British VR firm Improbable raised a staggering £388m; 5 years ago the founders were writing their dissertations.

Beer + Virtual Reality = Good night out in Clapham. And then get home and put on a head-set to spice up things in the bedroom.

Amazon moves into live music with a series of 4 London intimate gigs, starting with Blondie, for Prime members. Meanwhile Jeff Bezos is financing his rocket company Blue Origin by selling Amazon $1 billion of Amazon stock a year.

Amazon sales were up by 23% and has a bunch of cool products up its sleeve;  Alphabet were up 22% and Apple just 1% on slower iPhone sales but the biggest losers were Snap whose shares fell as investors fled seeing its long-term potential scale diminished by much slower growth in the last quarter.

Microsoft’s Project Emma is a wearable to help Parkinson’s disease sufferers and Apple just purchased Beddit to help its’ watch wearers to track their sleep better.

Retro is cool as the Nokia 3310 is about to go on-sale,  typewriter keyboards get crowd funded for the iPhone and radios and Polaroid style cameras go digital.

Long form article on the use of algorithms in the music business and Smule raises further funding for its home made recording app for karaoke singers.