Summer’s officially over after the weekend, and with that comes the end of an eventful few months in tech. Twitter’s CEO search merry-go-round, the creation of Alphabet, Apple's nacent interests to get into the overcrowded original content game—all things dominated the news cycle and were at once surprising yet ultimately predictable.
In this episode of "The Information’s 411" we wrap up the summer with a brief look at some of those matters as well as deeper looks at two of our biggest stories this week.
First, Alfred goes long on his inside look at coworking office space provider WeWork and its ambitious—if perhaps a bit too ambitious—revenue projections over the next few years. If it hits those marks, WeWork may well usher in a new era of shared work and living spaces. If not, there’s a lot of venture capitalists and mutual funds that could see their investments tank.
Then Jessica fills in for a peripatetic Amir Efrati to talk about his scoop that Google is planning to reenter mainland China, this time through its Google Play mobile app store. She covered Google when it first had a falling out with the Chinese government, but things are very different now for both sides. Will pragmatism win out over principals?