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  • Goodbye Gatekeepers

    Mon 11:39am By Ben Thompson
    Harvey Weinstein was a gate-keeper — a position that existed in multiple industries, including the media. That entire structure, though, is untenable on the Internet, and that's a good thing.
  • Google’s Search for the Sweet Spot

    Oct 5, 2017, 8:37 am By Ben Thompson
    Google's hardware event shows the company's commitment both to devices and to artificial intelligence; just doing what you are good at, though, is not always enough.
  • Trustworthy Networking

    Oct 3, 2017, 10:00 am By Ben Thompson
    The problems Facebook are facing today are the result of running into the future without considering unintended consequences, much like Microsoft and the Internet. There are clear solutions for the ad problem, but the filter bubble issue is much more fraught.
  • Defining Aggregators

    Sep 26, 2017, 10:27 am By Ben Thompson
    Building on Aggregation Theory, this provides a precise definition of the characteristics of aggregators, and a classification system based on suppliers. Plus, how to think about aggregator regulation.
  • Books and Blogs

    Sep 26, 2017, 10:20 am By Ben Thompson
    Blogs are no longer a writing platform for new entrants; they are better than books for the ongoing development of ideas.
  • The Super-Aggregators and the Russians

    Sep 18, 2017, 8:56 am By Ben Thompson
    Facebook is in trouble — again — for Russian ads about the election; figuring out how to deal with them requires first understanding that Facebook, like Google, is a Super-Aggregator. It faces zero transaction costs in all parts of its business.
  • The Lessons and Questions of the iPhone X and the iPhone 8

    Sep 13, 2017, 11:13 am By Ben Thompson
    The iPhone X is a quintessential Apple product, because it is the best; is there a market for iPhone 8?
  • Everything is Changing; So Should Antitrust

    Sep 6, 2017, 10:23 am By Ben Thompson
    WPP is dealing with not only a changing advertising industry but a changing world, thanks to the Internet. Antitrust needs to change as well.
  • Uber’s New CEO

    Aug 28, 2017, 9:31 am By Ben Thompson
    Uber has a new CEO, and the reason he is a great choice explain why the Uber job is still an attractive one.
  • Disney’s Choice

    Aug 23, 2017, 12:40 pm By Ben Thompson
    Cable TV created a world where differentiated content could profit from everyone; that is why it will be hard for Disney to make the choices streaming will force on them.