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(1521) The Myth of American "Capitalism" - YouTube
backhand subsidies
lobby influence
monopolies and oligopolies are price makers and consumers become price takers, there is no equilibrium.
Capitalism  book  monopoly  oligopol  oligopoly  competition  anttrust  anti-trust  free  market  self-regulation  Regulation  regulators  consumer  protection  subsidies  subsidizing  lobby  revolving  door 
15 days ago by asterisk2a
(5924) Teacher Who Died From Flu Delayed Medication Over Co-Pay - YouTube
even two-tier systems have profiteering in it see germany, where both patient groups have come to harm, still come to harm and still fleeced.
NHS  Crisis  big  pharma  pharmaceutical  oligopol  oligopoly  lobby  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  Privatisation  dividend 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Do advertisers love or hate Facebook and Google? - BBC News
"Unilever will not invest in platforms or environments that do not protect our children or which create division in society, and promote anger or hate."

Is this genuine concern for consumers and society with a bit of halo-polishing thrown in - or is this the beginning of a genuine backlash against the giants of digital advertising?

As one senior industry insider told me "watch what they do, not what they say"

Proof in pudding ,,,&! https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/feb/12/unilever-threat-is-metoo-moment-for-digital-advertising
Facebook  Google  YouTube  oligopol  oligopoly 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Carillion crisis: UK government locked in last-ditch rescue talks | Business | The Guardian
But the banks, headed by HSBC, Barclays and Santander, have yet to agree on a restructuring plan and are understood to be reluctant to pour in new funding unless Downing Street takes part in a bailout.
Carillion  bailout  pension  bank  UK  oligopoly 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Should the Government Bring Back Trust-Busting? - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com
A de-concentration of economic power would lift up the middle class. Antitrust law was formerly used to reduce inequality, fight corruption and create a politically stable social contract all at once. [...] “Monopoly constitutes the death of capitalism and the genesis of authoritarian government.”
anti-trust  trust-busting  monopoly  oligarchy  oligopol  oligopoly  Super  Rich  bank  bailout  TBTF  lobby  self-regulation  Regulation  regulators  revolving  door  vested  interest  groups  Workers  Rights  Union  Trade  globalisation  globalization  Exploitation  accountability  tax  evasion  avoidance  middle  class  Amazon  Google  Microsoft  Capitalism  neoliberal  neoliberalism  Facebook 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Millennials spend three times more of income on housing than grandparents | Society | The Guardian
Millennials are spending three times more of their income on housing than their grandparents yet are often living in worse accommodation, says a study launched by former Conservative minister David Willetts that warns of a “housing catastrophe”. [....] They are four times as likely to rent privately than two generations ago, a sector which has the worst record for housing quality, the report claims.
Millennials  UK  housing  crisis  affordable  social  Generation  Rent  Generationengerechtigkeit  babyboomers  baby  boomers  disposable  discretionary  income  Spending  Generationy  GenY  oligopol  oligopoly  Corruption  lobby  vested  interest  bubble  underinvestment  Austerity  debt  revolving  door  asset  distortion  London  Productivity  output  gap  skills  student  loan  GFC  mortgage  risk  recovery  secular  stagnation  lost  lostdecade  decade  history  Margaret  Thatcher 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
93% Of All Jobs "Created" Since 2008 Were Added Through The Birth/Death Model | Zero Hedge
Here are the details of how over 90% of the jobs created in the past decade were nothing more than a "statistical" adjustment in some BLS model. [...] Furthermore, self-employed persons as a percentage of the working age population and the number of jobs created by establishments less than one year old are also declining. [...] the multi-decade slowdown in new business formation. Further supporting the Harvard study findings, a Brookings Institution paper called “Declining business dynamism in the United States: a look at states and metros” shows that business formations slowed down and business deaths accelerated after the crisis of 2008 (below to the right). (( THE LOW HANGING FRUITS OF INNOVATION HAVE BEEN PLUCKED! + ECON WINNER TAKES ALL = COMPETITION ON PRICE )) [...] The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) seems to be alone in its belief that the entrepreneurial environment in the US is improving. We believe that the BLS has been artificially inflating the monthly payroll numbers via the birth and death adjustment. This overstatement is not trivial in nature – the adjustment added 30% of all jobs reported since 2010.
secular  stagnation  structural  underemployed  unemployment  UK  USA  immigration  working  poor  part-time  zero  hour  contract  economic  history  Precariat  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Brexit  GFC  recovery  innovation  winner  takes  all  oligopol  oligopoly  monopoly  self-regulation  statistics  accounting  fake  news  bank  bailout 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
(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
Snapchat  Twitter  Social  Media  Facebook  VR  AR  f8  Instagram  Mark  Zuckerberg  Oculus  Rift  Pinterest  YouTube  Google  Search  business  model  Monopoly  oligopol  oligopoly  Silicon  Valley  WeChat 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
21st Century Fox 'in talks' to buy television station group Tribune Media | Media | The Guardian
Rupert Murdoch / after Sky in UK/EU. now back in action in USA. // The potential bid from Blackstone and Fox comes less than two weeks after the US federal communications commission voted to reverse a 2016 decision that limited the number of television stations some broadcasters can buy.
Rupert  Murdoch  Blackstone  Conglomerate  oligopol  oligopoly  oligarchy  1%  Medialandscape  journalism  journalismus  FoxNews  DailyMail  Daily  Mail  UK  USA 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
(187) It's Not You, Airlines Have Been Treating Everyone Poorly - YouTube
as competition goes away, quality declines. (Competition is for Losers by Peter Thiel ... still Peter Thiel thinks running an airline is not a great business to be in).
oligopol  oligopoly  neoliberalism  monopoly  neoliberal  lobby  profit  maximisation  dividends  competition  Peter  Thiel  Silicon  Valley  competitive  competitiveness  Innovation  conglomerate  Gewinnspanne  airline  industry  transportation  self-restraint  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  consumer 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
The Dark Side of Fast Food: Why Does It Make You Sick / Fat / Tired / Taste So Good (2001) - YouTube
manufactured industrial commodity / Eric Schlosser // food-industrial complex is focused on profit and margin. not sustainability. public health. individual health. climate change // fast food is americas highest spending item! // start w 1970's ... 80s in UK!
Processed  Food  Food–industrial  complex  Lobby  public  health  Standard  American  Diet  western  Urbanisation  USA  chronic  sick  population  Cowspiracy  climatechange  globalwarming  climate  change  global  warming  Fast  McDonalds  sustainability  pollution  obesity  overweight  CVD  Diabetes  care  demands  Consumerism  Consumer  Pop  Culture  Kultur  Advertising  PR  NHS  taxation  premature  death  Cancer  antibiotic  antibiotics  antitrust  Katel  poisoning  Cartel  GOP  Republicans  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  E.coli  revolving  door  Oligopoly  Oligopol  Duopoly 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Trump Care - Your Cancer, Your Problem: Russell Brand The Trews (E415) - YouTube
Ryan talks about they want hospitals and insurerer to compete against each other. but the McCarran–Ferguson Act 1945 prevents that. Hypocrisy!
