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Uber Works: A pivot or a prayer?
Uber has introduced Uber Works. A shift work matching app that hopes to efficiently connect workers with gigs that fit their schedules. The app is currently available in Chicago. Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are about to dramatically change the world of on-demand car services. Viewed through that lens, Uber and Lyft’s current business models are doomed Continue Reading →

WeWork Will Stay Private

WeWork Will Stay Private
No one will be shocked or surprised to learn that We Company filed to withdraw its IPO. CEO Adam Neumann is out and the new team needs some time and privacy to turn WeWork around – if that is even possible. Others have covered the financial mess, so I won’t rehash it here. But as Continue Reading →
Forever 21 files for bankruptcy. Is Amazon to Blame?
Mall staple Forever 21 has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It plans to close 178 of its more than 800 stores (although it may close more). The company also said that it does not plan to exit any major markets in the US. Nowadays, when a retailer falls on hard times the first thing Continue Reading →
Echo Frames
When you look at the list of voice-voice-activated hardware Amazon announced this week, even those who are not paranoid have to stop and think. The standout “Think About This…” device is called Echo Frames, a pair of audio-only smart glasses. They will read you your notifications and offer optional support for Google Assistant. And, yes, Continue Reading →
Google France
Online publishers in the EU were all excited about Article 15 of the EU’s copyright directive which allows the press to request money from platforms like Google and Facebook when copyrighted material appears on their respective sites. France transposed the EU’s copyright reforms into a national law that takes effect October 1st. There’s only one Continue Reading →
Galaxy Fold
When I received my first Samsung Galaxy Fold review unit several months ago, I was delighted with the 7.3″ screen, computational power and, of course, the fact that the Fold, folded. Although the device that I was given never malfunctioned, I know several other reviewers had issues with the first iteration of the device and Continue Reading →

Personalized Politics

Personalized Politics
We have entered the age of personalized politics, and it is very important for us to understand what that means. In practice, there are as many candidates in the 2020 presidential race as there are voters with online access in the United States. Every candidate is a customized persona created specifically for us by a complex set of algorithms that very few people fully understand. This means we are all test subjects in an unprecedented sociopolitical experiment that, quite frankly, scares the hell out of me. Continue Reading →

Zuck On The Hill

Mark Zuckerberg and President Trump
Mr. Zuckerberg went to Washington yesterday for private meetings with the President and several lawmakers. The meetings were private and Mr. Zuckerberg did not answer questions about specifics. However, according to the WSJ, Sen. Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) challenged Facebook’s CEO saying, “Prove that you’re serious… sell WhatsApp, and sell Instagram.” There is only hearsay Continue Reading →

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