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1. AT&T’s new streaming service HBO Max arrives in 2020, will be the exclusive home of ‘Friends’
Hooray, we don’t have to call it the Untitled WarnerMedia streaming service anymore! Instead, it’s going to be named HBO Max, and it will launch next spring with more than 10,000 hours of content available to subscribers.
The service won’t be limited to HBO content — hence the availability of “Friends” — but the naming indicates how important HBO as a TV brand is to consumers and to parent company AT&T.
2. Visa funds $40M for no-password crypto vault Anchorage
Visa and Andreessen Horowitz are betting even bigger on cryptocurrency, funding a big round for fellow Facebook Libra Association member Anchorage’s omnimetric blockchain security system.
3. Nintendo Switch Lite’s trade-off of whimsy for practicality is a good one
Nintendo revealed a new Switch Lite version of its current-generation console today, which attaches the controllers permanently, shrinks the hardware a bit and adds a touch more battery life. It also takes away the “Switch” part of the equation, because you can only use it handheld, instead of attached to a TV or as a unique tabletop gaming experience.
4. Opera founded startup OPay raises $50M for mobile finance in Nigeria
OPay’s raise tracks greater influence in African tech from China.
5. Flaws in hospital anesthesia and respiratory devices allow remote tampering
Security researchers have found a vulnerability in a networking protocol used in popular hospital anesthesia and respiratory machines, which they say if exploited could be used to maliciously tamper with the devices.
6. Snapchat announces new shows from Serena Williams, Arnold Schwarzenegger and others
The shows will begin airing this month. They’re all exclusive to Snapchat, and many of them come from creators who have a substantial following on other platforms
7. Understanding mental health in Silicon Valley, with professional coach and former investor Jerry Colonna
In a conversation with Connie Loizos, Colonna discusses how previously developed standards of success can impact your ability to lead and find fulfillment at work. (Extra Crunch membership required.)