ACA  Paul  Ryan  Republicans  GOP  Obamacare  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  AHCA  USA  insurance  cartel  medical–industrial  complex  bribery  Preisabsprache  corruption  crony  neoliberal  capitalism  neoliberalism  oligopol  oligopoly  lobby  revolving  door 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
UK pharma firms accused of illegal deals to hike price of life-saving drug | Business | The Guardian
Actavis charged NHS 80% more for hydrocortisone tablets after incentivising rival Concordia not to launch its own version, watchdog claims
UK  NHS  pharma  pharmaceutical  Kartellamt  antitrust  USA  health  care  EU  oligopol  oligopoly  monopoly  Patent  generic 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
"Democrats Would Rather Lose Than Win With A Progressive"-Former Sanders Official Nick Brana Pt 2 - YouTube
Democrats fought & stole it from Bernie because they rather would lose to GOP/Trump than move to the left progressives. // See also book Thomas Frank - Liberal - https://youtu.be/M9u2aR19P3g. & Matt Taibbi on GOP and in general the establishment - $ - choosing the candidate not the voter electorate and journalists feeding themselves co-opting into the game then wondering why they are called fake and luegenpresse. And Mark Blyth mentioning Bill Clinton finished what Reagan could not ( Surrender: How the Clinton Administration Completed the Reagan Revolution by Michael Meeropol (Paperback) - https://www.yo​utube.com/watch​?v=a0q_Ww1q1j8. And Obama did not fight GOP in public, he preserved the status quo, did not upset the DNC elite and establishments going to the left and much more progressive and then there was the Drone Warfare.
DNC  Bernie  Sanders  Democrats  presidential  election  book  Thomas  Frank  Hillary  Clinton  Bill  1%  10%  Super  Rich  Oligarchy  Plutocracy  lobby  NAFTA  TTIP  TPP  TISA  2016  journalism  progressive  Career  Politicians  democracy  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  BarackObama  GOP  Matt  Taibbi  Mark  Blyth  economic  history  neoliberalism  Austerity  Globalist  corporatism  profit  maximisation  Taxation  Poverty  working  poor  Uber  oligopol  oligopoly  monopoly  gig  economy  self-employment  squeezed  middle  class  secular  stagnation  social  mobility  inequality  wage  growth  GFC  bank  bailout  recovery  gini  Coefficient 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
The UK’s vegetable shortage was not a blip – it’s a sign of things to come | Felicity Lawrence | Opinion | The Guardian
But when you take into account climate change, the shortages of early 2017 look more like a taste of things to come than just a blip, and that is almost impossible for supermarkets to admit. [...] First, it depends on the profligate use of finite resources – water, soil, and fossil fuels (with all their greenhouse gas emissions).
food  security  national  global  warming  extreme  weather  climate  change  climatechange  globalwarming  Oil  price  Food–industrial  complex  conglomerate  oligopol  oligopoly  multinational 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
The new robot revolution will take the boss's job, not the gardener's | Business | The Guardian
Advances in artificial intelligence mean a second wave of change is approaching – and it is not the low-paid service sector where jobs are most at risk // Studies have shown that technological change rather than trade has been responsible for the vast majority of the jobs lost in manufacturing in the developed world. Put simply, machines have replaced humans. Robots have taken over factories. // https://twitter.com/ianbremmer/status/822930363827757056 20/80 split. - Technology—not int'l trade—accounts for 85% of the lost manufacturing jobs in the US. Feels like it's worth the reminder. &! https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/01/the-dark-side-of-globalization-why-seattles-1999-protesters-were-right/282831/
AI  automation  Robotics  self-driving  cars  autonomous  vehicles  squeezed  middle  class  USA  UK  technological  unemployment  UBI  Universal  Basic  Income  Grundeinkommen  economic  history  education  policy  creativity  Richard  David  Precht  Alain  de  Botton  globalisation  globalization  offshore  outsourcing  contractor  contract  zero  hour  part-time  workers  union  trade  rights  Self-Employment  gig  economy  wage  growth  neoliberalism  crony  capitalism  tax  evasion  avoidance  Competition  corporatism  monopoly  oligopol  oligopoly  1%  10%  Super  Rich  Plutocracy  Oligarchy  welfare  state  redistribution  distribution  Precariat  working  poor  downward  mobility  social  poverty  trap  Austerity  underinvestment  underemployed  underemployment 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Cancer drugs price rise 'costing NHS millions' - BBC News
[ capitalists love competition, but corporatists, not. they love raising profit margin ] The UK researchers said NHS negotiations with drug companies were failing to contain costs, and getting access to cheaper drugs would allow more people to be treated with more modern medicines. [...] Dr Hill said he was surprised to find several companies had consistently raised the prices of cancer treatment.
"We have found that some companies take over the supply of some generic cancer medicines and then raise the price progressively," he said. [...] As a result of the bill, companies found to be raising prices with no clear justification will be referred to the Competition and Markets Authority, and could face fines.
NHS  Cancer  monopoly  Privatisation  Austerity  STP  rationing  oligopoly  oligopol  BigPharma  profit  maximisation  cartel  collusion  WallStreet  public  health  sick  population  ageing  care  demand  Demographic  bubble  crony  neoliberalism  Exploitation  Competition  Corporate  capitalism 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Arm trotz Arbeit (Dokumentation Deutsch) Doku - YouTube
keine zusammengehoerigkeit. kann sich nicht mehr vergleich. exzess. berufliche gratifikations kriese. keine sicherheit. keine upward mobility. keine social acknowledgement.
poverty  working  poor  UK  Germany  France  OECD  minimum  wage  squeezed  middle  class  income  inequality  distribution  Super  Rich  1%  10%  20%  Plutocracy  Monopoly  oligopoly  Leiharbeit  Zeitarbeit  zero  hour  contract  contractor  ALG2  Aufstocker  tax  credit  well  being  status  anxiety  Precariat  mental  health  public  social  Burnout  chronic  stress  Gesellschaft  Sociology  socioeconomic  outsourcing  Zivilgesellschaft  Psychology  Lohndumping  gini  Coefficient 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
Oh for the 1960s! People earned less but could afford more | Money | The Guardian
[ fetish of GDP ] Economic growth since the 1960s has been real, but the link between growth and personal prosperity has broken down, probably since the 1990s. We can carry on pushing for increases in GDP, but it’s meaningless unless it translates into a recovery in living standards. If any government really wants to help the left-behinds, then cutting house prices and rents must be their first priority.
