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  • Not OK, Google

    Wed 9:02am 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.
  • Facebook and the Cost of Monopoly

    Apr 19, 2017, 12:13 pm By Ben Thompson
    Facebook gave one of the worst keynotes in a long time: there was no vision, just the adoption of Snap's. It's the inevitable outcome of a monopoly.
  • The Walt Mossberg Brand

    Apr 10, 2017, 10:39 am By Ben Thompson
    Walt Mossberg is retiring; his influence on tech is well-known, but his influence on the media is just as profound.
  • The Arrival of Artificial Intelligence

    11:42am By Ben Thompson
    What is artificial intelligence? Is it really any different than technology? In my estimation machine learning is truly something new, and the effects on society will be significant.
  • 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

    Feb 27, 2017, 7:25 am 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.