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The BuzzFeed Lesson – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
That’s the thing, though: all of the big aggregators have been pursuing similar policies for years. To point to short-term pressure, whether that be falling China iPhone sales or Facebook ad load saturation is to miss the broader point: the more dominant an aggregator the more powerless the supply, and none of these companies are in the charity business.
Buzzfeed  webjournalism  aggregator  Facebook  Journalism  decline  Stratechery  2019 
january 2019 by inspiral
The Rise and Fall of China’s Cycling Empires – Foreign Policy
China’s bike-sharing firms were supposed to be the next big thing. What happened?
bikeshare  cycling  review  decline  China  ForeignPolicy  2018 
january 2019 by inspiral
Apple and Samsung feel the sting of plateauing smartphones - The Verge
Smartphone markets are slowing down in large part because they’ve served their purpose. We wanted phones with great displays, fast connectivity, all-day battery life, and a few extra luxuries thrown in, and now we’ve got them in abundance. The system works. When the next truly compelling upgrade shows up on the horizon, consumers will once again throw money at the latest and greatest products. But until then, all this competition makes for a bumpy ride for any company venturous enough to be in the phone-selling business, including those at the very top.
smartphones  sales  decline  innovation  review  critique  China  Apple  Samsung  TheVerge  2019 
january 2019 by inspiral
The Post-Advertising Future of the Media - The Atlantic
Mid-century newspapers were as broad and unobjectionable as department stores, because department-store advertising was their business. News media of the future could be as messy, diverse, and riotously disputatious as their audiences, because directly monetizing them is the new central challenge of the news business.
media  journalism  webjournalism  onlineadvertising  decline  neutrality  partisan  forecast  TheAtlantic  2018 
january 2019 by inspiral
No pints, no pulling: does the death of the pub spell the end of sex? | Life and style | The Guardian
The decline of the British boozer is coinciding with another downturn: young people are having less sex. But is the loss of the local really calling time on romance?
pubs  alcohol  sex  decline  consumer  trends  relationships  dating  UK  Guardian  2018 
november 2018 by inspiral
The NRA's latest budget cut: the office coffee — Quartz at Work
It turns out the cutback is merely the latest piece of evidence that the NRA is short on cash. In what gun-regulation advocates will read as a hopeful sign, membership fees were reportedly down by $35 million in 2017, and total assets dropped from $217 million to $196 million.
NRA  guns  guncontrol  decline  revenues  Quartz  2018 
november 2018 by inspiral
Young People Are Having Less Sex - The Atlantic
Despite the easing of taboos and the rise of hookup apps, Americans are in the midst of a sex recession.
sex  relationships  trends  Millennials  teenagers  decline  review  USA  TheAtlantic  2018 
november 2018 by inspiral
How Netflix and the streaming wars create income inequality
“I had a conversation with friends the other day, and we were like, man, it’d be nice to stop doing this,” Allison says, laughing. “If only there was anything else to do.”
television  film  Netflix  streamingmedia  employment  middleclass  review  bifurcation  decline  Hollywood  FastCompany  2018 
november 2018 by inspiral
How WeChat faded into the silence in India | FactorDaily
“There’s a term called internationalisation of a product, which is loosely used in China to translate the product to English and make it ready for users in another country. But at its core, it is a product envisaged and designed by people in China for the China market,” says the former WeChat executive, citing it as the main reason for WeChat’s failure in India.
WeChat  decline  mobilemessaging  localisation  India  consumer  FactorDaily  2018 
october 2018 by inspiral
If the Czech economy is thriving, why are we so poor? | Saša Uhlová | Opinion | The Guardian
The transition from state socialism to capitalism has created deep feelings of injustice among those in manual jobs
socialwelfare  decline  employment  exploitation  capitalism  personalaccount  CzechRepublic  Guardian  2018 
september 2018 by inspiral
American Ownership Society Is Changing Thanks to Technology - Bloomberg
Each of these changes is beneficial, yet I worry that Americans are, slowly but surely, losing their connection to the idea of private ownership. The nation was based on the notion that property ownership gives individuals a stake in the system. It set Americans apart from feudal peasants, taught us how property rights and incentives operate, and was a kind of training for future entrepreneurship. Do we not, as parents, often give our children pets or other valuable possessions to teach them basic lessons of life and stewardship?
ownership  materialism  capitalism  decline  review  critique  author:TylerCowen  Bloomberg  2018 
august 2018 by inspiral
What Immigration Crisis? The U.S. Isn’t Being Swamped - Bloomberg
