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Always Be Curious🔎 #26

Just 21 years ago last week, a Palo Alto-based start-up 'dedicated to providing the best search exper

Always Be Curious🔎

June 21 · Issue #26 · View online
Always Be Curious is your weekly shot of sci-tech coverage. Bringing you the now, the how and the wow of science and technology with a special focus on the chip industry.

Just 21 years ago last week, a Palo Alto-based start-up ‘dedicated to providing the best search experience on the web’ raised 25 million dollars in equity funding. 💰 Since then, Google has completely changed the way we interact with the Internet. And from a mere 'search experience’, Google now is so much more–for many of us, its services encompass both our personal and professional lives. Who could have predicted this company’s journey? 📈 The press release prophesizes: “A perfect search engine will process and understand all the information in the world. That is where Google is headed.” I’m reminded of a colleague at ASML, who worked in the Strategic Marketing team. During a meeting, he flipped through a stack of business cards on his desk and pulled out a particularly colorful one: an old Google card, the one with the exclamation mark in the logo. It read: 'Larry Page - CEO.’
My colleague grinned. “I’d be a very rich man if I hadn’t blown him off. I figured it was just another search engine.”
Have a good week, stay safe and sound,

👨‍💻The round-up in sci-tech💡
Seeking dark matter, they detected another mystery (The New York Times)
CERN makes bold push to build €21-billion super-collider (Nature)
The FDA just approved the first prescription video game — it’s for kids with ADHD (The Verge)
China reports progress in ultra-secure satellite transmission (The New York Times)
Prospering in the pandemic: the top 100 companies (Financial Times)
How protesters are turning the tables on police surveillance (Vox)
The car, reinvented. From scratch. (Monday Note blog)
Interview with Marc Andreessen (The Observer Effect)
UK tells telcos to stockpile Huawei gear in face of U.S. sanctions (Reuters)
🤓This week in chips⚠️
Storage matters: why Xbox and Playstation SSDs usher in a new era of gaming (Anandtech)
ASML complex in Veldhoven is Eiffeltoren aan staal en drie zwembaden beton (Eindhovens Dagblad)
Qualcomm aims to woo robotics developers with new chips, tools - Reuters
Semiconductor manufacturers reach deal to supply U.S. defense chips (Reuters)
📈By the numbers📉
COVID-19’s impact on the gaming industry: 19 takeaways (Unity)
Kids now spend nearly as much time watching TikTok as YouTube in US, UK and Spain (TechCrunch)
❤️For the love of tech❤️
Just 21 years ago last week, Google raised $25 million in equity funding from Sequoia and Kleiner Perkins. Take a moment to reflect on Google’s impact on the world, the economy and our society. 🧠
Always Be Curious is curated by Sander Hofman, Corporate Communications Manager at ASML. My company provides chipmakers with everything they need (machines, software and services) to mass produce integrated circuits on silicon. Opinions expressed in this newsletter are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer.
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