Beachheads and Obstacles

Facebook and Amazon had events on the same day for Oculus and Alexa. Both are driven by lessons from the mobile era, but Amazon seems to have learned more than Facebook.

Snap Earnings, Notes and Concerns, DoorDash and Tipping

Snap’s earnings were impressive, including the most valuable AR application of all time, but the company still needs to show it can earn advertisers broadly. Then, DoorDash responds to pressure from the demand side.

The Problem with Facebook and Virtual Reality

Virtual reality has always been destined to be less important than augmented reality, and Facebook taking a stake has never made much sense.

Oculus Connect 4, Russian Ads and the Law, Trump and Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote at Oculus 4 gave the clearest indication yet why Facebook might be interested in Virtual Reality. Then, Trump challenges the first amendment, so why are folks eager for regulation of content? Plus, Facebook isn’t trustworthy either.