In other words, although the issue of children at the border presents a moral crisis, Central American immigration is not at a crisis level overall, nor likely to become so. Trump is spreading alarm over a phenomenon that will probably dwindle away from now on. The problem of unaccompanied children at the border is a problem, and one that Trump will hopefully handle better in the future. But the U.S. isn't in danger of being inundated by Central Americans.
migration  refugees  immigration  review  DonaldTrump  decline  USA  Mexico  CentralAmerica 
june 2018 by inspiral
The Reputation-Laundering Firm That Ruined Its Own Reputation | The New Yorker
A P.R. company that worked with dictators and oligarchs deliberately inflamed racial tensions in South Africa—and destroyed itself in the process.
BellPottinger  publicrelations  profile  review  Guptas  SouthAfrica  fraud  fakenews  critique  decline  NewYorker  2018 
june 2018 by inspiral
The epic mistake about manufacturing that's cost Americans millions of jobs
Two decades of complacency among US leaders gave companies in Asia and other emerging export bases time to create world-class factories and robust supply chains. Tellingly, even as the real output of the computers subsector has appeared to grow astonishingly quickly, the sector has been steadily losing market share to Asian competitors, according to a 2014 paper by Houseman and economists Timothy Bartik and Timothy Sturgeon.
manufacturing  decline  automation  tradepolicy  trade  review  research  USA  MSN  2018 
may 2018 by inspiral
Death by the sea: how drug abuse is scarring Britain’s coastal towns | Society | The Guardian
Seaside communities have the highest rates of heroin deaths in England – and Barrow-in-Furness is one of the hardest hit ‘brown towns’. What are the causes – and is there a solution?
drugs  heroin  review  seaside  decline  Barrow  UK  Guardian  2018 
april 2018 by inspiral
How changing tastes are killing German restaurants - The Washington Post
All across the country, German restaurants are calling it quits. In Portland, Ore., Der Rheinlander closed after 53 years in 2016. Another Portland restaurant, the Berlin Inn, closed and reopened as the Brooklyn House, with a vegan and gluten-free menu of “European comfort food,” before closing again, permanently. Outside of Boulder, Colo., the Black Forest Restaurant closed last summer after 59 years. The Olde German Schnitzel House in Hickory, N.C., served its last sauerkraut in 2014, lasting 10 years. One of Nashville’s oldest restaurants, Gerst Haus, died last month after 62 years. That’s 10 years longer than the Chicago Brauhaus, which closed in December.
restaurants  trends  German  decline  USA  WashingtonPost  2018 
march 2018 by inspiral
Steel History Shows How America Lost Ground to Europe - Bloomberg
Spoiler alert: Unfair trade practices of foreign nations had nothing to do with it.
steel  manufacturing  innovation  decline  trade  USA  Bloomberg  2018 
march 2018 by inspiral
This Leaked Government Brexit Analysis Says The UK Will Be Worse Off In Every Scenario
Exclusive: BuzzFeed News has seen a new Brexit impact assessment, which says leaving the EU will adversely hit almost every sector and every UK region.
Brexit  EuropeanUnion  review  critique  geography  decline  UK  Buzzfeed  2018 
january 2018 by inspiral
Facebook is done with quality journalism. Deal with it.
For Facebook, journalism has been a pain in the neck from day one. Now, bogged down with the insoluble problems of fake news and bad PR, it’s clear that Facebook will gradually pull the plug on news. Publishers should stop whining and move on.
Facebook  webjournalism  distribution  review  decline  author:FredericFilloux  MondayNote  2018 
january 2018 by inspiral
Youth Radio: Why Are Guitar Sales Declining? | KUNR
All guitar sales in the United States have declined, according to statistics from Music Trades Magazine. Reno Youth Radio reporter Spencer Ellison talked to a long-time Reno musician and a guitar salesman about the trend.
guitar  music  decline  trends  KUNR  2017 
january 2018 by inspiral
Millennials Are Screwed - The Huffington Post
All of these trends—the cost of education, the rise of contracting, the barriers to skilled occupations—add up to an economy that has deliberately shifted the risk of economic recession and industry disruption away from companies and onto individuals. For our parents, a job was a guarantee of a secure adulthood. For us, it is a gamble. And if we suffer a setback along the way, there’s so little to keep us from sliding into disaster.
Millennials  finance  decline  insecurity  employment  casualisation  uncertainty  poverty  healthcare  incomeinequality  inequality  racism  retirement  housing  regulations  zoning  USA  HuffingtonPost  Highline  2017 
december 2017 by inspiral
New York's vanishing shops and storefronts: 'It's not Amazon, it's rent' | Business | The Guardian
“It’s not Amazon, it’s rent,” says Jeremiah Moss, author of the website and book Vanishing New York. “Over the decades, small businesses weathered the New York of the 70s with it near-bankruptcy and high crime. Businesses could survive the internet, but they need a reasonable rent to do that.”