GDP  wage  growth  income  distribution  economic  history  profit  maximisation  capitalism  crony  oligopoly  monopoly  Platform  Self-Employment  Productivity  squeezed  middle  class  working  poor  globalisation  Competition  liberal  reform  competitiveness  disposable  discretionary  spending  investment  creditcard  credit  GFC  recovery  Austerity  secular  stagnation  taxation  1%  Super  Rich  Plutocracy  10%  20%  bank  bailout  Privatisation  outsourcing  offshore  banking  tax  evasion  avoidance  child 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
Keiser Report: Mom joins in (E981) - YouTube
extraction of profits. no accountability. share buyback // post-gfc fighting slowdown of velocity and m3 reduction w monetary policy QE // look post prexit 2017 - velocity of £, hgousehold debt, credit card debt, car loan,
underinvestment  profit  maximisation  recovery  GFC  technological  unemployment  structural  underemployed  Productivity  output  gap  globalisation  globalization  Brexit  CETA  TTIP  TTP  NAFTA  WallStreet  share  buyback  neoliberal  neoliberalism  crony  capitalism  UK  USA  European  Union  austerity  economic  history  plutocracy  1%  10%  20%  oligarchy  oligopol  oligopoly  deflation  deflationary  monetary  policy  reflate  QE  Super  Rich 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Does The Myth of Meritocracy show us how to alleviate inequality?
No debate about social mobility is complete without reference to the supposedly halcyon days of the 1950s and 1960s. The class fluidity of those decades, however, was not the result of professions becoming more meritocratic. It was caused by an unprecedented rise in the number of middle-class jobs: there was more room at the top. [...] Bloodworth writes that 21st-century society is characterised by a dwindling of professional jobs and more people slipping downwards: there is “more room at the bottom”. [...] Globalisation has created what the economist Robert H Frank calls “winner-takes-all” markets
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
The Growth Trap
[ growing for growth sake! vs growing in a world/area that is not conducive to grow ] When Twitter went public in 2013, its stock soared and its value jumped to $25 billion. Its founders and early investors got rich. But since then, the company has been considered a failure, despite the fact that it boasts 320 million active users, because it's not growing fast enough. Douglas Rushkoff, author of "Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity," talks to Steve Paikin about why he sees the push for more growth as dangerous. // true capitalists (shareholder, crony, greedy) w/o self-regulation or governance extract all the value there is to extract and then leave, dispersing it to the few who already have [...] WE MUST REWRITE THE RULES OF THE GROWTH GAME ITSELF! [...] you want to optimise the economy based on velocity of money (circulation of money), not share price and value extraction [...]
Venture  Capital  Unicorn  shareholder  capitalism  Greed  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  profit  maximization  Wall  Street  Wall  Street  activists  Yahoo!  Google  Inc.  Alphabet  Inc.  Microsoft  IBM  Intel  Oracle  capitalism  exploitation  Super  Rich  short-termism  short-term  thinking  1%  plutocracy  oligarchy  M&A  economic  growth  growth  round  Mutual  Fund  macroeconomic  policy  secular  stagnation  Private  Equity  MBO  Pivot  IPO  dividends  prosperity  Start-Ups  Start-up  s&p500  pension  scheme  pension  finite  resources  resource  depletion  economic  history  creative  destruction  share  buyback  Apple  capitalism  in  crisis  capitalist  Uber  monopoly  oligopol  oligopoly  antitrust  corruption  western  world  squeezed  middle  class  emerging  middle  class  BRIC  business  cycle  company  book  cost  center  overhead  costcutting  operating  performance  operating  margin  globalisation  globalization  Universal  Basic  Income  artificial  intelligence  AI  augmented  intelligence  Robotics  automation  structural  unemployment  materialism  consumerism  status  anxiety  disenfranchise  disenfranchised  youth  unemployment  post-capitalism  Mobile  Banlieue  deprivation  poverty  trap  poverty  meritocracy  meritocratic  Gini  value  coefficie 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Tyler Cowen: "The Great Stagnation", Michael Vassar & Cowen Debate at Singularity Summit 2011
gains are harder to come by! low hanging fruit gone. [...] VISION IS NEEDED TO GET THE JOB DONE.
secular  stagnation  western  world  underinvestment  R&D  R&D  innovation  Innovators  Dilemma  rentier  rent-seeking  oligopol  oligopoly  winner  take  all  babyboomers  Generationengerechtigkeit  fairness  austerity  triple-lock  pension  pension  obligation  recovery  Super  Rich  1%  plutocracy  oligarchy  No  Representation  lobby  Career  Politicians  OAP  demographic  bubble  ageing  population  sick  population  health  crisis  economic  damage  climate  crisis  climate  change  global  warming  productivity  gap  output  gap  GDP  measurement  GNP  nominal  GDP  targeting  inflation  targeting  BRIC  creative  destruction  Mobile  Debt  Super  Cycle  servitude  servicing  service  income  tax  receipts  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  Moore's  Law  COP21  macroeconomic  policy  microeconomic  policy  OECD  IMF  crony  capitalism  Privileged  Establishment  shareholder  capitalism  profit  maximisation  profit  maximization  shareholder  value  revolving  door  Wall  Street  squeezed  middle  class  working  poor  disposable  income  trickle-down  economics  neoliberal  neoliberalism  discretionary  spending  renewable  energy  infrastructure  investment  Smart  Grid  AI  artificial  intelligence  augmented  intelligence  Autonomous  Cars  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  New  stagnation 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Money: The Too Big to Fail Edition by Panoply Media
Neil Irwin, author of The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire, joins hosts Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil of mathbabe.org, and Slate’s Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann. This week is all about Neel Kashkari of the Minneapolis Fed's new solution for our too-big-to-fail banks. //!& breaking up has complexity ... financial-industrial complex! //
too  big  to  bail  toobigtofail  TBTF  retail  banking  investment  banking  VAR  discounted  risk  systemicrisk  discounting  risk  BIS  centralbanks  liquidity  trap  GFC  financial  product  recovery  TARP  UK  USA  Europe  sovereign  debt  crisis  PIGS  economic  history  book  monopsony  oligopoly  oligopol  repo  interbank  lending  complexity  financial-industrial  complex  leverage  derivatives 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Episode 064 — Disrupting Trump by ExponentFM
37:00 - people go to amazon. pipe of stuff // same w Netflix - pipe of entertainment / front door of entertainment // cost free, marginally no cost to expand // key is now discovery! // but suppliers have no choice. cost pressure. // aggregation theory // differentiation only from being irreplaceable. unique. focused. narrow. avoid go out of way of commoditization. price is dead. newspaper itself has been fractured, broken up. // amazon is default for consumers. // how would you build a business that fit into amazon? that still makes you successful? differentiate to the point where you get a direct connection to the consumer! << custom to order quote paintings and other!? Want to compete in a completely new arena! where things are not scalable. where people can't compete on price with you. no "low-end focus" // winner take all effects - monopsony - size leverage to command conditions. // 1:12:00 find a niche
Amazon  Prime  e-commerce  Netflix  economics  of  abundance  abundance  marginal  cost  long-tail  subscription  model  subscription  publishing  2.0  digital  publishing  self-publishing  newspaper  Print  is  Dead  Etsy  Marketplace  commodity  business  commoditization  differentiate  differentiation  Gary  Vaynerchuk  Start-up  of  You  lesson  advice  Retail  pure  play  oligopoly  oligopol  competitive  competitive  advantage  competitiveness  monopsony  Brand 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Rewe droht mit Klage gegen Fusion von Edeka und Kaiser's - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die Supermarktkette Edeka will Kaiser's Tengelmann übernehmen - mit Sondererlaubnis von Wirtschaftsminister Gabriel. Konkurrent Rewe hält das für rechtswidrig und kündigt nun juristischen Widerstand an.
