The increasing use of sensors in smart homes adds to an ever expanding amount of user data that can be collected and commodified.
Companies scrutinise our online likes, dislikes, searches and purchases to produce data that can be used commercially. And it's often done without us understanding the full extent of the surveillance.
Google’s size isn’t the only reason way it exerts market power.
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US lawmakers and regulators are beginning to investigate big tech's growing power, but they need to look beyond size and into their very natures.
Who has the right to use an Amazon domain name? The people who live there or a company with the same name?
What goes up …
Even Amazon can't defy gravity forever.
Notre-Dame is dead, long live “Notre-d'Amazon”!
Over the last 50 years, the warehouse infrastructure of Paris has been decimated. In the wake of the Notre Dame fire, transforming the cathedral into a warehouse isn’t as far-fetched as it might seem.
Immersion in the development strategy and digestive system of Amazon, the online ogre that prioritises growth at all costs.
Do you know where you are right now?
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Google, Amazon and other powerful groups are renaming American cities and neighborhoods. That may make the area more appealing to newcomers – but, in many cases, residents aren't happy.
Consumption has become the primary form of self-identity and self-expression.
When you buy a film, eBook or song, you might assume that you own it outright, but that's not always the case, meaning companies may have a right to take it back from you.
There are mounting calls to dismember the likes of Google, Apple and Amazon, but most people seem to have overlooked the biggest threat of all.
Do online sellers’ reputations matter? According to a March 2019 study, not particularly.
In the immaterial world of online sales, how important are sellers' reputation? An analysis of 1,000 eBay auctions provides an unexpected answer: not very.
Santa Clara County produced more patents than any other U.S. county in recent history.
When it comes to innovation, Santa Clara County is way ahead of the rest of the US. Between 2000 and 2015, more than 140,000 patents were granted there – triple the number of the next-ranked county.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is currently conducting an inquiry into digital platforms.
Any discussion about regulating social platforms should recognise how new policies could reduce the bottom line of small businesses.
Amazon’s plan to locate its second headquarters in New York City fell through.
When colleges rush to serve the needs of business, they risk losing sight of their purpose and entering into bad deals with a selfish partner, a scholar of research and business argues.
IBM has experience that will be relevant for the future of technology.
The history of IBM shows how a technology titan can grow and change, while still remaining focused on its core business.
Amazon will not build their second headquarters in Long Island City.
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Economic research suggests tax incentives and other corporate subsidies don't have the positive impact they're supposed to.
Amazon’s WiFi buttons enable you to instantly order specific branded products such as soft drinks, beer and condoms. You needn’t even get out of bed.
Dash Buttons have been ruled illegal under Germany's consumer rights law. They might also contravene Australian consumer law.
Space suits from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey on display at the Stanley Kubrick exhibition in LA.
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Tech companies portray virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri as our helpers. In reality, we're helping them gather the behavioural data they need to turn a profit.
Amazon’s plan to build a new headquarters in Long Island City faced significant resistance.
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Amazon nixed plans to build a headquarters in Long Island City after some New Yorkers questioned the wisdom of offering billions in tax breaks in exchange for job promises. A Texas study suggests they had reason to worry.
The delivery riders consider that the correction of possible errors is part of their missions, even if they are not remunerated for these additional tasks.
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The tensions between platforms and their workers can be better understood by studying the mutual expectations of both parties.