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A deep-dive conversation with hashtag inventor Chris Messina about what makes good product design, how to Product Hunt effectively, and his unique advice about finding success in the Tech Industry.
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Fri. 11/20 – Facebook And Apple Trade Schoolyard Taunts
Facebook and Apple are calling each other names again. “Privacy Thief!” “Monopolist!” And why we might see more of this in the coming years. Roblox files maybe the most exciting S-1 of this IPO batch. Stadia is going to work around the App Store too. Another big milestone crossed for self-driving cars. And, of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.
Links: Apple doubles down on upcoming iOS 14 privacy features, slams Facebook for collecting ‘as much data as possible’ (9to5Mac) Roblox files for its IPO (Axios) Stadia will be playable on iOS via Safari in the coming ‘weeks’ (9to5Google) Robotaxi companies get the green light to charge for rides in California (TechCrunch)
Weekend Longreads Suggestions‘An overnight success 10 years in the making’: Atlanta is the future for Black leaders in tech (Protocol) Huawei, 5G, and the Man Who Conquered Noise (Wired)The Substackerati (CJR) Jack Ma vs. the Party: Inside the collapse of the world's biggest IPO (Nikkei Asia) Ok Google: please publish your DKIM secret keys (Matthew Green's Blog) ‘Like Being Grilled Alive’: The Fear of Living With a Hackable Heart (OneZero)
Thu. 11/19 – Google Pay Pivots In An Interesting Way
A major strategy shift for Google Pay might be a big deal. But a minor shift in YouTube monetization is the same old, same old. Apple pays to settle an investigation into iPhone throttling. Affirm files for its IPO. Apple Silicon continues to absolutely wow people, and by the way, the iPhone 12 Pro Max camera is wowing professional photographers.
Links: Google Pay gets a major redesign with a new emphasis on personal finance (TechCrunch) YouTube will run ads on some creator videos, but it won’t give them any of the revenue (The Verge) Affirm drops S-1, revealing sharply rising revenue on a narrower net loss (FinLedger.com) Apple to pay $113 million to settle state investigation into iPhone ‘batterygate’ (The Washington Post) Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud gaming service launches on iOS as a web app (The Verge) Pixelmator Pro gets update for M1 Macs (The Verge) Apple releases forked version of TensorFlow optimized for macOS Big Sur (VentureBeat) The iPhone 12 Pro Max: Real Pro Photography (Halide Blog) Apple embraces iOS 14 home screen customization by fixing how app shortcuts work (TechCrunch)
Wed. 11/18 – Crack! Apple Cuts Its App Store Vig In Half
The App Store has cracked open a bit. Apple will cut its vigorish in half, for most developers, but not the ones that make them the most money. Robinhood is probably gonna join the cavalcade of IPOs. Marissa Mayer is back. And the biggest social network you’ve probably never heard of is coming from France.
Sponsors:Amazon.com/ridehomeNetgear.com/bestwifiLinks: Apple will reduce App Store cut to 15 percent for most developers starting January 1st (The Verge) 'Fortnite' now offers Houseparty video calls on PC, PS4 and PS5 (Engadget) Robinhood Seeks Advisers for Potential IPO Next Year (Bloomberg) Marissa Mayer wants to clean up your contacts, and that’s just for starters (Fast Company)Beats debuts new glow-in-the-dark Powerbeats, available from Apple starting tomorrow (9to5Mac) Beats launches a glow-in-the-dark pair of Powerbeats for $200 (The Verge) Yubo could be the next big social app as it raises $47.5 million (TechCrunch) Not Dead Yet: News Site Mistakenly Runs Dozens of V.I.P. Obituaries (NYTimes)
Tonight's bonus episode taping. 9pm eastern. 6pm pacific.
Meeting ID: 916 8080 4823
Tue. 11/17 – Amazon Pharmacy Aims To Conquer Another Huge Retail Sector
Amazon launches Amazon Pharmacy. Twitter launches Fleets, but the real news is they’re testing a Clubhouse clone with audio rooms. Airbnb finally files to go public. And running through the flood of reviews for the new Macs with Apple Silicon, I’m starting to become a believer. Apple might be able to revolutionize—and run away with—mobile computing with these chips.
Links: Amazon jumps into the pharmacy business with online prescription fulfillment, free delivery for Prime members (CNBC) Twitter rolls out Stories, aka ‘Fleets,’ to all users; will also test a Clubhouse rival (TechCrunch)Airbnb files to go public, turned a profit last quarter (CNBC) Adobe releases Arm beta version of Photoshop for Windows and macOS (The Verge) APPLE MAC MINI WITH M1 REVIEW: OVER-PERFORMER (The Verge) APPLE MACBOOK PRO WITH M1 REVIEW: FLEXING ARM (The Verge) MacBook Air M1 review: Faster than most PCs, no fan required (Engadget) Yeah, Apple's M1 MacBook Pro is powerful, but it's the battery life that will blow you away (TechCrunch)
Office Hours Link (Tomorrow 9pm eastern):
Meeting ID: 916 8080 4823
Mon. 11/16 – Is Big Sur Apple’s Vista?
Continued problems with Big Sur have some people wondering if this is Apple’s version of Windows Vista. But actual benchmarks continue to show Apple Silicon is probably a big win. All the details of the Galaxy S21 lineup have leaked. A monster new GPU for supercomputers. And a PC monitor that can actually double as a modern smart tv.
Sponsors:MasterWorks.io: code RIDE to skip the waitlistBuyRaycon.com/tech
Links: macOS Big Sur Update Bricking Some Older MacBook Pro Models (MacRumors) Apple Silicon M1 Emulating x86 is Still Faster Than Every Other Mac in Single Core Benchmark (MacRumors) Exclusive: Specs and features of Samsung's Galaxy S21 smartphones (Android Police) Nvidia launches A100 80GB GPU for supercomputers (VentureBeat) Samsung’s new Smart Monitor is like a TV for your PC (The Verge) HBO Max Is Finally Coming to Amazon Fire TV (Variety) 'Godspeed': 4 astronauts make history as SpaceX's 'Resilience' launches for International Space Station (USAToday)
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