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Digital Switzerlands by Kristen Eichensehr :: SSRN
Digital Switzerlands encompasses two ideas: that the companies are on par with, not subordinate to, the countries that try to regulate them, and that they are in some sense neutral. This Article critically evaluates the plausibility of these claims and explores how the companies differ from other powerful private parties.
stacks  borders 
july 2018 by jomc
Regulate Facebook Like AIM - Motherboard
Sixteen years ago, the FCC, the regulatory body responsible for things like television and radio, approved a merger between American Online and Time Warner, but with several conditions. As part of the deal, AOL was required to make its web portal compatible with other chat apps.
facebook  aol  stacks  antitrust 
october 2017 by jomc
Google’s Go-to-Market Gap – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
The problem is that as much as Google may be ahead, the company is also on the clock: every interaction with Siri, every signal sent to Facebook, every command answered by Alexa, is one that is not only not captured by Google but also one that is captured by its competitors.
google  stacks 
june 2017 by jomc
Be Careful Celebrating Google’s New Ad Blocker. Here’s What’s Really Going On.
But who’s part of the Coalition for Better Ads? Google, for one, as well as Facebook. Those two companies accounted for 99 percent of all digital ad revenue growth in the United States last year, and 77 percent of gross ad spending. As Mark Patterson of Fordham University explained, the Coalition for Better Ads is “a cartel orchestrated by Google.”
google  facebook  advertising  stacks 
june 2017 by jomc
Manifestos and Monopolies – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
In this brave new world, power comes not from production, not from distribution, but from controlling consumption: all markets will be demand-driven; the extent to which they already are is a function of how digitized they have become.

This is why most Facebook-fail-fundamentalists so badly miss the point: that the company pays nothing for its content is not a weakness
facebook  big-social  stacks  silicon-valley 
february 2017 by jomc
Book Review: Consent of the Networked by Rebecca MacKinnon
interesting thoughts on comparing facebook, google etc to states
statecraft  google  stacks 
january 2015 by jomc
Project Goliath: Inside Hollywood's secret war against Google | The Verge
A number of Goliath-related emails also point to examples of copyright-infringing search results found on Google; the persistence of file-sharing links in Google search rankings has been a sore point in Hollywood for years.
google  hollywood  stacks  sony-hack  copyright  piracy 
december 2014 by jomc
Hold the Phone: A Big-Data Conundrum -
So, in theory, data on how often people search for “iPhone slow,” as provided by Google Trends, can measure the frustration globally. (Data for only the United States show similar results.)

Because this data is available weekly, she was able to cross-reference these searches against release dates of new phones. The charts show the results, which are, to say the least, striking. In the top chart, there are six distinct spikes, and they correspond to releases of new iPhones.
algos  stacks 
july 2014 by jomc
Google DNS Freedom Fight: | Machinology
. But what Geraldine Juárez pointed out on Twitter was of course this: points to Google Public DNS. Corporate freedom services, the rhetorics of net freedom, etc. play as part of this wider scenario where alternatives to authoritarian nationalist politics seem to be the Corporate system. And that it’s pretty odd/scary/eerie that this gets rather automatically picked up as the political alternative, even to the extent of Google becoming infrastructurally used as the politically “open alternative” – or just more bluntly, as “Freedom”:
march 2014 by jomc
Why Facebook’s WhatsApp Purchase Feels Like Cultural Imperialism | Hazlitt
eight out of ten of the world’s top Internet properties are Made in the U.S.A—and 81% of their users are outside the U.S. That means most of the globe’s most popular online infrastructure—Google, Facebook, Twitter, and so on—is the product of American culture
stacks  culture 
march 2014 by jomc
LukeW | Data Monday: Platform Acceleration
It took AOL 9 years to reach one million users. (source)
It took Facebook 9 months to reach one million users. (source)
It took Draw Something (an iPhone app) 9 days to reach one million users. (source)....
april 2012 by jomc

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