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Mon. 10/26 – New AirPods And AirPods Pro This Spring?
New AirPods and AirPods pro coming as soon as the spring? Facebook launches streaming gaming everywhere but guess where? Ant is the biggest IPO in history. SAP seems to be having Covid issues. And are you still working from home? Well, maybe keep an eye on your ISP’s data caps.
Links: Apple Developing Smaller AirPods Pro, Revamped Entry-Level Model (Bloomberg) Facebook launches cloud games but says Apple won’t allow it on iOS (CNBC) Ant Group to raise $34.5 billion, valuing it at over $313 billion, in biggest IPO of all time (CNBC) Ant Group Set to Raise $34 Billion in World’s Biggest I.P.O. (NYTimes) SAP Shares Collapse After Lockdowns Force Cuts to Revenue (Bloomberg)Fix, or Toss? The ‘Right to Repair’ Movement Gains Ground (NYTimes)Deleting Facebook Also Deletes Oculus Purchases And Account Information (UploadVR) Facebook Prepares Measures for Possible Election Unrest (WSJ) Americans Working From Home Face Internet Usage Limits (WSJ)
(Bonus) Joshua Schachter And The del.icio.us Story
Joshua Schachter is mostly known these days as a prominent angel investor, but his claim to fame is as the founder of del.icio.us, one of THE sites and startups that convinced me and a lot of other people that the internet space wasn’t dead, in the wake of the dotcom bubble. So, consider this in the spirt of the longreads. A profile of a key startup and entrepreneur, that got the web and the world to where we are today.
Fri. 10/23 – What If PayPal Goes Big In Crypto?
Is PayPal making moves to become a major player in Crypto? A look at the two big ballot initiatives in California that Silicon Valley cares about and which the rest of the country might be affected by. Why YouTube is this election’s go-to place for campaigns to run ads, and of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.
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Links: PayPal in Talks to Buy Crypto Firms Including BitGo (Bloomberg) Uber, Lyft likely violated California labor law, appeals court finds (NBCNews) Google and Facebook hate a proposed privacy law. News publishers should embrace it. (Recode) YouTube Is So Flooded With Political Ads It Can’t Place Them All (Bloomberg)
Weekend Longreads: The Network: How a Secretive Phone Company Helped the Crime World Go Dark (Motherboard) Cloud gaming’s history of false starts and promising reboots (Polygon) 'Virtual' studios could offer a real alternative to green screen special effects (Engadget)The Google Case (Tim Wu)Audio’s Opportunity and Who Will Capture It (Mathew Ball)
Thu. 10/22 – Quibi QUIckly BItes The Dust
Quibi’s dead baby. Quibi’s dead. Jony Ive is going to design stuff for… Airbnb? The Mate 40 Pro is the best flagship smartphone you’ll probably never want to buy. What if Snapchat conquers India? The Bahamas launches the first official cryptocurrency for an entire country. And look out cause Tesla is turning on the self-driving beta starting now…
Links: Quibi's Open Letter Quibi Is Shutting Down Barely Six Months After Going Live (WSJ) In defense of Quibi (Recode)Airbnb announces multi-year partnership with Jony Ive, a year after leaving Apple (9to5Mac)Huawei’s Mate 40 Pro is another powerful flagship that you won't buy (Engadget) Snapchat doubles down on India with new original series, games (The Economic Times) Central Bank of Bahamas Launches Landmark ‘Sand Dollar’ Digital Currency (Coindesk) Tesla is putting ‘self-driving’ in the hands of drivers amid criticism the tech is not ready (Washington Post)
Wed. 10/21 – PayPal Adds Crypto
Big news for crypto as PayPal adopts it, both for users to buy, but also, crucially, for them to spend. Facebook is testing a Nextdoor killer. Update on the Quibi deathwatch. Tech earnings snuck up on me and Evan Spiegel had a good night. And let’s end today with another review roundup. This time of the new iPad Air.
Links:PayPal to allow cryptocurrency buying, selling and shopping on its network (Reuters) Dropbox's family plan offers a shared 2TB for $17 per month (Engadget) Facebook Building Neighborhood Feature as Nextdoor Eyes IPO (Bloomberg) Katzenberg May Shut Down Quibi as Options Run Short (The Information) Netflix misses on subscriber additions and EPS (CNBC)Snap stock rockets up after surprise earnings beat (CNBC) APPLE IPAD AIR (2020) REVIEW: TAKE IT FROM THE PRO (The Verge) Apple iPad Air (2020) review: Who needs the iPad Pro? (Engadget) Review: iPad Air, smooth criminal (TechCrunch)
Tue. 10/20 – The DOJ Antitrust Suit Against Google
The Feds have finally thrown the book at Google. But the DOJ has also targeted the infamous Sandworm hackers. Intel sells its NAND memory unit as consolidation in chips continues. Microsoft partners with Elon Musk to take its battle with AWS to space. What product is Google abandoning today? And the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro reviews are here. Which one should you get?NewYorker.com/techmemeMonday.com/ride
Links: The DOJ sues Google for monopoly practices – and says there’s more to come (Protocol) Justice Department Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google (WSJ) U.S. Accuses Google of Illegally Protecting Monopoly (NYTimes) US charges Russian hackers behind NotPetya, KillDisk, OlympicDestroyer attacks (ZDNet) Intel Agrees to Sell Storage Unit to SK Hynix for $9 Billion (Bloomberg) Google confirms the Nest Secure has been discontinued (Android Police) Google discontinues its Google Nest Secure alarm system (The Verge) Microsoft launches Azure Space initiative; partners with SpaceX (ZDNet) APPLE IPHONE 12 PRO REVIEW: AHEAD OF ITS TIME (The Verge) APPLE IPHONE 12 REVIEW: RAISING THE BAR (The Verge) Review: iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, two gems, one jewel (TechCrunch) iPhone 12 and 12 Pro review: Apple enters the 5G era (Engadget)