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Google’s Proprietary Fork of HTML Is Taking Over the Open Web — Pixel Envy

Consider this: Google owns the most popular search engine and the biggest video hosting platform in most countries, operates one of the most-used email services on Earth, has the greatest market share of any mobile operating system, makes the most popular web browser in many countries, serves the majority of the targeted advertising on the web, provides the most popular analytics software for websites, and is attempting to become a major internet service provider. And, to cap it all off, they’re subtly replacing HTML with their own version, and it requires a Google-hosted JavaScript file to correctly display.
google  internet  monopoly  privacy  business  web  amp 
3 days ago by jefframnani
Amazon selling illegal books
Amazon's 3rd party sellers don't say where their books come from.
Amazon  books  bullshit  monopoly  from iphone
7 days ago by raglan
“Google Is as Close to a Natural Monopoly as the Bell System Was in 1956" -
Right before he died, Google had Robert Bork write a paper that basically said consumers can switch from Google to Bing at no cost,2) but that’s not true. If I am really the average Google customer, I have Gmail, I have Google Calendar, Google Maps. I have all these applications that I invested data into which I can’t leave. All my contacts are in Gmail. It’s not costless, the cost of switch is quite expensive. That’s a fallacious argument, since it’s not just a search engine. It’s an ecosystem.
amazon  google  facebook  internet  economics  monopoly 
10 days ago by atbradley
Move Fast and Break Things review – Google, Facebook and Amazon exposed | Books | The Guardian
Good piece of skepticism regarding the current digital monopolies.

Taplin’s book ranges widely over the digital landscape and ventures where most commentators rarely go. He looks, for example, at the economic impact of the digital giants and argues convincingly that they are, basically, just engines for increasing inequality. Even as the tech sector booms, we have stagnant living standards, rising inequality and a growing “precariat” in the gig economy. The revenues of Google and Facebook are colossal, and yet they employ very few people in comparison to normal companies: tech firms represent 21% of the 500 largest American firms, but employ only 3% of the workforce.
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13 days ago by jefframnani
Tech’s Frightful Five: They’ve Got Us - The New York Times
This is the most glaring and underappreciated fact of internet-age capitalism: We are, all of us, in inescapable thrall to one of the handful of American technology companies that now dominate much of the global economy. I speak, of course, of my old friends the Frightful Five: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Alphabet, the parent company of Google.
Amazon  Alphabet  Google  Microsoft  Facebook  review  dominance  monopoly  consumer  NYTimes  2017 
16 days ago by inspiral
Twitter
Playing like manages his business. Highly mortgaged. Out of cash. The only thing missing…
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20 days ago by sinned
Our Problem with Monopolies, and Why Everything Sucks – Talking Points Memo
My point in telling these stories is that they’re somewhat comical – except when they’re happening. But because they’re comical I think they help to illustrate a basic and not at all comical point. These businesses could not exist, they could not stay in business run as they are, if they did not function as monopolies or in monopoly settings where consumers have little ability to take their business elsewhere. Are these just examples of bad luck or bizarre stories? No, they’re just particularly amusing (now) examples. I could tell you literally a hundred more. They are examples of what I’ve seen change even over the last decade and a half. The industries we work with get more concentrated, the service gets worse and more expensive.

The telecom and banking industries are among the most concentrated and monopolistic in our economy. Our current Internet service provider is that rare exception that proves the rule. They provide really good service at a reasonable price – not because they’re nice or moral but because their business is not based on coerced consumption.

They’re not a monopoly.
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24 days ago by sampenrose
(479) Scott Galloway: This Is the Top of the Market - YouTube
2017 social media tops out.// one sign youtube adapocalypse. 2017 f8 that was weird at best. snapchat never making money. and Google Facebook capturing 99% of social media/internet ad growth in 2016
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24 days ago by asterisk2a
Cape Horn - Wikipedia
The only facilities in the vicinity able to service or supply a ship, or provide medical care, were in the Falkland Islands. The businesses there were so notorious for price-gouging that damaged ships were sometimes abandoned at Port Stanley.
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29 days ago by avashevko
Not OK, Google – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
Indeed, that is why Google needs to be a whole lot more explicit about how it is ranking news. Perhaps the most unanticipated outcome of the unfettered nature of the Internet is that the sheer volume of information didn’t disperse influence, but rather concentrated it to a far greater degree than ever before, not to those companies that handle distribution (because distribution is free) but to those few that handle discovery. The result is an environment where what is best for the individual in the short-term is potentially at odds with what is best for a free society in the long-term; it would behoove Google to push off the resolution of this paradox by being more open, not less.

Sadly, it seems unlikely that my request for more transparency will get much support; Google’s announcement was widely applauded, and why not? It is the established media that will have a leg up when it comes to authority. That, it seems, is all they ever wanted, even if it means Google and Facebook taking all of the money.

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4 weeks ago by inspiral

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