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H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (5 December 2018) – Does cloud computing mean game over for Xbox and PlayStation? Hardware makers must adapt to a world where superfast broadband can stream blockbuster games without the need for a box + The Urgency of Slowing Down

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (5 December 2018) – Does cloud computing mean game over for Xbox and PlayStation? Hardware makers must adapt to a world where superfast broadband can stream blockbuster games without the need for a box + The Urgency of Slowing Down

Companies

  • Google Play removes Cheetah Mobile-backed apps for ad fraud (Technode)
  • NetEase to cease live-streaming operation (Technode)
  • Xero hits 1 million ANZ subscribers as its accounting platform play takes shape (AFR)
  • Citadel Group expands government SaaS offerings with Gruden acquisition (CRN)
  • IRESS expands the number of integrations available to clients (IC)
  • Techbond makes sterling IPO debut, shares up 27% (Star)

FAANNMG – Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Nvidia, Netflix, Microsoft, Google

  • Apple Has Been Reduced to (Gasp!) Salesmanship; Those iPhones aren’t going to move themselves off the shelf anymore. (Bloomberg)
  • Nvidia AI Project Uses Video for 3D (EE Times)

BATTS – Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, TSMC, Samsung

  • China’s Alibaba Takes On Amazon in European Cloud; Competition shows how Chinese internet firms and Silicon Valley now view Europe as a battleground (WSJ)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • How tightly should China regulate tech innovation without strangling engine for economic growth? (SCMP)
  • Now locked in head-on rivalry, the US once helped China kick-start its science and technology ambitions (SCMP)
  • Japanese AR sports platform provider Meleap raises $6.6M to cultivate viewership (Bridge)
  • Japanese deep learning startup Abeja raises series C extension round from Google (Bridge)
  • Aibo put to work at Tokyo hospital to improve the mental health of children (Japan Times)
  • JioSaavn becomes India’s answer to Spotify and Apple Music (Techcrunch)
  • Helicopter ride app Blade sets sights on India expansion; Routes from Mumbai to Pune and Shirdi included in US app’s first foreign venture (FT)
  • Some hope at last for India’s homegrown tech sector; Foreign companies all too often thwart ambitions of younger domestic groups (FT)
  • Quantum leap: Sydney startup launches world-first software product (Age)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Big Tech’s Deal Risk Isn’t Over; Large-scale M&A transactions face growing scrutiny; worries shadowed IBM’s talks with Red Hat (WSJ)
  • Artificial Intelligence Is Giving Rise to Fake Fingerprints. Here’s Why You Should Be Worried (Fortune)
  • Rolls-Royce partners with AI software maker to predict engine performance (Reuters)
  • New UPS navigation tool aims to save time and money with each turn (Reuters)
  • A $500 Device Helps a Mom and Pop Toy Store Find Shoppers on Google (Bloomberg)
  • Catching Up With Zuora On The State Of The Subscription Economy (Crunchbase)
  • The robot revolution down on the farm; Investment is booming in autonomous machines to spray, weed and harvest (FT)
  • Podcast marketplace Acast raises $35m to fuel expansion; Swedish start-up is home to 3,000 podcasts (FT)
  • Does cloud computing mean game over for Xbox and PlayStation? Hardware makers must adapt to a world where superfast broadband can stream blockbuster games without the need for a box (FT)

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