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Google spells out its future

Google wants to be more sustainable, but... The tech giant debuted several new devices at its hardware event today, few of which seem very recyclable.

Google wants to be more sustainable—nevermind all the new products it announced

The main thrust of Google's new product event today was to raise awareness to the way it and other manufacturers produce devices for mass consumption. It's making products from recycled plastic, and wants to offset emission costs from its partners. At the same time, it introduced a whole bunch of new

The main thrust of Google's new product event today was to raise awareness to the way it and other manufacturers produce devices for mass consumption. It's making products from recycled plastic, and wants to offset emission costs from its partners. At the same time, it introduced a whole bunch of new devices, many of which don't seem particularly repairable or that different than what's come before. How do you square that circle?

The best tech news I've heard today: "Much like Amazon's newest Echo products, users can ask Google Assistant on the hub to turn off wifi access to specific devices connected to the network, meaning parents can wield a new level of tyranny over unruly kids and their connected devices."

Including recycled materials in device design is all well and good, but real sustainability will mean creating repairable, upgradable gadgets. Project Ara's modular smartphone always seemed like a bit of a pipe dream, and its death in 2016 wasn't a huge surprise. But long-term, could Google resurrect a similar concept?

Fortnite's next chapter

Last-minute Brexit deal

Net Positive

The Apple icons you see today have surprisingly ancient roots. Susan Kare designed the icons for Apple’s first computer, the Macintosh; many are still in use today. To create these early icons, Kare drew inspiration from surprising sources, from Swedish campgrounds to ancient hieroglyphics.

The Apple icons you see today have surprisingly ancient roots

This is so cool—the friendly design of early Apple icons made computers much more appealing to consumers.

The internet, contrary to how many of us think of it, is not a self-propagating entity—it’s created and shaped by humans. Susan has had an outsized impact in the way we experienced the web, both in its early days and today.

Cord cutters corner

AMC Theatres joins the streaming wars. The world’s largest movie theater chain announced a streaming service to rent or buy films from major Hollywood studios, Business Insider reports.

AMC Theatres is getting into the streaming business with a new on-demand service

I don’t see this as a streaming play from AMC but more as insurance for their physical locations. As more content producers create their own streaming services, the physical theaters lose the stronghold they’ve had on distribution. By having a streaming service of their own, AMC can hold their physical

I don’t see this as a streaming play from AMC but more as insurance for their physical locations. As more content producers create their own streaming services, the physical theaters lose the stronghold they’ve had on distribution. By having a streaming service of their own, AMC can hold their physical theater infrastructure (which still makes gobs of money for content owners like Disney) at ransom by requiring a share of the streaming rights in order to show movies in their physical theaters. The physical infrastructure of theaters across the nation is still the most profitable asset for now, and AMC just outsmarted the streaming wars.

With half a dozen major streaming services online by year's end, consumers are going to have to make decisions about which they are willing to pay for. The services that have the clearest identity are likely in the best position. That benefits HBO and Disney+. The identity of an AMC channel is a lot murkier.

Broken PROMESA

Billions are at stake in Puerto Rico’s US Supreme Court case. The US government is at war with Puerto Rican entities over an oversight board it installed to restructure the island's debt. For many in Puerto Rico, however, the case is about much more than money.

Billions of dollars are at stake in Puerto Rico’s US Supreme Court case

Today the high court heard oral arguments on a high stakes case that means a lot to Puerto Ricans and a little less to the US government. Before and after the hearing, I spoke to Puerto Ricans who flew in for the occasion and say that the Supreme Court has the opportunity now to overrule racist and dated

Today the high court heard oral arguments on a high stakes case that means a lot to Puerto Ricans and a little less to the US government. Before and after the hearing, I spoke to Puerto Ricans who flew in for the occasion and say that the Supreme Court has the opportunity now to overrule racist and dated precedent that makes Puerto Ricans Americans with fewer constitutional rights than those in states. But the justices didn't seem interested in the historical matters being raised today inside the courtroom, focusing instead on more technical questions. Specifically, whether members of a financial oversight board for the island were constitutionally appointed.

The issues may be technical and limited but it may highlight the fact that Puerto Ricans may be American but Puerto Rico isn't treated the same.

What's not covered in the article is that the majority of debt deficit the Costa Rica has towards the US was largely to fund the development of a country-wide clean energy supply (a combination of hydro, solar, wind, and tidal). Costa Rica has been running on average 99% from renewable energy sources

What's not covered in the article is that the majority of debt deficit the Costa Rica has towards the US was largely to fund the development of a country-wide clean energy supply (a combination of hydro, solar, wind, and tidal). Costa Rica has been running on average 99% from renewable energy sources for the past 4-5 years.

