The probe highlights the growing interest by European antitrust regulators in the role played by big Internet companies and the large sets of personal data they collect about individuals. Germany’s competition authority earlier this year opened a probe into whether Facebook abuses its dominance as a social network to get users to give up personal…
Farhad Manjoo is off this week, so tech reporter Nick Wingfield joins Mike Isaac to discuss Microsoft, whose chief, Satya Nadella, has made some helpful changes in the last 18 months. Source: Mike and Nick’s Week in Tech: Microsoft in the Cloud – The New York Times
Clayton M. Christensen’s popular theory of disruption is founded on panic, anxiety, and shaky evidence. Source: What the Gospel of Innovation Gets Wrong – The New Yorker
Silicon Valley wit Scott McNealy once described the union of Hewlett-Packard and Compaq as “two garbage trucks colliding”. Mr McNealy’s own company, Sun Microsystems, went to the great landfill in the sky long ago, courtesy of acquirer Oracle, which . . . . Source: Dell-EMC deal latest sign old guard of IT world left behind…
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the U.S. starts Tuesday with meetings with tech executives in Seattle rather than government officials in Washington, but politics will still be front and center, writes Christopher Mims. Source: China Seeks Out Unlikely Ally: U.S. Tech Firms – WSJ
People can fight back against planned obsolescence by fixing the tech we already own, but the consumer electronics industry isn’t making it easy. Source: We Need the Right to Repair Our Gadgets – WSJ
As President Xi Jinping prepared to visit the United States, Washington warned of possible sanctions over digital attacks. Beijing pushed back by organizing a technology forum of industry leaders. Source: China Flexes Tech Muscles Before a State Visit – The New York Times
When Prostitution Is Nobody’s Business – The New York Times.
Should We Redesign Capitalism to Address Our Jobless Future? – Singularity HUB.
Tech-age butlers aren’t just for superheroes anymore. I wonder what my wife would think if I outsourced my daily chores? This would probably come back to bite me when my twins are old enough to outsource their daily chores. All kidding aside, the philosophy professor makes a good point that often the outsourcing of tasks…