June 2020

  1. The Guide to Unbundling Reddit

    Every few years a great unbundling occurs

    By Greg Isenberg , written on

    From the Disruption desk

  2. The Quibi that could have been

    “We’re a startup” Meg Whitman, Quibi’s CEO, said on stage during her keynote at the IAB Annual Leadership Meeting earlier this year in Palm Desert, 2 months before the fledgling service’s formal launch.

    By Ana Milicevic , written on

    From the video desk

  3. The rise of TikTok and understanding its parent company, ByteDance

    In November of 2017, Bytedance acquired for $1 billion. In August of 2018, Bytedance officially rebranded and TikTok into one app.

    By Turner Novak , written on

    From the TikTok desk

  4. It's still too early to celebrate Amazon's Rekognition moratorium

    A couple of days ago I wrote a post about Jeff Bezos’ virtue signalling. Now, just two days after IBM left the facial recognition market, it looks like Bezos has finally logged out of his Instagram account.

    By Aimee Pearcy , written on

    From the Surveillance Valley desk

  5. Should Apple buy search engine DuckDuckGo?

    Financial analysts are always urging Apple to spend some of its massive pile of cash on large company acquisitions. Apple rarely does that. They do often purchase small companies, usually to gain access to their talent and intellectual property.

    By John Sherrod , written on

    From the Apple desk

  6. This sketchy app shows up first in the Google Play Store for “contact tracing”

    Today I read that some official contact tracing apps had been released in the United States, so I checked if any were available in my area. I went to, typed in “contact tracing,” and here’s what the results looked like:

    By Jack Bandy , written on

    From the Google desk

  7. Jeff Bezos' virtue signalling is working

    While IBM pledges to stop working on facial recognition technology, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos sits at his computer and trawls his Instagram inbox looking for controversial screenshots that will make people buy more stuff from him.

    By Aimee Pearcy , written on

    From the Amazon desk

  8. The “Silicon Exodus”: Where will tech employees relocate to?

    On the face of it, the move to remote work for many businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic seemed neither good nor bad - just necessary. But a couple of weeks ago, Silicon Valley added a “barbaric” twist. Facebook employees who move out of the Bay Area during the pandemic will face a cost-of-living salary adjustment - and not upwards as you can guess.

    By Eva Peris , written on

    From the Employment desk

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