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Mon. 03/01 – Instagram Launches Live Rooms For Group Broadcasts
Instagram launches Live Rooms for group broadcasts, which, depending on how you use it is either basically FaceTime for Instagram, or another shot across the Clubhouse bow. Is the micromobility space revving up to roar back to health? Are US-based drone makers about to step into the void left by DJI? And Chris Dixon tries to contextualize NFTs for us.
Links:Instagram launches ‘Live Rooms’ for live broadcasts with up to four creators (TechCrunch)Verizon support says you should turn off 5G to save your phone’s battery (The Verge)Lime says it will spend $50 million on a huge e-bike expansion (The Verge)Skydio valuation raises American hopes in drone war with China (Financial Times)Klarna Valued at $31 Billion After U.S. Growth Stoked Investors (Bloomberg)As BNPL startups raise, a look at Klarna, Affirm and Afterpay earnings (TechCrunch Extra)NFTs and a Thousand True Fans (Chris Dixon/Andreessen Horowitz)
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Fri. 02/26 – Twitter Does ALL The Things (Even $$$ For Tweets)
Twitter just wants to give us everything all of the sudden, including charging for tweets, sort of groups based on interests, and even blocking and muting accounts. Google gives devs a Sleep API. Why has LastPass decided to piss everyone off all of the sudden? Why Xiaomi is the up-and-comer to keep your eye on. And of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.
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Links:Twitter announces paid Super Follows to let you charge for tweets (The Verge)Twitter planning a feature to let you auto-block and mute abusive accounts (The Verge)Google launches Android Sleep API to detect snoozing, waking up; available to apps now (9to5Google)1Password has none, KeePass has none... So why are there seven embedded trackers in the LastPass Android app? (The Register)European Smartphone Market Down 14% YoY in 2020; Xiaomi gains while Huawei and Samsung Lose (Counterpoint Research)
Weekend Longreads Suggestions:Xiaomi is undercutting the whole tech industry. And it’s working (Wired)American Idle (Eugene Wei)Why Plus Is a Minus When Naming Your Streaming Site (NYTimes)Shockingly Real Tom Cruise Deepfakes Are Invading TikTok (Daily Beast)We're Just Rediscovering a 19th-Century Pandemic Strategy (The Atlantic)
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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)
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