Weekly readings – 31st October 2020

What I wrote last week

Though AWS slowed, Amazon didn’t

My thoughts on Apple after their latest quarter and the last fiscal year

Business

Take-away lessons during the first 6 months of a Shopify employee. I find the read helpful, particularly the importance of understanding decision-makers’ attitude

From McDonald’s to Google: How Kelsey Hightower became one of the most respected people in cloud computing

Expensify CEO emailed his 10 million customers and asked them to vote for Biden. Though there are some who disagreed with him, they appreciated the openness. This is an example of how it should be done

Technology

Google announced Google One, a bundle that includes a VPN service, 2T of storage on Google Gmail & Drive and other benefits. Currently only available to Android devices in the US

Waymo made an unprecedented move to detail their behind-the-scene work on autonomous vehicles, including crashes and near-misses

What I found interesting

A story of a Uighur at a Chinese concentration camp

A study conducted by a Swedish university concluded that the Republican party has moved towards autocracies for the last 20 years

Brazil’s plan to exploit Amazon responsibly is in danger

A very eloquent, balanced and well-written endorsement for Joe Biden from The Economist

Just a hard breaking story from a Covid survivor in Texas

Weekly readings – 31st August 2019

Free Podcasts Are Good for Me But Bad for Business

Cities Are Saying ‘No’ to 5G, Citing Health, Aesthetics—and FCC Bullying

How Uber Got Lost

Seattle’s ‘microtransit’ experiment drives people to light rail. Is it working?

“He’s full of shit”: How Elon Musk fooled investors, bilked taxpayers, and gambled Tesla to save SolarCity. This article sheds more light on the relationship between SolarCity and Tesla.

Waymo’s Backseat Drivers: Confidential Data Reveals Self-Driving Taxi Hurdles

Costco shuts early on first day in China due to overcrowding

Uber And Lyft Take A Lot More From Drivers Than They Say. The investigation reported cases of take-rate up to 50%.

What Happens When You Don’t Pay a Hospital Bill

How Amazon’s Shipping Empire Is Challenging UPS and FedEx. A super interesting article on Amazon’s capability in logistics and shipping.