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  • The Pollyannish Assumption

    Tue 9:22am By Ben Thompson
    Moderating user-generated content is hard: it is easier, though, with a realistic understanding that the Internet reflects humanity — it is capable of both good and evil.
  • [FREE Daily Update] “Light Touch”, Cable, and DSL; The Broadband Tradeoff; The Importance of…

    Nov 29, 2017, 6:28 am By Ben Thompson
    The limited evidence suggests that regulation does correlate with broadband investment: it's not definitive, but worth exploring, because bandwidth needs aren't finished. Strong antitrust enforcement, though is critical.
  • Pro-Neutrality, Anti-Title II

    Nov 28, 2017, 11:39 am By Ben Thompson
    Any regulation, including those around net neutrality, should be put to a cost-benefit analysis. In this case regulation advocates come up short.
  • Give Stratechery as a Gift

    Nov 27, 2017, 8:43 am By Ben Thompson
    The holiday season is approaching, and a Stratechery subscription can be given as a gift! You can specify the date of delivery (like, say, December 25, to pick a random example), and include a personalized message to be delivered by email. To buy a gift visit…
  • Stitch Fix and the Senate

    Nov 14, 2017, 9:33 am By Ben Thompson
    Stitch Fix is a perfectly fine company that is a big startup success, in part because it paid attention to costs. It is very problematic that the Senate is threatening that, and potentially entrenching incumbents.
  • Apple at Its Best

    Nov 6, 2017, 10:25 am By Ben Thompson
    Apple's original competitive advantage — the integration of hardware and software — is more durable than disruption theory would suggest.
  • Tech Goes to Washington

    Nov 1, 2017, 12:53 pm By Ben Thompson
    Facebook, Google, and Twitter testified before a Senate committee: it provided evidence of how tech prefers power over decentralization, even if it means regulation
  • Why Facebook Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Buy tbh

    Oct 23, 2017, 11:05 am By Ben Thompson
    Facebook is acquiring tbh, another burgeoning social network; regulators erred in allowing the Instagram and WhatsApp acquisitions, but there is no better place to start enforcing the law than now.
  • Goodbye Gatekeepers

    Oct 16, 2017, 11:39 am 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.