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Are broken promises an antitrust violation?

April 21, 2019 - 22:54 -- Admin

That is the question that Dina Srinivasan answers in the affirmative in her paper “The Antitrust Case Against Facebook.” This is an interesting set of issues because, frankly, my observation is that Facebook, while having a dominant position in social media (which is not an antitrust violation) had not violated antitrust law getting to that position and did not appear to b

Spotify v. Apple and a mess of claims

March 16, 2019 - 01:00 -- Admin

A couple of days ago, Spotify announced it was pushing the European Commission to investigate Apple’s app store practices. They claimed that Apple was discriminating against them (and presumably other streaming services) on account of their own competing Apple Music service. Spotify claimed they had to pay Apple 30 per cent of their revenue which was a ‘cost’ that Apple Music didn’t have to bear.

Six Infrastructure Trends

February 22, 2019 - 23:54 -- Admin

Today internet infrastructure encompasses root servers, broadband lines, routers, content delivery net-works, cloud storage and cellular towers. Broadly construed, these physical assets perform two related and essential services for the modern digital economy. Infrastructure acts as an intermediate input for the production of many services by firms and it acts as an intermediate input into the delivery of access and related services to the internet for households.

Smart Contracts with Fine Print

January 5, 2019 - 02:17 -- Admin

From its very early days, one of the main areas where blockchain enthusiasts argued there was potential for radical innovation was in the ability of the technology to house smart contracts. The Ethereum network was designed with this in mind: to be a distributed ledger with a ‘Turing complete’ virtual machine on top of it.