TechNews Daily 2017.01.09

9 Jan

Here’s what you can learn from China’s biggest startup failures of 2016
As billionaire investor Warren Buffett once said, “It’s only when the tide goes out that you know who’s been swimming naked.” China’s overly heated venture capital market has spawned numerous startups in 2015, but as dramatic funding slowdown hit the country in 2016, Chinese startups are facing a bleak funding prospect and even once-hot companies are struggling to survive the chilly market. Here are a few high-profile failures that in 2016 and the lessons you can learn from them.

All NYC subway stations will have cellular and Wi-Fi service tomorrow
The Verge
The largest underground mass transit system in the US is now fully wired. New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Transit Wireless have completed upgrades to the city’s subway system, allowing commuters to make calls from all of New York City’s Subway stations as of tomorrow.

Uber’s new tool gives cities a mind-bogglingly detailed view of traffic patterns
The Verge
Today, Uber launched a new tool for mapping travel times, powered by the company’s vast store of ride data. Called Movement, the site allows users to measure travel times between various parts of a city, tracking how those trips get faster or slower over time. Currently only available to registered users, the site is scheduled to open to all users in the coming months.

Meet the presidential candidate who’s using the internet to reinvent French politics
Venture Beat
After a year in which the internet turned global politics upside down, Emmanuel Macron is trying to use it to strike a new political balance in France.

Intel’s credit card-sized ‘Compute Card’ makes old devices feel new again
The Next Web
It’s not much to look at, but Intel’s ‘Compute Card’ could revolutionize consumer technology by making your old — but still functional — tech feel ‘new’ again.