What’s happened this week:
- Apple bought Topsy a social analytics firm for a reported sum greater than USD 200m.
- Several of the world’s largest technology companies signed an open letter calling for a rethink on surveillance.
- Google revealed a major initiative in robotics buying seven startups and putting Android founder Andy Rubin in charge.
What we have learned:
- 70% of UK households can now access superfast broadband, leading the big 5 European markets.
- Netflix is now used by 10% of UK Internet users according to new research from Decipher.
- The global video game market is set to be worth Euro 82bn by 2017 up from Euro 54bn in 2013.
- Audi Mind Race utilizes brain powered slot cars to showcase its R18 e-tron range.
- Santa Tracker is an interactive advent calendar from Google.
- Next Generation consoles, VR and touch less interfaces are driving new innovation in gaming in 2014.
Where to find more:
- Business strategy in the digital age must embrace new principles such as transitory competitive advantage, semantic economics and Bayesian strategy.
- Ad tech really can change the world, technology originally developed to optimise ad delivery is now being utilised to fight disease and keep city streets moving.
- New approaches to break the filter bubble mean that we can again access content that challenges our established points of view.