H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (7 March 2019) – AI can detect distracted drivers on the road

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (7 March 2019) – AI can detect distracted drivers on the road


  • Food delivered to the doorstep is not so cheap in China anymore (TC)
  • Nintendo Adjusting Smartphone Games So Players Don’t Spend Too Much Money (SR)
  • Getac to scale up production for automotive components (Digitimes)
  • Machvision posts revenue growth in February (Digitimes)
  • IRESS partners with Beneficial Life for mortgage and protection sourcing (MI, FTA)

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

  • ByteDance starts commercialising its search business to challenge Baidu’s core revenue source (KRA)
  • Alibaba bears are losing billions on short bets (MW)
  • Can China’s superstar tech companies connect with US customers? WeChat and Alipay are growing fast but the trade war and a tech backlash may hold them back (FT)

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

  • Zuckerberg says Facebook’s future is going big on private chats (Reuters)
  • Apple makes over $3 every time someone subscribes to Netflix from an iPhone app (MW)
  • Waymo to start selling standalone LiDAR sensors (TC); Waymo Starts Selling Sensors to Lower Cost of Self-Driving Cars; The move puts Alphabet’s autonomous-vehicle unit into competition with Velodyne for the growing lidar business. (Bloomberg)
  • Google brings its Duplex AI restaurant booking assistant to 43 states (TC)
  • Alexa’s new Song ID feature can announce what music is playing next (TC)
  • Amazon will dominate the smart-home market next, according to this analyst (MW)
  • Netflix & Plex: A Story About Understanding Disruption in Business (LinkedIn)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Edtech firm Hujiang lays off unknown number of employees (Technode)
  • Sogou hints at going public in China, but offers no timetable (KRA)
  • Xpeng CEO He Xiaopeng finds lessons in ping pong challenge for his upcoming battle with Tesla (SCMP)
  • Chinese Millennials Are Clicking Up a Storm Buying Asian Property Online (Bloomberg)
  • State-backed rivals muscle in on China tech start-ups; Introduction of fresh competition is part of efforts to curb ride-hailing and P2P sectors (FT)
  • The Largest Index in Asia Has a Unique Quality: Taking Stock (Bloomberg)
  • China Government Advisers Worry About AI Taking Over Jobs (Bloomberg)
  • Smartisan-backed Chinese messaging app that aimed to dethrone WeChat bites the bullet; While the app enjoyed a meteoric rise in its early days, Liaotianbao has struggled to keep users on its platform (SCMP)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Fictiv raises $33M to be the ‘AWS of hardware manufacturing’ (TC)
  • Music services company Kobalt is raising a big round that could exceed $100 million (TC)
  • Clari platform aims to unify go-to-market operations data (TC)
  • Fitbit CEO James Park talks lessons learned from the company’s struggles; The exec discusses past pitfalls and the future of wearables (TC); Fitbit Stock Is Rising as It Announces Its Cheapest Smartwatch Yet (Barron’s)
  • Can Uber Ever Deliver? Part Eighteen: Lyft’s IPO Prospectus Tells Investors That It Has No Idea How Ridesharing Could Ever Be Profitable (NC); Why Uber may buy its big rival in the Middle East (CNN); Uber’s Flash quickly loses lustre in Hong Kong (KRA); A Favorite Lyft Metric Is Messy; The company stresses revenue as a share of the total value of rides, but it has problems. (Bloomberg)
  • Dialog Semi eyes opportunities in connected health, gaming: CEO (Reuters); Dialog Semi, smaller after Apple deal, targets new growth areas (Reuters)
  • Mobile Ads Do More Work in One Second Than You Might Think; Industry standards for ‘ad viewability’ overshadow what happens in the blink of an eye (WSJ)
  • SurveyMonkey parent acquires Usabilla in bid to better compete against Qualtrics (MW)
  • Sell VMware Stock on Rising Risk From New Technology, Goldman Says (Barron’s)
  • How Many Streaming Subscribers Can Disney+ Get? More Than Netflix Has, Analyst Says (Barron’s)
  • More New Streaming Services Should Lift Roku, Analyst Writes (Barron’s)
  • Just Eat to ramp up expansion of delivery business to fend off rivals; Food marketplace under increasing pressure from competitors outside the US; Just Eat has come under mounting pressure from Uber Eats and Deliveroo (FT)
  • Beige Book Shocker: “Semiconductor Orders From China Plunged The Most Since The Collapse Of Lehman” (ZH)
  • Edge Intelligence Grabs the Spotlight at Embedded World (EET)
  • Why podcast fans will always reject a “Netflix for podcasts”; The golden age of podcasting may end behind a paywall. (FastCo)
  • AI can detect distracted drivers on the road (ZH)


  • Pure Downside, No Silver Lining (MH)
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