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    Daily Podcast Episode 62 – September 22, 2017 (Sep 22, 2017)

    The daily podcast episode for September 22 is up now on SoundCloud and should be syncing shortly to iTunes, Overcast, and other podcast apps. As usual, the podcast spends about one minute on each of the items covered on the site today, and also points to a few other items in the news today which I didn’t cover but which are nonetheless interesting. You can find today’s episode on SoundCloud and all episodes on iTunes, Overcast, and so on. The additional items covered are below:


    Mark Zuckerberg Drops Plans to Create New Share Class to Retain Facebook Control (Sep 22, 2017)

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    Facebook Announces Partnership with Nielsen to Measure Brand Lift Including TV (Sep 22, 2017)

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    Apple Wins First Small Battles in Court Against Qualcomm (Sep 22, 2017)

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    Imagination Tech Announces Sale to Chinese-Backed Canyon Bridge (Sep 22, 2017)

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    Amazon Runs Big Kindle Sale on Rival Alibaba’s Site in China (Sep 22, 2017)

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    Apple Stock Price Falls Most in 17 Months, Some Suggest Weak Demand for iPhone 8 (Sep 22, 2017)

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    Google Confirms Both it and Partners Will Issue Refunds for Fraudulent Traffic (Sep 22, 2017)

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    Sprint and T-Mobile Reportedly Nearing Agreement on Deal Terms (Sep 22, 2017)

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    ★ Uber Loses License to Operate in London Over Bad Behavior (Sep 22, 2017)

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    EU Competition Chief Says Google’s Shopping Remedy to be Approved by Competitors (Sep 22, 2017)

    This seems like a totally bizarre stance from the EU’s Competition Commissioner in response to Google’s proposed remedy to its alleged abuse of its dominant market position. Google is reported to have offered an auction to fill the Shopping slot it previously occupied exclusively, and Margrethe Vestager says her office won’t approve the remedy as such, but will wait to see whether it works in the market. That’s enormously unfair as an approach because it means Google could act in good faith, believing it’s proposed an adequate remedy, only to find out much later than it hasn’t and is subject to back-dated fines. Given that the European Commission found that Google violated its rules, it should surely also be the arbiter of whether the proposed remedy fixed things or not. And allowing the comparison shopping services that prompted the investigation in the first place to be the judges instead seems particularly unreasonable given that they have a vested interest in continuing to extract concessions from Google. I said when the proposed remedy was reported last week that I thought it unlikely to be sufficient, but to leave Google in legal limbo on this point just isn’t reasonable. It gives the impression that the EU has an axe to grind with Google and wants it to suffer rather than simply providing the legal clarity it should be entitled to.

    via Bloomberg


    Daily Podcast Episode 61 – September 21, 2017 (Sep 21, 2017)

    The daily podcast episode for September 21 is up now on SoundCloud and should be syncing shortly to iTunes, Overcast, and other podcast apps. As usual, the podcast spends about one minute on each of the items covered on the site today, and also points to a few other items in the news today which I didn’t cover but which are nonetheless interesting. You can find today’s episode on SoundCloud and all episodes on iTunes, Overcast, and so on. The additional items covered are below:


    Baidu Announces v1.5 of its Autonomous Platform and $1.5bn Fund to Invest in Projects (Sep 21, 2017)

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    Microsoft Confirms Plans for First UK Store (Sep 21, 2017)

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    BuzzFeed is Readying its Morning Show for Twitter Starting Next Week (Sep 21, 2017)

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    eMarketer Data Shows Google and Facebook Share of US Online Ads at 63% (Sep 21, 2017)

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    Snap Cuts Jobs, Changes Management for Hardware Unit (Sep 21, 2017)

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    Facebook Addresses Russian Election Ads and Broader Election-Related Changes (Sep 21, 2017)

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    Spotify Launches a Self-Serve, Automated Audio Ad Creation Tool in Beta (Sep 21, 2017)

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    Google is Reportedly Working on AI-Based Subscription Help for Publishers (Sep 21, 2017)

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