∞ In an oligopoly consumer trust is no requirement

Check the aggressive and invasive data sharing growth tatics orchestrated by the likes of Facebook, Amazon, Spotify, Netflix:

Facebook doesn’t want to tell us how its systems work. Amazon doesn’t want to tell us how its systems work. These companies are data mining us, sometimes in concert, to make uncomfortably accurate connections but also erroneous assumptions. They don’t want to tell us how they do it, suggesting they know it’s become too invasive to reveal. Thank god for leakers and lawsuits.

An oligopoly is a market form wherein a market or industry is dominated by a small number of large sellers.

Link: https://gizmodo.com/amazon-and-facebook-reportedly-had-a-secret-data-sharin-1831192148 (via daring fireball)

∞ Content service deal enables hardware sell

Apple the privacy company pushes you by all means to the privacy problem child Amazon Echo to promote their streaming service Apple Music via app store, website and push notification – all to get back their hardware on the Amazon shelves.

It seems that Apple can’t afford not to be on the biggest marketplace in the western hemisphere. In this move the vertical powerhouse sacrifices their own hardware – the HomePod – in favor of their now horizontal service Apple Music and also in favor of a hardware ecosystem that is in many ways contrary to the Apple privacy paradigm.

The strategy shift to content service growth comes without any leverage for the premium hardware maker that appears troubled – or why would they stop reporting unit sales for iPhone, iPad and Mac beginning 2019?

Link: https://www.macstories.net/news/apple-heavily-promotes-the-amazon-echos-apple-music-integration/

∞ The advantage of distraction free reading

Instapaper is back from the GDPR dead phase for EU users, that means my blogging workflow is reinstated and so is my reading habit.

AppleInsider published an insightful article on the advantages of distraction free reading and how easy it is to put Instapaper or Pocket to good use in this regard.

This has happened to you. While you’re very busy at work or on a project, you somehow come across an interesting article on the web and you just cannot read it yet. Certainly that’s at least partly because you’re conscientious and you know you’re busy, but there’s more. If you read it now, you would hurry and this is something you want to actually enjoy. So read it later instead. Find this piece on your Mac at work and then read it later on your iPad. You could bookmark things but get Pocket or Instapaper instead.

link: https://appleinsider.com/articles/18/08/20/how-to-curate-your-own-reading-list-with-the-instapaper-and-pocket-apps

∞ Alibaba digitally transformed one million retail shops

Owner tells revenue is up 30% in his spruced-up shop, equipped with artificial intelligence-backed apps and even a heat sensor to track foot traffic. (…) Among the central ideas is that in the future, shoppers will not view e-commerce and brick-and-mortar as distinct things, but as a single merged organism — as simply “commerce.” What Alibaba and rivals like Tencent and JD.com are doing is corralling businesses into branded, self-contained, AI-infused universes in which only their affiliates capture the profit.

In this phase of transformation Alibaba AI profits from getting a massive insight in shopping behavior. Shop owners profit from an expanding Alibaba digital ecosystem and are able to offer customers a convenient and superior shopping experience through recommendation and payment. These are the early benefits of becoming part of the Borg.

What if the next phase is about optimisation and consolidation? Will the shop owner still be part of the AI-ecosystem and what are the requirements?

Link: https://www.axios.com/china-alibaba-tencent-jd-com-artificial-intelligence-corner-store-df90517e-befb-40ca-82d5-f37caa738d54.html

∞ Why the adtech bubble will pop due to GDPR

Without adtech, the EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) would never have happened. Now that the GDPR enters into force on 25th of May 2018 it will harm an industry that existed because they tracked people without their knowledge, approval or consent.

In a hearty article by Doc Searl he outlined the differences between advertising and adtech, what will be left of adtech after the GDPR Sunrise Day, how Google wants to pass the buck and he comes up with three pro tips on what to place your publishing, technology and advertising bets in the future.

What it comes down to is the need for better signaling between customers and companies than can ever be possible in today’s doomed tracking-fed guesswork system. (…) When customers can operate both privately and independently, we’ll get far better markets than today’s ethically bankrupt advertising and marketing system could ever give us.

Link: http://blogs.harvard.edu/doc/2018/05/12/gdpr/

∞ Nick Heer: The Joys of Data Hygiene

The upcoming european General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) from an american perspective:

There has never been a more consumer- and person-friendly data privacy law than GDPR. We can all hope for a ripple effect where adhering to GDPR’s rules becomes the easiest solution for companies worldwide; unfortunately, that’s not likely for giants like Facebook and Google. But it is a huge step forward for Europeans, and a model of what a good personal data protection law looks like.

Link: https://pxlnv.com/linklog/joys-of-data-hygiene/