Robert Cyran, U.S. tech columnist, joined Breakingviews in London in 2003 and moved four years later to New York, where he continues to cover global technology, pharmaceuticals and special situations. Robert began his career at Forbes magazine, where he assisted in the startup of the international version of the magazine. Before working at Breakingviews he worked as a market researcher and reporter covering the pharmaceutical industry. Robert has a Masters degree in economics from Birmingham University and an undergraduate degree from George Washington University.
The $820 bln retailer may take a stake in electric-truck maker Rivian. That’d be its third mobility play this year. It’s unlikely Amazon aims to build cars. Instead, along with its robotics and cloud efforts, such investments should allow it to tackle mounting logistics concerns.
A U.S. plan to add oomph to AI research reflects anxiety about Chinese advances, and may give firms confidence to invest in smart systems. But it’s mostly symbolic without funding on basic research and openness to foreign talent. That jars with President Trump’s other priorities.
The social-media firm enumerated its daily users for the first time – 126 mln and rising. It will stop reporting monthly users, which are falling. Twitter may be nearing maximum size, but its odd mix of conflict and content is doing a good job of retaining devotees.