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HB Weekly Wrap 22-28 May — AI Overshadows Bitcoin

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Monday May 29th, 2017 at 9:03 pm BST

A prime example of a hard nut to crack? Try with latest news in tech-land, where AI-related activity populates most of the websites we monitor daily. Certain trends leave little room to the imagination — quite literally. In a story headed “After beating the world’s elite Go players, Google’s AlphaGo AI is retiring”, Tech Crunch recently noted that °he latest (human… Read more →

HB Weekly Wrap 8-14 May – How To Halt ‘A Global Hacking Attack For A Tenner’

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Sunday May 14th, 2017 at 8:48 pm BST

“UK cyber security researcher slams brakes on virus” ran the headline in the Financial Times on Saturday. “It is not often that you can halt a global hacking attack for a tenner. But when you do, you spend your money fast,” the FT wrote, adding that “although Friday’s attack infected computers in almost 100 countries, it did not go on… Read more →

HB Weekly Wrap 24-30 April – Google’s Green Card in Cuba…

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Tuesday May 2nd, 2017 at 1:24 am BST

Google’s owner Alphabet has ambitions to match, yet apart from dreams that often come come true when it comes to the American behemoth’s strategy, what was truly shocking in recent days was the announcement that it had managed to strike a deal in Cuba that could carry great significance. While it’s too early to speculate that it could also signal a… Read more →

HB Weekly Wrap: Google, Russia & Earnings

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Sunday April 23rd, 2017 at 11:33 pm BST

Guess what? Ad-blockers and related ad policies continue to be a very hot topic. Bloomberg wrote on Friday that “after seven months of work, the biggest digital advertising companies think they have a solution to the existential threat of consumers blocking online ads.” “Google, the biggest player in this world, is at the center of the plan, although the company… Read more →

HB Weekly Wrap 10 – 14 April

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Monday April 17th, 2017 at 7:19 pm BST

Google’s latest developments in India drew our attention in recent days. “Google has just released a new app on the Play store — Areo,” wrote, adding that “the name itself doesn’t tell much about the app, but it’s about making it easier and faster for you to order food and home services online.” “The app is currently live only in Bangalore… Read more →

HB Weekly Wrap 3 – 7 April

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Sunday April 9th, 2017 at 5:38 pm BST

Google was under the spotlight in recent days: Project Zero, ads policies, and PAX were some key highlights in a week during which ‘reputational risk’, and its side effects, continued to draw our attention tech-land and elsewhere — just ask PepsiCo executives what that means. In this context, does Unilever underestimate the possible downside that comes with under-investing in marketing? Cyber… Read more →

HB Weekly Wrap: Reputational Risk Weighs On Google

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Sunday March 26th, 2017 at 5:57 pm BST

“YouTube’s ad problems finally blow up in Google’s face” was the headline from on Saturday. The American website added that over the past week, “major advertisers — everyone from the British government to AT&T — have pulled their ad buys from YouTube after their banners appeared over videos posted by extremists.”  “Google has apologised. But the company still has a more basic transparency problem,” with several big advertisers… Read more →

HB Weekly Wrap: Intel Pays Up For Mobileye, But So What?

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Sunday March 19th, 2017 at 11:35 am BST

The biggest highlight of the week arguably was Intel’s purchase of Mobileye. Reaction in the stock market was muted, with the shares of the US-based behemoth essentially unchanged since the announcement, but it is possible to speculate that Intel stock remains undervalued at current levels. Surely, the acquirer paid a massive premium given the headline multiples associated to the transaction… Read more →

HB Weekly Wrap: Big Changes Looming In The SEO World?

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Sunday March 12th, 2017 at 4:56 pm BST

The headline from Search Engine Land (SEL) was unequivocal this week. SEL wrote: “There appears to be a large Google ranking or algorithm update happening right now in the core Google web search results,” adding that “The Black Hat World forums and WebmasterWorld forums are the most active discussing it.” Here is a an excerpt from Search Engine Land. Is it something digital marketers should… Read more →

HB Weekly Wrap: Google & Facebook Strike Deals In Emerging-Market Push

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Sunday March 5th, 2017 at 5:18 pm BST

