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Welcome to another Pulse! It's been a super-foggy/misty week here in Manchester - and I loved it! Alt
January 26 · Issue #73 · View online
Welcome to another Pulse!
It’s been a super-foggy/misty week here in Manchester - and I loved it! Although I did catch a fuckin cold again, which I’m not the biggest fan of!
Anyways, on the back of my PhD thesis, I’m working on an app - that’s all I currently have, but will definitely update you if it moves forward.
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- 𝕭𝖊𝖓 𝔣𝔯𝔬𝔪 [ 𝖕𝖊𝖗𝖘𝖕𝖊𝖈𝖙𝖎𝖛𝖊 𝖎𝖝 ]

  • Last week, we talked about the EU considering banning facial recognition technology in public areas. This week, the Metropolitan Police has announced it will use live facial recognition cameras operationally for the first time on London streets [BBC] - Hello, Post-EU UK!

  • YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter’s moderation contractor, Accenture, is covering its ass by making employees sign a statement acknowledging the at the job can cause PTSD [Verge]!

  • Google’s 3D map of a fruit fly brain will blow your mind [Futurism] - 25,000 neurones; 20,000,000 synapses; 1 bug’s brain.

  • Jeff Bezos, the Saudi crown prince, and the alleged phone-hacking plot explained in 3 minutes [Guardian].

  • Google is backtracking on desktop search redesign which made it hard to distinguish ads from organic results [Verge] - it didn’t look right, did it?

  • Google says it found five separate flaws in Apple’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention tool for Safari that lets users’ browsing behaviour be tracked [FT].

Better than Real
A still life painting was supposed to capture a moment in time, something that we’d photograph if only the camera had been invented.
And a sauna was a nordic way to simulate a warm afternoon at the beach.
But an artistic photograph isn’t supposed to simply be a snapshot. It has to add more than that.
And a veggie burger is not simply a pale imitation of a meat burger. It can be something better.
The problem with faux is that it’s not enough.

AI in Numbers - Credit CB Insights
AI in Numbers - Credit CB Insights
Record funding to AI startups in 2019
Over 4.3K AI startups in 80 countries have raised $83B since 2014. Private companies focused on AI raised a record $26.6 billion across more than 2,200 deals worldwide, per CB Insights. For reference, 2018 saw 1,940 deals totalling $22.1 billion. 2017: 1,711 and $16.8 billion.
The 🇺🇸 led with 39% of global AI deal share in 2019, but you can hear footsteps from the rest of the world, especially 🇨🇳 & 🇬🇧. 
China accounted for 13% of AI deals last year, but the amount of $$$ dropped to 11% of global investment.

Netflix's International Expansion - Credit: Statista
Netflix's International Expansion - Credit: Statista
Netflix’s International Expansion
Following the launches of Apple TV+ and Disney+ this fall, Netflix’s subscriber growth was even more closely watched than usual when the company announced its Q4 earnings earlier this week. And while international growth didn’t disappoint, Netflix’s domestic growth appeared to suffer from the intensified competition.
Netflix added just 420,000 paid subscribers on its home turf between October and December, way short of its own guidance of 600,000. International growth exceeded expectations however, coming in at 8.3 million new subscribers vs. 7 million expected.
As the following chart shows, Netflix’s subscriber growth over the past five years has largely been driven by its international expansion. Since the end of 2015, Netflix gained 96.3 million paid subscribers, 78.6 of which came from outside the United States.

Top Social Media Apps Worldwide for December 2019 - Credit: SensorTower
Top Social Media Apps Worldwide for December 2019 - Credit: SensorTower
Top Social Media Apps Worldwide for December 2019 by Downloads
TikTok was the most downloaded social media app worldwide for December 2019 with 82.3 million installs, which represented a 13% increase from December 2018. The countries with the most installs of the app during this period were India at 37% of its total downloads and Brazil at 10%.
Read more on SensorTower.

  • byte: A new looping video app from the founder of Vine [iOS | Android]

  • JetBrains Mono: a free new font specifically designed for developers.

  • Turn your iPhone into a Google security key [via TNW]

Trillion-dollar companies & tax season; how the "Black List" shapes Hollywood’s big business… and is podcasting coming for radio dollars?
🐦 TWEETS of the WEEK
guys help me which perfume should i get?? im so confused
Alicia Keys Sister
Just did my own taxes, I should be in jail by friday
Why did the chickens cross the road? To fight these cows.
Adam Savage Tests Boston Dynamics' Spot Robot!
Cool guys don't look at the explosion - Credit: Reddit/u/akashdas323
Cool guys don't look at the explosion - Credit: Reddit/u/akashdas323
That's all for this week...
Let’s catch up next week, shall we?
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