Weekly readings – 22nd August 2020

What I wrote last week

I compared what is happening in Vietnam and New Zealand in the fight against Covid-19 and why it looks very bleak for America

I wrote a bit of analysis on Square, the owner of Cash App

Business

Instacart dominated the grocery delivery in the US

Second Measure on pandemic grocery spending
Source: Second Measure

A startup that promises to deliver groceries in less than 13 minutes in Turkey

An interview with the CEO of New York Times. He grew the subscriber base from the rock bottom of 22,000 in Q2 2013 to 6.5 million today

How Uber Turned a Promising Bikeshare Company Into Literal Garbage

Technology

Ben Evans on App Store and antitrust issues

A deep dive into iPhone 5C plastic cases

John Gruber on TikTok as a security threat

What I find interesting

The Canva Backlink Empire: How SEO, Outreach & Content Led To A $6B Valuation

To all Americans who are told all the nasty and misleading facts about Socialism & Communism whenever social benefits and safety nets are mentioned, please read this from your fellow American, who considers his move to Vietnam the best decision

Confessions of a Xinjiang Camp Teacher

A dazzling civilization flourished in Sudan nearly 5,000 years ago. Why was it forgotten?

Weekly readings – 20th July 2019

Father Doesn’t Know Best: The Unlikely Rise Of Turkey’s E-Commerce Queen. I didn’t know about her or her companies before. A great article.

The Challenges of Operating a Computing Cloud and Charging for its Use

Hit by Big Loss, Bird Seeks $300M in New Funds. Though Bird’s executives are willing to sacrifice growth for profitability, it remains to be seen if it can even do that. Scooter or micro-mobility area is highly competitive

Estonia’s new e-residency security focus: ‘You can’t launder money with a digital ID’. Though they scaled back their original target, the program looks successful to me and there are plenty of lessons that other countries, especially the US, can learn from it

What you need to know about Meiya Pico, China’s low-profile forensics champion named in data privacy scandal

Amazon sells over 175M items during Prime Day 2019, more than Black Friday & Cyber Monday combined.

The reports of Snapchat’s death have been greatly exaggerated

China Internet Report

Ericsson Mobility Report June 2019

Despite High Hopes, Self-Driving Cars Are ‘Way in the Future’. I wrote about my conservation on self-driving cars before. If you don’t think this nobody (indeed I am nobody and happy to be one) doesn’t have credibility, read that.