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.

2020

Episode 80. Looking Back, Looking Ahead: How the pandemic shook the industry, the Big Tech backlash, and trade war fallout

Join Shawn DuBravac and Ross Rubin as we look back at 2020 and look ahead to 2021 to analyze the industry’s biggest tech stories, including:

—How tech and other industries will take the first steps toward the post-pandemic future

—How Google and Facebook will react to their government lawsuits as Apple faces developer protest.

—How the trade war between the U.S. and China may engulf new companies and geographies

Episode 79. Facebook Claims Apple is Destroying the Internet, Twitter Tries to Improve Communication, and Roku Win HBO Max

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

—Facebook’s attack of Apple’s forthcoming privacy changes
—Twitter’s attempts to change personal communication and interactions
—Roku’s win of HBO Max.

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.

US Senate

Episode 74. Social media vs. Section 230, Samsung, Spotify and Netflix roll on

Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they provide insights on this week’s biggest tech stories, including:
– The Senate again takes on social media. We take on the potential of custom social scoring algorithms
– What Samsung is doing to keep customers engaged at the high end of its product line
– Raising prices in a pandemic? We look at some driving motivators behind Netflix’s price bump

Quibi programming

Episode 73. The DOJ Sues Google, Facebook wants to be your neighbor, and Quibi calls it quits

Join Shawn DuBravac and Ross Rubin as they provide insights on this week’s biggest tech stories, including:
-The DOJ lawsuit against Google: Dive into how Google maintains search dominance and the impact of different remedies
-Facebook takes on features of Nextdoor: Examine the potential effect given Facebook’s record of integrating competitive features
-Quibi calls it quits while Apple TV pushes forward: Learn how Apple’s runway is letting it make moves Quibi couldn’t

Get all and more in this episode of Techspansive

Shawn and Ross drill down into the House of Representatives report on the market positions of Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook

Episode 71. Big Tech gets targeted as Big Blue plans a breakup

In this episode, Shawn and Ross drill down into the House of Representatives report on the market positions of Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook. We discuss the potential effectiveness of proposed remedies as well as the challenges in applying today’s antitrust laws to the foursome’s diverse offerings. We also look at Microsoft’s foray into setting app store fairness rules even as it concedes that it operates an app store that doesn’t abide by them. Finally, not all breakups as forced as IBM proposes the next step in divesting one of its businesses, leaving the remaining Big Blue more agile to focus on AI and the cloud.

Episode 61. Trips, Chips and Memberships

In this episode, Shawn and Ross look at the latest moves in the self-driving car space as Elon Musk says Tesla is close to perfecting fully autonomous cars in the wake of Amazon buying startup Zoox. Next, we look at the potential for a subscription-based Twitter and how that social network’s latest moves contrast with Facebook’s. Finally, as Nvidia passes Intel’s market cap, we take a look at the initial benchmarks at the chips that will be powering the next generation of Macs.

Episode 55. Big Tech swoops in for acquisitions

n this episode, Shawn and Ross look at how Big Tech is taking advantage of market volatility to swoop in and acquire companies that fill out their offerings. These include direct competitive response in the case of Facebook buying Giphy and Uber eyeing GrubHub, market expansion in the case of Microsoft buying Metaswitch, and farther-flung VR dreams in the case of Apple buying NextVR. Plus, we look at the competitive dynamics of the video meeting market among Zoom, Microsoft and Google in the context of office population. Finally, we end with a note about Huaweii's clever circumvention of the U.S. tech ban as it puts a sheen of new tech on last year's P30 smartphone.

Episode 54. Big Tech: We’re all in this together

In this episode, Shawn and Ross look at how tech companies are banding together and launching initiatives to help with the COVID-19 crisis, including Facebook’s Data for Good and Apple’s and Google’s joint efforts on a way to trace contact with individuals who have tested positive. Plus, we discuss some new initiatives that should result in dramatically better Wi-Fi and interoperability between connected gadgets in the smart home before discussing the latest rumors about Apple turning to its own chips in the Mac in the near future.