With Aaron away, this is a solo episode of the News Roundup by Jan. Because there’s only one of us talking, there are more topics than usual on this week’s episode: six, to be precise. These are: the controversial Google memo; Uber board shenanigans; Netflix and Disney’s announcements this week; Facebook’s new Watch tab; Consumer Reports’ decision to withdraw its recommendation of two Surface models from Microsoft; and the conclusion of the recent SoundCloud funding saga.
As always, you’ll find links to these stories and other things we discussed underneath the SoundCloud player embedded below.
Here are some useful links relating to this week’s episode (Tech Narratives links unless otherwise stated):
- Google Memo:
Two pieces from Jan:
Business Insider on the cancelation of the Town Hall:
Motherboard’s original reporting on the memo:
- Uber Board:
Jan’s piece on the Benchmark lawsuit:
Axios’s scoop on this story:
- Netflix and Disney:
Jan’s take on the Netflix Millarworld acquisition:
Jan’s take on Disney earnings:
- Facebook Watch:
Jan’s take for Tech Narratives:
Jan’s Techpinions column: https://techpinions.com/the-risks-of-facebooks-video-pivot/50781
Facebook’s announcement: https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2017/08/introducing-watch-a-new-platform-for-shows-on-facebook/
Variety on some of the new shows: http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/facebook-premium-shows-launch-1202521520/
- Consumer Reports and Surface:
Jan’s take: https://www.technarratives.com/2017/08/10/consumer-reports-withdraws-surface-recommendations-over-reliability-issues/
USA Today story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/baig/2017/08/10/consumer-reports-pulls-recommendations-surface-laptops/554302001/
- SoundCloud saga:
Jan’s take on the latest news:
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