M&A  corporate  welfare  subsidies  subsidizing  antitrust  Career  Politicians  monopsony  duopoly  oligopol  oligopoly 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
James Galbraith, Kate Pickett, Branko Milanovic - Consequences of Inequality and Wealth Distribution - YouTube
free education / land value tax / higher inheritance tax / abolition of private education / more progressive taxation / combat tax avoidance and tax evasion / ... Universal Basic Income //&! New Theoretical Perspectives on the Distribution of Income and Wealth Among Individuals - youtu.be/RO8KWTb2iPM - w Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman --- distinguishing between wealth and capital. ignore land (free yourself from Ricardo). land. credit. //&! David Cay Johnston: The Perils Of Our Growing Inequality - David Cay Johnston about his new book, Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality. - youtu.be/ok7ZJ8mS19Y
inequality  income  inequality  Gini  coefficient  education  policy  income  distribution  income  redistribution  tax  free  income  income  mobility  social  mobility  health  inequality  gender  inequality  trickle-down  economics  neoliberalism  neoliberal  welfare  state  social  safety  net  progressive  tax  code  Super  Rich  1%  oligarchy  plutocracy  social  democracy  No  Representation  Career  Politicians  democracy  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  Universal  Basic  inheritance  tax  financial  literacy  wealth  distribution  wealth-distribution  transferring-wealth  Thomas  Piketty  Joseph  Stiglitz  Robert  Reich  squeezed  middle  class  globalization  globalisation  Paul  Krugman  Elizabeth  Warren  austerity  fairness  Generationengerechtigkeit  fiscal  policy  economic  growth  Supply  and  Demand  Demand  and  Supply  disposable  income  discretionary  spending  credit  bubble  GFC  recovery  monetary  policy  debt  servitude  consumer  debt  household  debt  Student  Loan  debt  debt  credit  card  debt  credit  card  economic  history  macroeconomic  policy  microeconomic  policy  competitiveness  productivity  knowledge  worker  book  monopoly  oligopoly  oligopol  American  Dream  meritocracy  meritocratic  post-racial  America  free  market  freemarkets  dogma  ideology 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
General Electric could cut hundreds of UK jobs | Business | The Guardian
Approximately 6,500 jobs are at risk across Europe, including more than 600 in the UK, as the US industrial company General Electric begins to cut costs after its takeover of the power operations of the French company Alstom. The cuts are taking place even though GE pledged to create 1,000 jobs in France when the deal was completed in November. About 765 jobs are expected be lost in France and 1,700 in Germany as the company, which employs 100,000 in Europe, begins a consultation with unions. The jobs at risk in the UK amount to about 3% of the 22,000-member workforce. Jeffrey Immelt, the longstanding chief executive of GE, met the French president, François Hollande, and appeared before the French National Assembly to win support for the deal, the largest undertaken by the US company.
M&A  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  conglomerate  crony  capitalism  capitalism  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  antitrust  oligopoly  oligopol 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
MSNBC...Why the Fawning Interview With the Kochs? - YouTube
What is the Citizens United decision? Corporations are people. //&! GOP Has Turned into a Race Among Oligarchs to Own Everything - youtu.be/SNja0Iwpk8s "poison the channel of public information." = Fascism = merging of business and state interest. for the few. - via vice president Henry Wallace & Franklin d. roosevelt
Koch  Brothers  plutocracy  oligarchy  Gini  coefficient  inequality  USA  Super  Rich  1%  corporate  media  corporate  state  democracy  No  Representation  Career  Politicians  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  revolving  door  social  democracy  trickle-down  economics  neoliberalism  neoliberal  TPP  TTIP  free  trade  trade  agreement  global  trade  TISA  NAFTA  CETA  national  interest  Nationalism  public  perception  public  awareness  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  vested  interest  interest  groups  presidential  election  2016  UK  democrats  republican  republicans  income  distribution  income  redistribution  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  social  mobility  income  mobility  American  Dream  post-racial  America  Fascism  racism  neoconservatism  neoconservatives  right-wing  Patriot  Act  NSA  Surveillance-Industrial  Complex  military–industrial  prison–industrial  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  manufactured  consent  Noam  Chomsky  Polarisation  propaganda  populism  Lügenpresse  PR  spin  doctor  Greed  monopoly  monopsony  Monsanto  Protection  Act  oligopoly  oligopol  history 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Prostate cancer drug ruling a 'fiasco', says charity - BBC News
[ end of life management. after extensive surgery failed, chemo failed, you are a broken man who needs adult pampers because of incontinence and wait for your last meal managing the spread of cancer with morphine. nobody talks about those extremes. something like this should get onto the packaging of bacon. ] A charity says a decision by the NHS in England to reject a drug for men with prostate cancer is a "fiasco". Abiraterone is already given to patients at the end-of-life after chemotherapy as it gives patients an extra few months. But the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said it was not cost-effective to offer it earlier. It said while the drug improved quality of life, it was unclear whether it had the same impact on life expectancy. This was due to problems with the research data, NICE said, claiming the trial was finished early - something disputed by the drug's makers Janssen.
cancer  NHS  pharmaceutical  industry  pharma  big  pharma  prevention  intervention  sick  population  oligopoly  oligopol  health  care  budget  health  care  spending  health  care  health  crisis  public  health  policy  public  health  prostate  cancer  erectyle  disfunction  medical  profession  WHO  Meat  carcinogen  carcinogenic  tobacco  public  awareness  public  perception  public  image 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Breast cancer drug Kadcyla to remain on NHS after manufacturer lowers price | Society | The Guardian
An expensive drug that could prolong the lives of women with advanced breast cancer by at least six months will remain on the list of medicines available on the NHS after the manufacturer agreed to lower the price.
big  pharma  pharmaceutical  industry  pharma  oligopoly  oligopol  corporate  scandal  public  health  policy  public  health  antibiotics  antibiotic  resistance  post-antibiotic  era  cancer  NHS 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Marijuana legalization initiative fails in Ohio - Business Insider
Issue 3 would create a marijuana "monopoly" (actually, an oligopoly) consisting of 10 producers who would have their exclusive rights to engage in the commercial production of marijuana enshrined in the state constitution. The campaign in support of Issue 3 — so-called Responsible Ohio — is predictably supported by those who would hold these exclusive rights. This is crony capitalism at its worst. // same w GMO, Monsanto asked whitehouse (bush) to introduce stringent legislation and regulation about GMO research bc monanto knew it was ahead and didn't want any newcomers in, thus made through legislation, regulation and compliance cost, the barriers to entry artificially high, through its effective strong lobbying to introduce legislation & regulation to its liking.
