With Amazon opening its platform to advertisers in a massive way, we sift through the WSJ article and discuss as thought leaders (!) how old world common sense like selling physical things, not only makes sense but is just what Amazon is doing. Why isn’t anyone else? It’s odd when you sit and think about it – where other sites are specifically after selling our data, Amazon’s busy selling us actual stuff whether you’re online or not. Looks like we’d better warm up to our new overlords. And Linux squeezes in a tiny appearance in today’s episode.
How can we not talk a little and guess a little about the biggest story in tech? Google always managed to grab headlines from making ‘search engine’ a household word, to the evening news coverage of Google’s font change. It’s always been such a pal. Then, the mission to not be evil disappeared; then the defense contracts, then the location tracking, now, getting a job with China. With so much being decided in private, it’s an episode and topic ripe for chatter and guesswork. Even with best sympathies though, we have to ask, Is Google still a pal?