Youtube has launched a subscription service that will give you ad free YouTube called YouTube Red. For $9.99 a month you will also get a full subscription to Google Play Music and YouTube Music. Our you could just add the D&AD ad blocker and just watch great ads instead.
Meanwhile, Facebook is not content with trying to steal YouTube’s crown anymore, they are going after search in a big way. They announced this week that they have indexed more than a Trillion posts that when searched will deliver a personalised curated feed. Zuck is also working on a deathstar and will shortly be taking over the world…
In the murky world of patent wars there has been an unlikely winner. The University of Wisconsin has won a copyright infringement case against Apple relating to their integration of microchip technology in the latest iPhone. Apple must pay $234m in damages (considering that have $203bn in cash reserves I’m sure they will not miss it!) but the precedent this sets could cost a lot more for the wider industry.
Amazon posted better than expected results this week driving the share price up 11%. They are also cracking down on fake reviewers by filing a lawsuit against 1,000 people in what could become a landmark case. Watch this space.
Google backed Magic Leap is raising close to a billion dollars in the latest round of funding. They are probably the biggest tech company you have never heard of and are taking on Occulus and Hololens in the AR/VR space in a big way.
The clever folks at Hyper Island have created a collection of the methods and activities to drive creativity and collaboration within the workplace. Well worth a look.
Stat of the week – 300. You are born with 300 bones, by the time you are an adult you will have 206.
After years of protests, angry tweets and demanding celebs apple have finally launched a champagne emoji. Tacos, robot heads, unicorns and popcorn also feature in their latest iOS update. Now drunken texts can be little classier. A little.