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No Mercy No Malice

For all its success, Facebook doesn’t have vertical distribution or much presence in the world of work

The greatest impediments to changes in our traditional roles seem to lie not in the visible world of conscious intent, but in the murky realm of the unconscious mind.

— Dr. Augustus Napier

The Metaverse

The Zuck is obsessed with another Augustus, world-conquering emperor Augustus Caesar. But the boy-who-would-be-emperor has a problem…

I Read It So You Don’t Have To

A pair of New York Times reporters offer an inside look at Facebook’s (mis)handling of its litany of scandals

I Read It So You Don’t Have To is a series that gives you the TL;DR on a business book you want to read — but don’t have time to.

What did I read?

An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination by Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang.

So who are Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang?

They’re a pair of investigative technology…

Facebook could do a better job explaining its value proposition

By now, most people already know Facebook and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, are hell-bent on capturing user data and making money off of it (the subject of at least two popular documentaries about it on Netflix). And now, in a bold demonstration of force, Apple CEO Tim Cook has come…

Who needs threats of antitrust when Zuckerberg and Cook are heading towards their own Shakespearean ending

There seems no end to the fury of Epic Games against Apple. On three continents, the megahit maker of Fortnite is claiming that Apple is leveraging its outsized technological power to strangle companies that refuse to bow to its control over millions of apps-based businesses. …

Those are Mark Zuckerberg’s words, in a little red-orange book handed to new Facebook employees, according to reporter Sarah Frier’s award-winning book No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram. In an excerpt from the book on OneZero, Frier explains how Zuckerberg’s paranoia that Instagram might become the more popular social network drove his decision to acquire it. Yesterday, the FTC and dozens of states filed two antitrust lawsuits against Facebook, with the aim of requiring it to divest WhatsApp and Instagram. The thing that kills Facebook might be created by someone else after all.

Number of the Day

Nearly half of the social network’s employees think the company doesn’t have a positive impact on the world

51%: That’s the share of Facebook’s more than 49,000 employees who believe the social network is having a positive impact on the world, according to an October internal survey, as reported by Buzzfeed News. That number was down by 23 percentage points from the last semiannual employee survey conducted in…

No Mercy No Malice

‘This was an October surprise that didn’t even try to cover up how politically motivated the timing was and how flawed the mission.’

I grew up in L.A., so I’ve been to Disneyland a lot. My first lessons in economics and marketing — scarcity, fiat currency, opportunity cost, sub-brands — were in Anaheim. Between 1959 and 1982, park visitors were asked to engage in game theory and segmentation exercises to get the most…

Why have Facebook and Google invested billions into an Indian telecom company?

Few international companies have generated the kind of fundraising frenzy that Jio Platforms has over the past few months. The telecom operator, which is a subsidiary of Reliance Industries, India’s most valuable company, launched its services less than four years ago in 2016. …

No Mercy No Malice

Agreeing to let Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google testify concurrently inhibits the committee’s ability to go deep on any one issue

The CEOs of Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google are scheduled to testify in front of the U.S. House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee. Some thoughts…

Big Tech has won before the hearing starts. Agreeing to let all four testify concurrently inhibits the committee’s ability to go deep on any one issue and…

Facebook’s salary decision sets a dangerous precedent

I’ve been a vocal proponent of remote work for pretty much all of my career in technology — which, as it happens, started off in a fully remote gig. …


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