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Fri. 02/03 – The Startup Planning To De-Extinct The Dodo

Earnings wrapups from Alphabet: investors just want to know when the AI is coming. From Apple: they’re still not planning any layoffs. From Amazon: Look, AWS is still a beast. And in the Weekend Longreads suggestions: the startup that wants to bring back the Dodo, Jurassic Park style.Links:AI will help Google parent Alphabet navigate a challenging macro environment, say analysts (MarketWatch)Google Shares Slip after Sales Miss as Advertising Demand Slows (Bloomberg)Apple Sales Shrink as Pandemic Rally Ends for iPhone Maker, …

Thu. 02/02 – Meta Whistles Past The Metaverse

Meta singlehandedly bucks the narrative that it’s the sick man of Silicon Valley. Twitter is cutting off free access to its API. ChatGPT launches a product, and is Bing search getting GPT4 in like, a matter of weeks? Discord is coming to Playstation and the wrapup of yesterday’s Samsung event.Sponsors:Upside App promocode ridehomeLinks:Meta stock perks up as the company promises a ‘year of efficiency’ (TechCrunch)2 reasons Meta stock is exploding 20% after a whopper earnings miss (Yahoo Finance)Twitter to end …

Wed. 02/01 – The Memory Chip Rout (Again)

You think things are bad in your corner of the tech sector? Wait until I tell you about the memory chip industry. OpenAI releases a tool to let you check if something was created by OpenAI. Netflix might be going a tad overboard on this password sharing crackdown. Meta wins round one against the FTC. And the interesting new app from the founders of Instagram.Sponsors:Portant.co code techmeme (Listener!)Podcast Guru App (Listener!)Links:Hynix Posts Record Loss on Slump in Memory-Chip Prices (Bloomberg)Historic …

Tue. 01/31 – Weird Gaming News

Today, some weird headlines from the world of gaming. Is VR gaming a big nothingburger for gamers themselves? Is E3 dead as a gaming industry event? Stripe is apparently raising a pretty significant down round. And the first Level 3 autonomous driving platform to receive regulatory approval belongs to Mercedes-Benz.Sponsors:Radial.llc/ride (Listener Ad!)Links:Sony Slashes PlayStation VR2 Headset Output After Pre-Orders Disappoint (Bloomberg)Exclusive: Xbox, Nintendo, and Sony Won't Be Part of E3 2023 (IGN)Showtime to Be Rebranded ‘Paramount+ with Showtime,’ Added to …

Mon 01/30 – Every Platform Is Hustling To Unveil An AI Play

Après ChatGPT, prepare yourself for the generative AI deluge. Amazon says the free lunch for grocery delivery is over. More speculation about foldable iPads. San Francisco wants Waymo and Cruise to pump the breaks on their self-driving car experiments because the actual cars have been literally pumping the breaks too much. And my wager on whether or not 2023 will actually go down as the year that AI breaks through.Sponsors:The Business of Tech (Listener ad!)RelationshipHero.com/techmeme (Listener ad!)Links:Chinese Search Giant Baidu …

Fri. 01/27 – More Buzzfeed News, If You Can Believe It

What can make Buzzfeed hit our headlines two days in a row? How about jumping on the ChatGPT bandwagon? Amazon is apparently launching a major NFT project, like it’s 2021 or something. Is Stripe going to be our big tech IPO savior? And of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.Sponsors:NFTTallinn.com and code RIDE for 10% of all tickets (Listener ad!)Radial.llc/ride (Listener ad!)Links:BuzzFeed to Use ChatGPT Creator OpenAI to Help Create Quizzes and Other Content (WSJ)Amazon NFT Initiative Coming Soon: Exclusive (Blockworks)Stripe …

Thu. 01/26 – Where Is The Line Going For Tech Right Now?

I get all metaphysical about where the tech industry is going right now with a record slowdown in smartphone shipments, Masa Son seemingly misplacing his investing shoes, Meta and Buzzfeed joining forces to stave off irrelevancy, and universities offering degrees in AI for the first time. Oh, and are you SURE you want to spin up that Mastadon server?Sponsors:Instafloss.com (Listener!)RocketMoney.com/rideLinks:Smartphone Shipments Suffer the Largest-Ever Decline with 18.3% Drop in the Holiday Quarter and a 11.3% Decline in 2022, According to …

Wed. 01/25 – Is This Latest Suit The Biggest Threat To Google

I’m gonna tell you why I think the latest antitrust suit against Google might be the most important one in terms of the overall tech ecosystem. And maybe the biggest threat Google is facing. Twitter reverses another thing they shouldn’t have broken in the first place. Why aren’t folks paying ransomware ransom as much anymore? And why are consumers not keeping their smart clothes dryers connected?Sponsors:Upside App and use promocode ridehomeHow To Fix The Internet podcast eff.org/podcastLinks:US Sues Google to …

Tue 01/24 – ALL The Details On Apple’s Headset

Alright. It’s on. Mark Gurman has literally all the details on Apple’s forthcoming mixed reality headset. The DOJ might already have sued Google by the time you hear this. Amazon adds subscription prescriptions as a service. And it turns out that AI CNET used was good at… plagiarizing.Sponsors:HopelessMope.com code: ridehome (Listener ad!)The Business Of Tech (Listener ad!)Links:How Apple’s Upcoming Mixed-Reality Headset Will Work (Bloomberg)DOJ Poised to Sue Google Over Digital Ad Market Dominance (Bloomberg)Amazon launches RxPass, a $5/month Prime add-on …

Mon. 01/23 – Moar Tech Layoffs (And Moar To Come?)

More tech layoffs, and why I’m suggesting we might only be in the early innings of this tech retrenchment. Big Wall Street banks are coming for PayPal and Apple Pay. TikTok might be putting it’s thumb on the scales to favor certain content. Would you pay $42 a month for a ChatGPT Pro plan? And how far has Apple Silicon come, exactly.Sponsors:Radial.llc/ride (Listener!)MeetFabric.com/rideLinks:Spotify to trim 6% of workforce in latest tech layoffs (Reuters)Elliott Management Takes Big Stake in Salesforce (WSJ)Banks …