An interview with The Verge EIC Nilay Patel about building a destination site, his background and how that connects to his career in tech journalism, The Verge’s business model and approach to journalism ethics, and a bit of a debate about moderation and net neutrality.
AT&T, Time Warner, and the Need for Neutrality
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.
Regional Sports Networks, ESPN + RSNs, TechDirt’s Response on Title II and Net Neutrality
Understanding regional sports networks, and why they make sense with ESPN — but why ESPN makes less and less sense with Disney. Then, a brief — and final — follow-up on Title II and Net Neutrality.
“Light Touch”, Cable, and DSL; The Broadband Tradeoff; The Importance of Antitrust
Follow-up on net neutrality, and why the evidence suggests that less regulation has indeed spurred more investment; antitrust, though, is key.
Pro-Neutrality, Anti-Title II
Any regulation, including those around net neutrality, should be put to a cost-benefit analysis. In this case regulation advocates come up short.
The Department of Justice Sues to Block the AT&T-Time Warner Acquisition, The DOJ’s Case, AT&T’s Objections
The DOJ is suing to block AT&T from acquiring Time Warner; the case is stronger than precedent might seem, because precedent is actually on the government’s side. Politics, though, loom large.
Artificial Intelligence Follow-up, FCC Privacy Rules Overturned, Winners and Losers
A follow-up to The Arrival of Artificial Intelligence, then an explanation of what just happened with ISPs and privacy, and a review of the winners and losers.
Twitter Earnings; Twitter Retrenches; Facebook, Andreessen and India
Twitter’s earnings had good and bad parts, and one big red flag. More interesting was the company’s decision to retrench and own “live.” Then, how Facebook and Marc Andreessen managed to screw up so badly.
Comcast’s Inevitable Data Caps; T-Mobile Offers Free Video; America Versus Europe on Net Neutrality
Net neutrality regulation was inevitably the first domino when it came to changes in U.S. broadband: both data caps and zero-rate plans are inevitable responses. People who don’t like any of this should start focusing on the root problem — and solution.
Daily Update: It’s a Watch!, Net Neutrality and Zero Rating
Good morning, I apologize this update is again a few hours late. Needless to say, I am very eager to get back to Taiwan and a normal schedule, but there’s one more rather important event on my calendar…the San Francisco meet-up! In case you missed the email, the San Francisco meet-up will be at theSubscribe […]