Category Archives: News and Views

Space10 and EFFEKT develop subscription-based housing | Dezeen

IKEA’s research lab Space10 has teamed up with architecture studio EFFEKT on The Urban Village Project, a vision for subscription-based housing that brings together people of different generations and encourages them to share facilities.

Both based in Copenhagen, Space10 and EFFEKT have developed a number of policies to move towards more communal living, or co-living.

These include shared daycare and transport, local water harvesting, communal dining and urban farming initiatives.

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Amazon Restaurants food delivery service is shutting down | Mashable

Sorry to those who loved ordering food deliveries from Amazon, but those days are over.

More specifically, the days of Amazon Restaurants are over. GeekWire reported on Tuesday that Amazon had shut down the in-house food delivery service about four years after its launch. That means customers in more than 20 U.S. markets will likely have to turn to competitors like GrubHub and UberEats to satiate their hunger.

The official shutdown date is June 24, Amazon told GeekWire.

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Boeing reports no orders for second straight month | CNN

Boeing reported no new commercial aircraft orders in May. It was the second straight month that Boeing’s orders were at a standstill in the face of the 737 Max crisis.

The drop in orders isn’t only because of the grounding of the 737 Max. Boeing also has a massive backorder of about 5,000 planes. Many of its customers do not need to place orders for additional jets right now.

Next week is also the Paris Air Show, the key industry trade show for the year, at which Boeing and rival Airbus typically like to announce orders. So May is often a slower month for new orders.

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Beyond Meat stock skyrockets again, day after earnings beat | Fast Company

Shares of Beyond Meat rose 39% on Friday, one day after its first post-IPO earnings report and about a month after going public. The company now has a market cap of $8.28 billion, according to Google Finance.

The stock hit a high of $149.46 a share in late-day trading before closing at $138.65. That’s more than double where it landed after its first day of trading in early May.

Yesterday, the company reported $40.2 million in quarterly revenue, topping estimates of $38.92 million cited by Yahoo Finance, and it projects full-year revenue will reach past $210 million.

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Why Maine Banning Indian Mascots Is A Marketing Wake Up Call | Forbes

From a marketing standpoint, why would an organization want a symbol that many Americans deem offensive?

In May of 2019 Maine banned the use of Native American mascots in its public schools and colleges. No more whooping braves, no more grinning chiefs, no more tomahawk yielding warriors in loin clothes. This is part of a national movement that is picking up momentum.

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Apple dissolves iTunes into new apps | BBC News

Apple has announced that iTunes is to be replaced by Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV.

There had been speculation that the tech giant was planning to shutter the music service it launched in 2001.

The firm also revealed a number of new privacy measures at its annual developer conference in San Jose.

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Fiat Chrysler-Renault tie up: What the maker of Jeep could gain | TechCrunch

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Renault are in talks that could result in merging vast swaths of their businesses, a move that illustrates the growing desire among automakers to consolidate in an environment of increased regulatory pressure, sales declines and rising costs aimed at bringing next-generation technologies like self-driving cars to market.

Update: Fiat Chrysler has sent a non-binding letter to Renault proposing a 50-50 merger. Under the proposal, the combined businesses would be split equally between FCA and Renault shareholders. The board would be a combined entity of 11 members, FCA said. The majority would be independent. FCA and Renault would get equal represent with four members each as well as one nominee from Nissan.

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YouTube’s Change in Subscriber Counts Sparks Its Own Drama | WIRED

YOUTUBE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED plans to change the way subscriber counts are displayed on the site. Beginning in August, instead of showing precise totals (i.e., 14,230,974), the video service will show a rounded number (i.e., 14 million).

Unlike similar redesigns by Twitter and Instagram, which deemphasized follower count by shrinking the type in which it is displayed, YouTube’s change eliminates publicly available precise tallies, meaning that only the YouTube creator will know exactly how many accounts have subscribed to their channel. What’s more, YouTube said the change will also affect the data it feeds outside services like Social Blade, which display real time subscriber counts, view totals, and estimate YouTubers’ potential earnings.

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All the Ways Google Tracks You—And How to Stop It | WIRED

YOU’RE PROBABLY AWARE that Google keeps tabs on what you’re up to on its devices, apps, and services—but you might not realize just how far its tracking reach extends, into the places you go, the purchases you make, and much more. It’s an extensive set of data, but you can take more control over what Google collects about you and how long the company keeps it. Here’s how.

It’s worth emphasizing first that we’re really dealing with two topics: The amount of data Google collects on you, which is a lot, and what Google then does with it. Google would say its data collection policies improve its services—helping you find a restaurant similar ones you’ve liked previously, say—whereas users might disagree.

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‘Consumer Reports’ calls out Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot update | Mashable

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has proclaimed unfaltering adoration for his electric car company’s Autopilot feature on highways. But after a recent update meant to make it easier to use the semi-autonomous system, not everyone is so keen on the advanced-driving assistance tool.

Review service and publication Consumer Reports blasted Navigate on Autopilot on Wednesday following Tesla’s updates to the assistance tool last month. The automatic lane-changing and speed-suggesting system, which only works on certain highways, had several issues.

“We found that Navigate on Autopilot lagged far behind a human driver’s skill set,” the publication’s Keith Barry wrote.

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