Uber, the most popular ride-hailing app, grabbed the headlines again this week, with The New York Times explaining how it deceived the authorities worldwide — but, arguably, the biggest event in tech-land was the IPO of Snap, which received a premium valuation on the stock market. That, some argue, is a good reason to short it. The outcome of the… Read more →

HB Weekly Wrap: Google’s SHA-1 Loses Out To Uber This Week

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Sunday February 26th, 2017 at 7:38 pm BST

Breaking news: Google will bring its digital assistant to smartphones running the latest versions of its Android operating system, Reuters reported on Sunday. “For the tech community, our findings emphasize the necessity of sunsetting SHA-1 usage,” Google noted this week. That is important, and I felt relieved after reading coverage of SHA-1 by a benchmark publication in tech-land — “Google just cracked one of the building… Read more →

HB Weekly Wrap: Is Apple Stealing Amazon’s Thunder?

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Sunday February 19th, 2017 at 5:57 pm BST

Back to Apple: it patented an interactive display panel with IR diodes. Was that meant to steal Amazon parachute’s thunder? As the saying goes, you wait ages for a bus and then two or more come along at once. It isn’t any different with tech news — it often follows a random pattern, which at times becomes less of a random… Read more →

HB Weekly Wrap: Microsoft’s Cortana Vs Jiminy Cricket? Spot The Difference…

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Sunday February 12th, 2017 at 7:14 pm BST

Microsoft’s Cortana? It looks a lot like the revisited, digital version of Jiminy Cricket To be sure, the trending tool section of our weekly wrap is by far the most fascinating this week, given that meaningful news related to Google remains thin on the ground while the closing of the earnings season in tech-land has left many wondering what could be next… Read more →

HB Weekly Wrap: ‘Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? Do You Really Want To Make Me Cry?’

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Monday February 6th, 2017 at 9:39 pm BST

“Softbank Considers $1bn Investment In WeWork” — that is another one, and we promote the concept, daily. I ended up writing our weekly wrap late on Monday night as there has been little traction, if any, on the ‘trending tools’ topic I have duly covered for days. I didn’t manage to spot any hidden gem — as Mr Trump continues to dominate the… Read more →

HB Weekly Wrap: Hero, Clown Or Cisco?

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Sunday January 29th, 2017 at 9:04 pm BST

Last week’s tech industry trends were only mildly enticing — things changed on 24 January, however. Enter Cisco, data management stuff and its corporate strategy. On finance side of things, we assiduously monitor extraordinary corporate activity, and Cisco’s latest $3.7bn deal (2% of its market cap) surely dominated the headlines this week. Does the expensive purchase of an application performance management… Read more →

HB Weekly Wrap: Amazon Wanna Be Builder?

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Sunday January 22nd, 2017 at 6:21 pm BST

“There is no chance Amazon, which fully operates as a financial institution in the way it manages its finances and short-term liquidity needs, will also become a builder, right?” Firstly, there wasn’t much news out there this week that was actually worth my research time — it’s unknown, for example how many users were affected by Google Drive’s latest outage,… Read more →

Mid-Jan HB Wrap

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Monday January 16th, 2017 at 6:54 pm BST

  13 January Volvo: Invests In A New Car-Sharing Unit (The Tech Portal) Snapchat: Introduces A New Universal Search Bar (Engadget) WhatsApp: More On Encrypted Messages (The Guardian) Microsoft: Acquires Canadian AI Startup Maluuba (Maluuba) Foursquare: Adds ‘List Search’ Feature To Its App (Foursquare) Snapchat: Nabs Michael Lynton From Sony (The Hollywood Reporter) Nissan: Starts Testing Self-Driving Electric Cars In London Next Month (The Verge) LeEco: Chinese Firm Gets $2.2bn Investment… Read more →

Our Last HB Weekly Wrap For 2016 — Happy New Year!