USA  lobby  lobbyist  Lobbying  corporate  scandal  Greed  monopoly  oligopol  oligopoly  oligarchy  plutocracy  Super  Rich  1%  American  Dream  Career  Politicians  free  market  No  Representation  Policy  Makers  Marijuana  Legalisation  decriminalisation  decriminalization  revolving  door  democracy  crony  capitalism  capitalism  Monsanto  Monsanto  Protection  Act  GMO  crop  GMO 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Free banking in the spotlight in crunch week for UK high street banks | Business | The Guardian
In its update in July 2014, the CMA said it was “possible that there might be a degree of cross-subsidy in the PCA [personal current account] market, which may be distortive of competition”. It added: “Indeed, the ‘free if in credit’ model often involves cross-subsidy by other revenue streams for PCAs such as overdraft charges. In addition, we were also told that PCAs as a whole were loss-making. “If this were the case, this could suggest the existence of a cross-subsidy from other retail banking products.”
oligopoly  oligopol  retail  banking  banking  competition  self-regulation  regulation  deregulation  regulators  banking  crisis  bank  crisis  UK  Consumer  Protection  choice 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
What's a fair price for a drug? - BBC News
Agreeing a price for any drug is a tricky business. In the UK, the NHS is the main buyer and prices are set through a voluntary scheme between manufacturers and the government, trying to strike the right balance of serving patients and generating money to keep the drug pipeline going. Profits are capped to stop prices creeping too high.
NHS  big  pharma  pharmaceutical  industry  pharma  monopsony  monopoly  oligopol  oligopoly  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
VW: Das Auto? Der Betrug! Jakob Augstein zur Abgas-Affäre - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Nicht nur Banken betrügen, auch die Industrie. Das zeigt der VW-Skandal. Deutschland hält sich eher ans Recht als das Ausland? Ein Irrtum. Guter Kapitalismus, böser Kapitalismus? Gibt's nicht. Nur die Notwendigkeit des starken Staates. [...] Die Amoralität ist in der Idee der Firma an sich eingebaut. Menschen haben (vielleicht) Moral. Firmen nicht. Da liegt ein grundlegendes Missverständnis im modernen Kapitalismus. [...] In einem langen Artikel über Wirtschaftsethik hat der "Economist" einmal geschrieben: "Unternehmen, die lügen und betrügen, können nicht erwarten, lange im Geschäft zu sein, selbst wenn ihre Handlungen vom Gesetz gestattet sind." Wir wissen, dass das Gegenteil der Fall ist. Aber so streuen sich die Gralshüter der liberalen Wirtschaftsideologie selbst Sand in die Augen. [ The Corporation (2005) by Joel Bakan ] [...] Beschreibt das nicht perfekt das Wesen der großen Konzerne - je größer, desto besser? Und VW ist sehr groß. [ Amazon's monopsony ]
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Bumper payouts for housebuilding executives as market booms | Business | The Guardian
Two of Britain’s largest housebuilders, Berkeley Group and Persimmon, could hand out about £1bn to their top executives and managers in pay and bonuses over the next six years, boosted by strong UK house prices and government-subsidies for home-buyers. Tony Pidgley, founder and executive chairman at Berkeley, is expected to face tough questions on Tuesday at the group’s shareholder meeting near its headquarters in leafy Cobham, Surrey, after it emerged last month that his pay package last year was worth £23.3m. [...] Meanwhile, executives at Persimmon, the UK’s largest housebuilder, also have a Berkeley-style incentive scheme that is one of the most generous to be found at a London stock market-listed firm. [...] Berkeley’s share price has risen more than 40% since the election of a Conservative government in May, [...] [bonuses] “entirely based on short-term performance”. [...] return on equity[.][ < KPI, what gets measured gets done ] &! bbc.in/1KE0jut - Barratt Homes profits +45%
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Twitter works just fine – but for investors, anything except total market domination is a disaster | Comment is free | The Guardian
Nothing better illustrates capitalism’s addiction to illogic than the mismatch between Twitter’s workability and its unpopularity with Wall Street [...] Any company that cannot demonstrate a clear route to monopolising its space, monetising its users’ data on a vast scale, is to be discarded, targeted for acquisition, consigned to perpetual dowdiness. [...] When I’ve pointed to Wikipedia, Apache or Linux as harbingers of a new, non-market, open source economics, one of the stock responses is: “now show us something more spectacular.” The problem is, these modest, functional and free products are already in their own way spectacular. Wikipedia is the biggest information product in the world; Apache runs half the world’s web servers; and Linux is the system of choice for at least a third of all servers (the computers that run businesses) and 97% of the world’s supercomputers.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Arbeitsbedingungen ǀ Der eigentliche Skandal ist ein anderer — der Freitag
Amazon verfolgt lediglich eine Strategie. Doch all das ist gar nicht so entscheidend, denn auch wenn der Artikel ein schockierendes Firmenbild aufzeigt, kann man dem Unternehmen daraus __nur bedingt einen Vorwurf machen. Letztendlich befindet sich Amazon in einem harten Konkurrenzkampf__ und versucht daher die leistungsfähigsten Mitarbeiter zu gewinnen und zu behalten – weniger leistungsstarke Mitarbeiter kann man dagegen nicht gebrauchen. Diese Strategie ist in großen Erfolgsunternehmen kein Einzelfall, sondern Normalität. [...] Der eigentliche Skandal sind die Logistikzentren
Amazon  competitive  competition  e-commerce  commodity  business  commoditization  margin  Jeff  Bezos  monopoly  monopsony  oligopol  oligopoly  Google  Shopping  Silicon  Valley  HR  human  resources  corporate  culture  corporate  values  identity  White-collar  Worker  Blue-collar  Worker  work  environment  workplace  beyond  workplace  drama  work  life  balance 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Heads-up, Google: Fighting EU Is Useless - Bloomberg View
That approach was part of a charm offensive. Last year, Google doubled its EU lobbying budget to 3.5 million euros ($3.9 million), according to anti-corruption group Transparency International's Integritywatch.eu site, which aggregates information from official EU disclosures. That isn't much less than Deutsche Bank or ExxonMobil is spending. According to data on the same site, Google has held more meetings with EU officials than any other company since last November -- 32 in all, although only one of these officially had to do with the antitrust case, which has developed since 2010. "We want to do a better job of listening to Europe's concerns and explaining how our business works with Europe," the company said of these efforts.