Part of the problem is the changing make-up of New York landlords. Many are no longer mom-and-pop operations, but institutional investors and hedge funds that are unwilling to drop rents to match retail conditions. “They are running small businesses out of the city and replacing them with chain stores and temporary luxury businesses,” says Moss.
NewYork  retail  realestate  property  decline  gentrification  pricing  review  critique  USA  Guardian  2017 
december 2017 by inspiral
Bitcoin Crashed and Took the Whole Market Down With It
The price of bitcoin plunged on Friday, continuing a steady downward spiral that’s lasted all week. True believers are shrugging it off, but with its newfound notoriety, a lot of latecomers are feeling some pain. All but two of the top 100 cryptocurrencies were significantly down this morning.
Bitcoin  cryptocurrencies  valuation  decline  Gizmodo  2017 
december 2017 by inspiral
Why Once-Loved McDonald’s Now Has an Image Problem in China
The fast-food chain captured the zeitgeist when it opened its mainland stores in the ’90s, but many now deride it as old-fashioned and coarse.
McDonalds  fastfood  trends  food  decline  China  SixthTone  2017 
december 2017 by inspiral
Elon Musk's Battery Boast Will Be Short-Lived - Bloomberg
With battery prices tumbling by almost half since 2014, large-scale projects are popping up around the world. Developers have announced lithium-ion battery projects with total capacity of 1,650 megawatts per hour in 2017, four times the amount for all of 2016, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
battery  prices  decline  Bloomberg  2017 
december 2017 by inspiral
America’s ‘Retail Apocalypse’ Is Really Just Beginning
The reason isn’t as simple as Amazon.com Inc. taking market share or twenty-somethings spending more on experiences than things. The root cause is that many of these long-standing chains are overloaded with debt—often from leveraged buyouts led by private equity firms. There are billions in borrowings on the balance sheets of troubled retailers, and sustaining that load is only going to become harder—even for healthy chains.
retail  bricksandmortarretail  decline  debt  finance  review  critique  USA  Bloomberg  2017 
november 2017 by inspiral
No One Knows What Britain Is Anymore - The New York Times
Mrs. May’s Conservative government is now so split that some Brexit supporters are calling on her to simply quit the bloc with no deal at all — probably the worst alternative for the country, but just the kind of populist, tub-thumping gesture favored by the Brexit elite and the right-wing tabloids.
Brexit  EuropeanUnion  UK  politics  internationalrelations  review  critique  decline  NYTimes  2017 
november 2017 by inspiral
India Warily Eyes AI - MIT Technology Review
Technology outsourcing has been India’s only reliable job creator in the past 30 years. Now artificial intelligence threatens to wipe out those gains.
enterprise  outsourcing  informationtechnology  automation  employment  decline  forecast  India  TechnologyReview  2017 
october 2017 by inspiral
P&G Slashes Digital by $140M Over Brand Safety. Sales Rise. | CMO Strategy - AdAge
Procter & Gamble's concerns about where its ads were showing up online contributed to a $140 million cutback in the company's digital ad spending last quarter, the company said Thursday. That helped the world's biggest advertiser beat earnings expectations. Perhaps even more noteworthy, however, organic sales outperformed both analyst forecasts and key rivals at 2% growth despite the drop in ad support.
P&G  onlineadvertising  spend  decline  media  results  review  AdvertisingAge  2017 
august 2017 by inspiral
Will the death of US retail be the next big short?
The relentless rise of online shopping is posing a huge challenge for US shopping malls, developers and investors who own shares and bonds in household names. The core problem is a dramatic overbuilding of stores, coupled with the rise of ecommerce, Richard Hayne, Urban Outfitters’ chief executive, told analysts on a conference call earlier this year. “This created a bubble, and like housing, that bubble has now burst,” Mr Hayne said. “We are seeing the results: Doors shuttering and rents retreating. This trend will continue for the foreseeable future and may even accelerate.”

