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Tues. 04/13 - New Surface Laptop 4
Everyone announced something today. A new Surface Laptop 4. New Nvidia things. New Roku things. Something new from Spotify literally called Car Thing. Oculus is going to hold a product event. Siri leaked the next Apple event. And Grab is going public via a SPAC.
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Links:Microsoft announces Surface Laptop 4 with choice of Intel or AMD processors (The Verge)Siri Reveals Apple Event Planned for Tuesday, April 20 (Mac Rumors)Facebook Announces Oculus Gaming Showcase For April 21 (Upload)Nvidia unveils rental model for DGX Station A100 mini supercomputers (Venture Beat)Roku’s latest streaming device gives 4K, HDR, and a voice remote for $40 (Ars Technica)Spotify’s Car Thing debuts as a limited release for selected US users (The Verge)
Mon. 04/12 – Microsoft Acquires Nuance
Microsoft acquires the biggest name in speech tech. Apple is maybe developing some home gadgets I feel like they should have done years ago. Might we see new iPads by the end of the month? Google wants to stop you from walking and texting. And a review of the new Mercedes-Benz entrant into the EV wars.
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Links:Microsoft buys speech recognition firm Nuance in a $16 billion deal (CNBC)Apple Working on Combined TV Box, Speaker to Revive Home Efforts (Bloomberg)Apple Facing Supply Shortage of Upcoming High-End iPad Displays (Bloomberg)Ant to Be Financial Holding Firm in Overhaul Forced by China (Bloomberg)Alibaba’s rivals on alert after China’s regulators hand out record fine (FT)Google starts rolling out “Heads Up” in Digital Wellbeing to stop distracted walking (XDA Developers)THE 2022 MERCEDES-BENZ EQS IS A DECLARATION OF MAXIMUM ELECTRIC LUXURY (The Verge)
(TWTR SPACE) The Coinbase Moment For Crypto
Here was our Twitter Space from this week. We ended up talking all about Coinbase, helped by some great analysis from Romeen Sheth, who I think you’ll recall I quoted from when we talked about this on Wednesday. You can follow Romeen on twitter @RomeenSheth, link in the show notes. And also, he has a great podcast called Square One, where he interviews founders and investors, folks like Anthony Pompliano, Li Jin, David Sacks, even Andrew Yang. Give it a listen, search Square One on your podcast app of choice.
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Fri. 04/09 – Amazon Wins The Union Battle
The counting is finally happening, and not to be all Nate Silver, but it’s looking fairly certain that Amazon won its big union battle. Apple and Epic Games are making their first arguments in that big lawsuit. A big new scraping hack, this time for half a billion LinkedIn users. Neurolink shows a monkey playing Pong with its brain. And of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.
Links:Partial tally in Amazon union drive favors ‘No’ votes. (NYTimes)Epic v. Apple discovery details ‘Project Liberty’ scheme to skirt App Store with Fortnite (9to5Mac)Apple Admits Purposely Keeping iMessage Off Android Helps Lock Users In (DroidLife)Hackers scraped data from 500 million LinkedIn users — about two-thirds of the platform's userbase — and have posted it for sale online (Insider)Neuralink's brain-computer interface demo shows a monkey playing Pong (Engadget)
Weekend Longreads Suggestions:Silicon Valley Is Flooding Into a Reluctant Austin (Bloomberg Businessweek)Don’t pick up! The rise and fall of a massive industry based on missed calls (Rest of World)DoorDash Drivers Game Algorithm to Increase Pay (Bloomberg Businessweek)Revenge Of The Winklevii (Forbes)Bill Hwang Had $20 Billion, Then Lost It All in Two Days (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Thu. 04/08 – Now The Chip Shortage Has Come For Apple?
If the chip shortage is now biting even Apple, things are getting real, y’all. Twitter apparently took a run at buying Clubhouse. Facebook has a new Clubhouse like product called Hotline. Lenovo’s new phone convinces me gaming phones are truly a thing. And are there signs we’re finally gonna see those Apple AirTags… or do the tea leaves reveal the exact opposite?
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Links:MacBook and iPad production delayed as supply crunch hits Apple (NikkeiAsia)Apple MacBook and iPad production may be delayed over global chip shortage (AppleInsider)Twitter Held Discussions for $4 Billion Takeover of Clubhouse (Bloomberg)Facebook tests Hotline, a Q&A product that’s a mashup of Clubhouse and Instagram Live (TechCrunch)Lenovo’s Legion Phone Duel 2 has not one but two cooling fans (The Verge)YouTube is social media’s big winner during the pandemic (CNBC)Uber and Lyft ‘throwing money’ at US drivers to ease shortage (FT)Google I/O 2021 will be virtual and free to attend from May 18-20 (9to5Google)Apple Announces Find My Network With Support for Third-Party Devices (MacRumors)
Wed. 04/07 – TLDR: Coinbase Is A Helluva Business
Coinbase has revealed the number behind their business, and they are brain exploding emoji. A big Patreon raise shows the moneybags are serious about this creator economy thing. Nobody is crying at Plaid over that failed Visa merger. There’s a new king of the gaming laptop hill. And I try my best to unravel the twisted tale of the latest Facebook data scandal.
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Links:Coinbase Posts Blowout Q1 Profit of $730-$800 Million, Days Before Public Listing (Decrypt)Patreon’s Valuation Triples to $4 Billion as Platform Draws Creators, Fans (WSJ)Clubhouse Discusses Funding at About $4 Billion Value (Bloomberg)Plaid raises $425M Series D from Altimeter as it charts a post-Visa future (TechCrunch)Global Venture Funding Hits All-Time Record High $125B In Q1 2021 (Crunchbase News)Alienware’s M15 R5 is its first AMD-based gaming laptop in over a decade (The Verge)What Really Caused Facebook's 500M-User Data Leak? (Wired)
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quite a good coverage of tech news
You can get only so much info in this field in every podcast that tries to cover it. This one covers conceivably all. The only minus (not for me) that it is pretty monotonously read.
Neither useful nor interesting
To little useful info to listen to, to much ads to give it a chance after first time