Dec 29, 2016

12/29/16: Spending $7 billion to understand you

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The internet service giant Alibaba is reportedly going to drop $7 billion on "content" over the next three years — what exactly is the company trying to create? Turns out it might just be funneling that money into "customer understanding." And in the next three *days*, lots of people will be preparing for and ringing in the new year. A new device called Coravin wants to help you celebrate by removing wine from the bottle, without removing the cork. Finally: as part of our Codebreaker podcast, we'll look at how refugees have been using technology to cross borders.

The internet service giant Alibaba is reportedly going to drop $7 billion on “content” over the next three years — what exactly is the company trying to create? Turns out it might just be funneling that money into “customer understanding.” And in the next three *days*, lots of people will be preparing for and ringing in the new year. A new device called Coravin wants to help you celebrate by removing wine from the bottle, without removing the cork. Finally: as part of our Codebreaker podcast, we’ll look at how refugees have been using technology to cross borders.

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