Jun 16, 2017

​Apple hires video veterans to expand its original content push

Apple has hired two executives from Sony's production arm to launch a push into the original programming business, The Wall Street Journal reports. The initiative comes as CEO Tim Cook has pledged to expand Apple's services business, which includes apps, software, etc.

Why it matters: Apple joins the other major tech companies, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, etc., in trying to produce original content. Currently, Apple's content distribution exists through a variety of services, including Apple News, Apple Music and iTunes, though nearly all the material is produced by others. Apple has also relied on exclusives and partnerships, such as those with musical.ly and 808.

Gut Check: If the strategy sounds a little misnamed, don't forget this is the same company that sells movies, TV shows and music all through something called iTunes.

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Palantir CEO hits Silicon Valley "monoculture," may leave California

Palantir is "getting close" to a decision on whether to move the company out of California, CEO Alex Karp said in an interview for "Axios on HBO."

The state of play: "We haven't picked a place yet, but it's going to be closer to the East Coast than the West Coast. ... If I had to guess, I would guess something like Colorado."

A reckoning for Russia's space program

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SpaceX's first attempt at launching astronauts from American soil this week is a historic moment that will stress the decades-long relationship between the U.S. and Russia in space.

Why it matters: Since the Cold War, the U.S. and Russia have collaborated intimately in space. As the U.S. regains the ability to launch people with its own rockets, the future of Russia's already struggling civil space program — and how the U.S. will collaborate with it — is unclear.

The coronavirus is making it even harder to care for seniors

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Caring for older adults was already expensive, emotionally taxing and logistically difficult — and the coronavirus is only making it worse.

Why it matters: People older than 65 have the highest risk of dying from the virus, and outbreaks have been rampant in long-term care facilities. That is creating anxiety for seniors and their families.