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Privacy policy updates

Wow, in the last 48 hours Twitter, GoDaddy, Etsy, and other websites/businesses have sent me emails saying that their privacy policies have changed. The stuff Facebook has gone through (or created, depending on your perspective) seem to be having a rapid ripple effect on the industry.

Volkswagen’s big push into EVs (electric vehicles)

Per this Bloomberg article, “Volkswagen AG secured 20 billion euros ($25 billion) in battery supplies to underpin an aggressive push into electric cars in the coming years, ramping up pressure on Tesla as it struggles with production issues for the mainstream Model 3.”

“The world’s largest carmaker will equip 16 factories to produce electric vehicles by the end of 2022, compared with three currently ... plans to build as many as 3 million of the cars a year by 2025 is backstopped by deals with suppliers including Samsung. LG, and Contemporary Amperex Technology for batteries in Europe and China.”

“In total ... plans to purchase about 50 billion euros in batteries as part of its electric-car push, which includes three new models in 2018 with dozens more following. Volkswagen’s battery plans compare to Tesla’s $17.5 billion worth of purchase obligations as of last year, including $15.4 billion in deals through 2022, primarily related to buying lithium-ion cells from Panasonic, according to a recent filing.”

Google News Initiative

This morning Google announced their Google News Initiative, which is a number of things, but has these three objectives:

  • Elevate and strengthen quality journalism  
  • Evolve business models to drive sustainable growth
  • Empower news organizations through technological innovation

A bit on how Intel missed out on the mobile CPU market

Here’s a good story about how Intel missed out on the mobile CPU market, and what they’re trying to do about it now. It’s always interesting to me to read about how leaders of large corporations misread the possibilities of the future, thereby endangering the future existence of their business.

Benedict Evans’ weekly newsletter

If you’re into technology, I highly recommend Benedict Evans’ weekly newsletter. In this weeks email you’ll find stories like, The Inside Story Behind Pebble’s Demise, Google’s blog post titled Assessing Cardiovascular Risk Factors with Computer Vision, a story about how Intel Fights for its Future by Jean-Louis Gassée, and Pete Warden’s story of Why Low-Power NN Accelerators Matter. All good reads.

Warren Buffett on Jeff Bezos, Amazon, and the cloud

“But the cloud came along. And one of the most extraordinary things I've ever seen in business is when an unrelated type company — a retailer, you can call Amazon of that type, goes into another big industry and sees the future in it, gets into it, and then they gave — and Jeff Bezos would say this, he said it on the Charlie Rose show, some time ago — he got this amazing runway. I mean, the other players — here are all these 200 IQ people, you know, in that business, and they gave him year, after year, after year. It wasn't a secret of what he was doing. And he was, in an important way, revolutionizing the industry, and the other people sat on their hands, basically.”

~ Warren Buffett talking about Amazon and “the cloud” in this Morningstar article