It is no surprise that a judge allowed the AT&T-Time Warner acquisition to proceed given the government’s poor case; the question is if a better case could have been made. What is ultimately needed, though, are new laws.
Following up on The Bill Gates Line, applying it to Twitter, and then why Facebook portability is a bad idea.
Understanding the differences between aggregators and platforms matters for companies interacting with them and also regulators considering antitrust.
Just as encryption is only viable on closed systems, so it is that increased privacy regulations will only entrench walled gardens. That should affect thinking on regulation.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was back on the hill, using his usual talking points; the contrast with a Chinese news app, facing its own political pressure, was striking. Plus, why Apple’s Siri hire is so important.
The Senate hearing about Facebook was a bigger deal than it might have seemed, both because it happened and because of what was said.