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Mozilla signs fresh Google search deal worth mega-millions as 25% staff cut hits Servo, MDN, security teams

Within hours of the browser maker laying off a quarter of its staff this week, a well-placed source told The Register Moz had signed a three-year agreement with Google. On Thursday, a spokesperson for Mozilla confirmed the partnership had been renewed though declined to go into specific detail on the contract duration and sums of money involved.
https://www.theregister.com/2020/08/14/mozilla_google_search/

Was dispersing the MDN and Rust teams part of the deal?

-- PaulHoule @ HN https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24156949

#mozilla #firefox #google #monopoly #antitrust
 

Content is King? The King is Dead


Though it's often misattributed to Bill Gates, Sumner Redstone popularised the phrase "content is king" which was used in a 1974 book, and pre-dates even that. See: https://lgkmarketingcc.com/content-king-said-better/

The book seems to be J. W. Click, Russell N. Baird, Magazine Editing and Production. W. C. Brown Company, 1974, 274 pages. (Google Books preview)

Earlier appearances in the 1960s refer to educational films. (Google Books)

Aguments over provenance notwithstanding, my view is that the aphorism is a convenient bit of stage distraction attractive to media monopolists themselves aware of the real truth: network control is emperor.

And this goes beyond just getting the proprietor's cut, the vigorish, skimming your 5, or 10, or 30%.

Central control of a network means deciding what that network is. Where it begins, where it ends, what goes in, what comes out, who can receive, who can send, what interactions are possible, speeds and latencies, what messages are heard, what are not, who pays, who gets paid, who plays for free.

These factors are wholly ignored by contemporary US (Borkian) antitrust doctrine.

It's not just the vig.

In other news


Sumner Redstone Dies at 97; Built Media Empire and Long Reigned Over It (NYTimes).

#ContentIsKing #NetworkIsEmperor #SumnerRedstone #media #power #monopoly #obituary
Content Is King – Who Said It Better?
 

Your mind is hackable.

For those of you who say that people should be wise enough to have self-control when facing psycho-social manipulation through social media, I ask this: Do you need to eat?

... The human hardware has specific responses to stimuli which will not change for at least give or take 60 years barring significant evolution. Your human body and nervous system has specific hardware vulnerabilities which will not be patched in a month, much less a week or a fortnight. Psycho-social manipulation is a real vulnerability and there’s no going around it. Legislation and socio-political norms-building may have at best a prefunctory effect on mitigating some of these risks but effectively the vulnerabilities will always be there.

Your mind is hackable. Know this. Plan accordingly.
Lifted from a private share.

https://minddumpster.wordpress.com/2018/05/01/for-those-of-you-who-say-that-people-should-be-wise-enough-to-have-self-control-when-facing-2/

In related news ...


'Too much power': Congress grills top tech CEOs in combative antitrust hearing.
The US’s top tech bosses were told they have “too much power”, are censoring political speech, spreading fake news and “killing” the engines of the American economy, at a combative congressional hearing on Wednesday....
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/jul/29/tech-hearings-facebook-mark-zuckerberg-amazon-jeff-bezos-apple-tim-cook-google-sundar-pichai-congress

#advertising #adtech #FAANG #google #facebook #monopoly #propaganda #manipulation
 

Cory Doctorow: Inaction is a Form of Action

Take Google, a company that’s only ever made one and a half successful products (a great search-engine and a pretty good Hotmail clone), whose growth beyond those products was entirely driven through mergers and acquisitions. How could Google get away with behavior of the sort that put Microsoft through nine years’ worth of antitrust hell, just a decade before Google was founded?

The answer is that since the Reagan years, big business and its advocates in the US government and judiciary have been steadily “reforming” antitrust law on lines proposed by the disgraced economist Robert Bork (the guy who was denied a Supreme Court seat for his complicity in Nixon’s crimes). Bork argued that the only time the US should wield its antitrust authority was when there was clear evidence of “consumer harms” in the form of higher prices in the immediate aftermath of an anti-competitive action.

Bork’s doctrine is ridiculous, and the only thing more ridiculous is that it’s become mainstream in US political and economic thinking. If you’re wondering how the No Politics Diner could be allowed to buy all its rivals and use its market power to crush small farmers and any holdouts who wouldn’t sell, thank Robert Bork. So long as NPD isn’t raising prices, Bork’s antitrust has nothing to say about it. And if NPD is using its investors’ cash to subsidize meals and sell them below cost to corner the market, so much the better! (If you’ve wondered how Uber and Lyft can get away with losing 41 cents on every dollar they charge you, now you know).
https://locusmag.com/2020/01/cory-doctorow-inaction-is-a-form-of-action/

#monopoly #coryDoctorow #RobertBork #AntiTrust
Cory Doctorow: Inaction is a Form of Action
 

#CERN Endorsing Microsoft Alternatives Like #ownCloud, #Kopano, #Alt-Office Suite


https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=CERN-MALT-Microsoft-Alternative
#CERN, The European Organization for Nuclear Research that is home to the Large Hadron Collider #LHC and much more, has been working on alternatives to #Microsoft software and recently some of their recommended options for various tasks / application replacements was published.
#opensource, #monopoly
 

#CERN Endorsing Microsoft Alternatives Like #ownCloud, #Kopano, #Alt-Office Suite


https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=CERN-MALT-Microsoft-Alternative
#CERN, The European Organization for Nuclear Research that is home to the Large Hadron Collider #LHC and much more, has been working on alternatives to #Microsoft software and recently some of their recommended options for various tasks / application replacements was published.
#opensource, #monopoly
 

Little by little, big tech’s veneer of invincibility is starting to crack| The Guardian

Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon are rattled. And two women, one on each side of the Atlantic, are leading the way

Just for a moment, let us pull our eyes away from Brexit and focus instead on two interwoven stories about how the world has gone wrong, and what it might take to start to put it right. At the centre of each is a woman who has set herself against the male-dominated corporations we collectively know as big tech. What is happening is about high politics and the grind of government rather than street-level noise and mass activism, which is maybe why it still seems overlooked.
Of it could be because of this effect, which we might all be ignoring, or even unaware:
We read about Warren and Vestager on the same feeds that dissolve even the best intentions into the usual meaningless noise.
#technology #politics #monopoly #security #privacy
 
Adam Neumann is not “quirky,” he is not “charismatic,” and he does not have “an unorthodox leadership style.” He is an untalented and abusive monster who lies to get what he wants. And he was given an unlimited credit line from which he could legally steal.
-- #MattStoller, on #WeWork

#monopoly #fraud #ipo #vc #siliconValley
 

To Break Google’s Monopoly on Search, Make Its Index Public


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20440079
Posted by JumpCrisscross (karma: 63492)
Post stats: Points: 186 - Comments: 149 - 2019-07-15T12:21:07Z

\#HackerNews #break #googles #index #its #make #monopoly #public #search
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America’s Monopoly Crisis Hits the Military


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20312832
Posted by jdkee (karma: 61)
Post stats: Points: 131 - Comments: 59 - 2019-06-29T14:39:12Z

\#HackerNews #americas #crisis #hits #military #monopoly #the
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America’s Monopoly Crisis Hits the Military
 

U.S. Farmers Are Being Bled by the Tractor Monopoly


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19900022
Posted by jelliclesfarm (karma: 1439)
Post stats: Points: 139 - Comments: 76 - 2019-05-13T15:09:42Z

\#HackerNews #are #being #bled #farmers #monopoly #the #tractor
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