Amazon & Antitrust: How Big Is Too Big?

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A couple weeks ago, I retweeted this article about Facebook’s plan to integrate its messaging platforms, and an Irish watchdog’s subsequent investigation. I initially questioned why it matters that they’re integrating the backends of the three platforms if Facebook already owns all three. Since then, I’ve been exploring the world of antitrust regulation, especially as it pertains to the world’s largest tech companies. This issue has garnered more and more attention over the past several months, as NPR’s Planet Money podcast recently did a three-part series on antitrust and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren laid out a plan to split up Amazon, Facebook, and Google.

Modern antitrust law has been around since about the 1970s and focuses primarily on ensuring consumer welfare. In other words, these laws are centered around price and quality. When a company has little to no competition, that company has a monopoly. If a company has a…

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♫ Let’s Talk About Tech ♫

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Let’s talk about tech, baby. Let’s talk about IoT. Let’s talk about all the upsides and the downsides that may be. Let’s talk about tech. ♫

When I was going through the recruiting process for tech consulting at various firms, I would be asked in every single interview where my tech interest stemmed from. I would give the “sexy” answer and the one they probably liked hearing: that my interest in tech is driven by the fact that it’s the single industry that moves the fastest and has the greatest ability to be a catalyst for positive change.

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Need evidence that tech moves lightning-fast? In 2008, the top-five largest US companies (ordered by market cap) were Exxon, GE, Microsoft, AT&T, and P&G. In 2018, the top five was exclusively comprised of tech companies: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook, respectively. Some may…

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Breaking Up with Social Media

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Of all the “wisdom” out there about relationships, there seems to be one, universal, capital-T Truth that no one in their right mind would disagree with: break-ups suck. They eat away at you from the inside out and try to rip you apart and it takes all your willpower to keep yourself in one piece and put one foot in front of the other. It takes all your energy to complete simple tasks that used to be automatic, like pulling yourself out of bed in the morning. Even eating can feel like a chore when you’re heartbroken. You feel like you’re at war with yourself and it’s confusing and exhausting and it sucks. You desperately want to feel better.

Research shows “that feelings of intense romantic love engage regions of the brain’s ‘reward system,’ specifically dopamine pathways associated with energy, focus, motivation, ecstasy, and craving, including primary regions associated…

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