H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (8 April 2019) – The technical landscape for processors and sensors for embedded computer vision applications has changed tremendously over the past five years and will continue to change dramatically over the next five years.

Companies

  • Why Tencent Music Is Poised for Growth; The Chinese company is more than a music-streaming service. It’s a massive social network with strong tailwinds. (MF)
  • Alibaba-backed parenting platform Babytree to branch out globally, grow international revenue over three years; Hong Kong-listed company wants revenue from international business to exceed a third of its China sales (SCMP)
  • Trend Micro, Luxoft team up to protect networked cars from hackers (Star)
  • Baring Private Equity Asia to acquire 30% in NIIT Tech for Rs 2,627 cr (BS)

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

  • The team behind Baidu’s first smart speaker is now using AI to make films (TC)
  • Tencent teams up with Hyundai for infotainment, not autonomous driving software (KRA)

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

  • Why Facebook will have a hard time becoming the next WeChat (TNW)
  • How Apple convinced us that AirPods aren’t ridiculous (anymore) (MW)
  • Amazon’s Whole Foods price cuts aim to build a ‘Costco-like’ relationship with Prime members (MW)
  • Amazon Go Faces Unlikely Challenge From Checkout-Free Startup (Bloomberg)
  • Infographic: Microsoft’s Biggest Acquisitions (CBI)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • TikTok’s next ambitious goal is to discover future music stars (TC)
  • China’s virtual reality arcades aim for real-world success amid massive growth in market (JT)
  • China’s US$10 budget phone maker seeks fortune in Belt and Road countries; Transsion plans to invest 3 billion yuan after its IPO on more factories, research and development, and new product lines (SCMP)
  • The Asian brake behind Lyft’s juddering start (Nikkei)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Big Tech must pay for access to America’s ‘digital oil’; In an era of data harvesting big web platforms are the new Saudi Aramco or ExxonMobil (FT)
  • How rating everything from your Uber driver to your Airbnb host has become a nightmare (MW)
  • Companies Take a Piecemeal Approach to Automation Tech (WSJ)
  • Software, marketplaces and institutionalizing the wine market (AR)
  • Could AI restore trust in banks? (AFR)
  • The frightening future of robocalls: Numbers and voices you know (CNN)
  • Businesses show no appetite for anti-terror AI tool (FT)
  • Roblox games platform plans European expansion; US start-up has spawns community of developers, some of whom have become millionaires (FT)
  • Roku Tumbles as Analysts See Competition From Apple and Amazon (Bloomberg)
  • The technical landscape for processors and sensors for embedded computer vision applications has changed tremendously over the past five years and will continue to change dramatically over the next five years. (EET)

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