Facebook Makes It Clear Users Are Playthings

4:26 PM, Jun. 30th, 2014 · · The Back Page

Facebook's Disgusting Experiment

Facebook's management has a message for users: you are our playthings and we'll manipulate you in any way that we see fit. That message was made clear when researchers released the results of a "massive experiment on Facebook" that manipulated the newsfeeds of hundreds of thousands of unwitting, involuntary participants.

Nest Will Open Up Devices to Google After All

7:25 PM, Jun. 24th, 2014 · · The Back Page

Nest

You remember that thing where Google bought Nest, but Nest would stay separate, and it wouldn't be sharing its data with Google anyway, so shut up about privacy? Yeah, turns out there should have been an asterisk attached, and the footnote for that asterisk would have said, "Yeah, not so much." Bryan Chaffin gets his rant on.

Google’s Purchase of Nest May Have Been a Defensive Move

9:01 PM, May. 27th, 2014 · · The Back Page

Google's Defensive Play

The initial reaction to a report that Apple will unveil a home automation platform during WWDC has been to characterize it as  reaction to Google buying Nest Labls. Bryan Chaffin argues that the reality is that Google buying Nest was the defensive move.

Amazon Doubles Down on Intimidation Campaign Against Hachette

7:30 PM, May. 23rd, 2014 · · The Back Page

The Silkworm - MIA

Amazon has doubled down on its campaign of intimidation with book publisher Hachette, actively pulling high profile Hachette books from preorder. J.K. Rowling's The Silkworm is now listed as "Currently Unavailable," rather than preorder, and the same is true for the paperback version of The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, a biography by Brad Stone. Bryan Chaffin gets his rant on.

Apple + Beats Reportedly about Preserving Music Industry and Hiring Iovine/Dre

8:09 PM, May. 22nd, 2014 · · The Back Page

Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre

Apple wants to buy Beats mainly to bring CEO Jimmy Iovine and hip-hop legend Dr. Dre on board, according to online reports. Apple is also cognizant of its role pumping money into the music industry through the iTunes Store, and plans to operate Beats Music as a standalone service-on-the-side in order to provide a smooth transition from music downloads to music streaming. Bryan Chaffin explores these ideas.