FG Newsletter #319

16. February 2017

Big Tech News

Verizon Reduces Yahoo Deal Price by $250 Million in Revised Deal
Verizon Communications Inc. is close to a renegotiated deal for Yahoo! Inc.’s internet properties that would reduce the price of the $4.8 billion agreement by about $250 million after the revelation of security breaches at the web company, according to people familiar with the matter.

CEO Jack Dorsey just bought $7 million in Twitter stock
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey decided on Tuesday to show investors just how much confidence he has that Twitter can turn around its business. Dorsey bought $7 million worth of Twitter stock this week, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday.

Google Fiber Sheds Workers As It Looks to a Wireless Future
Alphabet is sending hundreds of employees at Access—the division that runs the high-speed internet service—to work at other parts of the company, an Access spokeswoman says. It’s not the end of Fiber but the slimming-down likely signals a future for Alphabet’s broadband ambitions that involves less fiber.

Guides & Resources

How Ben Thompson built Stratechery into a one-man publishing empire
Ben Thompson has established himself as one of the smartest analysts and clearest thinkers on the media and technology industries. And he has built an interesting, rather unusual business, self-publishing his Stratechery blog and subscription-based email newsletter from Taiwan, where he lives.

I started a one-man biz that’s beating VC-backed startups
How Philip Kaplan started DistroKid that helps musicians & record labels get their music into online stores & streaming services and in the four years since launch has become the largest music distributor in the world by many counts.

30 Best Customer Support Tools to Delight Customers
A list of the 30 best customer support tools that can help you provide an unmatched support to your customers, covering all the support channels and the best tools that fit into each one of them.

For Fun

Could a £400bn plan to refreeze the Arctic before the ice melts really work?
Temperatures are now so high at the north pole that scientists are contemplating radical schemes to avoid catastrophe…

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