The impact is far-reaching. Credit Suisse estimates that as many as 8,640 stores with 147m square feet of retailing space could close down just this year — surpassing the level of closures after the financial crisis and dotcom bust. The downturn is hitting the largely healthy US labour market — the retail industry has lost an average of 9,000 jobs a month this year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, compared with average monthly job gains of 17,000 last year.
retail  bricksandmortarretail  review  decline  valuation  Amazon  ecommerce  property  USA  FinancialTimes  2017 
july 2017 by inspiral
The Golden Age of Restaurants in America - The Atlantic
The quality and variety of food in the U.S. has never been better. The business seems to be struggling. What’s really going on?
restaurants  food  growth  decline  review  trends  delivery  USA  TheAtlantic  2017 
june 2017 by inspiral
Why J. Crew’s Vision of Preppy America Failed - The New Yorker
The implication was that I was a self-defining, self-sufficient person. I didn’t need to aspire to some other life; I could build one myself, without entering some bubble-like subculture. In theory, these clothes said almost nothing about me. (In practice, of course, they say as much as clothes always do.) It’s this insistence upon independence that, more than anything, may have dethroned J. Crew. These days, we prefer the subtle manipulation of the algorithm to the overt glamour of the “style guide.” It’s luxurious to think that we are choosing for ourselves.
JCrew  fashion  apparel  clothing  review  critique  decline  USA  NewYorker  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
The Orange Is the New Black Netflix Hack Was a Terrible Idea | WIRED
Consider that in 2011, BitTorrent accounted for 23 percent of daily internet traffic in North America, according to network-equipment company Sandvine. By last year, that number sat at under 5 percent. “There’s always going to be the floor of people that are always going to be torrenting,” says Sandvine spokesperson Dan Deeth. That group will surely enjoy whatever Piper’s up to in season five. But the idea that so small a cohort might prompt Netflix to negotiate with hackers seems absurd.
OrangeistheNewBlack  piracy  television  film  movies  BitTorrent  decline  streamingmedia  Netflix  review  Wired  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
Twitter Surprises by Adding New Users | Digital - AdAge
Ever since the company went public in 2013, it has been battling the perception that its growth is limited. But Twitter showed signs of new life in the first quarter, reporting that average monthly active users rose 6% from last year to 328 million. The number of daily users has been increasing at a faster pace each quarter for the past year, Twitter said, even benefiting this year from "new and resurrected users following more news and political accounts," especially in the U.S.
Now that CEO Jack Dorsey has managed to defy investor expectations by reviving user growth, he has to do the same for revenue: Twitter on Wednesday posted its first quarterly revenue decline since going public in 2013, an 8% drop from the quarter a year earlier.
And ad revenue fell 11%.
Twitter  results  penetration  statistics  growth  revenues  decline  AdvertisingAge  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
Fewer than half of newspaper jobs from 15 years ago still exist
In the past 15 years, more than half the jobs in the news industry have disappeared, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this week.
journalism  newspapers  employment  decline  USBureauofLabourStandards  USA  Mashable  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
Why Apple Is Losing Its Shine in China – Backchannel
Until recently, Apple led an unusually charmed existence in China. Now it’s on the outs — and not because of Beijing’s meddling.
Apple  marketshare  decline  AppleMusic  AppStore  ApplePay  China  BackChannel  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
Instant recall | The Verge
Facebook's Instant Articles promised to transform journalism — but now big publishers are fleeing
FacebookInstantArticles  Facebook  webjournalism  review  decline  TheVerge  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
The Great Retail Apocalypse of 2017 - The Atlantic
In the middle of an economic recovery, hundreds of shops and malls are shuttering. The reasons why go far beyond Amazon.
retail  decline  ecommerce  mobilecommerce  Amazon  property  restaurants  experiential  trends  USA  TheAtlantic  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
Madison Avenue Takes a Darker Turn - Bloomberg Gadfly
Ads for consumer goods are often populated by happy-looking people blessed with blue skies and permanent sunshine. For the folk on Madison Avenue, they've started to take a darker turn.The world's second-biggest advertiser, Unilever Plc, is on a push to improve profitability to placate shareholders after it rebuffed a takeover by Kraft Heinz Foods Co. It wants to cut the 7.7 billion euros ($8.2 billion) it spent last year to promote its brands, including Lipton, Knorr, and Dove, and halve the number of agencies it uses for creative work.That's obviously going to hurt Unilever's ad land suppliers, chief among them WPP Plc. Martin Sorrell's company got about 3 percent of its revenue last year doing creative work for the Anglo-Dutch consumer giant, as well as placing its ads across TV, radio and online.Plus there's a strong chance that the contagion will spread to other packaged foods and consumer goods makers. They're all struggling with weak growth, and are having to compensate by slashing costs to fatten margins. 
FMCG  advertising  media  Unilever  decline  forecast  Bloomberg  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
Stores Are Closing at a Record Pace as Amazon Chews Up Retailers - Bloomberg
The battered American retail industry took a few more lumps this week, with stores at both ends of the price spectrum preparing to close their doors.
retail  bricksandmortarretail  decline  review  Ecommerce  growth  Amazon  USA  Bloomberg  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
Twitter’s Advertising Revenue Declines Despite Heavy Emphasis on Video – Adweek
Twitter’s advertising revenue slightly declined in the fourth quarter, as the lagging social media company struggled to build a rapid user base despite increasingly its emphasis on live video.

