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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.


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


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.