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  • Amazon’s New Customer

    Mon 7:45am By Ben Thompson
    The key to understanding Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods is to understand that Amazon didn't buy a retailer: the company bought a customer.
  • Podcasts, Analytics, and Centralization

    Jun 13, 2017, 9:59 am By Ben Thompson
    The answer to podcast monetization is not analytics: it it true centralization, and it seems unlikely that Apple has it in them.
  • Apple’s Strengths and Weaknesses

    Jun 6, 2017, 11:16 am By Ben Thompson
    Both Apple's strengths and weaknesses were on full display at its annual WWDC keynote; the HomePod is a perfect example.
  • Faceless Publishers

    May 31, 2017, 8:47 am By Ben Thompson
    The missing piece when it comes to the future of media are faceless publishers. Vox Media's deal with The Ringer shows the way.
  • Tulips, Myths, and Cryptocurrencies

    Tue 7:47am By Ben Thompson
    Did you hear the one about the tulip bubble? It's almost certainly a myth. It is myths, though, that explain why cryptocurrencies are here to stay.
  • Boring Google

    May 18, 2017, 10:12 am By Ben Thompson
    Google's I/O was exactly what you would expect from Google, and that's a great sign for the company.
  • WannaCry About Business Models

    May 15, 2017, 10:04 am By Ben Thompson
    WannaCry is yet another systematic breakdown in security: the blame, though, is less with Microsoft and end users — nor the government — but rather a mismatched business model.
  • The Local News Business Model

    May 9, 2017, 10:43 am By Ben Thompson
    Subscriptions are the future of local news: the key, though, is getting rid of newspapers.
  • Apple’s China Problem

    May 3, 2017, 9:24 am By Ben Thompson
    Apple had mixed earnings: most of the world was great, but China was bad again. The reason is that in China WeChat matters more than iOS.
  • Not OK, Google

    Apr 26, 2017, 9:02 am By Ben Thompson
    Google is making an algorithmic change to demote fake news, but its lack of transparency around its actions is concerning in its own right.