Our News Roundup this week covers the ongoing fallout from the Samsung Galaxy Note7 battery problems; the story that Amazon is going to be experimenting with a 30-hour work week for some of its employees; and the expansion of comment filtering functionality to all users by Instagram. We discuss each of these topics for a few minutes and talk about the context and implications. We’ll likely do a Question of the Week next week on consumer product recalls using the Note7 recall as a jumping-off point.
Our Question of the Week this week is “What is Verily and what does it do?” This question builds on a piece Jan wrote for Techpinions Insiders contrasting Alphabet and Apple’s approaches to the healthcare space, with Verily being Alphabet’s Life Sciences subsidiary (formerly Google Life Sciences). We talk through what Verily is, who runs it, what it’s intended to accomplish, its internal projects and its partnerships with other organizations, and lastly how it’s perceived within the broader life sciences community. It’s a fascinating business and we both learned a lot from doing this segment.
Our third segment is a discussion of the reviews for the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2, which will be available for sale on Friday, as well as a brief discussion of iOS and watchOS 3, which were released to the general public this week.
Our Weekly Pick is a TV show recommendation from Aaron.
As usual, you’ll find some links to related content as well as other ways to listen to the podcast beneath the embedded Soundcloud player below.
We invite listeners to submit questions for subsequent weeks in the comments below, on Twitter (@jandawson, @aaronmiller), or via email (jan at jackdawresearch dot com). We also have a dedicated Podcast Twitter handle at @BDPcast.
Here are some useful links relating to this week’s episode:
- Sources for Jan’s comments on Verily:
- FierceBiotech interview with CTO Brian Otis:
- STAT article on Andrew Conrad as CEO and employee dissatisfaction
- STAT interview with the GlaxoSmithKline executive chairing the Galvani JV
- STAT interview with Verily Medical Director Jessica Mega, December 2015
- YouTube interview at the WSJD Conference with Andrew Conrad in 2014, when Verily was still Google Life Sciences.
- Verily’s Website (including an overview video)
- BackChannel profile from October 2014 which mentions the Tricorder concept.
- iPhone reviews we mentioned:
- Aaron’s Weekly Pick was the kids’ TV show Gravity Falls, which you can find on Hulu and iTunes, among other places.
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