The Apple-Car has been a rumor for years. And mobility is one of the hottest bets for the future. Car manufacturers, in particular premium brands, are in a good position to defend their pool position. The techradar.com news therefore does not sound surprising. At all.
Some Apple gossip is pure fantasy, but some of the hearsay has roots in the real world. The Apple car falls into the latter category, and if a new report from Korean site mk.co.kr is accurate, the company now plans to shoulder the entire development process of the autonomous and/or electric car on its own.
Sixt announced this on their official LinkedIn Profile earlier today. Traditional news outlets like Focus are picking up the news. The announcement was made at the Internationale Automobilausstellung (IAA)
Autonom unterwegs, das war bisher etwas für Menschen, die im gemütlichen Zuckeltempo vom Bahnhof Bad Birnbach zum Ortskern wollen. Oder in der Hamburger Hafencity von einer Straßenecke zur nächsten. Ab 2022 schalten die Intel-Tochter Mobileye, der chinesische Autohersteller Nio und der Autovermieter Sixt in München einen Gang höher: Sie führen echte Robotaxis ein.
Apollo Global Management, Inc. (NYSE: APO) (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, “Apollo”) today (6 September) announced that funds managed by its affiliates (the “Apollo Funds”) have completed the acquisition of Yahoo – formerly Verizon Media – one of the world’s premier global technology and media companies.
While the “Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung” moved to a new place and introduced a new concept, following the pandemic, Day 1 is still a traditionally good day to make announcements just like with any other fair. Here are a few of the headlines that emerged:
appfleet is a Poland based company that develops and offers edge hosting of containerised apps. Edge computing is a trend that emerged a few years back and allows to bring applications closer to the end user, therefore reducing latency and improving user experience. Cloudflare, a player strong in this space, now acquired appfleet, augmenting it’s portfolio of workers with container capabilities. No details of the deal have been made public, however, we will see more of these type of acquisitions with the market starting to consolidate.
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Fastly is one of the major CDN vendors globally. As a regular consumer you wouldn’t be aware of their service, until a failure hits. Today the service faced a configuration issue, that apparently hit global pages like NYTimes and Bloomberg, but also Amazon, Reddit and Twitter, as reported in multiple sources. The issue is reported resolved by the vendor as of this writing. Details on their status page:
Google’s Data Cloud Summit took place May 26th, 18PT. The summit is home to their big data products and offerings, that aim to help customers succeed in data driven businesses. Here is a summary of news and announcements:
Dataplex, an intelligent data fabric. The product allows management of data across multiple sources, including data lakes, data warehouses and data marts for the goal of centralizing management and governance. From there, Dataplex allows to make data available for analytics and data science.
Datastream, a server-less change data capture (CDC) and replication service. The service allows to syncronize datasets across multiple systems by transferring changes alone, thus reducing the amount of data transferred and increasing performance and reliability.
Announcement of Analytics Hub, a fully-managed service built on BigQuery. The service aims to provide an open ecosystem for sharing and exchanging data across organisations at scale. Part of the offering will be controls and monitoring over data usage and sharing. The hub will offer self service and monetization for data owners, while reducing the need to operate infrastructure for data owners.
Dataflow Prime, a no-ops, serverless data processing platform. Dataflow Prime is a managed offering of Apache Beam based data processing pipelines. The product will autoscale infrastructure.
Key Visualizer, an interactive monitoring tool to analyze usage patterns in Cloud Spanner
Cloud Bigtable lifts SLA to 99.999% and introduces new security features. Security features are namely customer managed encryption keys (Googles acronym CMEK) and audit logs. Alongside with SLAs, the product now aims at compliance with regulated industries.
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Apple will regret they didn’t snap up MGM. Today Amazon buys MGM Studios for US$9 billion. There are only few other content outlets of this quality, and prices for all others will go up.
It’s official folks— Jeff Bezos now owns James Bond . After murmurs earlier this week, Amazon announced today that it had acquired MGM in an $8.45 billion deal that will bolster the e-commerce giant’s Hollywood ambitions.