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Thursday December 29th, 2016 at 3:14 pm BST

29 December  Toshiba: About Value Destruction (Reuters) LeEco: In Talks To Raise $1.4bn From A Strategic Investor (Reuters) 28 December Qualcomm: About That $854m Fine In South Korea (BBC) Amazon: Introduces Digital Day (Amazon) Facebook: Acquires The Eye Tribe (Venture Beat) Twitter: Introduces Live 360 Video (Twitter) FDA: Rolls Out Recommendations For Cybersecurity Of Medical Devices (FDA) 27 December Hulu: Announces New Licensing Deal With Disney (Hulu) Panasonic: Strengthens Partnership With… Read more →

HB Weekly Wrap 5 – 9 December

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Sunday December 11th, 2016 at 6:32 pm BST

9 December Facebook: Tests PopUp Windows For Comment; and Update On ‘Metrics’ (Daily Mail; FB) Samsung: Latest Software Update Will End Note7 Story (The Guardian) TDK: In Talks To Buy Apple And Samsung Supplier (Reuters) 8 December  Facebook: Secures E-Money Licence From The Central Bank Of Ireland; and A New Snapchat-Like Feature (Business Insider; FB) Uber: Updates Its Community Guidelines (Uber) Microsoft: LinkedIn $26.2bn Acquisition Is Officially… Read more →

HB Weekly Wrap 28 November – 2 December

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Sunday December 4th, 2016 at 1:22 pm BST

2 December Uber: Accused In Denmark Of Driver Violations (Reuters) Amazon: More On The AWS re:Invent 2016 (Tech Crunch) Facebook: Now Blocks Links To B.S. Detector (The Verge) Pandora: Is It Up For Sale? (CNBC) Microsoft: Helps You Overcome Several Disabilities With AI (Microsoft) 1 December  Apple: Plans To Use Drones To Improve Maps Data? (Bloomberg) Facebook: Explains Students How AI Works; and Beware Of Fake News… Read more →

HB Weekly Wrap 21 – 25 November

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Monday November 28th, 2016 at 8:43 am BST

25 November Xiaomi: Smartphones Sales Drop Won’t Impact Profits (Reuters) Black Friday: A Record-Breaking Day (Tech Crunch) Uber: About To Face EU Court (Reuters) 24 November  Yandex: Sued For $29m (Tech Crunch) Faraday Future: Factory Construction On Hold (Business Insider) GoDaddy: In Talks To Buy Host Europe (Reuters) 23 November Telegram: Launches ‘Telegraph’ (The Verge) Skyscanner: To Be Acquired By Ctrip For $1.74bn (Ctrip) Reddit: CEO Admits He Modified Posts (Business Insider) Google: Tax Settlement With… Read more →

HB Weekly Wrap 14 – 18 November

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Sunday November 20th, 2016 at 2:26 pm BST

18 November Apple: Is It Moving iPhones Production To The US? (Asia Nikkei) Google: The Pixel Phone Resellers Affair (The Guardian) BMW & Baidu: The Alliance Is Over (Reuters) Facebook: About A $6bn Stock Buyback (Tech Crunch) Intel: Wearables Biz Faced With Massive Lay-Offs (Tech Crunch) Google & Novartis: Smart Contact Lenses Test Delayed (Fortune) Fiat & Amazon: Team Up To Sell Cars Online (Reuters) 17 November  Google: DNI Second Funding Round (Google)… Read more →

HB Weekly Wrap 7 – 11 November

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Sunday November 13th, 2016 at 5:02 pm BST

11 November Alibaba: ‘Singles Day’ Hits Record Sales (BBC) Facebook: Announces Updates To Ethnic Affinity Marketing; You Could Be Dead Even If You’re Alive! and Testing ‘Messenger Rooms’ (FB; Tech Crunch; The Courier Mail) Apple: ‘Apple Support’ App Now Available (Tech Radar) Uber: New Feature Rolled Out On Veterans Day (Uber) 10 November  Apple: Read Here Cook’s Email To Employees After Trump’s Election (Buzz Feed) PayPal &… Read more →

HB Weekly Wrap 31 October – 7 November

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Monday November 7th, 2016 at 8:18 pm BST

7 November  Tesco: You Might Want To Check Your Tesco Bank Account Right Now… (Reuters) 4 November Microsoft: Introducing ‘Minecraft Education Edition’, ‘Teams’, ‘PowerApps’ & ‘Flow’; and About The Partnership With WeWork  (Microsoft; Business Insider) Google: Announces Partnership With Carriers To Upgrade SMS; CapitalG Invests In Snapchat; and Deepmind & Blizzard Join Forces (Google; Business Insider; Google) Samsung: 2.8m Washing Machines Recalled In The US; Note 7… Read more →

HB Weekly Wrap 24 – 28 October

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Sunday October 30th, 2016 at 8:24 am BST

