Data Factories

Facebook and Google and other advertising businesses are data factories, and regulation will be most effective if it lets users look inside

New Alexa Devices, Amazon and the EU Commission

Why is Amazon selling more Alexa devices? More broadly, do the company’s house brands leave it susceptible to an antitrust challenge?

The European Commission Versus Android

Examining the history of Android explains why the European Commission may be right to fine Google for its actions around Android, even as the reasoning feels off.

AT&T, Time Warner, and the Need for Neutrality

It is no surprise that a judge allowed the AT&T-Time Warner acquisition to proceed given the government’s poor case; the question is if a better case could have been made. What is ultimately needed, though, are new laws.

The Bill Gates Line

Understanding the differences between aggregators and platforms matters for companies interacting with them and also regulators considering antitrust.

Qualcomm, National Security, and Patents

The Trump administration blocked Broadcom’s acquisition of Qualcomm, and I think it was the right move. Understanding why means understanding Qualcomm and Broadcom’s plan for the company — and the problem with patents.