Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
A look at the Hype House “collab house”, a collective of 19 young influencers renting an LA mansion, whose TikTok group handle amassed 3M followers in ~10 days — The city is home to a land rush of “collab houses,” where the content creators are getting younger and younger.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sources: Snap has acquired Ukraine-based computer vision startup AI Factory, which helped create a Cameos feature Snapchat is currently testing, for ~$166M — After acquiring Ukraine startup Looksery in 2015 to supercharge animated selfie lenses in Snapchat — arguably changing the filters game …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Google unveils the Coral Dev Board Mini, a smaller, budget alternative to the Coral Dev Board with the Edge TPU, and the Accelerator Module, available H1 2020 — Last March, Google took the wraps off of Coral, a collection of hardware kits and accessories intended to bolster AI development at the edge.
Campbell Kwan / ZDNet:
Informatica appoints Amit Walia, its products and marketing president, as its first new CEO since going private in 2015, replacing Anil Chakravarthy — Current products and marketing president Amit Walia received the tap on the shoulder to replace Anil Chakravarthy.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
SuperData: digital games and interactive media revenue was up 4% YoY to $120.1B in 2019, with $64.4B for mobile; Fortnite topped with $1.8B, vs. $2.4B in 2018 — The combined game industry grew 3% to $120.1 billion in 2019, according to market researcher SuperData in its year-end report.
Steven Sinofsky / Learning By Shipping:
An inside look at the Windows business at the start of last decade, as PC sales grew at 3% in 2009 vs. historic 10%+, and the disruption of the PC felt imminent — As we rang in the new year, 2010 a decade ago, what did the Windows business look like as we planned Windows 8? An annotated twitter thread.
Laura Bliss / CityLab:
A look at how telemetry reshaped urban living in the 2010s when a slew of on-demand services made physical proximity less important — In 1964, scientists in the Galápagos Islands fed radio transmitters wrapped in chunks of food to a bunch of giant tortoises.
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
In its first transparency report, TikTok says it received most requests for user data and content takedowns from India and USA, claims zero requests from China — The highest number of requests came from India and the US — TikTok released its first transparency report yesterday …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sensor Tower: $277M was spent on apps across Google Play and App Store on Christmas Day, up 11.3% YoY; PUBG, the top grossing game, earned $8.5M, up 431% YoY — Consumer spending on mobile games grew 8% to $210 million on Christmas, according to a report by mobile analyst firm Sensor Tower.
Joanna Glasner / Crunchbase News:
Analysis: VC funding in North American consumer electronics startups was $1.74B in 2019 vs. $2.45B in 2018, with significant slowdown at the Series B stage — Venture investors love technology. But lately they´ve been much less keen on the kind you buy in a box and take home from the store.