Google Pixel 2 Review, List of Possible Winners for Amazon HQ2, One of the Biggest ICO Crash and more news - Skywell Software

Google Pixel 2 Review, List of Possible Winners for Amazon HQ2, One of the Biggest ICO Crash and more news

Google Pixel 2 Review, List of Possible Winners for Amazon HQ2, One of the Biggest ICO Crash and more news
Anna Bazyma

Apple, Google, Amazon – the main newsmakers of this week. They keep on providing us interesting information. More details in our digest.

1) Apple is putting the finishing touches on its $5 billion campus — including private basketball courts

Apple's Campus

Apple is putting the finishing touches on its new “spaceship” headquarters, a little over a month after the company invited journalists and guests to its on-campus theater for the iPhone X launch.

Paths are being paved, trees are being planted, and auxiliary buildings have been finished in the latest drone video from videographer Matthew Roberts.

Original source: Business Insider


2) Austin, Texas is most likely to get Amazon’s $5 billion headquarters, according to the data

Amazon's $5 billion headquarters

More than 50 North American cities are hoping Amazon will pick them as the site for the company’s second headquarters, dubbed HQ2. In perhaps the largest corporate offer to municipalities in modern American history, the e-commerce giant is promising 50,000 jobs and an investment of $5 billion in the campus’s construction.

But only one city can win. Bids are due this Thursday, and Amazon plans to announce its pick in 2018.

To find a list of possible winners for HQ2, the financial-services division of Moody’s Analytics examined Amazon’s stipulations against 65 cities with at least one million residents.

Read more at Business Insider


3) The Guardian is launching a £42 million venture capital fund to invest in startups

The Guardian launches investment fund

The 196-year-old British newspaper is launching a £42 million ($55 million) investment fund, it announced on Wednesday, with plans to invest in media-tech startups.

GMG Ventures, as the new unit will be called, will pour its pot of cash into “early stage businesses focused on developing the next generation of media technology” — in areas ranging from AI to advertising technology and payment tools.

Read more on Business Insider


4) AlphaGo Zero: Google DeepMind supercomputer learns 3,000 years of human knowledge in 40 days

Google DeepMind learns 3,000 years of human knowledge in 40 days

Thousands of years of human knowledge has been learned and surpassed by the world’s smartest computer in just 40 days, a breakthrough hailed as one of the greatest advances ever in artificial intelligence.

Google DeepMind amazed the world last year when its AI programme AlphaGo beat world champion Lee Sedol at Go, an ancient and complex game of strategy and intuition which many believed could never be cracked by a machine.

AlphaGo was so effective because it had been programmed with millions of moves of past masters, and could predict its own chances of winning, adjusting its game-plan accordingly.

Read at Telegraph


5) Google Pixel 2 review: plainly great

Google Pixel 2 review

Without fail, every person who has picked up the Pixel 2 XL has said virtually the same thing: “It feels like it’s made out of plastic.” I said it myself when I first held it. Of course, neither the Pixel 2 nor the Pixel 2 XL are made out of plastic. They’re made out of Gorilla Glass and aluminum, just like every other high-end phone these days.

But Google coated all that aluminum with a textured finish that hides most of the antenna lines and also makes the phones easier to grip. Google took what could have been a visually impressive design and covered it up in the name of ergonomics. It literally made a metal phone feel like a plastic one. It chose function over form.

Read more on The Verge


6) Magic Leap confirms $502 million fundraise

Magic Leap, "mixed reality" startup

Magic Leap, the secretive “mixed reality” startup, announced on Tuesday that it has raised $502 million in new venture capital funding led by Singapore sovereign wealth fund Temasek. This is the same round that Axios discussed last week, based on a Delaware regulatory filing (which authorized up to $1 billion in new shares at an increased valuation). The post-money valuation appears to be around $5 billion.



7) IBM’s Q3 gets boost from z System mainframe; As-a-service annual run rate hits $9.4 billion


IBM received a third quarter boost from sales of its new z System mainframe as well as businesses such as cloud and cognitive computing.

The company reported third quarter non-GAAP earnings of $3.30 a share on revenue of $19.2 billion, down 1 percent from a year ago. GAAP earnings for the quarter were $2.92 a share.

Wall Street was expecting IBM to report third quarter non-GAAP earnings of $3.28 a share on revenue of $18.6 billion. Analysts were expected to closely watch IBM’s earnings quality.

Originally posted at ZDnet

8) One of the Biggest ICOs Yet Crashes Before It Even Launched


Tezos, the startup which raised $232 million in a July initial coin offering, plunged on derivative exchanges after revealing a management spat and little progress in developing its product.

Derivatives on Tezos tokens fell as much as 31 percent, according to exchange HitBTC. On BitMEX, December futures on the tokens plunged 58 percent as traders unwound bets the project would be launched before the end of the year. The actual tokens have yet to be created.

Source: Bloomberg


9) Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Releases Open-Source Software to Support Efforts that Expand Access to Financial Services in Developing Countries

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released open-source software

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released a new open-source software for creating payment platforms that will help unbanked people around the world access digital financial services. The software is designed to provide a reference model for payment interoperability between banks and other providers across a country’s economy. It is available now, free-of-cost, for software developers to adapt and banks, financial service providers and companies to implement. Information on the code can be found at

Read more on Gates


10) Microsoft didn’t tell the public one of its databases was hacked in 2013

Microsoft database was hacked in 2013

Microsoft’s secret internal database for tracking bugs in its own software was broken into by a highly sophisticated hacking group more than four years ago, according to five former employees, in only the second known breach of such a corporate database.

The company did not disclose the extent of the attack to the public or its customers after its discovery in 2013, but the five former employees described it to Reuters in separate interviews. Microsoft declined to discuss the incident.

Read more on Business Insider