According to the company’s Q4 2016 earnings report released this morning, advertising revenue in fourth-quarter 2016 totaled $638 million, which is down slightly year over year, with mobile devices raking in 89 percent of total revenue. The company said video now makes up the largest portion of advertising revenue, which Twitter said was largely driven in part by the company’s bets on live video and accompanying video ad formats. Total revenue for the quarter was $717 million—up just 1 percent from fourth-quarter 2015. Twitter’s stock fell 10 percent following the announcement of the disappointing earnings.
Twitter  results  onlineadvertising  onlinevideo  livestreaming  penetration  engagement  growth  decline  AdWeek  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral
Why Whole Foods is now struggling - The Washington Post
“Whole Foods created this space and had it all to themselves for years,” said Brian Yarbrough, an analyst at Edward Jones. “But in the past five years, a lot of people started piling in. And now there's a lot of competition.”
WholeFoods  revenues  results  food  trends  growth  decline  USA  WashingtonPost  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral
Taxi Medallion Prices Are Plummeting, Endangering Loans - Bloomberg
There's a good reason your cab driver is so cranky: His livelihood might be teetering on the edge of default. According to a recent presentation prepared for Capital One Financial Corp. investors, some 81 percent of its $690 million in loans for taxi medallions are at risk of default.

Medallions, the small metal shields affixed to the hoods of taxi cabs, are issued by the local taxi authority and effectively allow the cabs to operate legally. Owning one used to be akin to owning a gas-guzzling, money-printing machine. Medallions in New York City traded at more than $1 million in 2014, but today's prices are about half of that.
Taxi  regulation  prices  decline  NewYork  default  ridesharing  Uber  USA  Bloomberg  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral
Club Penguin is shutting down | TechCrunch
Club Penguin, the Disney-owned social network for kids, announced this morning it’s shutting down. In its place, the company will launch a new product for mobile, Club Penguin Island, which has been in development over the past several years. Club Penguin Island will launch in March, while the Club Penguin game on the desktop and mobile devices will shut down on March 29, 2017.
ClubPenguin  Disney  decline  socialmedia  children  Techcrunch  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral
3D TV is officially dead as Sony and LG stop making sets | FierceCable
Perhaps putting to rest a cautionary tale for the pay-TV industry about diving headlong into new display technologies, Sony and LG have announced that they will stop integrating 3D capabilities into the TV sets they manufacture this year.
television  3dtv  decline  LG  Sony  FierceCable  2017 
january 2017 by inspiral
Twitter is phasing out the “Buy” button, will continue to offer donations | TechCrunch
There have been rumors for a while about Twitter preparing to retire its commerce operation. Now it looks like the company has finally started to wind down its partnerships in confirmation of that fact. Customers of e-commerce platform Shopify are receiving notices informing them that the Twitter sales channel is getting shut down “as a result of the Twitter team pivoting way from their ecommerce focus.” We have confirmed the note as legitimate. The short message, shared by TC reader Brody Berson, is at the bottom of this post.
Twitter  Ecommerce  decline  socialcommerce  Buy  Techcrunch  2017 
january 2017 by inspiral
Global PC shipments keep declining, according to Gartner | TechCrunch
In news that should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone who’s been following the industry even peripherally, Gartner notes in a new study that global PC shipments have continued to decline for a fifth straight year. The numbers mark a 3.7 percent year-over-year drop for the fourth quarter of 2016.
PCs  sales  statistics  decline  Gartner  global  Techcrunch  2017 
january 2017 by inspiral
Who killed the curry house? | Bee Wilson | Life and style | The Guardian
For a few decades from the 1970s to the 2000s, the curry house – like its high street companion, the pub – looked like a permanent feature of British life; maybe even an emblem of Britishness itself. Yet it is now clear that our passionate relationship with these restaurants was a product of particular circumstances. For the high street curry house to flourish in its classical form, British tastes needed to stay fixed and south Asian cooks needed to be free to work here. Neither of these conditions now holds.
curry  food  culture  trends  decline  immigration  employment  cost  UK  Guardian  2017 
january 2017 by inspiral
Missed targets take a bite out of Apple chiefs’ pay
Apple’s top executives took a pay cut last year after the company missed its internal sales and profit targets for the first time since the launch of the iPhone a decade ago. 

