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The Information You Missed This Week

theinformation.com — Good Morning!Our long national nightmare is almost over: The sale of Yahoo is reportedly imminent. It looks like the one-time internet icon will soon be Tim Armstrong's problem. In her weekly column, Jessica advised bidders to back out before it's too late.

The Information’s 411 - Package Deal

theinformation.com — Amir talks about the three brothers at Apple helping to build the software in its self-driving car. Zara explains why WeChat is different-and can do more-than any app Americans are familiar with.

Why Yahoo is a Bad Deal at Any Price

theinformation.com — As I watch the sideshow that is the sale of Yahoo, I have one piece of advice for the bidders that sent offers to the Yahoo board this week: Back out. There are three reasons to buy a company, at any price.

At Apple, the Sumner Boys Help Build a Car

theinformation.com — In early 2011, when software engineer Brian Sumner joined Apple to work on Siri, a voice assistant for the iPhone that was still under wraps, the team was struggling to recruit engineers. So after his first months there went well, Mr. Sumner suggested to Siri's leaders that they hire his ...

Sports Bars Turn the Dial to Videogame Matches

wsj.com — SAN FRANCISCO-One Sunday afternoon last month, a hundred boisterous patrons crowded into Mad Dog in the Fog, a British sports bar here, to watch a live broadcast. Half the flat-screen TVs were tuned to a blood-filled match between two Korean competitors, "MC" and "Puma." The crowd erupted in chants of "M-C!

Where Cars and Drones Collide

theinformation.com — If the idea of a drone flying into your backyard and setting down a package from Amazon.com strikes you as something out of "The Jetsons," how about this alternative. A self-driving car arrives outside your house and a robot rolls out and delivers a package to your front door.As fantastical as ...

What We Learned at Sun Valley

theinformation.com — This week's column comes from Amir Efrati and Tom Dotan, reporting from Allen & Co.'s annual Sun Valley conference this week. The gathering began more than 30 years ago as a forum for traditional media companies. But the power long ago shifted to tech companies. That's reflected in the attendee ...

ESPN Takes a Baby Step Outside the Bundle

theinformation.com — Walt Disney's ESPN sports network plans to unveil a package of live programming it will offer directly to consumers on the Web, said a person with knowledge of the plans. The move is a baby step towards ESPN becoming a direct-to-consumer service.ESPN's new offering won't include high-value ...

Google’s Cars Need a Clear Road Map to Revenue

theinformation.com — Google, the corporate godfather of self-driving cars, doesn't have an obvious path to make money from the technology, unlike many of its rivals.The company has pulled ahead in the race to develop fully autonomous vehicles that take responsibility for the safety of its passengers, but glaring ...

How a Former Apple Designer is Updating Huawei’s Look

theinformation.com — It's an interesting turn of events: a Chinese company that wants to be like Apple hires a former Apple designer to make its smartphone software look less like Apple's. Last fall, Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei brought in a former longtime Apple designer, Abigail Brody, to change the ...
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Jul 23, 2016

Not sure this works as an ad for @Postmates but impressed at the speed with which it was created. https://t.co/9wWneN48j5

Jul 23, 2016

RT @SarcasticRover: Warning: Undecided voters aren't following your Twitter. You have to go outside and talk to them at a Pokestop.

Jul 23, 2016

Australian English Siri is the best-sounding English Siri.

Jul 22, 2016

"This story has been updated with additional comments from anonymous sources.” Never seen that one before.

Jul 22, 2016

RT @danchaparian: .@Yahoo = amalgam of code to be milked for adtech nickels. For 1/5th the price, @Unilever bought a living, breathing brand w/ room to grow.

Jul 22, 2016

RT @coryweinberg: Streaming feed cuts out at this GOP watch party. I go to pee. Guy next to me at urinal, "That's what I call liberal technology."

Jul 21, 2016

RT @tzhongg: TFW Facebook is still trying to emulate Snapchat 👻 (new feature so hot tip for all you reporters) https://t.co/0AVJQNdRsM


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