First, Do No Harm

As regulators look closer at acquisitions they should be extremely wary of unintended consequences. The current system works well for everyone, most of the time.

Facebook’s Platform Opportunity

Facebook is under pressure from all sides, but that actually means it has an opportunity to build the platform it has always wanted — in digital ads.

Bluesky, The Twitter Protocol Tragedy, Alternatives

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced that the company would be setting up a team to pursue a more open alternative to social network; unfortunately, the time to do so was ten years ago.

Portability and Interoperability

Data portability is friendly to consumers, but it has very little to do with encouraging competition, at least relative to interoperability.

The Google Squeeze Follow-up, Disney+ Launch, Instagram Influencer Follow-Up

Google’s approach to travel mirrors its approach to Shopping, which, correctly or not, was already ruled to be illegal in Europe. Then, Disney+ rolls out like a movie, and fails like a service. Plus, more on Instagram and influencers.

Tech and Liberty

The First Amendment is not about a law, but rather a culture — specifically a culture of liberty. It is essential to tech, and in this context, Facebook is mostly right about political ads (but can still do better).