Email @ 50 always in tune with the times
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I called 123 for the speaking clock today, not to find out the time, but just to verify that it was still there. âAt the third shot, the time, brought by O2, will be. . . âAnd it was, and obviously on site for the second.
The UK three-digit telephone service has been around since 1936 and still receives around 12 million calls per year. It’s hard to see a need when we all seem to have cell phones with the clock, but this is mostly verified around the time when the clocks are moving forward or backward, and on New Years Eve.
The call to the bottom of the memory was triggered by the announcement of the last three-digit number – 888 – offered. It would be used to track and protect women returning home, and could also be sent as text, or there is an app using GPS as part of the plans.
On the old tech topic, this is my last email newsletter in a month (Eleanor Olcott and others will keep you posted starting Monday) due to a birthday sabbatical from work, and October is also the 50th anniversary of the first email sent.
We don’t know the exact date that occurred in 1971, computer scientist Ray Tomlinson even struggled to remember the year he sent the first simple message to someone using the @ locator on a network. . But the idea has definitely caught on: this year we are expected to send 320 billion emails.
A recent Uswitch.com survey of UK users suggested that 60% of them have active email accounts with Gmail, 32% with Hotmail and 20% with Yahoo Mail, which means email rules based. on the browser and many of us have several accounts that we have barely changed over the past quarter century.
Despite all of its overload and spam issues and all the social media alternatives, my workday is still email-centric. For #techFT, this is the most direct way to bring your attention to the tech stories and trends that we think are important. Thanks for having us in your inbox.
The Internet of (five) things
1. LinkedIn is dissociating itself from China
LinkedIn is closing its social networking site in China, marking the departure of the last major U.S. social media company from the country. The Microsoft-owned professional network, which has 53 million users in China, said it was “facing a much more difficult operating environment and stricter compliance requirements.”
2. Pinterest co-founder joins Jony Ive’s new design firm
Evan Sharp is stepping down from his operational role at the San Francisco-based social media group to join Sir Jony Ive’s new company, LoveFrom. The co-founder and chief design officer will remain on the Pinterest board and continue to play an “advisory role”, despite working with the former chief design officer at Apple.
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3. TSMC benefits from higher chip prices
The world’s largest chip foundry, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, said it could achieve a gross profit of 50% or more in the long run, as customers became more willing to pay higher prices in an environment protracted global shortage of chips. âWe expect our capacity to remain limited in 2021 and throughout 2022,â CEO CC Wei told investors after forecasting annual revenues would increase by 24%. Lex says there are concerns that capacity may be limited by further shortages, that capital spending is too high, and margins may fall.
4. Technology raises a record amount in 2021
A wave of listings and public sales in the United States has resulted in a windfall for investors and tech workers, delivering a record $ 582.5 billion by September. Start-ups that made initial public offerings, direct quotes or deals with specialist acquisition companies accounted for $ 513.6 billion of the total. PitchBook data showed that revenue from sales and public listings was already twice as high as last year.
5. The financing of the hydrogen plane takes off
Universal Hydrogen, a Los Angeles-based startup that wants to convert passenger planes to fly on hydrogen, said it will start testing its fuel cells with a 40-seat jet next year after lifting new funds from investors such as Tencent and GE Aviation.
Forwarded from Sifted – European start-up week
Snoop Dogg’s venture capital firm made one of its biggest investments in continental Europe this week, in the latest sign of an influx of US venture money into the region. Los Angeles-based venture capital fund Casa Verde, which counts the rapper among its four founding partners, led a $ 15 million fundraiser in Lisbon-based medical cannabis company AceCann. The start-up said it would use the funding to develop a “state-of-the-art” production facility in Vendas Novas, outside Lisbon.
Elsewhere in European start-ups, Homa Games has raised an unusually large $ 50 million Series A funding round in the latest sign of the wild French early-stage finance market. Sifted also spoke with the two sisters who quit their jobs to build âThe Duolingo of Financeâ and the big banks that are making record investments in European fintech.
Technical tools – Nokia 6310
Continuing today’s nostalgic theme, HMD Global is reintroducing a classic mobile phone this week, 20 years after its original release. The 6310 isn’t an exact copy of the original but has modern features including bigger buttons and an expanded menu, and the battery can last for weeks. It also includes the classic Snake game. The 6310 is now available in the UK in black and yellow for Â£ 59.99.
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