An interview with Lisa Ellis about payments, including Paypal, Adyen, and Stripe, and the coming battle between online and offline providers over omnichannel.
Apple’s earnings were dominated by supply chain issues in China, which are ultimately driven by COVID. Then, the EU gets it right in an antitrust case (for now).
Amazon announces Amazon One: how does it work, and is the underlying technology a good idea?
Apple’s likely next steps, encouraging moves from Shopify, and quick thoughts on the EU versus Apple, Section 230, and Zoom and encryption
Facebook Shops are good for Shopify merchants, but bad for Shopify; the answer is to push more into the real world.
More on Apple and restrictions on competition, and why it is different than Google. Then, Apple’s actions around vaping cross the line, plus why TikTok does not deserve the benefit of the doubt.
Apple has won through integration, but integration combined with network effects and economies of scale can result in bad outcomes that look a lot like monopolies.
Facebook announced Facebook Pay, which is far different from Libra. Then, Google is apparently getting into checking, which leads to a question of motivations: each of the tech companies are approaching financial services from a different angle.
Apple had another quarter where the iPhone didn’t dominate, plus more evidence that the company is thinking like a Services company.
Apple Card launched without a website, which suggests something fundamental about Apple’s nature. Then, revisiting a Stratechery article from six years ago.