Chief executive Tim Cook and other members of Apple’s leadership took home pay packets that were at least 10 per cent smaller in 2016, because of missed revenue and profit targets last year. 
Apple  revenues  profitability  decline  review  FinancialTimes  2017 
january 2017 by inspiral
Advertisers are cooling on Snapchat Live Stories - Digiday
With viewership for Snapchat’s Live Stories stagnating, the feature is not a priority for media buyers.

In addition to Discover, Live Stories is one of two media-driven features inside the Snapchat app. Available alongside Discover on the Stories and Discover pages, Live Stories provides content curated around different events and topics — everything from a big NBA game to the ongoing conflict in Mosul. Content includes photos and videos shot by users as well as the event organizers, when applicable.
Snapchat  SnapchatLiveStories  decline  statistics  review  Digiday  2016 
december 2016 by inspiral
Spotify abandons attempt to buy SoundCloud
Spotify has abandoned plans to acquire rival SoundCloud, as the music streaming company gears up for an IPO next year.

The companies were in advanced talks on a deal in September, the FT reported, as Spotify looks to compete with Silicon Valley titans such as Apple and Amazon in the competitive streaming market.

However, the deal has fallen through because Spotify did not want to slow its path towards a flotation with the costs and licensing agreements needed to buy SoundCloud, according to someone familiar with the matter.
Spotify  Soundcloud  takeover  decline  IPO  music  streamingmedia  review  FinancialTimes  2016 
december 2016 by inspiral
Apple Is in Talks With Hollywood for Early Access to Movies on iTunes - Bloomberg
Apple Inc. is pressing Hollywood studios for earlier access to movies, according to people with knowledge of the matter, a move that would bolster the company’s iTunes business.

21st Century Fox Inc., Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Bros. and Comcast Corp.’s Universal Pictures all confirmed over the past week that they are looking to offer high-priced, home-video rentals of new movies shortly after they open in theaters. Some studio executives have been pushing to allow home rentals as early as two weeks after theatrical debuts and are considering a deal with iTunes as one option, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private.
film  movies  windowing  decline  onlinevideo  Apple  iTunes  Bloomberg  2016 
december 2016 by inspiral
How Stable Are Democracies? ‘Warning Signs Are Flashing Red’ - The New York Times
Yascha Mounk is used to being the most pessimistic person in the room. Mr. Mounk, a lecturer in government at Harvard, has spent the past few years challenging one of the bedrock assumptions of Western politics: that once a country becomes a liberal democracy, it will stay that way.

