At least tech got some results
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Good morning! This Wednesday, a look at the few things tech knows for sure about the election, how social platforms are faring, and why Pokémon Go is crushing it in a pandemic.
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What do we know so far about the 2020 presidential election? Not much, broadly speaking. It's going to be a long week, friends. Stay hydrated.
In the tech world, though, we do have some more clarity. A quick update on the ballot measures we've been paying attention to:
As for who will be the next U.S. president? We don't know, and we might not know anytime soon. The only certain thing right now: Large touchscreens with interactive maps are clearly the future of television.
One of the big questions coming into the election was how social platforms, and the internet as a whole, would fare. Anything seemed possible, from a totally smooth process to … I don't know, the whole internet breaking all at once under the weight of Russian disinformation.
The truth turned out to be somewhere in the middle.
It's clear there's a lot of work left to do to combat misinformation and disinformation. And there's still time left even in this election for the platforms to experience more problems. Trump made clear last night that he intends to keep saying he won, and will test the platforms' mettle to keep saying he hasn't yet. Beyond that, it seems like we're left mostly with normal election stress rather than something entirely new.
Tesla was closer to bankruptcy than you might think, Elon Musk said:
This Jack Ma comment about Chinese banks seems to have gotten his Ant Group IPO suspended, and may have cost him billions of dollars:
If you're looking to get into VR or AR, Google's Paul Debevec said you should be hiring visual effects artists:
Introducing QuickBooks Commerce, a new way for small businesses to grow
Small businesses need to attract and sell to new customers, but many worry about adding operational complexity – especially right now. QuickBooks Commerce is a new platform to manage multiple online and in-store sales channels and better maintain inventory while getting profitability insights – all from one central hub.
Jeff Bezos is giving up to $700 million to a number of environmental groups as part of his ultimate plan to give away $10 billion on climate change initiatives.
Ran Makavy and Katie Dill are leaving Lyft. Makavy was head of strategic initiatives, and Dill was head of design.
Alex Lo is Kneron's new chief strategy officer. He was previously at Nvidia for 17 years.
We all pretty much spent 2020 indoors, not going anywhere, not doing anything. And yet Pokémon Go, a game based on going places and doing things, turned it into its best year ever, with more than $1 billion in revenue. Just goes to show, there's always a pivot if you can find it. Also, sitting in my living room counts as physical activity.
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