Here Comes Wi-Fi 6


And What Is Wi-Fi 6, Exactly?

The latest generation of wireless connectivity technology promises to improve the speed and reliability of Wi-Fi networks, Wired reports. Wi-Fi 6 is expected to usher in the first major update to dual-band support in a decade. And it arrives as soon as this fall.


How Amazon Succeeds with Tiny Profits

To skeptics, Amazon is an e-commerce behemoth whose razor-thin margins—designed to crush competitors—are unsustainable. In truth, Recode reports, these small profit margins may be one of the secrets to the company’s success.


ThoughtSpot Nears a $2 Billion Valuation


ThoughtSpot, a business intelligence startup that offers data analytics searches as simple to use as Google, hit unicorn status on Wednesday with a $248 million funding round led by Lightspeed Ventures, Forbes reports. The E Series round raised total funding to $554 million with a valuation of $1.95 billion. The company is readying itself to go public, its CEO say.


Ex-Google Engineer Who Jumped to Uber Hit with Criminal Charges


Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer at the center of the battle between Uber and Waymo over self-driving technology, is facing federal criminal charges of trade-secrets theft, reports. Levandowski, a founding member of Google’s self-driving project, allegedly downloaded engineering, manufacturing and business files related to Google’s custom lidar and self-driving car technology.


Google Maps Adds 'Mixed Directions'


New mixed directions in Google Maps targets the first and last mile of users' journeys, 9to5Google reports. It combines public transit with biking and ridesharing, which many transport systems around the country already encourage as a green and efficient way to get around.


What If the Internet Were Beamed from Space?

More than half the world is still unconnected to the internet. The BBC says satellite internet could change that: thousands or even tens of thousands of tiny satellites in low Earth orbit beaming the internet to anyone, anywhere. But will the jobs created by greater connectivity be good ones?


What’s Ahead for Podcasting?


For podcasting, 2019 has been a breakout year. Research shows more than half of Americans have now listened to a podcast, and an estimated 32 percent listen monthly. TechCrunch looks at what lies ahead.


Lateral Phishing Attacks Are a Widespread Threat

Security researchers say that over a seven-month period one in seven organizations were hit with lateral phishing attacks, in which cybercriminals sent phishing messages from compromised internal corporate email accounts. What's more, Security Intelligence reports, 42 percent of incidents were not even reported to IT departments. Lateral attacks pose increased risk because employees see messages coming from a known sender.


Cities Use Tech to Reduce Light Pollution

As cities invest in technology upgrades, they have an opportunity to reduce light pollution, which impacts 99 percent of people in the U.S. and Europe and is associated with sleep deprivation, impaired daytime functioning and obesity, Axios reports. Cities are making strategic investments, including updating streetlights to reduce the span of light and to replace existing infrastructure with LED technology, which is environmentally friendly and offers cost savings.


Who Says You Can’t Change the Weather?


Reports that President Donald Trump wants the U.S. use nuclear weapons to stop hurricanes caused a stir on the internet this week. Attempts to attack the weather are nothing new, Slate reports. For example, renowned physicist Bernard Eastlund explored the idea of using a fleet of satellites to blast incipient tornadoes with microwave beams. And want to kill a tsunami? A mathematician proposed using a cannon shooting acoustic-gravity waves.