ProjectBlog: Tech & Telecom news — May 7, 2019

Blog: Tech & Telecom news — May 7, 2019



Analysts are questioning 5G’s ability to deliver on industry expectations for being “transformational”, as the first signs show operators (both in the US and in South Korea) adopting exactly the same monetization models as in 4G, with very little pricing innovation. But this is not easy, as the differential features (e.g. low latency) aren’t there yet… (Story)

Artificial Reality

Augmented Reality is having a significant presence at Microsoft’s developers event, with the HoloLens platform seen as a leader in the field, and not only for enterprise apps, but also moving into consumer-oriented gaming. Yesterday they showed the results of a collaboration with Epic Games (developers of Fortnite) (Story)


Europe’s active role in regulating tech companies, and its regulators’ aggressiveness against “fake news” and toxic content in the network, are now triggering complaints that they could be going too far, and claims that some measures could be seen as forms of censorship. But finding the right balance is not an easy task (Story)


Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft is holding its Build annual developers event this week, and (as expected) AI is a key theme, underlying innovation across the 4 platform opportunities that S Nadella described, from Azure to Office. As an example, Word will now have an AI-powered editor to help writers create more concise and readable text (Story)


Not only Facebook, but also Google is giving signs of putting users’ privacy at the center of its strategy, reflecting the change in public attitude on this issue. This week, at the Google I/O developers event, they could announce a new Chrome feature where users will be able to identify and manage the cookies tracking them (Story)

Quantum Computing

Looking to accelerate its quantum computing efforts, and catch up with IBM in the “PR race”, Microsoft is now open sourcing a “Quantum Development Kit”, including a language (Q#) to write quantum code and a quantum computer simulator, that they will make public through (Microsoft’s owned) GitHub (Story)


The FT warns investors on the complex structure of VC investments, where different classes of stock, created under pressure to keep the valuation growing in successive funding rounds, often lead to overestimating the value of startups and leave early investors relatively unprotected, e.g. if a bankruptcy occurs (Story)

Andreessen Horowitz is leading a new $300m funding round for Carta, a startup creating a platform for companies, investors and employees to manage their equity assets, including monthly appraisals of fair market value for private companies’ stocks. This turns Carta into a new unicorn, with a $1.7bn valuation (Story)


Norwegian Telenor is on the way to merge its Asian assets with Malaysian group Axiata, in a deal that would create a 300m customers regional giant, with $13bn revenues. Telenor would control the combined company with 56.5% of the equity, and is making this move after having sold off operations in Eastern Europe (Story)

Recent rumors that US regulators could block the proposed merger of T-Mobile with Sprint have triggered alarms at SoftBank, that would be facing “serious challenges” if the deal doesn’t happen, linked to Sprint’s limited cash flow generation and huge debt load of $39bn, that could force SoftBank to sell other assets (Story)

Source: Artificial Intelligence on Medium

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