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HBR – Should Antitrust Regulators Stop Companies from Collecting So Much Data?

Joe Kennedy, Harvard Business Review, April 17, 2017: “Innovation has always required a constant iteration of trial and error as companies use data about current performance to improve future performance. So it should come as no surprise that companies in the information age want to use ever more data to hone their products. But there is… Continue Reading

Are the discounts real – online retailers through the looking glass

The Atlantice – Will you pay more for those shoes before 7 p.m.? Would the price tag be different if you lived in the suburbs? Standard prices and simple discounts are giving way to far more exotic strategies, designed to extract every last dollar from the consumer. “…the immense data trail you leave behind whenever… Continue Reading

NYT – How Google Cashes In on the Space Right Under the Search Bar

The New York Times tracks Google’s transition From Search to Sales: “In the 17 years since Google introduced text-based advertising above search results, the company has allocated more space to ads and created new forms of them. The ad creep on Google has pushed “organic” (unpaid) search results farther down the screen, an effect even… Continue Reading

Fighting EU hate speech by blocking ad revenues

“Sleeping Giants is an organisation that calls on business to stop advertising with hate sites, in a bid to freeze their ad revenues.” [EUobserver] Continue Reading

Annual letter to Amazon shareholders by Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com

Jeffrey P. Bezos, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Amazon.com, Inc. letter to Shareholders filed with the SEC. This is a brief, detailed letter that is clearly focused on productivity, project planning and delivery, the importance of balanced, highly functioning productive teams, and the statistics relevant to testing prior to production. Worth reading and sharing with… Continue Reading

Amazon takes a business approach to new physical bookstore

Chicago Tribune – Christopher Borelli – “Amazon Books on Southport Avenue, the fifth physical store from the Seattle online giant and its first in the Midwest, is a deeply, unsettlingly normal place, a soulless, antiseptic 6,000 square feet, a stone’s throw from a J. Crew and a SoulCycle. It has the personality of an airport… Continue Reading

Wharton – The Vote to Deregulate Online Privacy

“Controversy continues to ramp up in Donald Trump’s presidency, with the latest debate spurred by a congressional vote that reverses landmark online privacy protections put in place during the last days of the Obama administration. While some experts say the problems with online privacy don’t loom as large as health care or immigration, the conflict… Continue Reading

Territorialization of the Internet Domain Name System

Trimble, Marketa, Territorialization of the Internet Domain Name System (March 25, 2017). Pepperdine Law Review, Vol. 45, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2940864 “A territorialization of the internet – the linking of the internet to physical geography – is a growing trend. Internet users have become accustomed to the conveniences of localized advertising, have enjoyed location-based… Continue Reading

Congress Moves to Strike Internet Privacy Rules From Obama Era

The New York Times – “Landmark internet privacy protections for consumers in the first decisive strike against telecommunications and technology regulations created during the Obama administration, and a harbinger of further deregulation. The measure [S.J.Res.34 sponsored by Senator Flake] passed in a 50-to-48 vote largely along party lines. The House is expected to mirror the… Continue Reading

Tim Berners-Lee: I invented the web. Here are three things we need to change to save it

theguardian – Sir Tim Berners-Lee – “Today marks 28 years since I submitted my original proposal for the worldwide web. I imagined the web as an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, access opportunities, and collaborate across geographic and cultural boundaries. In many ways, the web has lived up to this… Continue Reading

Reaping Digital Dividends: Leveraging the Internet for Development in Europe and Central Asia

The World Bank – “Countries in the European Union (EU) must enact policies designed to better help workers adapt to new jobs being created by the internet if they want to avoid increasing inequality and exclusion in the region, notes a new World Bank Report. According to Reaping Digital Dividends: Leveraging the Internet for Development… Continue Reading

CTA – Number of Streaming Video Viewers Now Equal To Paid TV Subscribers

“For the first time ever, the percentage of free or paid streaming video subscribers in the U.S. (68 percent) has caught up to the number of paid TV subscribers (67 percent), according to new research from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) ™. The new study, The Changing Landscape for Video and Content, also shows the… Continue Reading