The UK blocks Microsoft’s Activision acquisition using a market definition that makes no sense; then, Google and Microsoft’s earnings both talked about AI, but the discussion was more favorable to Microsoft
Apple, Epic, and the Court of Appeals; Apple’s Federal Victory; Epic’s California Win
Apple seems to have won the Appeals Court case in the Epic antitrust lawsuit, but there was a meaningful victory for developers when it comes to the App Store’s anti-steering provision.
Meta and the Quest Pro; Meta and VR as Console; Microsoft, Activision, and the EU
Mets seems to be abandoning the Quest Pro. Meanwhile, is the Quest for gaming? That the question isn’t clear — nor the answer — gets to they VR and AR remain questionable investments.
An Interview with Eric Seufert About Meta’s Earnings and the Google-DOJ Case
An interview with Eric Seufert about Meta’s earnings, the ATT recession, new European regulations, and the DOJ-Google antitrust case.
FTC Fines Epic, Netflix Ads, YouTube and the NFL
Epic’s FTC settlement is a reminder about the value of the App Store. Then, Netflix’s ad weakness is disappointing but not surprising, while the YouTube/NFL deal could have been worse for cable companies and other leagues.
Consoles and Competition
Reviewing the history of video games explains why Sony is dominant today, and why Microsoft is actually introducing competition, not limiting it.
Musk’s Twitter Blue; A Twitter Subscription, Revisited; Apple Earnings
Elon Musk’s Twitter Blue proposal seems reasonable, and the company is not in as dire financial straits as reported. Then, revisiting the idea of a Twitter business model pivot, and why Apple’s services revenue is so impressive.
Google Earnings, Gaming’s Warning Light, Google’s Costs
Google’s results seemed bad, but while there are concerns for both revenue and costs, the business is still in good shape.
Netflix Earnings, Netflix Doubles Down, Netflix’s Ad Tier
Netflix’s numbers were up, and so were the mood of its executives, who are back to being bullish about Netflix’s growth opportunities and competitive position.
An Interview With Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella About Partnering in the Metaverse
An interview With Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella about partnering in the Metaverse