Shopify kind-of sort-of bans “Buy With Prime”, while Meta changes its e-commerce focus on Instagram. Plus, why the China ban is bad for Nvidia’s CUDA moat.
An Interview with Ramp Founder Eric Glyman
An interview with Ramp founder Eric Glyman about Ramp and the historic underpinnings of the fintech industry.
Law Enforcement and User Data, Tradeoffs and Trust, Centralization and Encryption
A story about how hackers got data from tech companies illustrates the fundamental challenge of trust on the Internet, and gives insight into the challenges of interoperability.
Tech and War
The reaction to the Ukraine invasion has been a demonstration of tech capabilities; those capabilities may be the key to compelling China to pressure Russia.
Facebook and Google Block Russian State Media, Crypto Exchanges and Sanctions
Facebook and Google bans probably don’t make much of a difference in the short-term, but will be a challenge in the long-term. Then, the structure of crypto drives a different response.
Lobbying Congress, Apple’s Report, What About Consumers?
Apple is belatedly waking up to its Congressional risk; Congress, though, needs to consider the risks of unintended consequences.
The Cicilline Salvo
A package of new proposed laws for regulating tech companies are in part a negotiating ploy, but also an indicator of change.
The Web’s Missing Interoperability
Truly unlocking competition in tech means increasing interoperability; an absolutist approach to privacy is doing the exact opposite.
An Interview with Eric Seufert about Apple, Facebook, and Mobile Advertising
A quick rumination on where Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs were similar, and then an interview with Eric Seufert about mobile advertising and the dispute between Apple and Facebook.
Privacy Labels and Lookalike Audiences
Apple’s position on privacy seems unimpeachable, but it ignores trade-offs, and risks a bad outcome for the Internet as a whole.