Media update w.2020-21

Heartbreaking and a very important reminder of the damages of COVID-19 this far NYTimes


Tech

  • The US AG office is considering one of the largest anti-trust filings agains Google. Presumably the largest in the country since the 90’s NYTimes 
  • Sundar Pichai on how to manage Google during the pandemic TheVerge
  • Zuckerberg wrote a lengthy post on his facebook wall about how the company is shifting towards working remote and tease with some aspects of VR and AR in it TheVerge
  • TikTok influencer houses suddenly became a thing as they started to appear in the beginning of COVID-19 NYTimes

Media

  • Scooter Braun on the music industry post-COVID19 GQMagazine
  • Jeffrey Katzenberg in interview with the New York Times on everything that has gone – wrong – for Quibi. Everything being the Coronavirus and subscriber growth. NYTimes
  • Strawberry publishing acquired by Bonnier Breakit
  • Plint – Swedish subtitles texting translation company gets acquired by Private Equity company PrivEq DiDigital
  • How VCs and Hollywood names as Will Smith and Kevin Heart bet on virtual events becoming a bigger thing amid COVID-19 CNBC
  • Spotify acquires the Joe Rogan podcast to become a Spotify exclusive by this fall VOX
  • TikTok poached the Head of Disney+ Kevin Mayer as its new CEO WSJ

Transportation

  • Waymo’s first external financing round now looks to bring them USD 3 Bn in new capital TheVerge

XR

  • The investment Magic Leap is looking for from a Healthcare company could help the company pivot BusinessInsider
  • Niantic’s role in the growing AR Gold rush FT
  • Apple acquires 95 people strong VR/AR company NextVR for an undisclosed amount, at the same time more details about the company’s AR glasses start to emerge suggesting launch in March-June 2021 Forbes | CNBC
  • How art in AR/VR is growing during the COVID pandemic Wallpaper
  • Magic Leap confirms the company have raised another USD 350 M TechCrunch
  • IKEA continues to build on AR and AI enabled capabilities to decorate your home Di

Statistics

  • Study shows only 7.3% of the Stockholm population has antibodies to COVID-19. Folkhälsomyndigheten| TheGuardian
  • The Congressional Budget Office projections of unemployment in the US 2020, predicting 26M more unemployed than Q419 CBO the Washington post calls the Trump economy a disaster.
  • McKinsey report on how gender diversity wins McKinsey

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