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Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Spotify's bet on Gimlet and Anchor gives it a foothold into podcasting to apply its listener monetization skills without worrying about sending money to labels   —  Credit Spotify CEO Daniel Ek with honesty; in a blog post announcing a major move into the podcast space, Ek wrote:
Feb 9, 2019, 4:20 PM - In context

Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
How the success of Netflix's Bird Box film, which was watched by 58% of its user base in its first month, drives Netflix's virtuous cycle as an aggregator   —  Bird Box, the Netflix original film, started streaming on December 21 while I was on vacation.1 That perhaps explains why the majority …
Jan 27, 2019, 1:10 PM - In context

Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Instagram Stories are as good, if not better, than Snapchat's, but that may present a short-term problem for Facebook as users spend less time on News Feeds   —  This is hardly the first Stratechery article about Facebook to start with Snapchat.  The “camera company” née social network …
Aug 14, 2018, 3:35 PM - In context

Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Online giants, like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, need to be realistic about content on their platforms, rather than assuming most posts will conform to rules   —  There was an interesting aside about Apple's bad week that I wrote about yesterday.  It turns out that a user posted the macOS login …
Dec 7, 2017, 7:50 AM - In context

Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Arguments against FCC's Net Neutrality rollback miss that regulation incurs opportunity costs and more attention should be paid to inter-ISP competition   —  Note: This post was previously titled “Why Ajit Pai is Right.”  I have changed it to reflect my interest in a substantive debate, not flame-throwing.
Nov 29, 2017, 6:00 AM - In context

Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Industry gatekeepers like Harvey Weinstein and The New York Times have less power thanks to proliferation of online entertainment and news sources   —  I'd be remiss in not stating the obvious: Harvey Weinstein is a despicable human being, who did evil things.
Oct 17, 2017, 2:40 PM - In context

Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Facebook should have a searchable database of all ads and ramp up authenticity requirements for all buyers, not just for those self-reporting as political   —  Fifteen years on, this paragraph from a Bill Gates' memo is a bit cringe-inducing: … Equivocating computer viruses …
Oct 3, 2017, 5:10 PM - In context

Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Analysis of EU's Google antitrust fine: digital monopoly definition and focus on promoting competition are good but punishing Google for being best is misguided   —  The European Commission levied a record €2.42 billion ($2.73 billion) fine on Google yesterday for having …
Jun 28, 2017, 5:25 PM - In context

Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
To survive, local news should pivot away from advertising and focus instead on building subscriptions, a move that will reduce costs   —  It's hardly controversial to note that the traditional business model for most publishers, particularly newspapers, is obsolete.
May 9, 2017, 11:32 AM - In context

Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Olympics ratings weakness raises doubts about the future of live sports programming, a linchpin of mass-market advertising and broader industries   —  In an interview over the weekend with Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated, Chairman of the NBC Sports Group Mark Lazarus declared himself …
Aug 17, 2016, 5:05 PM - In context

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