His research suggests something quite different: that liberal democracies around the world may be at serious risk of decline.
democracy  politics  review  critique  decline  YaschaMounk  NYTimes  2016 
november 2016 by inspiral
Facebook Shutters Another Piece of Failed Ad Technology | Digital - AdAge
Facebook is shutting down its Atlas ad server, signaling its latest retreat from the old advertising technology ecosystem it once tried to build.
On Friday, Facebook announced that it would stop running Atlas as an ad server, a place for brands to manage online ad campaigns, and instead solely use it as a measurement tool for marketers.
"We had a hard time getting people excited about ad serving," said Erik Johnson, Facebook's head of client measurement.
Clients valued the measurement and not the ad-serving part, Mr. Johnson said.
Three years ago, when Facebook bought Atlas, the company had barely made its mobile transition, and was looking to build ad infrastructure that one day could challenge Google DoubleClick.
But it proved to be a tough challenge to get marketers to switch from ad servers they already used, and in the end not worth the effort, especially as the ad tech landscape changed and Facebook's own strengths grew.
Facebook  Atlas  decline  adserver  AdvertisingAge  2016 
november 2016 by inspiral
GoPro shows its vulnerability after horrific Q3 earnings | TechCrunch
Expectations were already incredibly low for GoPro this go around and yet somehow the company managed to eclipse even the worst fears of analysts. The company’s stock trading was halted prior to the release of results that missed revenue expectations by 23 percent and nearly $75 million.

When trading began again, shares were down 22 percent. This means that, in a matter of minutes, the market cap of the company melted from $1.23 billion to $972 million — the spontaneous combustion of roughly $250 million in value.
GoPro  revenues  results  decline  Techcrunch  2016 
november 2016 by inspiral
The long-term consequences of Brexit - Marginal REVOLUTION
Britain’s service sector will see its exports drop up to 60 per cent after leaving the European single market, even with a free-trade agreement with the EU in place, according to research from a leading think-tank.

A new study from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, to be published on Wednesday, says that signing a free-trade agreement with the EU will not recoup any loss in services exports, but would reduce the long-term fall in goods exports from between 58-65 per cent to between 35-44 per cent.

…In theory, the falls in exports could be reduced if Britain managed to sign a deep bilateral agreement with the EU, including good coverage of the services sector. But Monique Ebell, the author of the report, said: “The average FTA for services at the moment is not very comprehensive and tends not to do very much.”

In 2014, 40 per cent of Britain’s services trade, and 56 per cent of its goods trade, was with other European Economic Area members, meaning that the overall fall in British exports would be 24 per cent for services and 20-25 per cent for goods.
Brexit  services  economy  impact  forecast  NationalInstituteofEconomicandSocialResearch  UK  decline  FinancialTimes  MarginalRevolution  2016 
november 2016 by inspiral
The Story of the Self Destruction of Deutsche Bank - SPIEGEL ONLINE
For most of its 146 years, Deutsche Bank was the embodiment of German values: reliable and safe. Now, the once-proud institution is facing the abyss. SPIEGEL tells the story of how Deutsche's 1990s rush to join the world banking elite paved the way for its own downfall.
DeutscheBank  banking  decline  management  strategy  critique  Spiegel  2016 
november 2016 by inspiral
Twitter axes Vine video service - BBC News
Twitter has announced it is to close its video sharing service Vine about four years after it launched.
Vine let people share six-second-long video clips that played on a loop.
Twitter did not give a reason for the closure, but earlier on Thursday it announced it was cutting 9% of its workforce following slow growth of the social network.
Vine  mobilevideo  onlinevideo  decline  Twitter  BBC  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
What happened to Xiaomi?
Essentially, Xiaomi has been too slow to match its products with the fast-changing value propositions of young Chinese consumers, who aspire for a more individualistic and personalized lifestyle.
While Xiaomi has continued to expand its product portfolio, the brand has failed to maintain its hype and has become overly diversified. General consumers have begun to lose track of what the company stands for and the benefits of joining their ecosystem.
With the company’s recent expansion to emerging markets comes a new set of problems. Factors such as supply constraints, limited local market understanding, and legal issues have hampered their efforts overseas.
Xiaomi  smartphones  decline  review  China  TechinAsia  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
Why Donald Trump's Access Hollywood tape was the last straw for Paul Ryan and the GOP — Quartz
And so the release of the Access Hollywood tape was the turning point for many Republican men because it undercut their image of what their ideology meant all along. Trump wasn’t about respecting and defending the traditional family after all; he was a rich thug who felt entitled to grab whatever he wanted.
This has given an opening for establishment Republicans who recognize that Trump is a loose cannon to toss him overboard as they could not when he was simply taking their own narrative about minorities, working women, and organized workers to the extreme. In fact, House speaker Paul Ryan used this contradiction to try to shore up the movement conservative vision when he tweeted after the tape’s release: “Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified.”
DonaldTrump  Republicans  politics  racism  sexism  familyvalues  decline  Quartz  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
English care home closures are leaving vulnerable people at risk, says watchdog | Society | The Guardian
CQC warns that sector as a whole is at risk as providers of care for elderly and disabled people pull out over rising costs and cuts to council budgets
CareQualityCommission  socialcare  profitability  decline  employment  income  nationalivingwage  UK  Guardian  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
Jack Dorsey Is Losing Control of Twitter
A year after his return as CEO, live-streaming and new products haven’t revived growth.
Twitter  JackDorsey  management  critique  decline  takeover  review  Bloomberg  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
UK social care ‘in crisis’, warn charities
More than 80 leading charities have warned that social care is in “crisis”, following a damning report by the sector’s regulator that found more than four in 10 care providers in England were rated as “inadequate” or “requiring improvement”.

