Facebook

Episode 104. Facebook pwns the FTC, Instagram vs. TikTok, and teaming up against Teams

As Facebook’s court win against the FTC dredges up limitaitons of antitrust laws, Instagram chases TikTok, which is chasing YouTube. Meanwhile, in less entertaining applications, Salesforce, now armed with Slack, may be driving an alliance with Amazon and Dropbox to take on rival Microsoft as Windows 11 integrates Teams.

Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they dig deep into tech news in every episode of Techspansive!

Episode 100: Our first guest: Peter Rojas on Epic vs. Apple, Amazon buys MGM, and Nintendo’s next Switch

We celebrate our 100th episode with our first-ever guest: Betaworks partner and tech media pioneer Peter Rojas to share his fascinating take on the Apple-Epic lawsuit, the evolution of the creator economy, and all things social gaming.

Plus, join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they provide insights on the biggest tech stories, including:
—why Amazon has made its second-largest acqusition ever in purchasing the House of Bond, MGM
—what the Switch has done for Nintendo and where it may take it with a new model later this year

Episode 99: Google I/O from privacy to sci-fi, Spotify’s audio turf grab, and Snap snaps up AR tech

Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they provide insights on the biggest tech stories, including:
shift, new Workspace features, natural language leaps, and holographic conferencing
—how Spotify is waging a two-front war against Apple and Amazon in a bid to dominate audio as Netflix eyes gaming
—what obstacles “camera company” Snap must overcome as it steps up its AR investments

Microsoft

94. Microsoft buys Nuance, Apple’s TV tech, and Jeff Bezos’ swan song

Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they provide insights on the biggest tech stories, including:

—what Microsoft’s purchase of Nuance Communications means for healthcare and beyond

—how Apple’s rumored HomePod extensions could transform the TV experience

—how Jeff Bezos’ final shareholder letter lays out a roadmap for Amazon.

Facebook

Episode 87. Facebook battles Australia, Chrome OS surpasses macOS, and Amazon Invents Kickstarter

Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Researchas they provide insights on the biggest tech stories, including:
—how Facebook’s battle with Australia sets up another contrast with Google’s conflict avoidance
—what implications Chrome OS passing macOS has for both Apple and Microsoft
—why Amazon is perfectly suited for its own take on product crowdfunding

Amazon

Episode 85. Bezos says bye, Google reels in Stadia, and Apple drives toward the future

Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they provide insights on the biggest tech stories, including:
—what we can expect from the CEO transition at Amazon
—what game development studio closures mean for Google’s Stadia service.
—the takeaways from the latest Apple augmented reality and car rumors

US Senate

Episode 81. The Riot, The Response, and the Race to Your Face

Join Shawn DuBravac and Ross Rubin as we check in before CES with an episode to ring in the new year that includes:

—What the Facebook and Twitter responses to the Capitol riot could mean for the future of political speech online
-How smart glasses offerings from Facebook, Amazon and others are evolving in the consumer and enterprise space.

Episode 78. The Fate of Facebook, The Hating on Halo, and More Movies from the Mouse

Join Shawn DuBravac and Ross Rubin as they provide insights on this week’s biggest tech stories, including:

—Whether government actions to break up Facebook would be feasible or effective
—How new wearables from Amazon and Apple push boundaries on privacy and price.
—Why the backlash to The Walt Disney Company and WarnerMedia disrupting movie release windows could extend beyond the pandemic.

Episode 77. Swooping in: Salesforce channels Slack, FedEx clicks to buy ShopRunner, and Amazon hits play on Wondery

Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they provide insights on this week’s biggest tech stories, including:

—Whether Salesforce can keep Slack momentum going as the enterprise chat pioneer faces daunting competition from Microsoft
—How Amazon is expanding its podcast horizons with Wondery as Spotify touts Anchor’s long tail
—How FedEx can leverage ShopRunner versus Amazon’s and Walmart’s free shipping options.

pharmacy

Episode 76. Amazon Pharmacy battles drug stores and Google embraces banks as the Mac is reborn

Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they provide insights on this week’s biggest tech stories, including:

—How the launch of Amazon Pharmacy illustrates what the retail giant can leverage as it enters a new business
—Why Google chose to partner with banks instead of going it alone as it expands Google Pay
—How Apple’s reborn M1-based Macs lay the foundation for the next generation of apps and devices