Mediaupdate w.1650


– It’s the time of the year when Google (and everyone else) reveal their year in search, one of my favourites!
– US Federal Reserve raised the interest rates with 0.25 percentage points to between 0.50-0.75% and expects GDP growth at 1.8-1.9% YoY.


– Microsoft in pursuit of the next computing platform together with Qualcomm Geekwire
– Apple says it sets new records of Apple Watch sales coming towards the holiday sales Reuters
– raise USD 20M lead by eEquityChicagoTribuneWSJ
– Truecaller lands another USD 10 M investment from Zenith Ventures BreakITDiDigital
– Lookback lands another USD 5.5 M in investments to analyse how we use apps BreakIT
– Jay-Z’s Jetsmarter lands USD 105 M in investments at a USD 1.5 BN valuation to create another (?) Uber for private jets VentureBeat
– Are Google getting into the smartwatch market soon too by acquiring CoWatch ? TechCrunch
– Amazon makes its first drone delivery Bloomberg
– Hemnet is sold to GeneralAtlantic and a Swedish group of investors BreakIT
– The introduction round when President Elect Donald Trump met with the tech gurus is interesting – watch it here WSJ


– A survey mapping the needed techniques for self-driving urban vehicles Arxiv
– Lyft released its economic impact report for 2016, showing the company saved 26 M commuting hours in 2016 Lyft
– Google stops their self-driving car project Chauffeur to the benefit of keeping pedals and steering wheels TechCrunch
– Alphabet gets ready to spin-out its autonomous driving entity to a separate company called WaymoReCode
– Uber’s self-driving Volvos start rolling in San Francisco too DiDigitalTechCrunch and then they were ordered to stop two days later TechCrunch
– Google showed off its new autonomous vehicle from its Way division Engadget


– Wired suggests 10 more stand-alone Star Wars titles Wired
– Top 10 movies of 2016 announced Businesswire
– FX was the best original content developer followed by HBO, Starz and Netflix according to ratings CutCable
– AmazonPrime is now available in more than 200 countries TheVerge


– Rony Abovitz CEO of Magic Leap responds to last weeks comments on the company’s development MashableIBTimes
– Game developers from Skövde pitch their XR games to investors in the Valley DiDigital
– Oculus Touch finally arrived 😃 VRScout
– MGM backs their first VR studio LATimes
– Google is recreating the world in VR Wired
– Oculus CEO steps down to get back into engineering TechCrunch
– The storytellers in a Virtual Reality world Nanalyze


Who was in the tech-meeting with President Elect Trump:
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