Digital Digest

On a weekly basis we’ll highlight 4 articles that caught our attention while doing our research. We’ll show you key events or trends in the digital world that you shouldn’t have missed this week. All articles were gathered and processed in our Trendbase tool.


This self-driving AI faced off against a champion racer (kind of).

Racing AI

Developments in the self-driving car world can sometimes be a bit dry: a million miles without an accident, a 10 percent increase in pedestrian detection range, and so on. But this research has both an interesting idea behind it and a surprisingly hands-on method of testing: pitting the vehicle against a real racing driver on a course.

To set expectations here, this isn’t some stunt, it’s actually warranted given the nature of the research, and it’s not like they were trading positions, jockeying for entry lines, and generally rubbing bumpers. They went separately, and the researcher, whom I contacted, politely declined to provide the actual lap times. This is science, people. Please!

Read more about the race here


How Apple Card works

Apple Card

One of the most buzzy announcements on Apple’s stage this week was Apple Card, its in-house credit card powered by Goldman Sachs and Mastercard. Consumers, tech press, financial press and Wall Street were all intrigued for various reasons.

But there are still a ton of questions around the way it works mechanically, the terms involved for consumers and its overall benefits. Though I’m not a financial reporter, I did used to cover payments and I’m a huge points hound. Some of the benefits (and caveats) of Apple Card are worth examining a bit more.

Read more about Apple Card here


McDonald’s is acquiring Dynamic Yield to create a more customized drive-thru

McDo's

McDonald’s is acquiring Dynamic Yield to create a more customized is announcing an agreement to acquire personalization company Dynamic Yield. The announcement does not include a price, but a source with knowledge of the deal said that it’s more than $300 million. This is the fast food chain’s largest acquisition in 20 years.

Dynamic Yield works with brands across e-commerce, travel, finance and media to create what’s been described as an Amazon-style personalized online experience.

Read more about McDonald’s move here


Alphabet-backed Clover Health is cutting tech jobs after realizing it needs more health-care experts

Clover Health, an Alphabet-backed health insurer, has long emphasized its commitment to technology to help predict when its members are likely to get sick so the company can intervene before that happens.

But as Clover grows to serve more people, the company is realizing it needs a different kind of expertise, and is focused on people with a background in health insurance and clinical care.

Clover, which has offices in New Jersey and Silicon Valley, is slashing a quarter of its workforce, representing about 140 employees, according to a spokesperson. The job cuts were originally reported by the Wall Street Journal. Clover serves the Medicare Advantage market, providing insurance to seniors across seven states, including South Carolina, New Jersey and Tennessee.

Read more about Alfabet’s stake in Clover Health here


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