors:OurCrowd.com/rideJoinFightCamp.com/techmemeLinks: Apple’s seismic change to the mobile ad industry is drawing near, and it’s rocking the ecosystem (CNBC) Facebook Attacks Apple Software Changes in Newspaper Ads (Bloomberg) Apple Responds to Facebook's Anti-Tracking Criticism, Says Users Deserve Control and Transparency (MacRumors) Facebook Wades Into ‘Fortnite’ Maker’s Dispute With Apple (WSJ) Facebook criticizes Apple as it welcomes Europe’s new tech rules (CNBC) EU approves Google’s $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit, subject to conditions (CNBC) HBO Max Is Launching on Roku, After Device Maker and WarnerMedia Finally Bury the Hatchet (Variety) Texas Accuses Google and Facebook of an Illegal Conspiracy (Wired) Substack launches an RSS reader to organize all your newsletter subscriptions (The Verge)
Day three of the SolarWinds hack fallout sees major investors unloading stock at a suspicious time. M1 chip support comes to some major apps. Periscope joins the Deadpool. Bitcoin crosses $20k. An AirPods Max review. And what if you could make a digital platform for board games?Sponsors:OurCrowd.com/rideVistaPrint.com/techmemeLinks: Stadia comes to the iPhone and iPad with new iOS beta (The Verge) Investors in breached software firm SolarWinds traded $280 million in stock days before hack was revealed (The Washington Post) Microsoft starts rolling out native Microsoft 365 for Mac apps for Macs with M1 (ZDNet) Firefox Updated With Native Support for M1 Macs, Mozilla Touts 'Dramatic Performance Improvements' (MacRumors) Exclusive: States close to filing new Google antitrust suit (Politico)Bitcoin Hits Record Above $20K as Analysts Remain Confident of Future (Coindesk) APPLE AIRPODS MAX REVIEW: LUXURIOUS SOUND FOR A LUXURY PRICE (The Verge) I’m so excited about this board games console I just peed a little (TNW)
Europe’s big new regulatory regime for big tech. More fallout from what looks like the biggest hack our government has ever seen. The FTC asks basically everyone in tech how they get their data. A ‘faraday fabric’ that can serve as an invisibility cloak for radio waves. An interesting raise to make exoskeletons. And a review of the new all electric Ford Mustang.Sponsors:Grammarly.com/techmemeVistaPrint.com/techmemeLinks: Tech Giants Face New Rules in Europe, Backed by Huge Fines (WSJ) FTC orders Amazon, Facebook and others to explain how they collect and use personal data (CNBC)U.S. Homeland Security, thousands of businesses scramble after suspected Russian hack (Reuters) Experimental "Faraday fabric" blocks almost all electromagnetic waves (New Atlas) German Bionic raises $20M led by Samsung for exoskeleton tech to supercharge human labor (TechCrunch) Ford’s New Mustang Mach-E Owes a Lot to Tesla (Debugger)
Hackers attack the US Treasury in an attack so severe one person called it a 10 out of 10. Pornhub has removed millions of videos. Amazon’s Zoox has a robo electric taxi. Are the recent IPO pops sign of a bubble? And could Jony Ive’s next job be as the head of luxury automaker Ferrari?Sponsors:GetArmorLock.comAmazon.com/ridehomeLinks: Suspected Russian hackers spied on U.S. Treasury emails - sources (Reuters) U.S. Agencies Hacked in Foreign Cyber Espionage Campaign Linked to Russia (WSJ) Pornhub Just Purged All Unverified Content From the Platform (Vice) Amazon’s Zoox Unveils Robotaxi for Future Ride-Hailing Service (Bloomberg) Google Delays Return to Office and Eyes ‘Flexible Work Week’ (NYTimes) Sizzling Tech IPO Market Leaves Investors Befuddled (WSJ)Jony Ive is reportedly in the running to take the driver’s seat at Ferrari (Cult of Mac)Ferrari's Camilleri will be a hard act to follow (Reuters)
Connie Chan, from Andreessen Horowitz, talking about: Live, Social, and Shoppable: The Future of VideoSponsors:VistaPrint.com/techmemeTinyCapital.com
Disney+ is about to get a bit more expensive, but you’re also gonna get a lot more stuff to watch. Are we in a tech IPO bubble? X64 emulation comes to Windows. Apple whispers that it will likely be dropping Qualcomm like it dropped Intel. And of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.Sponsors:Amazon.com/ridehomeTinycapital.comLinks: Disney Plus is increasing its price to $8 a month starting in March 2021 (The Verge) ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Pinocchio’ and More as Disney Leans Sharply Into Streaming (NYTimes) Airbnb skyrockets 112% in public market debut, giving it a market cap of $86.5 billion (CNBC) x64 emulation has come to Windows on ARM (The Verge) Apple Starts Work on Its Own Cellular Modem, Chip Chief Says (Bloomberg)Weekend Longreads Suggestions:Social Strikes Back (A16Z) “A damn stupid thing to do”—the origins of C (Ars Technica)7 Rejections (Brian Chesky) Facebook Sees WhatsApp As Its Future, Antitrust Suit or Not (Bloomberg Businessweek) Who’s Behind the Fight Between Warner Bros. and Hollywood? It’s AT&T (NYTimes) Inside the Human Science of Spotify’s New Music Friday Playlist (Variety) How eBird Changed Birding Forever (Outside)
I try to give you the outlines of the Facebook antitrust thing, and what it might mean for tech. Airbnb makes its market debut. Crunchyroll finds a safe home away from AT&T. I bet folks at HBO are jealous. Boston Dynamics finds a new guardian as well, that hopefully can find something useful for it to do. And it really is, finally, the end of the road for Flash.Sponsors:Amazon.com/ridehomeTinycapital.comLinks: The FTC is suing Facebook to unwind its acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp (The Verge) Lawsuits Filed by the FTC and the State Attorneys General Are Revisionist History (Facebook Newsroom) Airbnb shares set to double in IPO — likely to be worth nearly $93 billion (CNBC) Sony’s Funimation acquires anime streaming service Crunchyroll for $1.175 billion (Polygon) Hyundai Motors Reportedly Bought Boston Dynamics For Almost $1 Billion (Gizmodo) Adobe to block Flash content from running on January 12, 2021 (ZDNet)Subscribe to the Kottke Ride Home
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Mar 1st, 2018
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Jan 15th, 2021
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