John Connolly

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How Amazon Steers Shoppers to Its Own Products

It started with a simple battery.<p>Around 2009, Amazon quietly entered the private label business by offering a handful of items under a new brand called AmazonBasics. Early offerings were the kinds of unglamorous products that consumers typically bought at their local hardware store: power cords and …

eCommerce

Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up

I’m not sure if you’re aware, but the launch of Apple Maps went poorly. After a rough first impression, an apology from the CEO, several years of patching holes with data partnerships and some glimmers of light with long-awaited transit directions and improvements in business, parking and place …

Mobile Devices

SoftBank: inside the ‘Wild West’ $100bn fund shaking up the tech world | Financial Times

In the summer of 2014, SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son attended a wedding on the coast of southern Italy that would change his company forever. But …

How do bank payments <br/> actually work?

After last month’s post on card payments, we thought we’d follow-up with a post on bank-to-bank payments.<p>The UK has one of the world’s most advanced …

The iPhone may not be what finally pushes Apple over $1tn

There may never be another product as profitable as the iPhone.<p>Even Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, came close to admitting as much this month. …

Apple, Influence, and Ive

Why No One Answers Their Phone Anymore

Telephone culture is disappearing.<p>The telephone swept into Americans’ lives in the first decades of the 20th century. At first, no one knew exactly how to telephone. Alexander Graham Bell wanted people to start conversations by saying, “Ahoy-hoy!” AT&T tried to prevent people from saying “hello,” …

20th Century

The 10 biggest announcements from Google I/O 2018

Google just wrapped up its 2018 I/O keynote, and today’s event was jam-packed with news. CEO Sundar Pichai kicked things off by recognizing that the tech industry must always be responsible about the tools and services it creates. From there, the big announcements started and just kept coming. …

Google Duplex: An AI System for Accomplishing Real-World Tasks Over the Phone

Posted by Yaniv Leviathan, Principal Engineer and Yossi Matias, Vice President, Engineering, Google<br>A long-standing goal of human-computer interaction …

Chatbots

Software 2.0

I sometimes see people refer to neural networks as just “another tool in your machine learning toolbox”. They have some pros and cons, they work here …

Jony Ive on Apple Park and his unique, minimalist W* cover

Alibaba smashes its Single’s Day record once again as sales cross $25 billion

Alibaba has set another Single’s Day record after the e-commerce giant sold over $25 billion of product on the Chinese biggest online shopping date.<p>The full number comes in at 163.8 billion RMB, that’s roughly $25.3 billion, in GMV — that’s “gross merchandise volume” which is used to measure a …

As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find New Roles

FLORENCE, N.J. — Nissa Scott started working at the cavernous Amazon warehouse in southern New Jersey late last year, stacking plastic bins the size of small ottomans. It was not, she says, the most stimulating activity. And lifting the bins, which often weigh 25 pounds each, was also tiring over …

Robotics

Deere to advance machine learning capabilities in acquisition of Blue River Technology

MOLINE, Ill., Sept. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue River Technology, which is …

Lessons Learned Scaling Airbnb 100X

On my first day at Airbnb, in early 2011, I walked in to see cofounder Joe Gebbia building my desk. I had spent three months slowly convincing the …

Startups

The software routing 260,000 grocery deliveries a week

Back to Blog 15 Aug 2017<p>If you’re a computer science aficionado, you may be familiar with the travelling salesman problem: given a list of different …

How Two Brothers Turned Seven Lines of Code Into a $9.2 Billion Startup

Now, Stripe’s Patrick and John Collison are teaming with Amazon to grab even more control over the global flow of commerce.<p>Every day, Americans spend …

Internet regulation: is it time to rein in the tech giants?

Fake news and Isis propaganda have raised concern about the power of the web. But with cyberspace controlled by a handful of giant firms, can governments ever hope to curb them – and is that even desirable?<p>“Enough is enough,” said Theresa May outside 10 Downing Street after the London Bridge attack …

Rise of the machines: who is the ‘internet of things’ good for?

Interconnected technology is now an inescapable reality – ordering our groceries, monitoring our cities and sucking up vast amounts of data along the way. The promise is that it will benefit us all – but how can it? By Adam Greenfield<p>In San Francisco, a young engineer hopes to “optimise” his life …

Internet of Things

The Case of the Stolen Source Code

Last week, for about three days, the macOS video transcoding app HandBrake was compromised. One of the two download servers for HandBrake was serving …

Apps

3 Phases of Disruption

How businesses react to disruption<p>Technology is driving a huge wave of disruption and change in society. Key platforms such as global digital …

What’s the Second Job of a Startup CEO?

Successful startups go through three broad phases as they scale, and a startup CEO’s job changes dramatically in each phase. A CEO’s first job is to …

The first decade of augmented reality

In February 2006, Jeff Han gave a demo of an experimental 'multitouch' interface, as a 'TED' talk. I've embedded the video below. Watching this …

EX-99.1

Amazon Studios

What the Future Looks Like: Top Trends in 2016 Startup Investing

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it. The second best way is to finance it.”​ — John Doerr<p>At AngelList, the largest platform for …

Why Your Business Should Be Embracing the Coming Freelancing Revolution - Small Business Trends

It is a good time to start a business. Not only can you have Fortune 500 infrastructure at a small business price through cloud services, but you …