Nintendo is Making a Bunch of Weird DIY Cardboard Toys for the Switch and More

One: Facebook's Motivations

"The trepidation — and inevitable outrage — with which much of the media has greeted Facebook’s latest change to the News Feed algorithm seems rather anticlimactic. Nearly three years ago I wrote in The Facebook Reckoning that any publisher that was not a “destination site” — that is, a site that had a direct connection with readers — had no choice but to go along with Facebook’s Instant Article initiative, even though Facebook could change their mind at any time. A few months later, in Popping the Publishing Bubble, I explained why advertising would coalesce with Google and Facebook; that is indeed what has happened, which is the real problem for publishers. Facebook’s algorithm change simply hastens the inevitable."

Ben Thompson, Stratechery


Two: Nintendo is Making a Bunch of Weird DIY Cardboard Toys for the Switch and They're Awesome

"Nintendo has long been the quirkiest major video game publisher, a company eager to buck industry trends in pursuit of fun. Last year, as competitors at Sony and Microsoft continued to turn consoles into living room PCs, Nintendo released a comparatively underpowered tablet that blurred the line between portable and home gaming, and turned it into a huge success."

Andrew Webster, The Verge

Image from Bloomberg

Image from Bloomberg

Three: How a 22-Year-Old Discovered the Worst Chip Flaws in History

"In 2013, a teenager named Jann Horn attended a reception in Berlin hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel. He and 64 other young Germans had done well in a government-run competition designed to encourage students to pursue scientific research.

In Horn’s case, it worked. Last summer, as a 22-year-old Google cybersecurity researcher, he was first to report the biggest chip vulnerabilities ever discovered. The industry is still reeling from his findings, and processors will be designed differently from now on. That’s made him a reluctant celebrity, evidenced by the rousing reception and eager questions he received at an industry conference in Zurich last week."

Jeremy Kahn, Alex Webb and Mara Bernath, Bloomberg Technology


Four: TV, Retail, Advertising and Cascading Collapses

"Two months ago I gave a presentation talking about the fundamental structural trends in tech - on the one hand, we talk about what we can build on the billions-scale platform that the smartphone gives us now, and who can compete there with GAFA, and on the other, we wonder what the next decade-scale, billions-scale platforms or trends might be - machine learning, autonomous cars and so on."

Benedict Evans,


Five: Cloud AutoML: Making AI Accessible to Every Business

"When we both joined Google Cloud just over a year ago, we embarked on a mission to democratize AI. Our goal was to lower the barrier of entry and make AI available to the largest possible community of developers, researchers and businesses.

Our Google Cloud AI team has been making good progress towards this goal. In 2017, we introduced Google Cloud Machine Learning Engine, to help developers with machine learning expertise easily build ML models that work on any type of data, of any size. We showed how modern machine learning services, i.e., APIs—including Vision, Speech, NLP, Translation and Dialogflow—could be built upon pre-trained models to bring unmatched scale and speed to business applications. Kaggle, our community of data scientists and ML researchers, has grown to more than one million members. And today, more than 10,000 businesses are using Google Cloud AI services, including companies like Box, Rolls Royce Marine, Kewpie and Ocado."

Fei-Fei Li and Jia Li, Google Cloud


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