The European Commission and others are complaining about Apple's market dominance (eg, WSJ). They must be joking. Google (eg, Android) has a c.70% market share for smartphone software, while Apple has only c.25%. Samsung is the dominant hardware supplier using Android software (eg. Statista). People buy Apple products despite its higher prices. Apple's closed...
12 Feb, 2022
Bloomberg title: Meta’s European messBy: Naomi NixDate: 10 February 2022 "Meta Platforms Inc. has waded into another political fight. The social media giant said in its annual report last week that it may break up with Europe if regulators there don’t come up with a fix for the legal ambiguity over transatlantic data transfers. Some of those political leaders...
12 Feb, 2022
Bloomberg title: We’re Fine Without Facebook, German and French Ministers SayBy: William Horobin and Zoe SchneeweissDate: 7 February 2022 "Meta Platforms Inc.’s veiled threat to quit Europe because of blocked talks over privacy rules was more like music to the ears of two top German and French politicians. “After being hacked I’ve lived without Facebook and Twitter...
12 Feb, 2022
Introduction LO: Facebook was founded in 2004, not even twenty years ago. Over the years, it has made a lot of enemies, who will smell blood now. The chances of Big Tech regulation have increased due to Facebook's weakening. The easiest way would be to remove Section 230 from the "Communications Decency Act, that generally provides immunity for website platforms...
8 Jan, 2022
Introduction LO: A recent article in The Independent (see below) has enormous potential consequences. What may be good for one person, may well be bad for all other people. One could even argue it is the opposite of the Greater Good theory. A synonym is utilitarianism, "a family of normative ethical theories that prescribe actions that...
1 Nov, 2021
Things are moving faster than I anticipated. The Facebook Files or Papers (eg, WaPo) are causing bipartisan political outrage in Europe and especially in USA. A part of this outrage is political theater. The other part is probably rooted in emotions like revenge & retaliation. Facebook managed to alienate almost everyone. These Files or Papers evidence that the...
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