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Outlaw? Pariah? Renegade Empire? Digesting the WSJ Series About Facebook

How can one company make so many mistakes? An astonishing reportorial coup by the Wall Street Journal is rattling Zuckerberg's empire.

Robinhood: More Drug Pusher than Democratizer

In an era where millions are easily seduced by immediate gratification and self-flattery, and suspicious of any kind of earned expertise, Robinhood's "We Are All Investors" ad might be the most dangerously misleading commercial in...

The Coming “Amazon Age” in Advertising

A quiet giant in digital advertising has been hiding in plain sight. Say hello to Amazon Advertising, the giant well-poised to upend the digital duopoly of Google and Facebook.

Why Social Media Ought to Know Its Customers

Facebook suggests that 5% of active monthly users are fake. Social media giants should look to banking's Know York Customer (KYC) tenets for solutions.

How to solve ad tech’s “identity crisis” – before monopolists take control and consumers pay the price

Billions of people rely on digital services and online content to connect them to the rest of the world. Foursquare's Josh Cohen says it's possible to to build a future where consumer privacy is protected,...

The Facebook Boycott is About Principle, Not Advertising

This boycott is not about advertising. It is about principle. This is about a media platform that wants to disavow any responsibility for policing the content that is posted on it or the advertising that...

Andreessen Says “It’s time to build”: We Need Advertising to Help Us Get There

This past weekend, venture capitalist Marc Andreessen published “It’s time to build”, a short essay calling for fixing what he sees at the root of America’s poor preparation and handling of the coronavirus pandemic and...

To Regulate Facebook and Google, Turn Users Into Customers

The seductive idea that we can enjoy free internet services -- if we just view ads and turn over our data -- has been recognized to be “the original sin” of the Internet. Requiring internet...

The Media Industry Explained: Hidden Costs and 3 Hindenburgs

What the hell is going on with media?  By virtually all measures, confidence in it has eroded. To bring clarity as to why and how this happened, it’s helpful to understand the components of the ecosystem. 

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