The “state of care” report from the Care Quality Commission also sounded the alarm over safety across the wider care sector, including the NHS, discovering that more than one in 10 hospitals and a similar proportion of adult social care providers were not meeting safety standards.

The Care and Support Alliance, an umbrella body, said the government should make a “significant investment” in social care at the spending review next month.
socialcare  revenues  profitability  decline  CareQualityCommission  CareandSupportAlliance  FinancialTimes  2015 
october 2016 by inspiral
Care-home providers push for help as fear of closures mount
Britain’s biggest care-home operators, including Bupa, and Four Seasons, will meet Department of Health officials on Monday amid concerns that an increase in council tax to pay for elderly care may not be passed on in time to avert closures.

After George Osborne, the chancellor, announced in the Autumn Statement last year that local authorities could increase council tax by an extra 2 per cent to pay for adult social care, care-home companies have been anticipating a rise in the fees they receive per resident.

More than 90 per cent of local authorities chose to enforce the tax increase, which could raise £382m for social care this year. But although the change came into effect in April, care-home operators are concerned that the increase in funding has not yet been passed on and that their letters to local authorities have gone unanswered.
socialcare  profitability  decline  BUPA  FourSeasons  UK  FinancialTimes  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
The Decline of Car Culture - Marginal REVOLUTION
UMTRI: About 87 percent of 19-year-olds in 1983 had their licenses, but more than 30 years later, that percentage had dropped to 69 percent. Other teen driving groups have also declined: 18-year-olds fell from 80 percent in 1983 to 60 percent in 2014, 17-year-olds decreased from 69 percent to 45 percent, and 16-year-olds plummeted from 46 percent to 24 percent.

Cars used to represent freedom. Today WiFi does. The decline of young drivers is likely another reason the roads are getting safer.
automotive  penetration  decline  teenagers  USA  UMTRI  MarginalRevolution  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
Samsung Slumps by $22 Billion as Note 7 Safety Warnings Pile Up - Bloomberg
Samsung Electronics Co. lost $22 billion of market value over two days as investors factor in a bigger hit to its bottom line from widening bans and warnings on its Note 7 smartphones.
Shares have plunged 11 percent since Friday, the biggest two-day decline since 2008, after U.S. regulators joined the company in cautioning users to power down their Note 7s and refrain from charging them. Aviation authorities and airlines have called on passengers to stop using the gadgets during flights.
Samsung  valuation  decline  SamsungNote7  fire  Bloomberg  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
With the iPhone 7, Apple Changed the Camera Industry Forever - The New Yorker
The distinct business advantage that Apple has achieved thanks to its hardware is the sheer volume of iPhone sales, which justifies the big spending on the specialized chips that make that hardware so powerful. The new image processor is a perfect example. It can spread the cost of that investment in chips over hundreds of millions of iPhones. In comparison, the falling sales of stand-alone cameras have hampered the ability of camera companies to innovate and spend on core technologies. Given that hardware and software are equally important today, Apple’s advances in both areas makes it difficult for anyone to beat the company in photography for the masses. You can see why the camera companies are doomed.
camera  photography  iPhone  iPhone7  Apple  review  innovation  decline  NewYorker  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
The US productivity puzzle: what policies are needed — FT.com
America will struggle to lift living standards unless growth increases
economy  productivity  decline  USA  review  FinancialTimes  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
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