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From What I've Read This Week...

Weekly Newsletter of what I've read and thought was interesting. I work at Contrary Capital

Issue #1-April 8, 2018

Apple's HomePod is not selling. Part of it relies on the fact that the HomePod is limited to playing Apple Music or controlling smart home appliances and is largely tied to the iPhone. Apple had a chance to create a new iteration of smart home devices, but is instead playing catch-up to Alexa and Google Home.

Stash is getting into Banking. The FinTech startup is partnering with Green Dot Bank to provide simpler mobile tools for banking and investing targeted towards millennials. It will be interesting to see how it deals with competition from Venmo, Stash, and Amazon who are all moving into the space.

Apple is stopping support of 32-bit applications.

China's intelligent highway is going to help smart cars charge themselves through solar panels underneath transparent concrete. The Chinese government is welcoming the new wave of self-driving cars with open arms.

Through the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it is clear exactly how much data Facebook has on us: a lot more that we think.

China is using facial recognition software to help get rid of it's jaywalking problem.

This programmer tricked a neural net into thinking his cat was a toaster.

New season of Silicon Valley is on.

A Lyft driver analyzed his tips.

HelpSelf is using AI to automate simple legal procedures.

Uber is moving to electric bike sharing. Uber is starting to prove that it can provide a variety of transportation options to customers including bike sharing.

Cherckr is getting funded $100 million in its series C.

Cool Kickstart project of the week:

NYC Pothole Art Project
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