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  • Integration and Monopoly

    Mon 8:57am By Ben Thompson
    Apple has won through integration, but integration combined with network effects and economies of scale can result in bad outcomes that look a lot like monopolies.
  • The Google Squeeze

    Nov 12, 2019, 11:02 am By Ben Thompson
    Google, the real Aggregator, is squeezing OTAs, which acted like Aggregators while depending on Google for demand. It's easy to say Google is being unfair, but this may be better for consumers.
  • Exponent Podcast: Principle Stacks

    Nov 8, 2019, 11:28 am By Ben Thompson
    On Exponent, the weekly podcast I host with James Allworth, we discuss Tech and Liberty. Listen to it here.
  • Tech and Liberty

    Nov 5, 2019, 11:10 am By Ben Thompson
    The First Amendment is not about a law, but rather a culture — specifically a culture of liberty. It is essential to tech, and in this context, Facebook is mostly right about political ads (but can still do better).
  • Exponent Podcast: The Second Estate Era

    Oct 25, 2019, 12:06 pm By Ben Thompson
    On Exponent, the weekly podcast I host with James Allworth, we discuss The Internet and the Third Estate. Listen to it here.
  • The Internet and the Third Estate

    Mon 11:22am By Ben Thompson
    Mark Zuckerberg suggested that social media is a "Fifth Estate"; in fact, social media is a means by which the Third Estate — commoners — can seize political power. Here history matters.
  • Google and Ambient Computing

    Oct 16, 2019, 10:51 am By Ben Thompson
    Google presented a vision of ambient computing that goes beyond the smartphone. The company is well-placed, but faces challenges both in the marketplace and in the mirror.
  • Exponent Podcast: The Abyss Stares Back

    Oct 15, 2019, 12:00 pm By Ben Thompson
    On Exponent, the weekly podcast I host with James Allworth, we discuss The China Cultural Clash. Listen to it here.
  • The China Cultural Clash

    Oct 8, 2019, 12:32 pm By Ben Thompson
    The NBA controversy in China highlights a culture clash that both tech companies and the U.S. government need to take to heart. Plus, why Tiktok being Chinese is increasingly a problem.
  • Exponent Podcast: Distracted at Facebook

    Oct 5, 2019, 1:51 pm By Ben Thompson
    On Exponent, the weekly podcast I host with James Allworth, we discuss Facebook from multiple angles, including child sexual abuse material, encryption, Oculus, and a leaked all-hands meeting. Listen to it here.