Magical jump The next iPhone may be on its last legs, the next iPhone could be delayed by a month, and WhatsApp says its efforts to slow the spread of misinformation are working.
Here is your daily crisis for April 27, 2020.
1. Magic Leaps bait and switch worth $ 2.6 billion
"Why do people still give Magic Leap money?" our own Lucas Matney asked a year ago. The company's device sales were terrible. Last month, a $ 10 billion acquisition was targeted, which Josh Constine described as "crazy." Most recently, it dismissed half of the company and switched to the company.
Now columnist Jon Evans looks back at what went wrong. The problem, he concludes, is that Magic Leap never managed to turn its breakthrough technology into something that could actually be released.
2. The next iPhone could be delayed by a month as the pandemic continues
The Wall Street Journal reports that the iPhone 12 may be one of the devices affected by unexpected COVID-19 issues. Apple is said to "postpone" the start of production of the new devices due to manufacturing problems in Asia and "weakening global consumer demand".
3. WhatsApp's new limit reduces the virality of "submitted" messages by 70%
WhatsApp's offer earlier this month to reduce the virality of messages spread on its platform by introducing a forwarding limit has already paid off.
4. Facebook launches drop-in video chat rooms to keep up with houseparty
Facebook is co-opting some of the top video chat innovations like Zoom's gallery view for large groups and Houseparty's spontaneous hangouts for a new feature called "Rooms".
5. Corona virus could push consumers away from influencers and towards streaming TV
LiveRamp TV's Jay Prasad notes that before the coronavirus appeared, the influencer trend declined while the streaming TV trend became more important. Influencers have actually found increased engagement these days – but they face credibility issues that could reduce the perceived value of brands. (Additional crunch membership required.)
6. Brave accuses European governments of failure of the GDPR
Brave, manufacturer of a pro-privacy browser, has lodged complaints with the European Commission against 27 EU member states because they have not adequately equipped their national data protection officers. The company has prepared a report to substantiate the complaint, which highlights a drastic lack of technical expertise and budget resources among European data protection authorities to enforce the region's data protection framework.
7. Codota receives $ 12 million for an AI platform that automatically completes the developer code
Codota is an Israeli startup that provides developers with an AI tool that they can use to automatically complete code strings they write – both to speed up their work (to increase productivity by 25%) and to ensure that the code uses the correct syntax and "spelled correctly".
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