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Apple Event: The Aftermath; Lyft Update; Musk Tweets; An AI Award


March 27 · Issue #164 · View online
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Apple Event: The Aftermath; Lyft Update; Musk Tweets; An AI Award

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks services
Apple CEO Tim Cook talks services
To serve. In case you didn’t get the message on Monday, Apple is prioritizing services. Hardware remains very important and we’ll see more iPhones , iPads, Macs, accessories, and new product categories in the future, but it’ll all orbit around Apple’s in increasingly profitable collection of services. To future underscore that fact, Apple unveiled new offerings in gaming, TV, content, and even banking. Some, like the Apple Card, are free. Others, like News+, will cost you $9.99 a month. I have some thoughts about this new Apple.
We Still Have a Ton of Questions About Apple’s ‘Services’ Pivot
Star power. Years ago, I sat in a room with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jim Carrey, Ed Helms, Joe McHale, and other celebs watching them try to help launch Sean Parker’s ill-fated Airtime. I was reminded of that day as Apple trotted out a dizzying array of stars, directors, and one Oprah to help announce Apple TV+, Apple’s Netflix competitor. It was exciting, but, as evidenced by Airtime’s crash and burn, celebrity is not what drives subscriptions. In this post, I talk about what it will take for TV+ to win in this increasingly crowded streaming space.
What Apple Needs for TV+ to Succeed – OneZero
Gig repair. Ride sharing companies Uber and Lyft are both preparing to go public, but most believe Lyft, which is currently conducting its IPO roadshow, will do so sooner. That’s why it’s also scrambling to make some quick changes and enhancements to its business, like handing drivers bank accounts and credit cards and opening the first of what may be many service centers for driver vehicles. These moves might make drivers happier (who are frustrated by falling wages) and could make the IPO even more attractive.
Lyft's latest driver perks: bank accounts and car repairs - CNN
Tweet master. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is using Twitter wisely. So says Tesla’s new Chairman of the Board Robyn Denholm. Musk’s Twitter use is back under scrutiny after he Tweeted potentially misleading information about Model 3 production and the SEC, which is watching Musk’s Twitter use like a hawk, took issue. Regardless what Denholm says, a judge will soon make the final call on the wisdom of Musk’s tweets.
Elon Musk uses Twitter 'wisely,' says Tesla chair Robyn Denholm - Business Insider
AI’s parents. Three men, often considered the godfathers of AI, just received computing’s biggest honor: The Turing Award. Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun were honored for their work in developing deep learning, the artificial intelligence technology that enables things like facial recognition. Deep Learning is the ability to find connections in information that a system’s original algorithms didn’t know about and it does it through training that can be supervised or unsupervised. It’s the most powerful and important part of AI and will define intelligent systems for decades to come. Let’s just say, these gents earned this reward.
Turing Award 2018: Nobel Prize of computing given to ‘godfathers of AI’ - The Verge
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