European  Commission  antitrust  Google  Inc.  Google  Shopping  Google  Search  monopoly  oligopoly  oligopol  Bing  Yahoo!  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  Microsoft 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Alternatives Management: Vertrauen als Ressource für Unternehmen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Oft werben diejenigen am meisten darum, die unter Vertrauensverlust leiden. Denn tatsachlich sinkt das Vertrauen in die Wirtschaft und das Misstrauen steigt. Das ist das Ergebnis nahezu aller Studien zum Thema Verbrauchervertrauen // &! bit.ly/1Vd5jYF - Twitter just made it more difficult to hold politicians accountable // Same with the Conservative Party deleting all their speeches and documents after they won majority in election and partnered up with libdems - bit.ly/1c7hHG6 &! bit.ly/1Epl5va // Auch Geld funktioniert nur dank Vertrauen [...] Der Systemtheoretiker Niklas Luhmann beschrieb Vertrauen daher auch als "Mechanismus zur Reduktion sozialer Komplexität". Ständiges Misstrauen dagegen mache unser Zusammenleben deutlich schwieriger, sagt Martin Schweer. [...] Schnell zeigte sich: Hatte der eine das Geschäft fair und zum gegenseitigen Vorteil abgewickelt, erhöhte der andere in der nächsten Runde seinen Einsatz. // &! bit.ly/1ILzkZU - Does honesty matter ...
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Bank of England: Bitcoin is "Harder Money" than Gold Due to Deflation – Bitcoin Magazine
During a presentation on digital currencies entitled “Old Money, New Money,” Andy Haldane, Chief Economist & the Executive Director of Monetary Analysis and Statistics of the Bank of England and his team stated that “Digital currencies are ‘harder money’ than a gold standard” because “sustained adoption [of bitcoin] would see ongoing deflation.” [...] 2 million UK adults do not have bank accounts and 2.5 billion people in the world have no access to financial services, said Haldane. However, given the estimate that 80% of the world’s population will own a smartphone within 5 years, Haldane believes that many could turn toward digital currency to store their savings. // &! bit.ly/1U0UYMM - Enabling New Internet Applications (no transaction minimum, no transaction fee) // &! W3C toEstablish Online Payment Standards - bit.ly/1Nye7py - Internet pioneers such as Ted Nelson, Marc Andreessen & Berners-Lee himself thought that the Internet should have a built-in framework for micropayments.
Bitcoin  deflationary  deflation  fiat  currency  fiat  money  monetary  policy  Gold  Standard  economic  history  FinTech  underbanked  emerging  market  Developing  World  W3C  micropayment  micropayments  payment  payment-system  payments  PayPal  Braintree  Stripe  Amazon  Google  Google  Wallet  creditcard  oligopoly  oligopol  banking  crisis  banking  fractional  reserve  banking  financial  market  barriers  to  entry  cost  of  entry 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Samsung unveils 2.5-inch 16TB SSD | Hacker News
In the HDD market there are actually just two companies: WD and Seagate. There are other brands (Toshiba, HGST) but these are not completely independent (HGST is owned by WD, Toshiba still exists mostly because WD feeds it with technology whenever they are threatened by anti-monopoly rulings, so they can say competition still exists). In the SSD market there are lots of brands, but only a few flash chip makers - so it's the same lack of competition but better hidden to the consumer. [...] One thing about HDDs is that the marginal cost to the manufacturer is basically constant regardless of size. It costs them just over $100 per drive to make a drive. The cost of making 6 or 10TB drives is all in the R&D. Large cloud providers buy drives in such large volumes that they get access to pricing that normal people don't which is why they can provide things like Youtube, S3 and Glacier without going broke. [...] Not just storage. If you go backwards through the supply chains, ...
oligopoly  oligopol  antitrust  Western  Digital  Seagate  HDD  SSD  monopoly  price  fixing  hardware  China  collusion 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
The Guardian view on Alphabet: it will take more than Google to translate the restructuring | Editorial | Comment is free | The Guardian
Business mostly thinks the new look is smart. But regulators and privacy campaigners are not so sure [...] some of the world’s regulators and many consumers are looking sceptically at the impact that it might have on data protection, privacy, tax liabilities and the impact of the reorganisation on the megalith’s power to monetise the data of its billions of users. // &! bit.ly/1MmLVH2 - Google is scattering Alphabet blocks to mute its own success. A bit like the phenomenon of stealth Starbucks branches, Google has become so ubiquitous it is choosing to fade into the background
Google  Inc.  Alphabet  Inc.  antitrust  Europe  oligopoly  monopoly  Google  Search  monopsony  Android  oligopol  USA  FTC 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Google’s $6 Billion Miscalculation on the EU - Bloomberg Business
via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10021018 // Google declined to make its executives available for on-the-record interviews, but several concede that the company was caught off guard by the intensity of European criticism, in large part because of its broad popularity with users. Google is so relied upon that many people casually assert that the most prevalent search term on rival Bing is, in fact, “Google.” (Microsoft declines to confirm this.) [...] The more Europeans rely on Google, however, the more they’ve come to fear it, making it an easy target for politicians. Last November members of the European Parliament voted 384 to 174 for a symbolic proposal to break up the search giant into two separate pieces—its monolithic search engine and everything else. [ + agressive tax evasion schemes came under public & political pressure; Amazon, Google, Apple, Facebook, and Co ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Paul Krugman: Amazon’s Book Monopsony Is 'Not OK' - YouTube
- Monopsony - the single buyer of good, thus can demand prices. // Facebook owns over 70% of social media spending. can demand prices. thus its moves to demand more and more money through changes in Newsfeed algo to make people pay to show up in peoples Newsfeed. Under the guise of User Experience!
Amazon  Monopsony  Facebook  antitrust  Platform  TOS  Social  Media  monopoly  oligopol  oligopoly  Apple  Google  iTunes  Apple  Music  Music  Industry  360-music-contract 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Chickens (HBO) - YouTube
160 million chicken a week. its a commodity business. lowest price. commanded by rootless global conglomerate corporations that evade and avoid taxes and demand subsidies - no stakeholders in local economy, environment, ecology, country. no shared economic interest. listed on Wall Street; objective of profit maximization and creation of shareholder value. With a policy that pits farmers against each other. // And money buys you (Wall Street) career politicians, not representing your constituency (voters, people of America) instead you (Career Politician) bank that cheque from your regular corporate lobby representative.
