The New Monopolists?: Facebook, Alphabet, Amazon, and Apple

Back in 1999, the U.S. Department of Justice filed an antitrust suit against Microsoft for the way it pledged to “choke off the air supply” of rival Netscape. In the 1990s, individual users had to purchase a way to get onto the still-emerging Internet. Netscape was a company that offered one such ISP service. Microsoft, […]…

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What the FoxConn deal might mean

It’s easy to be cynical about the announcement that FoxConn Technology Group will invest $10 billion in southeast Wisconsin. The deal could have been purely a political gesture aimed at providing a short-term boost to President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, not to mention Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. They were all hungry for a […]…

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How Universities Play Leading Roles in Economic Growth

This article in the New York Times would have been easy to miss because it appeared in the Sunday Styles section but it contains important insights about what happens when a university becomes active in fostering start-ups and in creating a flow of high-quality talent. I wrote a chapter about Pittsburgh in my 2011 book, The […]…

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A Seriously Important Artricle on Crispr

One of the things I learned from writing the ThinkPad book is that the technological revolution we’ve been living through isn’t close to being finished. In some ways, in fact, it is accelerating. Consider just this handful of technologies: 3D printing, drones, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality, facial recognition, advanced robotics, […]…

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