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Google Calendar outage, well that certainly frees up my day 😊

 

Tech and Antitrust – Stratechery by Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson:

Google: Again — and note a developing theme here — Google’s anticompetitive behavior is relatively clear. First, the company consistently favors its own properties in search results, particularly “above-the-fold” — that is, results that are not actually search results but which seek to answer the user’s query directly. A partial list:

  • Google by-and-large removed video segments from competing properties in favor of YouTube videos
  • Google offers local results from Google Maps above search results that tend to favor Yelp, TripAdvisor, etc.
  • Google offers hotel and flight listings above search results that tend to favor Booking, Expedia, etc.
  • Google displays AMP-enabled websites (a Google technology) above search results that are agnostic about how a web page is displayed.
  • Google displays tweets for individuals (thanks to a beneficial relationship with Twitter) above search results that tend to favor LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.

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Then, of course, there is Android, where Google leveraged the Play Store to force Android OEMs to feature Search and Chrome, and further forbade said OEMs from shipping any phones with open-source Android alternatives (a la Microsoft).

Ben does a great job outlining all the antitrust cases for the big tech companies. For Apple, Amazon, and Facebook, there doesn't appear to be much of a case.

Google is another story.

 

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep details: release date, raid, exotics, weapons, more - Polygon

Ryan Gilliam writing for Polygon

Bungie’s focus for Destiny moving forward is depth. What the studio is calling Armor 2.0 should bring new player builds into Destiny 2 with Shadowkeep. Players will customize their armor with meaningful perks, instead of having to choose between quality and aesthetics.

The images that Bungie used in the trailer show a kind of energy system. It looks like players can slot different perks into their armor. But each perk costs a certain amount of energy.

I can't wait for September!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cute animation on Apple Canada's website today https://www.apple.com/ca/

 
 

Microsoft is suspiciously silent about xCloud game streaming at E3 - The Verge

Tom Warren writing for The Verge

Instead of detailing xCloud specs, launch dates, or pricing, Microsoft muddied the waters by introducing a new “Console Streaming” feature. It turns an Xbox One into a streaming server so you can access your games wherever you are, very much like Sony’s Remote Play feature for PS4.

Looking forward to this feature.