This week’s news of note: Swiss Post to test drones, YouTube’s 10th anniversary, and Google’s solution to the network nightmare—Project Fi.
Drone company collaborates with Swiss Post
Menlo Park-based drone company Matternet, Swiss Post (the postal service of Switzerland), and Swiss WorldCargo launched a joint project to test deployment of drones. The first tests will happen this summer in Switzerland as proof of concept.
Matternet’s first drone, called One, can transport items of up to 1 kilogram for about 20 kilometers (roughly 2 pounds for 20 miles) and could also deliver light packages and documents. Will drones soon be stuffing your home mailbox? We will see.
YouTube turns 10: Success guaranteed?
Ten years ago this week, the first video was uploaded to YouTube by the site’s co-founder Jawed Karim, a former PayPal employee. Todd Wasserman from Mashable tells the full tale of the company’s early days and it’s Silicon Valley story.
But will success last forever? Facebook published numbers this week, too, showing that users were watching 4 billion videos a day on their site compared to just 1 billion in September 2014.
Analysts see video advertising as one of Facebook’s most promising areas for revenue growth. Brokerage Cowen & Co estimates that YouTube’s daily views will reach 7.9 billion by the end of 2015. But although YouTube may have the lead now, the ease of Facebook’s mobile video platform could let them catch up fast.
First ever uploaded video to YouTube
Google’s Project Fi could simplify the network nightmare
For now invite-only and usable exclusively with Nexus 6 Android phones, Project Fi essentially strings together existing networks and Wi-Fi connectivity into one service (it’s a cooperation with T-Mobile and Sprit). Depending on whatever connection is best at their location, users automatically bounce from one cell network or Wi-Fi to another.
A simple pricing plan without a contract even charges you only for the amount of data you actually use. If you paid for 3 GB and use only 2 GB, you get reimbursed at the end of the month. If this all works out how Google promises, in the near future this could disrupt the whole cellular network industry.