H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (15 March 2019) – How Artificial Intelligence Could Transform Medicine + Podcast #490: Can You Learn to Be Lucky?

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (15 March 2019) – How Artificial Intelligence Could Transform Medicine + Podcast #490: Can You Learn to Be Lucky?


  • What Bilibili stakes reveal about Alibaba’s and Tencent’s content strategies (Technode)
  • Live-streaming app Momo posts strong growth in 2018 amid climbing costs (Technode)
  • China’s e-commerce players look to smaller cities to help drive consumption, growth; Alibaba, JD.com, Pinduoduo and Vipshop pursue expansion outside China’s leading metropolises (SCMP)
  • Auto platform Uxin narrows losses on swelling used car sales (Technode)
  • Trend Micro: IoT brings innovation, but also threats (TR)
  • Japan’s Netflix contender bets on youth-driven viral hits; AbemaTV remains an unproven bet for its biggest backer, online ad agency CyberAgent, which launched the network three years ago with TV Asahi (Reuters)
  • 3 Korean carpooling firms ignore Kakao Mobility-led agreement (Investor)
  • Taiwan’s tech industry hunkers down after worst month since 2016; Key iPhone assembler Pegatron warns of a ‘hard year’ ahead (Nikkei)

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

  • Samsung starts mass producing DRAM chip for foldable smartphones (Investor)

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

  • Facebook Is Eroding Trust in Two-Factor Authentication (Medium)
  • Why Were Facebook and Google Allowed to Get So Big?: QuickTake (Bloomberg)
  • DeepMind and Google: the battle to control artificial intelligence; Demis Hassabis founded a company to build the world’s most powerful AI. Then Google bought him out. Hal Hodson asks who is in charge (1834mag)
  • Google Quietly Releases Its Hotel Booking Destination With Potentially Huge Implications (Skift)
  • Amazon now owns Eero, and it promises it won’t snoop on you (Wired)
  • Siri, Tell Us About Apple’s Latest Acquisition (CB)
  • Microsoft targets video game developers in challenge to Amazon’s cloud dominance (JT)
  • Blind users can now explore photos by touch with Microsoft’s Seeing AI (TC)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • For China drone-maker DJI, the real money in labor-starved Japan is in the industrial sector (JT))
  • Armed With Cash From Chipmaker SK Hynix, Korean Giant Spends Billions On Global Shopping Spree (Forbes)
  • Drivezy, India’s vehicle-sharing startup, is raising $100M+ at a $400M valuation, eyes US expansion (TC)
  • Digital health start-ups in India: The challenge of scale (Forbes)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • How Artificial Intelligence Could Transform Medicine (NYT)
  • Fortnite’s developer is entering the retail business; Epic hopes to break the dominance of a firm called Valve-and another called Google (Economist)
  • The next frontier in real estate technology (TC)
  • Spotify boss warns of price rises in Apple antitrust dispute; Daniel Ek says music-streaming service could have ‘no other choice’ in face of App Store’s 30% fee (FT)
  • Gro Intelligence looks to reap rewards from crop data; Agricultural information group uncovers trends it hopes can counter looming food shortage (FT)
  • Ocado delivers on promise of high-tech future; Evolution into a maker of automated warehouses has changed online grocer’s outlook (FT)
  • Polarr Raises $11.5M For AI-Driven Visual Content Enhancement (CB)
  • DoorDash Has Pulled Ahead of GrubHub, Uber Eats in the On-Demand Food Delivery Race (Fortune)
  • Pandora Pitches Ads Targeted to Amazon and Google Smart Speakers; Brands try to crack voice marketing in the restrictive worlds of Alexa and Google Assistant (WSJ)


  • Nietzsche’s Cure for Negativity: How to Harness the “Will to Power” (Medium)
  • Podcast #490: Can You Learn to Be Lucky? (AOM)
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