TLDR Daily Update 2019-07-25

DoorDash's apology, Netflix for $2.80 per month in India

Big Tech & Startups

DoorDash Says Itโ€™s Very Sorry You Noticed Its Tip-Skimming Scheme (2 minute read)

DoorDash has been under fire for its tipping policies, where customers were essentially tipping the company, not the delivery person. This business model is similar to many restaurants who have tips applied to a portion of their employees' minimum wage. DoorDash has stood by its policy. However, on Tuesday night, the CEO tweeted that DoorDash had 'missed' that customers felt that the policy would make tipping not matter and that the company would be implementing a model that would mean that earnings would increase by the exact amount a customer tips. It is unclear whether the new policy would mean that the minimum guaranteed pay will be adjusted.

Netflix launches Rs 199 ($2.8)

Netflix has launched a low-priced mobile tier at Rs199 ($2.80) in India to compete with other aggressively priced competitors in the country. The service will be restricted to one mobile device per customer viewing at 480p. Netflix had added far fewer subscribers than projected this year. Mobile devices are increasingly driving media consumption in India. People tend to stream content on their mobiles in India more than in any other nation. Netflix faces a lot of competition in India, with more than three dozen local and international players in the country.
Science & Futuristic Technology

Amazon Prime Video comes to Oculus VR headsets (1 minute read)

Amazon has released a Prime Video VR app that will allow Oculus Quest, Go, Rift, and Gear VR owners to stream shows in virtual space. The app supports voice searching, and Amazon will have 10 360-degree videos available to view in its library. Users will be able to view videos from their personal library without a Prime subscription, as long as it isn't VR-specific content.

World's Largest Nuclear Fusion Experiment Clears Milestone (2 minute read)

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project is an experiment that aims to reach the next stage in the development of nuclear energy by generating emissions-free electricity. Located in southern France, ITER is now 6.5 years away from 'First Plasma'. A recently installed cryostat base and lower cylinder pave the way for the installation of the tokamak, the housing for the powerful magnetic field that will encase the ultra-hot plasma fusion core. After ITER becomes operational, it will still take 10 years until it is fully powered up. 35 nations have cooperated together on the project.
Programming, Design & Data Science


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Amazon โ€˜destroyed the retail industry across the USโ€™ says Treasury Secretary Mnuchin (2 minute read)

According to the US Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, Amazon has destroyed the retail industry across the United States and should be investigated alongside other tech giants in the broad antitrust review that the Justice Department recently announced. The DOJ will be investigating big tech companies to see whether online platforms have reduced competition, stifled innovation, or otherwise harmed consumers. Amazon responded to Mnuchin's comments by pointing out that Amazon represents less than four percent of US retail sales and that 90 percent of retail sales still occur in brick-and-mortar stores.

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