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
The Surveillance Economy and Extreme Income Inequality: You Can't Have One Without the Other - YouTube
Uber and Airbnb is equal to informal economy (uncertainty) = staying power only for owner of marketplace (wealth accumulation & ultimate bargain power as owner of (monopoly/oligopoly form of marketplace). Silicon Valley made the informal economy cool again bc its on your smartpone (homescreen). Uber & Co are becoming, as owners of said marketplace, the new super elite (with no shared economic interest & no stakeholder in local economy). Disenfranchised & Price war. // The perfect, crazy, too good to be true, idea - will crash eventually (accumulating wealth with little to no input [see stakeholder theory/shared economic interest/long-term views and interest!]). // Start-up Lesson/Advice: "cost of choice" & paying computation with advertising = corruption (Google, Facebook &Co) paying (Wall Street, short-termism [Fast Food]) for micro-management of your life, of your choice. = U loosing free will. // youtu.be/kZO8mgarU0k youtu.be/XdEuII9cv-U youtu.be/cCvf2DZzKX0 youtu.be/5puB_7Q2n74
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
John Ralston Saul: Moving Beyond Globalism - YouTube
Deregulators & the people behind intellectual cleansing (ie Larry Summers vs Elizabeth Warren back in deregulation time of Clinton&Bush No. 2), have to be held responsible; economic thought; model, thinking, trickle-down, globalisation, no oversight & consumer protection // capitalism & globalisation are not self limiting // GFC is a symptom, Oil crisis in 70/80s, dot.com, world com, enron // globalisation (trade) doesnt solve growth problem // London banking is soufflé with no hard items (no real wealth creation within economy (income growth)) // shift money to who will spend it (re:bailout) // banks & rootless tax evaders global corps have no shared economic interest // "the globalist model" will work everywhere else, according to the IMF/World Bank, democracy will work in the Middle East. said the same people from the same school of thought // globalisation created oligopolies, not more competition! // climate change=investment w ROI // AfD=symptom // added value, no comp on price
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Naomi Klein on Global Neoliberalism - YouTube
history doesn't repeat, but it rhymes // use of crisis for political ends // crisis is required to push through those policies // effect - rise if inequality - gini coefficient // history shows - capital flight // net capital flight out of UK from 2008-2015 !? // mixed economy ! // Naomi Klein and Joseph Stiglitz on Economic Power - youtu.be/qkErO-TwOeo &! Naomi Klein, Raj Patel, Amy Goodman: Crisis Capitalism - youtu.be/8Ji_8tI0sbY youtu.be/wmHOj0FT5l0 &! Joseph Stiglitz (2014) - Why Capitalism is Failing - youtu.be/b7wIw1VNjSk &! [Chrystia Freeland] Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else (Full Session) - youtu.be/S9LIVa3WVPo --- GFC did not end plutocracy (Fortune/Forbes list) it propelled them - QE, bailouts, NIRP etc - it was a recovery for the 1% - Carlos Slim is richest person ever lived (based on labour cost/hr of home country). &! Matt Taibbi and Chrystia Freeland on the One Percent's Power and Privileges - youtu.be/rvIM6-BGx8I
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook thinks you’re too dumb to realize its scientific papers are really just PR | PandoDaily
According to recent studies, almost half of all web-using adults — and 88 percent of Millennials — use Facebook to find news. [...] But this research paper is less a piece of objective scientific inquiry and more the work of corporate-commissioned data tricksters — a rancid pile of pro-Facebook propaganda that derives and frames its conclusions with the sole purpose of making Facebook look good. This isn’t science. It’s PR. [...] the fact that Facebook itself is the one absolving Facebook of damaging public discourse, demands greater scrutiny. And on closer examination, much of the data and assumptions that informed the researchers’ conclusions fail to qualify as sound scientific inquiry. [...] If politically polarized users want politically polarized content, Facebook won’t disappoint them. [...] [SV &its Cheerleader squads in form of bloggosphere] will give lousy corporate data research like a pass — is still exponentially more credible than a rewritten press release at Techcrunch.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Re:publica: Konferenz-Auftakt ist geprägt durch Frust - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[ jeder fuer sich alleine, im Globalen Dorf. Das Globale Dorf ist moinker. Nicht die Wahrheit. ] Snowden: gefühlt folgenlos. Vorratsdatenspeicherung: kommt jetzt wohl doch. Zwei-Klassen-Internet: bei der Bundesregierung immer noch populär. [...] Ins Bild passen da auch zwei Prominente re:publica-Abstinente: Unser Kolumnist Sascha Lobo hat seine traditionelle Brandrede abgesagt, Christopher Lauer, einst Hoffnungsträger der Piratenpartei, kommt auch nicht - er arbeitet jetzt für Springer. Es sind bittere Zeiten für die Netzbewegten der ersten Stunde. [...] Vor 20 Jahren hätten er und viele seiner Freunde und Bekannten geglaubt, dass das Internet Politik und Gesellschaft zum Positiven verändern würden, sagte Zuckerman in seiner Keynote bei der Konferenz: Monopole und Zensur würden verschwinden, Verschlüsselung würde jedermanns Privatsphäre sichern, man werde sich online neu erfinden können, neue Formen des Zusammenlebens würden entstehen. << Chomsky manufactured consent (even Twitter).
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Unraveling Comcast Merger Exposes Weaknesses In Its Powerful Lobbying Arm | TechCrunch
Comcast spent $4.62 million on lobbying in the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 50 percent from its spending in the same quarter last year. But now the cable giant is reportedly walking away with little to show. Much of Comcast’s spending was aimed at ushering through the company’s merger with Time Warner Cable Inc. and preventing the adoption of strict net neutrality rules. Today Bloomberg reported Comcast is dropping the deal. The news came a day after the FCC staff recommended a hearing on the merger, a procedural move that would essentially halt the deal in its tracks.
Comcast  Time  Warner  Cable  M&A  ISP  oligopoly  oligopol  FCC  Net  Neutrality  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  revolving  door 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
U.S. Antitrust Lawyers Said Leaning Against Comcast Deal - Bloomberg Business
Antitrust lawyers at the Justice Department are planning to recommend that regulators prevent Comcast and Time Warner Cable from merging. They are said to be planning this recommendation “out of concerns that consumers would be harmed” if the companies merge. &! 24hrs later; Comcast and Time Warner try to convince the DOJ that competition is bad for consumers - http://pando.com/2015/04/20/comcast-and-time-warner-try-to-convince-the-doj-that-competition-is-bad-for-consumers/
Comcast  ISP  oligopoly  oligopol  Time  Warner  Cable  M&A  USA 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
How The Facebook Bubble Is Driving Online Startups Into The Arms Of Offline Advertising | TechCrunch
FB accounts for >70% of all Social Media Ad spending! The rest is spend on Twitter and elsewhere. Programmatic Advertising is a crutch for native Web advertising to compete with FBs ability to slice and dice and analyse every nook and cranny. FB likes to be the web equivalent; Internet.org and asking/offering content creators/news papers to host content inside their Walls. And remember, Google missed this Social train badly, tried w Google+ after failing with Buzz. Was also late with (native) Mobile Search & just got going. And their last quarter(s) hinted at a stall of their advertising business and Wall Street doesn't like seeing this behemoth relying on just one business model while Nest Labs was a defensive acquisition (competing w Apple) and they lost out to FB to acquire WhatsApp. And if any Google X project will be able to live up to AdSense(Google Search) is questionable. Google might begin slowly dying soon in next 5 years by thousand cuts, like MSFT late 90's. Time is ripe.
