Vault List #7: Our weekly curation of stories you need to read

As part of our work here at Vault, we come across a lot of technology related stories. Vault List is a weekly curation of our favourite stories shared in one place.

This week our stories include Microsoft’s $100 million investment in Uber, the US response to a Chinese hack, the debate on what makes a startup a tech company and more.

  1. Apple’s plans for a visitor centre at its new spaceship campus were recently unveiled by one of our favourite design sites.
  2. The streets of Philadelphia proved to be too tough for this hitchhiking robot.
  3. The US is exploring ways to strike back at China for a hack last month that resulted in millions of current and former government employees’ personal information being stolen.
  4. Engineers have created the world’s first white laser beam.
  5. Why are some startups considered tech companies while others aren’t? The NY Times tried to get to the bottom of the issue.
  6. Despite a successful crowdfunding campaign, the Yotpahone 2 will not be coming to the US as intended.
  7. Microsoft is investing $100 million in Uber as part of a financing round that values the ride hailing startup at approximately $50 billion.
  8. Apple Music has ten million users so far. That said, we don’t really know how well Apple Music is doing.
  9. Microsoft released Windows 10 to PC users on July 29th. If you are interested in find out how Microsoft’s new OS was received by the tech community, you can find the answers here, here and here.
  10. Some people think the sharing economy has gotten away from its original premise of you know, sharing.
  11. Streaming services like Spotify aren’t the only ones to be blamed for the paltry revenue popular musicians like Sam Smith receive despite millions of streams by their fans. Record labels also have to be more transparent with how they distribute the money they are paid by music streaming companies.

As usual, previous editions of Vault List can be found here.

 

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