Protecting free speech is not something we do because we agree with all of the speech that gets protected. We do it because we believe that no one—not the government and not private commercial enterprises—should decide who gets to speak and who doesn’t.One of the better and more balanced articles written on this topic.Today, we're right and perhaps tomorrow we are self-righteous.
A new type of spam is emerging on different services. This week an analysis on how "artists" hijack common search queries on music services to get more plays while reducing overall feel of quality. Much like spam on search engines back in early 2000s. W3C has approved a new standard for proprietary media extension for delivering DRM content. Nothing new here since everyone was doing his own DRM thing since forever but now it has some standard support.
This week's news brought major alliances being forged in autonomous vehicle industry. Hertz and Apple are teaming up and Avis teams up with Google. The car industry is gearing up towards a major paradigm shift and it's going to be interesting. In other news, the push back on ad blocking seems to be working, Facebook is joining Twitter and Snap with a new focus on TV and EU commission fines Google for unfair competition in the shopping aggregation sphere.
Summer time slows down the news cycle, but there was lots of PR around Apple's iPhone because of its 10-year anniversary. This week also a great interview with Stripe's COO on how to build and scale a fast growing organization. We crossed the 50% barrier of cable subs who also have a streaming subscription. It's only a matter of time that cable TV as a service becomes irrelevant. And there was lots of talk about ICOs this week and many of them run on top of Ethereum. This has moved significantly moved up the Ethereum's valuation.
Amazon buys Wholefoods and Verizon finalized the acquisition of Yahoo. Bancor ICO raised $153M and Apple finally confirmed they're working on autonomous driving software.
This week Apple dominated the tech news cycle because of their annual developer conference WWDC. Apple introduces ARKit and Core ML to developers. Macbook line gets a processor update and an iMac Pro is coming in December. Apple also introduces HomePod - a small wireless speaker with Siri integration coming in the fall.
This week we got the Mary Meeker’s yearly “internet report” which is always a treat to read - all 355 slides. Google is getting serious about improving the ad experience on the internet by pondering to include an bad ad blocker by default in Chrome. And SCOTUS decided that patent rights are invalidated after first sale in a landmark decision.
This week lots of talk about blockchain and Bitcoin. No surprise since the blockchain conference Consensus was held in NYC this week. It was also the week that Walt Mosberg wrote his last column. I will miss him.
This week we got a great analysis of how the wannacrypt worm works, robots which can learn to perform a task by showing how to do it in a VR environment, Amazon's mission to productize every part of the company to stay ahead and the - I think misplaced - dream of convergence of mobile and desktop computing platforms.
The WannaCry ransomware attack and the danger of physiognomy by trusting solely on machine learning / AI computer models for decision making. Also Elon Musk did something boring again and image processing research is overtaken by machine learning algorithms because they're better at solving the problem.