Winner Take All In The Tech Economy

The Goodreads/Amazon story is a great example of why concentrated economic (market) power is not in the consumer’s long-run best interest. In this case, Amazon wants to protect its bundled product, the Kindle. The Kindle is to Amazon as Office or MSIE are to Microsoft, extensions of an infrastructure franchise. Over at Google, it’s two […]

YouTube Politics: Obama To Hold Google+ Hangout Monday

In 2007, Google and YouTube broke into presidential politics by holding a “debate” in conjunction with CNN. At the time, Google had owned YouTube for less than a year. Flash forward almost five years. On Monday at 5.30 p.m. Eastern, Google+ (which is also less than a year old), is the stage for a presidential […]

Carnival of Journalism: Journalists As Capitalists

My entry in the January Carnival of journalism. This month’s theme comes from Michael Rosenblum: “Can a good journalist also be a good capitalist?” Videojournalist Michael Rosenblum asserts (without evidence or explanation) that “there is an instinctive aversion to the idea of making money amongst most journalists.” There are a lot of  journalists who aren’t allergic to making […]

Ticketmaster Customers: Check Your Spam Folder

Jump Links Back Story How Much Does Ticketmaster Charge In Fees? What About The Competition? What Do Competing Ticket Companies Charge? How Should Fees Be Structured? Text of Settlement Email From the “you may have missed this in real time” department: If you are an online Ticketmaster customer, you may be eligible for a $1.50 […]