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From What I've Read This Week...

Weekly Newsletter of what I've read and thought was interesting. I am a Venture Partner at Contrary Capital. Read more at

Issue #9 - June 18, 2018

Note: This summer I am challenging myself to read 1 book everyday for the next 10 weeks. I would greatly appreciate any book recommendations on GoodReads.

AT&T acquires TimeWarner. In perhaps the biggest news of the week, AT&T has finally acquired Time Warner after about 2 years of fighting anti-trust lawsuits. This was one of the few times the government has ruled on an antitrust case (specifically a vertical merger) and has thus changed the future of media and more importantly its distribution. Recode podcast about possible ramifications.

Comcast and Disney bid to buy Fox. After the AT&T/Time Warner ruling, Comcast and Disney now have the green-light to pursue Fox. This week Comcast bid $65B for Fox and its assets, 19% more than Disney has last December.

Elon Musk is planning to build a high speed underground transit between O'Hare airport and downtown Chicago. While this most likely isn't the Hyperloop, it will still be an improvement from general mass transit and is estimated to cut travel time by 70%.

Here is everything Nintendo announced at its E3 conference this past week.

Venmo is discontinuing it's web service. With growing competition from Zelle and other mobile banking apps, Venmo is focusing on growing its mobile side and will discontinue the web application in the coming weeks.

Snapchat released Snap Kit this past week. Snap Kit is a platform with Snapchat API's for developers to use and create new functionalities. This announcement comes extremely close after Facebook's huge mess with data privacy after FB launched its own API's in March.

Google has (re-)released Android Messenger. A few weeks ago I linked an article talking about plans for Google to release a native-Android messaging app. Well today, Google has officially announced the new application with features such as RCS (rich communication services vs. SMS), GIF search-abilities, smart replies (building off of the new gmail feature), and much more in an attempt to compete with iMessage and WhatsApp/Facebook Messenger.

Interesting op-ed about Facebook's acquisition of Instagram from one of my favorite tech writers, Ben Thomson.

Images from Tesla's autopilot. Thanks to a few smart hackers, we can see the Autopilot sensor data along with snapshots of what the cameras are detecting. With this we can see how exactly the system tracks data in motion.

Google has removed booking Uber rides from the Google Maps app. For what its worth, Alphabet (the parent company of Google), made a huge investment in Lyft last year.

Silicon Valley vs. Wall Street. If you're only looking at a highly modified potential of wealth however.

Interesting Articles:
Ranking the best countries to start a tech company. If you value cybersecurity - Taiwan or the US, R&D - Israel or South Korea, or Mobile - Hong Kong or Finland.

Ranking the best crowdfunding platforms. With no surprise SeedInvest and NextSeed are the best platforms, but many others are not far behind.

Studying the effects of the AT&T and Time Warner merger. Interesting white-paper from the Washington Post that analyzes the possible outcomes of the historic merger.

Researchers at MIT have found a way to develop a power outlet that can provide premature power switch-off.
Cool Image of the week:
Stanford researchers used neural nets to generate memes
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