2017-04-15

Tech Review | Disruption: T-Mobile Big Winner of FCC's Spectrum Auction

Domain Mondo's weekly review of technology news:

Features • 1) T-Mobile Big Winner of FCC's Spectrum Auction, 2) Digital Advertising, Search & Social, 3) Google & LG Display, 4) The inconvenient Apple Pay truth, 5) Silicon Valley vs Trump administration’s net neutrality plan, 6) ICYMI.

1)  Disruption: T-Mobile--$TMUS (NASDAQ: TMUS)--Big Winner of FCC's Spectrum Auction

@JohnLegere, @TMobile CEO:

Video above published Apr 13, 2017--The #Uncarrier cleaned up in historic low-band spectrum auction: "T-Mobile, The Un-carrier, just CLEANED UP in the recent, once-in-a-lifetime low-band @FCC auction. Stuck choosing between the duopoly where you live? That’s about to change. @TMobile will be able to bring choice to everyone, everywhere."
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2) Digital Advertising, Search & Social: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Snap--Google and Facebook control 54% of total digital advertising spend while Twitter and Snap are part of "experimental" budgets for advertisers. Twitter is more of an information network than social network and is missing the bulk of the direct response advertising market.--SeekingAlpha.com

3) Google & LG Display: Reuters reported Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) offered to invest $880 million to help LG Display [lgdisplay.com] (NYSE:LPL) boost OLED screen production, in order to secure a stable supply of OLED screens for its Pixel smartphones instead of relying on Samsung.

4) The inconvenient Apple Pay truth: For Apple Pay, the "narrative" can no longer be "just give it time and consumers will come around"--not enough consumers see the value in it, so 19 out of every 20 people who could use it don't even bother anymore according to research over the last 2.5 years.--SeekingAlpha.com

5)  Silicon Valley vs Trump administration’s net neutrality plan--The Internet Association, a lobbying group representing Facebook, Google, Twitter and other web giants, has told the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and its new Republican chairman, Ajit Pai, this week, that it should not weaken net neutrality rules--Recode.net.

6) ICYMI 15 Tech News Quick Takes:
  1. Samsung's Galaxy S8 smartphones are reportedly outselling their predecessors in pre-orders by double-digit percentages--Fortune.com.
  2. Apple is working on its own battery-saving chip for the iPhone that could replace German manufacturer Dialog's power management integrated circuits (PMIC) as early as 2019. Apple accounted for more than 70 percent of Dialog's 2016 sales--Reuters.com
  3. Google Photos v2.13 adds video stabilization, hints at possible Google+ integration [APK Download + Teardown] | androidpolice.com
  4. WeChat becoming a threat to Baidu in mobile search? | ChinaInternetWatch.com
  5. Mobile game revenue grew 53% to $11.9 billion in Q1 2017 | GamesBeat | venturebeat.com
  6. How Google Book Search Got Lost | Backchannel.com: Just another "moonshot" now "stuck in low-Earth orbit."
  7. 3-D printed titanium parts expected to save millions in Boeing Dreamliner costs--Norsk  [domain: norsktitanium.com] aims to have nine printers running by year-end at a 67,000-square-foot (6,220-square-meter) facility in Plattsburgh, New York--Reuters.com
  8. Venture capital is about avoiding losers as much as picking winners | FT.com Alphaville: avoiding losers is where skill and experience matters.
  9. UK provides millions to help build more electric vehicle batteries | Reuters.com
  10. Not on my watch: Huawei CEO sees no future for wearable smart devices | South China Morning Post | scmp.com
  11. China draft cyber law mandates security assessment for outbound data | Reuters.com
  12. Filing Taxes Could Be Free and Simple. But H&R Block and Intuit Are Still Lobbying Against It | ProPublica.org
  13. Lawmakers introduce bill to end warrantless phone searches at border | TheHill.com
  14. China’s Souche.com receives $180m in Warburg-led series D round | dealstreetasia.com
  15. Banks scramble to fix old systems as IT 'cowboys' ride into sunset | Reuters.com: about $3 trillion in daily commerce flows through COBOL systems which underpin deposit accounts, check-clearing services, card networks, ATMs, mortgage servicing, loan ledgers and other services.
-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo  

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