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April 15, 2021

1_TOP NEWS

How Stripe Soared to a $95 Billion Valuation

The pandemic threatened to clobber Stripe. Instead, it turbocharged the company, the Wall Street Journal reports. It has turned a humdrum business—helping companies accept credit-card payments—into a blockbuster valuation: $95 billion, the highest for a private Silicon Valley company.

2_CRYPTO

With Coinbase's IPO, Crypto Comes of Age


On Wednesday, digital currencies took their biggest step yet toward wider acceptance when Coinbase, a startup that allows people to buy and sell cryptocurrencies, went public. Its shares began trading up 52 percent from its pre-trading reference price and closed at $328.28 a share, giving the company a valuation of $85.7 billion, the New York Times reports.

3_BUSINESS

Why Microsoft Coughed Up $20B for Nuance

Microsoft's acquisition of Nuance for $19.7 billion is the company's second-largest purchase ever, behind only the $26 billion it spent on LinkedIn. Microsoft said the deal was all about health care, where Nuance has been hugely successful, but Protocol reports the real prize is Nuance's broader expertise: designing industry- and product-specific systems that make it easy to do work with an AI assistant.

4_SOCIAL MEDIA

New Research Reveals the Latest Social Media Trends

Among social media platforms, Facebook continues to see the most daily usage, according to the latest findings from Pew Research. However, YouTube and Reddit were the only two platforms measured that saw statistically significant growth since 2019, Social Media Today reports.

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5_DESIGN

UX Engineers Are Vital to Product Innovation


Creative technology roles are becoming a critical part of innovation teams in Big Tech, Michael Piccuirro, a senior UX engineer at Google, writes on UX Collective. He says adding a user experience engineer to a team that is developing an app or site can unlock new methods of product innovation.

6_DATA

Why Data Brokers Are a Serious Threat 


Without robust national privacy safeguards, entire databases of citizen information are ready for purchase, whether to predatory loan companies, law enforcement agencies, or even malicious foreign actors, Justin Sherman writes in Wired.

7_SEO

Google’s Search Shakeup Is Near

Google has been talking about its Core Web Vitals tool and the Page Experience Update for about a year now. With the update scheduled to roll out next month, Web Designer Depot says, now is the time to learn how to use the Core Web Vitals tool to ensure your site rankings don’t drop.

8_NEW PRODUCTS

Apple Confirms Date of Release Event


Apple has confirmed it will be holding a release event on April 20, called "Spring Loaded." It is expected to feature the eagerly-awaited "AirTags," Apple's long-rumored tracking accessory; an iPad Pro refresh, and perhaps other surprises, Apple Insider reports.

9_GEAR

Audio Powers at Your Fingertips


The voice-activated assistant is just one of the voice-powered tools in a smartphone’s ever-growing audio toolbox, the New York Times reports. Your device can also be a digital recorder, a dictation machine, a podcast production studio and more. 

10_SAY WHAT?

Spider Music

Spiders rely on the vibrations in their webs to perceive their environment. Now, thanks to an MIT data sonification project, the mysterious music these vibrations produce has been revealed, Vice reports. It is hauntingly beautiful, a soft and constant rustle of bells.

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