Netflix’s biggest competition isn’t sleep — it’s YouTube
- In India, for instance, YouTube reaches 245 million unique users each month, or 85 percent of all internet users in the country, the company told VentureBeat.
- In Indonesia, YouTube reaches about 74 million active users each month, Google revealed at an event this week, an increase of over 50 percent year-over-year.
- Globally, YouTube says the number of channels with more than 1 million subscribers has grown by 75 percent this year.
- Strategy Analytics’ Goodman added that despite all the investment YouTube makes to produce original programming and license movies, it only amounts to a tiny percentage of its total content library.
- In other words, Netflix and Amazon and 100 other OTT services are not fighting one entity in YouTube, they are competing with millions of content creators.
The man who predicted that Amazon would buy Whole Foods now expects the tech giant will soon be the world's fastest-growing healthcare company
- At Business Insider's IGNITION 2018 conference, New York University marketing professor Scott Galloway laid out which of the four tech giants — Facebook, Google, Apple, or Amazon — will do the best in healthcare.
- Alphabet, Google's parent company, has a number of bets in healthcare, ranging from Verily, its life-sciences arm that's developing everything from glucose-monitoring contact lenses to surgical robots, to Calico, its life-extension spinoff.
- Unlike Apple, Amazon investors are more comfortable with investments that are capital intensive in the short term, like healthcare.
- Galloway said Amazon's also good at determining which businesses to get into and which to outsource.
- Amazon for its part acquired online pharmacy PillPack this year and is working with JPMorgan and Berkshire Hathaway on a joint healthcare venture aimed at lowering healthcare costs for the companies' employees.
A top YouTuber did a ‘blind’ test to find the very best smartphone camera, and the iPhone lost in the first round
- One of the main reasons that people buy the iPhone is for its ability to take high-quality, detailed photos.
- In a massive blind photo test that Brownlee conducted over social media, he pit 16 different smartphones against each other.
- That's right: Apple's flagship iPhone from this year and last failed out in the first round, against phones that are barely considered competition normally.
- Google's flagship Pixel line did just as poorly, albeit against more technically competitive devices.
- His test was simple: Put two photos of the same subject next to each other and have his millions of social media followers vote on which looked better to them.
- Most people are looking at photos on smartphone screens, through social media apps that compress images.
- Are you taking a lot of extremely detailed photos with your smartphone?
A former Googler and career coach says you shouldn't always turn your passion into a full-time job
- In the past few years, Gordon has confronted head-on this question around whether to make her passion (specifically for baking — it seems to be a common theme) her job.
- Gordon loves to bake and she's quite adept at it, too — so much so that people are constantly urging her to become a professional baker.
- As she describes in a blog post on her website, in 2016 Gordon took a five-day pastry class at the San Francisco Baking Institute.
- As for Gordon, she's careful to note that one day, she may in fact want to open her own bakery or become a full-time baker.
- In the blog post, she writes that she might open a pop-up bakery that sold one thing every day, so she could try her hand at new recipes.
Google has huge plans for its home city — here's a look at the massive development
- Google just revealed its vision for a massive development in its home city of Mountain View, California, outlining plans for a combination of office, retail, public and residential space.
- The documents, published late Friday, center on the North Bayshore area of Mountain View, and include 3.12 million square feet of new and redeveloped offices, up to 400,000 square feet of community retail area, as many as 8,000 new homes and 35 acres of publicly accessible space.
- Google says that it worked closely with the city to comply with or exceed stipulations of the "Precise Plan" for development that Mountain View adopted last year.
- One of the North Bayshore sites, called Shoreline Commons, is co-owned by Google and real estate firm SyWest Development, but the two companies have not yet agreed on a master plan.
This graph shows 90% of political donations from big tech workers went to the Democrats, with Googlers leading the charge
- BI worked with GovPredict, the political data firm backed by prestigious Silicon Valley tech incubator Y Combinator, to uncover donations made by employees at the FAANG firms: Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google.
- GovPredict found that workers at these tech giants have backed the Democrats to the tune of millions of dollars, while donations to the Republicans have been paltry in comparison.
- In fact, more than 90% of the $40 million donated by big tech employees to political causes since 2004 has gone to the Democrats.
- Staff at Google's parent company Alphabet were collectively the biggest funders of Democratic candidates and causes.
- Democrats had a near-monopoly on donations from staff at Netflix, accounting for 98% of worker contributions to political parties.
- In fact, all of the tech firm employee donations hit a high in 2016, except Amazon, GovPredict found.
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are discounted again on the Google Store
- Google is offering yet another discount on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, its latest flagship smartphones known for their impressive cameras — particularly in the dark.
- Still, this is probably as good as it’s going to get for an unlocked Pixel 3 this holiday.
- Until December 22nd, you can get $100 off of the Pixel 3 at the Google Store, bringing the price down to a friendlier $699 for the 64GB model, and $799 for the 128GB option.
- The big perks over the smaller Pixel 3 are its bigger QHD display (the Pixel 3’s runs at FHD) and its modern design that features a notch (that you’ve probably already come to terms on how you feel about) which means more screen real estate.
Montreal startup Stradigi’s AI game teaches people sign language
- Accessibility is another burgeoning area of what’s been coined “AI for good” research, and one which Montreal startup Stradigi AI is committed to advancing with a new tool for the deaf and hearing impaired At the NeurIPS 2018 conference in Montreal this week, the four-year-old startup — which its two cofounders, Carolina Bessega and Jaime Camacaro, pivoted from software development to AI research in 2016 — demoed a game that uses computer vision to help people learn American Sign Language (ASL).
- In that way, Stradigi’s following in the footsteps of tech giants like Microsoft, which committed $25 million to its AI for Accessibility program in May with the goal of “[helping] people with disabilities with work, life, and human connections.” Google subsidiary DeepMind is using AI to generate closed captions for deaf users., meanwhile.
A 22-year-old software engineer was found dead at Google's NYC office
- NEW YORK — Police say a 22-year-old software engineer was found dead at the company's New York City headquarters.
- Scott Krulcik was found unconscious on the sixth floor of the company's offices in Chelsea at about 9 p.m. Friday.
- He was pronounced dead by Emergency Medical Service workers.
- Police say there were no signs of trauma and the death does not appear to be suspicious.
- The city medical examiner's office will determine the cause of death.
- Krulcik's Linkedin page says he began working at Google in August after serving as an intern in the summer of 2017.
- He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University last spring with a degree in computer science.
- Google representatives did not immediately return emails seeking comment.
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Google workers just publicly called on the tech giant to end plans for a censored search product in China
- Google workers signed a public letter asking their company’s management to cancel controversial plans to build a censored version of the company’s search product in China, referred to as Project Dragonfly.
- The letter is in support of Amnesty International’s public campaign against the project, which includes planned protests outside several Google offices today.
- About nine workers have signed the letter so far, including two of the organizers of the recent Google Walkout protests.
- This isn’t the first time Google employees have taken issue with Google’s ambitions to build a censored search app for China.
- In August, around 1,400 employees signed a letter internally raising ethical concerns about the project.
- In April, thousands of employees criticized the company’s involvement in a project with the Pentagon to use Google artificial intelligence technology for military purposes.