Facebook

Episode 112. Facebook weaves into Wayfarers, Amazon delivers telehealth, tuition and TVs, and Google hawks hybrid hardware

In this episode, we start out assessing Facebook’s stylish but functionally modest smart glasses developed with Ray-Ban. Next, we look at Amazon’s many recent moves, including expanding Amazon Care, equipping more Whole Foods for cashierless checkout, offering college tuition for its 750,000 hourly workers, releasing new smart TVs, and updating its Luna streaming game service.

Microsoft

Episode 106. Live. From the cloud. It’s Windows! Plus, Netflix is getting game and Twitter sinks its fleets

We discuss what impact Microsoft easing cloud access to Windows could have on security and the PC market. Meanwhile, Netflix’ huge app installed base could provide an advantage as it jumps into the streaming game market. Finally, we look at why Twitter ended its experiment with ephemeral content via fleets.

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

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!

Microsoft

Episode 103. Microsoft opens the Windows, Mozilla lets you donate your privacy to science, and Google gets FLoCblocked

Windows 11 goes beyond a makeover to challenge Apple. Meanwhile, Mozilla and others are providing new options for privacy choices as Google tries to bake up a new post-cookie future.

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Episode 102. Privacy, platforms, and profit potential at WWDC, streaming game services seek out devices

Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they provide insights on the biggest tech stories, including:
—What a continuing privacy push and deeper health focus at WWDC say about Apple’s evolution
—Whether Google and Microsoft can take their streaming game services to the next level with popular device integrations

Roku

Episode 98: iPhone users opt out of tracking, Google stares down Roku, and Windows 10x gets axed

Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they provide insights on the biggest tech stories, including:
—how Facebook is reacting to iPhone users’ overwhelming tracking opt-out.
—why Roku is cornered as it negotiates with Google over YouTube
—whether Microsoft has learned an important lesson by canceling Windows 10x

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.

Episode 89. Microsoft Meshes us into VR, smartwatch sales flatten out, and Square and Qualcomm make musical moves

Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they provide insights on the biggest tech stories, including:
-whether Microsoft can holoport customers to VR collaboration with its new Mesh offering
—how Square hopes its investment in Tidal brings music to the Street’s ears and how Qualcomm hopes to drown out Apple’s AirPods with Qualcomm Snapdragon Sound.
—what the latest smartwatch market numbers mean for Apple, Huawei, and Google.

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.

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.