An Interview With Bill Bishop about China’s COVID outbreak, the Ukraine war, and Substack
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.
Amazon Launches Luna, Apple and Russia
Amazon launches its streaming gaming service with a Prime tie-in; then Apple stops selling hardware in Russia, but didn’t take down the App Store. Both make sense.
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.
Russia and the Four Internets, Shifts and Social Media, Gelsinger Interview Follow-Up
The Internet continues to split over politics, in this case the Ukraine-Russia conflict; the biggest impact, though, is social media. Plus, follow-up to the interview with Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger.
Russia, Google and Apple; The App Firewall; Laptop Assumptions
Apple and Google removed apps at the Russian government’s requests, thanks to the App Store firewall.
Snap’s Monetization Flaw; Microsoft and the Effect of Antitrust; Apple, Russia, and Telegram
Reactions from the Code Conference interviews with Snap CEO Evan Spiegel and Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith, plus a very problematic demand of Apple by the Russian government.