In this episode, Shawn and Ross return from a break to look at Facebook's many transactional initiatives, including its plan to monetize subscriptions to content creators and the tie-in to its cryptocurrency Libra. How far can the company go in creating a WeChat-like platform? Plus, some thoughts on what we can expect at next week's antitrust hearings for Big Tech as Amazon and Google decide put aside their battle over video devices and YouTube.
In this episode, Shawn and Ross look at the growth of AI in the cloud, including the announcements from the Google Next and Qualcomm AI events in San Francisco. Our Lightning Round takes on new Acer’s powerful ConceptD PCs for creators, YouTube TV’s price hike, and the launch of Apple’s podcast website in light of Spotify’s moves. Our startup spotlight looks at Gooroo, a marketplace that uses AI to match students and tutors.
In this episode, Shawn DuBravac and Ross Rubin look at Apple and Amazon working together to get Apple Music on Amazon Echo devices and what it means for Apple’s continued moves into content. Plus, we look at the impact of Stories in social media as Instagram moves to reign in anonymous “finsta” accounts with its “close friends” feature and YouTube provides another way for its top content producers to reach out to their audiences with the ephemeral post format.