AliExpress: The New Amazon? Or, Close, But No Cigar?

An exhaustive review of AliExpress, the Chinese Amazon and the “foreign office” of global giant AliBaba.

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Trying To Bump Up Those Margins? Have You Considered… Stealing?

Amazon has a long and sordid history of stealing the designs of companies that sell on its platform– and making their products themselves, to be sold at a lower price. One company decided to troll them in response.

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Platform Revolution: Understanding The New Economics of the Interweb

The platform economy dominates the economy today. This book offers numerous valuable lessons for how we can think about the architecture of systems in public infrastructure.

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Book Review – Ghost Road: Beyond the Driverless Car

Can autonomous cars save us? Well, no, but they can provide some vital innovation to our society. Provided we play our cards right, that is. Anthony Townsend’s book gives us the lowdown.

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Streaming, Torrents, and Market Fragmentation: Will p2p Filesharing, Unlike The South, Rise Again?

Digital piracy has made a comeback in recent years as the market for content streaming becomes more crowded and more expensive, leading to serious questions about the long-term sustainability of the sector.

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Did Cities Ever Need Tech, Anyway? Seattle vs. the Post-COVID Economy

Long a sleepy seaport town, Seattle was enjoying a fraught, decade-long flirtation with explosive growth– and inequality. Will COVID bust up the party forevermore?

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The New Mobility Requires A New Workforce

This morning I attended “Driving Our AV Future,” an event produced by the Michigan Mobility Institute (MMI) and the Partnership for

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