NYT tech reporter. msnbc contributor. my book on Uber for @wwnorton out 9/3/19. preorder below! Mike.Isaac@nytimes.com or mjisaac@protonmail.com.
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Sen. Hirono with a good understanding of the dynamics at play, her comments worth reading in full later
as the Antitrust tech hearing continues, Sen. Cruz's Google censorship hearing (which will be, uh, interesting) gets underway https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/google-and-censorship-though-search-engines
the google guy defending and citing YouTube's content ID system is rich given the early history of growth through freebooting pirated shit
RT @MikeIsaac: dont know Thiels motivation for this quite yet but good to know that facebook has the power to dispatch one of its longest…
semantic satiation of the word "product"
latest tech company job listing: professional congressional piñata (must be willing to travel) https://judiciary.house.gov/legislation/hearings/online-platforms-and-market-power-part-2-innovation-and-entrepreneurship
i wonder what pentagon contracts Thiel's portfolio company Palantir competes with google over? https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/15/palantir-unlocks-a-new-opportunity-to-sell-to-us-military-ahead-of-ipo.html
dont know Thiels motivation for this quite yet but good to know that facebook has the power to dispatch one of its longest tenured board members to go after its largest American competitor at any time and that the president will not only listen but act https://twitter.com/latimes/status/1151197357536632833
 
Does he still own stock in PayPal?
RT @jbouie: Talking about my latest column, on the president’s very racist tweets. https://d.pr/xN1Juw https://www.pscp.tv/w/b_4IATE4NjkwODV8MXlvS01FYW5OVnpLUT97MUvPWbwMrgSER3wzPwoA8kynWa07RABgCuKvgqBi
RT @jenszalai: Couldn't include the full quote from Michael Steele, former chairman of the RNC, because of NYT rules about profanity, but h…
RT @bcmerchant: After Amazon announced its $700m 'Upskilling 2025' initiative, I did a bit of a deep dive into whether upskilling—retrainin…
RT @MikeIsaac: first pass on Facebook and Libra Senate hearing https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/16/technology/facebook-libra-congress.html
(this is when the growth people turn on the lame hacks, like auto sharing IG stories to FB) it must be unsatisfying to have your product be so unloved that you have to dupe people into accidentally using it
the one thing i will say even as facebook has ENORMOUS, undeniable network advantages, it doesnt guarantee success — lots of times people dont want to be force fed copycat products and dont use them
Senator Kennedy is now citing the deeply flawed (and widely shot down) trending topics storyline, as yet again we relitigate the events of 2016
One of FB biggest talking points is how it will be a minority voice as a part of the Libra Association, an entity composed of dozens of partner companies the only voice I hear stumping for the Libra Association isn't paypal, uber, Visa or any other partner — It's Facebook's.
Van Hollen pours cold water on the "nonsense" notion of censorship raised by Cotton VH also makes a good point about what Libra actually addresses — real time cross border payments from US are nowhere and a potentially very positive thing
almost the entirety of Silicon Valley can be explained by the mindset: "If we dont do it, someone else will, so why not us?" https://twitter.com/ashleyrgold/status/1151150205103943680
Cotton clearly using this moment to bang the censorship and SV bias drum without any real pretense of addressing what libra is or does
 
i'll be shocked if he doesn't plug his book
tom cotton brings up censorship seemingly out of nowhere, which makes complete sense
Sinema makes another good point about vetting third party wallet providers!
Sen Sinema makes a fair point about Facebook's promises and continued reneging on said promises with the WhatsApp data integration changes
Holy crap https://twitter.com/followtheh/status/1151149387617394688
 
wait, they jumped because why?
 
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/16/blue-apron-adds-beyond-meat-to-meal-kits-in-a-bid-to-revive-meal-kit-orders.html
 
the world is stupid
 
Maybe the world is smart and you are stupid
 
$APRN has a $133 mln market cap
senators really playing up the clandestine phrasing of "swiss bank account"
first pass on Facebook and Libra Senate hearing https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/16/technology/facebook-libra-congress.html
senator kennedy — apropos of ??? — asks if truthful reporting has been replaced by "flagrant displays of bullshit" Marcus has no answer to the Q
im confused. Marcus repeatedly saying they're not going to be engaging in banking services. but the plan — if Libra actually takes off — is to provide a suite of financial services to users of the currency
::fifteen minutes of acronyms::
the main point Warner hammers home in his Q's is that facebook is a kingmaker — Libra will touch WhatsApp and Messenger from *day one*, tapping into FB's enormous network of 2 billion people to get it a better chance at traction than literally any other cryptocurrency, ever
RT @johnjcook: there is no justification for deciding that this man’s adoption of a fake name is newsworthy but that his real name is not h…
Sen Mark Warner (a vocal FB Critic) is up hearkens back to Microsoft's days of antitrust battles in his opening
grilling of marcus has died down with some other senators but still pressing on how to root out bad actors and fraud The theme often in cryptoland is to fight against money laundering and drug trade, which was what mnuchin, powell and trump all railed against this week and last
"after all the times facebook has abused the public’s trust, do you really think people should trust facebook with their hard earned money? — @SenSherrodBrown
fascinating: Marcus basically goes with the "China will beat us if we dont do this" line of reasoning — again, this is facebook's drum beat for *two years* across a number of initiatives https://twitter.com/MikeIsaac/status/1150889762409992192
FB's david marcus is up basically reiterating what Libra folks have been saying for a month
"Facebook should be treated like the profit seeking entity it is No facebook executives to my knowledge has been harmed by its social experiments." good morning menlo park!
Sen. Brown does not sound like a fan of FB
Sherrod Brown comes out swinging: "Facebook has burned down the house repeatedly...and has called every attempt a learning experience."
good morning from my couch, where i will be covering these FB Libra hearings about to kick off in Washington follow along for what i hope is not a bunch of boring finance twetes
 
