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Thu. 02/25 – The Biden Administration Addressed The Chip Shortage
The Biden administration signs an executive order addressing the chip shortage. I’ll tell you why this is evolving into a big deal. Coinbase files its S-1 so we get to look under the hood of their business for the first time. Paramount+ reveals pricing and content details for the first time. And timely interesting raises in the Ethereum space which means: NFTs.
Links:Biden Orders Broad Supply-Chain Review Amid Chip Shortages (WSJ)Coinbase Reveals $322M in Profit For 2020 Ahead of Landmark Public Debut (Decrypt)ViacomCBS bets you will subscribe to 5 or more streaming services, leaving plenty of room for Paramount+ (CNBC)Verizon Leads 5G Airwave Bidding With Record $45 Billion Splurge (Bloomberg)NFT marketplace Sorare raises $50 million in Series A led by Benchmark (The Block)Ethereum scaling startup Optimism raises $25 million Series A led by a16z (The Block)Otter.ai raises $50 million for AI transcription (VentureBeat)
Wed. 02/24 - Facebook Defends Its Stance In Australia
Facebook defends its stance in Australia. MicroStrategy doubles down on its stance vis-à-vis bitcoin. Is “Sign In With Apple” the new stick the antitrust folks might use to beat Apple with? But conversely, have you noticed that social networking has gotten hella competitive lately? What does that mean for anti-trust arguements vis-à-vis Facebook. Oh, and a skateboard for AR glasses.Flatfile.ioAirMedCareNetwork.com/tech offer code: TECH
Links:The Real Story of What Happened With News on Facebook in Australia (Facebook Newsroom)Facebook got everything it wanted out of Australia by being willing to do what the other guy wouldn’t (Nieman Lab)MicroStrategy Buys $1 Billion More Bitcoin, Totalling $4.5 Billion (Decrypt)HP is buying gaming accessory brand HyperX for $425 million (The Verge)Apple’s App Sign-in Button Becomes Hot-Button Issue in U.S. Antitrust Probe (The Information)How social networks got competitive again (Casey Newton's Platformer)VCs are chasing Hopin upwards of $5-6B valuation (TechCrunch)Qualcomm’s new AR ‘Smart Viewer’ lets you pin virtual screens to your walls (The Verge)
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Tue. 02/23 – Australia Caves To Facebook
Australia caves in to Facebook. PlayStation is planning a big new push in VR. The Mate X2 keeps the foldable dream alive. The weird new malware infecting Apple Silicon Macs. And let’s use NBA Top Shot as a lens to explain NFTs.
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Links:Facebook to reverse news ban on Australian sites, government to make amendments to media bargaining code (ABC.net.au)PlayStation CEO says PS5 will get its own VR headset, explains console supply chain shortfall (Washington Post)Huawei’s Mate X2 foldable adopts Samsung’s dual-screen design (The Verge)Kuo: New MacBook Pro Models With HDMI Port and SD Card Reader to Launch Later This Year (MacRumors)New malware found on 30,000 Macs has security pros stumped (ArsTechnica)Inside 'NBA Top Shot,' the Digital Highlights Marketplace Worth Millions (Bleacher Report)
Mon. 02/22 – Spotify’s New “HiFi” Subscription Tier
Spotify’s new HiFi subscription tier. Clubhouse has security concerns. Apple is king of the smartphone hill once again. Maybe the biggest survival story of the Covid-19 era is about the IPO. And is the Facebook news ban pushing Australians into the arms of the news publishers themselves?
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Links:Spotify HiFi is a lossless streaming tier coming later this year (The Verge)Clubhouse Chats Are Breached, Raising Concerns Over Security (Bloomberg)Apple Surpassed Samsung as World's Largest Smartphone Maker in Fourth Quarter (MacRumors)Restaurant-Software Provider Toast Prepares for IPO (WSJ)Google fires another AI ethics leader (Axios)Australia’s ABC News shot to the top of the App Store charts following Facebook’s news ban (The Verge)
(Bonus) The State Of VR Right Now
As mentioned, for my birthday this year I got my first VR rig, an Occulus Quest 2 because if an Apple AR/VR thingy is coming, if Facebook continues to invest in VR, then I figured it was time to, you know, not be functionally inexperienced with the space. I have a little bit of crypto to understand the space. Looking to get my hands on some NFTs to understand the space. I’ve got an onlyfans account to understand the dynamics of what works in the creator economy. And that’s the only reason, I swear. Anyway, in this episode we’re going to talk about some of the things I’ve learned and to do so, we’re going to talk to two folks. First, some of you might know Kyle Hilliard, he was for a long time the host of our Gaming Ride Home podcast, before the pandemic put paid to that show. He’s a veteran games journalist, and actually, you can still hear Kyle talk gaming on the MinnMax podcast. Link in the show notes. Kyle helps me understand the state of the industry from a developer and corporate and startup perspective. And also, we’re going to talk to Seth Rininger (@Sethmr1989) who is a kind-hearted listener to this show who, when I put out the word for someone to help me get onboarded with Oculus platform, kindly answered the call and helped guide me through getting my VR legs under me. My discussion with Seth is designed to give you an idea of where VR is at right now, in case you’re looking to give it a go yourself.
Fri. 02/19 – UK Supreme Court Officially Smacks Down Uber
Uber has lost one of its most significant independent contractor battles, in this case, in the UK. The Android 12 Developer Preview is here. Office 2021 is coming. And of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.
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Links:Uber loses a major employment rights case as the UK’s top court rules its drivers are workers (CNBC)Android 12 developer preview is available now with many under-the-hood updates (The Verge)Apple Is Working on Magnetic Battery Pack Attachment for IPhones (Bloomberg)Microsoft announces Office 2021, available for Windows and macOS later this year (The Verge)
Weekend Longreads Suggestions:The Bizarre Reaction To Facebook's Decision To Get Out Of The News Business In Australia (TechDirt)Why did I leave Google or, why did I stay so long? (Noam Bardin)Why the three biggest vaccine makers failed on Covid-19 (Financial Times)Citibank just got a $500 million lesson in the importance of UI design (Ars Technica)All Your Base Are Belong To Us has turned 20 (The Verge)What Peter Jackson’s original two-movie Lord of the Rings almost looked like (Polygon)
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