Tech & Telecom news — Oct 19, 2017



Nielsen announced yesterday a new system to measure Netflix audiences, potentially a large step to build neutral ratings for streaming apps. They’re using audio recognition software in the 44K Nielsen-rated homes across the US, to evaluate how many viewers are watching Netflix in TV sets (other devices are not included) (Story)


GE keeps developing its strategy to partner smartly with tech leaders to aggregate attractive bundled offers to final clients. After having worked with AWS or Microsoft for cloud services, now they’re teaming with Apple to develop mobile apps over iOS for managing machinery, factories and power plants (Story)

Oracle is using security as a key argument to convince companies to shift IT workloads to the cloud. In an event yesterday, CEO M Hurd claimed that the cloud is more secure than in-company IT management, e.g. eliminating the need to periodically install patches, and facilitating encryption of critical information (Story)

After relatively good results on Tuesday, and (mainly) a 4Q17 projection to finally (after 22 consecutive quarters) return to revenue growth (+1.5% guidance vs. 4Q16), IBM’s shares went up +10% yesterday, the most in more than eight years. Interestingly, a new line of mainframe servers is a key contributor to this (Story)

Internet of Things

Nokia keeps building its own IoT business, as a “one stop IoT shop” for industrial clients, including a global network grid (WING) and a proprietary management platform (IMPACT). They just signed a worldwide deal with Bosch to build asset tracking, predictive maintenance and environmental monitoring applications (Story)



The LoRA Alliance has published a new set of technical specifications that address the need to offer global roaming for applications such as cargo tracking, where devices require connectivity move across countries. Seamless global connectivity has been used as a differential claim by players like AT&T, selling “global SIMs” (Story)


Artificial Intelligence

AlphaGo, Google DeepMind’s AI system that got famous when it beat leading human players last year, has now a much more powerful successor, AlphaGo Zero, which has defeated the original program by 100 games to none, and that has been able to learn with no external input, just by playing millions of games vs. itself (Story)

Healthcare seen as a killer app for AI. Now Andrew Ng, the famous AI expert, is joining Woebot, a startup building a chatbot to help mental health patients. Chatbot counselling is much cheaper than human therapists, and has advantages, including unlimited 24/7 availability, and (potentially) reducing patient inhibition (Story)

Samsung is launching a new version of its Bixby virtual assistant, as one of the highlights in their Developer Conference this week. They plan to deploy it across all their products / devices, including (of course) smartphones, but also TVs and even fridges (?). A key feature in Bixby 2.0 is the SDK to build external apps (Story)

S Altman, president of tech incubator Y Combinator, said yesterday that he’s worried that giant tech companies are now more powerful than AT&T ever was, and that he would expect a regulatory backlash against them, as people get more concerned by the threat of AI tech driving economic inequalities and job losses (Story)

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