Surely they can reach a settlement on % of proceeds from the electricity supply, given that the locals can afford to pay more for it.

Retail roundup

What comes after the iPhone?

Can Apple do it again? The iPhone turned Apple from a successful computer company into the world’s most profitable consumer electronics operation. But as this Quartz member exclusive shows, its success could also spell Apple’s undoing.

Can Apple do it again?

Apple is at crossroads. It revolutionized the way we communicate with the iPhone nearly 13 years ago, but its longtime cash cow has started to waver. Apple has a host of new bets in the works, some that could also change the world as the iPhone did. But will any of them actually be able to do it?

Apple is currently a perfect example of a business case where a company which itself creates a high bar that it become de facto standard and is now at crossroads as it hasn't been able to repeat its same success.

Consumers are looking for beyond mobile phone for sure. Hence very interesting to watch

Apple is currently a perfect example of a business case where a company which itself creates a high bar that it become de facto standard and is now at crossroads as it hasn't been able to repeat its same success.

Consumers are looking for beyond mobile phone for sure. Hence very interesting to watch as to how they would turn it around by either building a full ecosystem of products/services or new revolutionary ideas.

I don't think apple will be able to come up with a product as influential as the Iphone was to its quarterly revenue. The focus should really be on the apple ecosystem (apple pay, music, tv...etc). This would mean selling the iphone at an even cheaper price to allow users to embrace apple services. This

I don't think apple will be able to come up with a product as influential as the Iphone was to its quarterly revenue. The focus should really be on the apple ecosystem (apple pay, music, tv...etc). This would mean selling the iphone at an even cheaper price to allow users to embrace apple services. This is the most sensible strategy in the near term while they work on the next big thing which may not be big after all.

I see hope that Apple will soon re-imagine the mobile device again. Consumers are craving a new way, simpler method of connecting and communicating. Stagnant iPhone growth shows that we’ve hit a wall of all the doo dads and new wrappers that simply boost the current experience. But I see a glimmer of

I see hope that Apple will soon re-imagine the mobile device again. Consumers are craving a new way, simpler method of connecting and communicating. Stagnant iPhone growth shows that we’ve hit a wall of all the doo dads and new wrappers that simply boost the current experience. But I see a glimmer of change with Apple’s introduction of screen time, grayscale, health monitoring, which potentially forecasts the company’s testing of a new experience that combats the addictive tech dependencies and negative impacts of its tentpole product. Holding out hope for a re-imagining as Apple approaches an anniversary year :)

Unicorn hangovers

The era of cheap convenience is over. Emblematic post-recession success stories like Uber and WeWork are being hollowed out from the inside by the silent killer of discounts and subsidies. When those vanish, the urban millennial lifestyle could go with it.

The Millennial Urban Lifestyle Is About to Get More Expensive

It's true that companies like WeWork, Blue Apron, and Uber have been providing urban millennials with a consumer subsidy—but it's not clear to me that the millennial lifestyle is about to get more expensive. Rather, I think that when prices rise, millennials may cut back on those services, or ditch them entirely.

A dismal discomfort

Quartz at work

There are many paths to a dream career. Like studying salamanders in isolation, for example. The solitude of science helped podcast host Arielle Duhaime-Ross come to an important professional realization.

To find your dream career, try studying salamanders in isolation

This story resonates for me. Started my career as a Natural Resource scientist and manager. Mid-career pivot to leadership development coach. Turns out there are a lot of social skills one develops when promoting policy and management with multiple stakeholders.

Blame it on the juice

Vaping CBD carries unique risks. The combination of regulatory no-man’s land, inexperiencedqz.com manufacturers, and a consumer craze have introduced untested oils for vaping.

Vaping CBD carries unique risks

There’s a perception that CBD is a sort of benign, toothless form of cannabis—which might be true in some senses. But because of the consumer craze for it and an utter lack of regulation, it’s actually quite risky when it comes to vaping, largely because irresponsible players are diluting it with all

There’s a perception that CBD is a sort of benign, toothless form of cannabis—which might be true in some senses. But because of the consumer craze for it and an utter lack of regulation, it’s actually quite risky when it comes to vaping, largely because irresponsible players are diluting it with all sorts of substances. Most of the reported cases of EVALI have come from the illegal THC market, but we should be concerned about CBD vapes too.

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