Has Big Tech gotten too big? (Updated)
Here are this week’s top podcasts and playlist recommendations! With the possible TikTok ban in the US, and the recent Big Tech antitrust hearing, this past week has been a big week for tech and politics. Understand what the drama is about with our updated Deep Dives on those topics.
The big tech giants are Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google. They’re also known as the “FAANG” gang.
This podcast dives into one of the giants every season. Start by understanding why it’s so hard to quit Amazon Prime:
Amazon, the everything store, may be too big for its own good. Should we break it up?
Hear how they use data to compete against their own third-party sellers and prevent the formation of new businesses.
Apple is so huge, they may be more powerful than most countries.
Should we treat it as a nation?
Apple’s monopoly over its app store has been a sore point for Spotify.
Hear the arguments for and against Apple:
Facebook has gobbled up all the big social networks over the last decade stifling competition. Is breaking it up the answer?
This academic says it isn’t.
We all know Facebook tracks our data, but is it also eavesdropping on your conversations?
Uncover the invasive technology behind creepy targeted ads explained by the early Facebook engineer that built it:
Meanwhile, Google has already been hit with a 2.7 billion dollar antitrust fine—the biggest antitrust fine against a company in history.
Hear how a small company brought Google under fire for abusing their power over ads and demoting search rankings.
Big tech strategy experts discuss Google’s business model and their moves on blocking ads.
The rise of tech giants is a sign that antitrust laws are not working and that it’s time to fix it.
Learn about US’s current approach to antitrust laws and how it evades monopolistic companies like online retail giant, Amazon.
Want to learn more about antitrust policies? Check out this explainer:
Meet the women Silicon Valley fears: Margrethe Vestager, the antitrust queen.
EU's top antitrust official argues why real and fair competition is best for our society.
Hear what went down at the Big Tech antitrust hearing and why the Republicans kept asking the tech bosses why campaign emails end up in spam.
For a full update on the antitrust hearing, check out the playlist with the latest episodes on the issue here:
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