1. Magic Leap finally takes shape
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The long wait finally comes to an end as Magic Leap, the mysterious AR startup released its first product, Magic Leap One “Creator Edition”, an AR headset built for developers. The headset is reportedly able to tip your brain to pick up virtual objects enacted by Magic Leap’s “Digital Lightfield”. The device is said to ship in 2018 with no details on price. Will it be a start to promised greatness or a bitter disappointment?
2. Uber 2017's downward spiral goes on
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Uber’s bad luck continues as Europe’s top court ruled Uber is a transport service (equivalent to a taxi company) that has to comply with individual member state’s transportation laws, following many years of legal contention. The ruling is a big setback for Uber’s expansion in Europe, where many taxi services resist Uber’s emerging hegemony in local markets. Read more at TechCrunch.
3. Iron Man's new toy
Elon Musk just tweeted pictures of the near-completion Falcon Heavy rocket. The rocket is reportedly able to carry 140,000 pounds of cargo into lower Earth orbit, making it one of the most powerful rockets in history. The initial launch will be set in January next year in Cape Canaveral.
4. Where VCs are headed in 2018
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Wired.com lists down a number of areas where VCs will be hotly tracking in 2018. The article alleges Blockchain will be preferred over bitcoin for underlying technology value, AI businesses that can actually monetize, subscription-based product makers with an active online presence, and voice-centric devices and service technology, paid media and animal communication.
5. Japan's Drive-thru funeral home
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Drive-thru funeral home is real in Nagano Prefecture of Japan. According to Japan Times, the service is to let senior mourners and people with mobility issues to pay respect to the departed without needing to getting off the car.