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  • Ad Agencies and Accountability

    Mar 20, 2017, 7:16 am By Ben Thompson
    Google is in hot water again, this time for ads placed against objectionable content. However, ad agencies and brands are just as responsible, and can no longer live in the past.
  • Intel, Mobileye, and Smiling Curves

    Mar 14, 2017, 12:33 pm By Ben Thompson
    Intel is buying Mobileye; it's an acquisition that makes sense once you realize how much value there is in components.
  • The Uber Conflation

    Mar 7, 2017, 11:02 am By Ben Thompson
    It's easy to conflate criticism of Uber's regulatory approach with accusations about the company's culture. That is CEO Travis Kalanick's responsibility; it's also a failure of all of tech.
  • Twitter, Live, and Luck

    7:25am By Ben Thompson
    Last night's Academy Awards show was another event that showed how special Twitter is; the fact that you had to be there shows just how badly the company has failed to evolve.
  • Manifestos and Monopolies

    Feb 21, 2017, 9:57 am By Ben Thompson
    Facebook has long had too much power, but Mark Zuckerberg's expressed willingness to use said power for political ends means it's time to consider countermeasures.
  • Snap’s Apple Strategy

    Feb 13, 2017, 9:52 am By Ben Thompson
    Snap plans to win on innovation; we've known for 30 years, though, that that is not always enough.
  • Inspired Media

    Jan 31, 2017, 10:07 am By Ben Thompson
    The key for products and politicians used to be maximizing paid and earned media. What matters on the Internet, though, is inspired media.
  • The Great Unbundling

    Jan 18, 2017, 11:49 am By Ben Thompson
    It's trivial to say that the Internet changed media; what is more interesting is unpacking how different types of media were affected, and why — and what might happen to TV.
  • The Ten Year Anniversary of the Apple TV

    Jan 9, 2017, 5:49 am By Ben Thompson
    Today is being marked as the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone; it is a footnote of history that it is also the 10-year anniversary of the Apple TV. It's a reminder that we don't know what innovations matter until they occur.
  • Alexa: Amazon’s Operating System

    Jan 4, 2017, 10:45 am By Ben Thompson
    Money is made at chokepoints, and the most valuable chokepoints are operating systems; Amazon has built exactly that with Alexa.