28 October Uber & Jobcase: Announce API Integration (Jobcase) Alibaba: Lazada In Talk To Buy Redmart (Tech Crunch) Facebook: Testing A New Camera App; and Introducing A New Voting Guide Feature  (Daily Mail; FB) Google: About A New Partnership With Netflix (Variety) Amazon: ‘Prime’ Launched In China (RE/Code) EU: Privacy Concerns Mount Over WhatsApp & Yahoo (The Wall Street Journal) GM: Expands Maven Program To L.A. (Fortune) Apple: Partners With… Read more →

HB Weekly Wrap 17 – 22 October

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Sunday October 23rd, 2016 at 7:57 pm BST

22 October AT&T: Time Warner Deal Hits The Wires (AT&T) 21 October US East Coast: DDoS Breach (CBS) Qualcomm & NXP: A Deal Binge On Its Way? (CNBC) YouTube: Available On Dish Hopper 3 DVR  (Android Headlines) FB: To Launch New Marketing Campaigns In The UK & US  (FB) Airbnb: NYC Sued (The New York Times) LinkedIn: More On EU Regulators’ Data  Investigation (Reuters) PayPal: About Those Payment Issues… Read more →

HB Weekly Wrap 10 –14 October

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Sunday October 16th, 2016 at 5:32 pm BST

14 October Alibaba: Invests In Place IQ Platform (Marketing Land) SoftBank: Announces New Global Tech Fund (Softbank) Yahoo: Automatic Email Forwarding Is Restored (AP) Apple: Another R&D Facility Opening Soon In Japan  (Appleinsider) Cinven & Permira: To Buy Allegro For $3.25bn  (Blooomberg) Twitter: Salesforce Rules Out Interest  (Fortune) Samsung: DoT Officially Bans Galaxy Note 7 From Airplanes; and Expects To Lose Additional $3.1bn Following Galaxy Note 7 Fiasco (DOT;… Read more →

HB Weekly Wrap 3 – 7 October

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Sunday October 9th, 2016 at 6:42 pm BST

7 October BMW, iVentures, Toyota & Allianz: Investing In NAUTO (Tech Crunch) Google: ‘Made By Google’ Shop Opening Soon In NY; Google Play Music Teamed Up With Runtastic; and To Shut Down Panoramio (Google; Google; Cnet) Facebook: ‘Events From Facebook’ (FB) Samsung: US Carriers Allows Second Replacement Of Galaxy 7 Note; To Pay Apple $120m (The Wall Street Journal; Mac Rumors) Snapchat: Bringing Big Changes To Stories (RE/Code) 6 October … Read more →

HB Weekly Wrap 26 – 30 September

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Sunday October 2nd, 2016 at 11:06 am BST

30 September HTC: ‘Viveport’ (Venture Beat) Yahoo: Open-Sourcing NSFW Images Detecting Network (Venture Beat) Amazon: ‘Twitch Prime’ (Tech Crunch) Facebook: ‘Messenger Day’ (Tech Crunch) Google: Universities & Search Results (Google) Apple: To Open A New HQ In London (Evening Standard) 29 September  Spotify: Launched In Japan; and In Talks To Buy SoundCloud (Spotify; Reuters) Line: Invests In DAG Ventures Ana Korelya Capital (Line) Microsoft: Announces New AI Business Unit (Microsoft) Google: ‘Google Cloud’; ‘G… Read more →

HB Weekly Wrap 19 – 23 September

Posted by Francesca Chiappalupi on Sunday September 25th, 2016 at 10:31 am BST

23 September Twitter: Bidders On First Line (CNBC) Apple: Working On Amazon Echo Competitor (Bloomberg) Uber: Make A Selfie For Your Security! (Uber) Snapchat: ‘Unveils Spectacles’ Sunglasses (The Wall Street Journal) Facebook: Apologises For Video Metrics Miscalculation (The Wall Street Journal) 22 September  Amazon: ‘Handmade’ Expands To Europe; and ‘Amazon Prints’ (Engadget; Cnet) Instagram: 500k Active Advertisers  (Fortune) Apple: Looking At South Korea; and Tuplejump Acquisition (The Wall Street Journal; Bloomberg) Grab: A Partnership With… Read more →