I live for finance tweets
 
They keep me going through the dark times until my pre-order of your book is finally delivered
RT @MikeIsaac: to date, there has been *zero* evidence of the “censorship” lawmakers like cruz and now hawley are railing against 2 articl…
RIP satire, murdered by reality in the year of our lord, 2019 https://twitter.com/_grendan/status/1150980904019476486
someone with a “boss baby” avatar just sent me a linkedin request
something something 10x engineer bullshit
70-year-old startup want ads are basically the same ones posted to craigslist san francisco today
(that said, i think chinese tech has deep advantages over how the americans operate — in particular the fact that the State and the companies themselves are in league with one another authoritarian governments can accomplish a lot when they have total control over big biz)
to matt's point: Facebook invoking the patriotic defense of "we need to hold our power or we'll be beaten by china" has been a consistent talking point from Zuckerberg on down for the past two years a very clear PR strategy that relies on regulator ignorance and nationalism https://twitter.com/matthewstoller/status/1150889210620055553
im like kirby, but my food is pain
love to inhale as much shitty garbage hell content as possible 18 hours a day seven days a week
i tuned out from Muse after absolution (when they went full Rush) but they still had a few bangers later on https://open.spotify.com/track/3lPr8ghNDBLc2uZovNyLs9?si=HrMNdnLzRyOEkg1ZSJHa6w
 
not sure what brought this on but yes to all of this
 
i tweet my thoughts as they come
 
what must it be like to live life so free
RT @MikeIsaac: prime day is little more than a loss leading activity for amazon to foist its foucauldian version of the future onto the pub…
fascinating thing is that it has worked — Facebook, twitter google have zero spine, allowing threats to hang over them like a sword of Damocles i get why crying “censorship” is an effective political tool but wonder if hammering tech cos is a popular position with the public?
prime day is little more than a loss leading activity for amazon to foist its foucauldian version of the future onto the public at bargain bin prices
 
hold up there college boy
 
i bought six chinese iphone cables and a glow in the dark sous vide
 
party at Mikes house!!
 
Damn mike way to ruin a holiday
RT @MikeIsaac: the greatest gift a friend could ever give is not inviting me to their destination wedding
the greatest gift a friend could ever give is not inviting me to their destination wedding
 
I think the whole point of destination weddings is so you can invite a bunch of people who can feel good that they were invited but also very understandably not show up.
 
I absolutely intend to have a destination wedding for this reason. I want a lot of people to feel included without actually having to do anything.
 
(Spoiler: more will show up than you think)
 
I am going to pick somewhere aggressively remote and inhospitable. The invitations will be in 2pt grey type on a slightly darker grey background.
 
We got married in Indonesia and literally all but two parties accepted
 
I am getting married in a cave. On the moon.
 
Yah it’ll be extra awkward when folks show up and the lunar hotel is full
RT @MikeIsaac: the fact that fb shares surged instead of sank on the FTC news is the story https://nyti.ms/2XHcVc4
RT @MikeIsaac: wonder if he means that hes sorry that Altria gave juul two billion in additional investment to hand out to employees who ma…
the ham radio “musical interlude” made me want to die
new stranger things tries to sidestep it’s lack of plot coherence by turning the gross ass shit factor up to eleven
 
Still works fine for me tbh
what is the male equivalent of “wearing entirely lululemon on a six hour flight” and how can i start doing it
 
Full adidas tracksuit
 
who remembers juicy couture because my old juicy sweatpants (the version with the brand name NOT embroidered on the ass, tyvm) are still what i wear on 6hr flights. for men it has to be adidas.
 
Just wear sweatpants.
 
Pat's Pants. https://www.patspants.co/
 
Mike it’s called Under Armour
 
Dude, how do you not already do this? Lululemon all day, bro.
RT @MikeIsaac: the fact that fb shares surged instead of sank on the FTC news is the story https://nyti.ms/2XHcVc4
RT @MikeIsaac: the fact that fb shares surged instead of sank on the FTC news is the story https://nyti.ms/2XHcVc4
 
Time to download TikTok 😏
 
 
 
 
 
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