Facebook  Social  Media  advertisement  targeting  marketing  advertisement  Programmatic  Advertising  oligopoly  oligopol  Internet.org  content  creator  content  discovery  content  distribution  native  content  Newsfeed  filter  bubble  Twitter  Instagram  YouTube  Pinterest  direct-response  Google+  Google  Search  AdSense  Google  X  Apple  WhatsApp  Nest  Labs  Wall  Street  Microsoft  Fortune  500  economic  history  creative  destruction  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  mobile  phone 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
NYT - EU and Google
“With more than a decade of hindsight, the theories supporting the case against Microsoft have all but fallen apart, and the pursuit of the company that makes Windows may suggest a reason for skepticism about this fight against Google: The tech marketplace is fluid and unpredictable. The giants that look most unbeatable today could falter in ways that may once have seemed unthinkable — and without a lot of help from the government.” [...] Google makes most of its money from search ads, but the market for such direct advertising may be tapped out. The next great wave of digital advertising — a market far bigger than search spots — will come from ad budgets now reserved for TV commercials, and many observers bet that Facebook, not Google, is in the best position to get that business. &! bit.ly/1aCgTK7 &! Growth stalls eventually 4all companies >> bit.ly/1DpxFXl &! youtu.be/SdJz93aIvA0?t=20m talk abt Google Search business practices and their way to "add value." And Lobbying activities.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
A Farewell To Jobs | TechCrunch
[the downside of making yourself hard to replace is, that its equally hard to move upwards the career ladder] the gig economy tends to reduce workers to fungible, replaceable cogs. Workers devalued in that way inevitably make less money and receive fewer benefits. When you can be more easily replaced, you become, pretty much by definition, less valuable; and technology is making the process of replacing one laborer with another increasingly frictionless. [...] in principle, both nurses and engineers are reasonably fungible. Short-term nursing contracts are plentiful, as are short-term engineering projects. One good iOS developer can easily replace another; good developers write code that’s easy for others to understand, maintain and expand. [...] an excess of supply relative to demand. [... thus the need for universal basic income / welfare state.] [...] spreading work more evenly among those who want it. [Borderless Flat World] - http://techcrunch.com/tag/peak-jobs/
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
The Most Powerful Force In The Universe | TechCrunch
That leads us to the other risk of all of this accumulation of power. Part of the promise of Silicon Valley is indeed its disruptive quality, a quality that becomes significantly harder to maintain in the market when the incumbents are so wealthy and powerful. The latest example of this is live streaming. Meerkat was booted off Twitter, only to be replaced by Twitter’s own acquired startup Periscope. Now Meerkat has to defeat a competitor backed with by the full resources of a $30 billion dollar public company. This just isn’t a startup utopia anymore. [...] Now, we have closed gardens and API access agreements, designed to keep you within the limited experience of our devices and software. [...] Silicon Valley isnt all that different from Wall Street, except we believe that we are helping the world even more than the capitalists and investment bankers. [...] // &! See Google Search vs Search Monopoly abuse with X business practices. tcrn.ch/1IIky5l // Mirosoft's case was just a taste
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
App Submissions On Google Play Now Reviewed By Staff, Will Include Age-Based Ratings | TechCrunch
- via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9218191 // is Web 3.0 a move out of native apps to actually usable >HTML5 applications? ... some time in the future? // see Web 2.0 Origin - http://pmarchive.com/no_such_thing_as_web_20.html - it was a conference. // thus Web 3.0 could be the follow-up of 2.0 because of the fallout dev community and companies have had with Apple and Google?! // Isn't it a thing that you shouldn't build your empire on other peoples lawn?! >> ie Uber, WhatsApp, etc. &! on the other side, Apple and Google don't want to upset the cart full of Apples. Wondering what they would come up with to maximise profit ... in the future. They will too, be made obsolete eventually (Google Play and Apple App Store), with technology. Period. Making true mobile apps for the web. &! !& http://pando.com/2015/03/17/google-will-now-screen-android-apps-before-theyre-released-to-the-play-store/
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
How VCs Turned My Startup Into A Nightmare - BuzzFeed News
there are a few who understand that even if you are inclined to equate “success” and “wealth,” you’ll need more than just greed in order to get there. The billionaire angel investor Ron Conway demonstrated this reasoning in an email to his colleagues leaked during the Angelgate scandal of 2010: The world of startups would be a better place if you spent less time complaining about deal structures, terms, vc’s, and valuations etc and the cars you drive, and just helped entrepenuers [sic] build their companies. […] In my opinion your motives are driven by self serving factors around ego satisfaction and ‘making a buck. And yet this famous VC-chiding email has nothing explicit to say about creating value for the society at large; it is all about helping entrepreneurs build companies.
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
WDR Kinozeit Dokumentarfilm Agora: Sendung vom 05.02.2015 - YouTube
Die Eurokrise aus griechischer Sicht: "AGORÁ - Von der Demokratie zum Markt" // &! Post-democracy (Themes for the 21st Century Series) Paperback – 23 Jun 2004 by Colin Crouch &! Making Capitalism Fit For Society Paperback – 6 Sep 2013 - by Colin Crouch "The aim of this book is to show that the acceptance of capitalism and the market does not require us to accept the full neoliberal agenda of unrestrained markets, insecurity in our working lives, and neglect of the environment and of public services."
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
Universitäten: Avanessian bemängelt akademische Rückschrittlichkeit - SPIEGEL ONLINE
wie ein Virus der Belanglosigkeit. Ich meine eine Ideenarmut und Schwerfälligkeit, die gewollt ist und geradezu karrierefördernd. [...] Die Universität erscheint hier als ein groß angelegter und staatlich geförderter Verhinderungsbetrieb, der am eigenen Mythos des "kritischen Denkens" verzweifelt festhält - aus Existenzangst und ohne zu sehen, dass das "kritische Denken" längst selbst zu einer Ware geworden ist, die mit Drittmittelanträgen gegen echtes Geld getauscht wird. [...] die Logik der Universität wäre demnach die Logik auch einer Gesellschaft, [...] Es darf gar nicht existieren, das Neue, weil sonst das Alte seine Legitimität verlieren würde.
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december 2014 by asterisk2a
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