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H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (11 February 2019) – Push notifications are the future of multi-factor authentication. With hacking and data breaches on the rise, it’s no surprise that the market for MFA is predicted to grow fourfold by 2025.

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (11 February 2019) – Push notifications are the future of multi-factor authentication. With hacking and data breaches on the rise, it’s no surprise that the market for MFA is predicted to grow fourfold by 2025.

Companies

  • US-led backlash against China’s Huawei, Hikvision seen giving higher-cost rivals an opening to win contracts (SCMP)
  • “It’s really hard to put an Afterpay up against a PayPal.” (AFR)

BATTSS – Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, TSMC, Samsung, Softbank

  • SoftBank Buyback Magic May Soon Wear Thin; There are risks for the Japanese technology investor in deciding to spend $5.5 billion on its own stock. (Bloomberg)

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

  • All the times Facebook moved fast and sometimes broke things (Wired)
  • Facebook Acquires Visual Shopping Startup to Bolster AI Work (Bloomberg)
  • Facebook was late to mobile. now, mobile is its future (Wired)
  • How Silicon Valley’s ‘surveillance capitalism’ is enriching its leaders and making us their pawns; The business model spawned by the likes of Facebook and Google is invisibly concentrating corporate power and destroying our privacy (SCMP)
  • In the age of Alexa and Siri, how come most customer-service voice assistants still suck? (FastCo)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Tencent-backed AI firm aims to free up parents and teachers from checking children’s maths homework (SCMP)
  • The operator of South Korea’s No. 1 accommodations booking app Yanolja is looking to raise US$300 million or more from foreign investors by selling equity (Investor)
  • Japan to Hack 200 Million IoT Devices (EE Times)
  • Ambitious Singapore startup Delegate wants to bring its event booking platform to the US (TC)
  • How Melanie Perkins could make Canva the next Microsoft Office (AFR)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • How accurate are Zestimates? Zillow awards $1M to trio for improving them (ST)
  • The new Picasso? Meet Ai-Da the robot artist (Reuters)
  • Push notifications are the future of multi-factor authentication (TNW)
  • AR > VR (TNW)
  • Where automotive cybersecurity is headed in 2019 (TNW)
  • Seeking an edge, U.S. landlords turn to tenant experience apps (Reuters)

Life

  • The fundamental problem with Silicon Valley’s favorite growth strategy; Blitzscaling isn’t really a recipe for success but rather survivorship bias masquerading as a strategy. (qz)
  • Lessons for investors from Zee stock crash; Stocks of companies where promoters have pledged a high percentage of shares, like the Zee group, can be volatile. Such stocks are also prone to rumours (Rediff)
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