H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (2 January 2019) – Firm Led by Google Veterans Uses A.I. to ‘Nudge’ Workers Toward Happiness + Paulo Coelho: Hope

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

  • Chinese merchants refuse cash as mobile payments take off; Central bank takes steps to ensure Ant Financial and Tencent do not grow too powerful (FT)

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

  • Firm Led by Google Veterans Uses A.I. to ‘Nudge’ Workers Toward Happiness (NYT)
  • Google wins US approval for Project Soli miniature radar, that could herald new era of touchless tech control (SCMP)
  • Netflix takes on the movie industry (Axios)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • The end of China’s ride-sharing gig (Techcrunch)
  • HK-based fashion startup Goxip leverages social media to grow its business; A Hong Kong-based fashion shopping aggregator uses social media to grow and expand its business, with a big plan for the fast-growing SEA market. (KRA)
  • Top Taiwan Investor in 2018 Plans to Deepen Bet on Tech Sector (Bloomberg)
  • Etailers battle to win ‘Amazon of South Korea’ crown; Many ecommerce groups are finding the market tough to crack despite rising revenues (FT)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • AI Innovators: Healthcare Startup Repurposes Ultrasound Imaging (Forbes)
  • This clever AI hid data from its creators to cheat at its appointed task (Techcrunch)
  • “I don’t want to be their real-world mistake”: People lash out at Waymo’s self-driving cars (qz)
  • Self-Driving Cars Keep Tapping the Brakes; CES is more driverless-centric than ever this year, but the payoff remains well down the road. (Bloomberg)


  • Paulo Coelho: Hope (Paulo Coelho)
  • How to Develop Better Habits in 2019; Forget resolutions-these simple, proven methods can make lasting changes in your life (Medium)

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