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Facebook – Technology Platform or News Publisher?

Facebook – Technology Platform or News Publisher?

More than any other site that congregates large numbers of users, Facebook has recently been taken to task for the fake news items that were widely broadcast and read during the 2016 presidential election season. Although CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been moving closer in recent weeks to admitting that the company is more than just a “technology platform”, he still demonstrates considerable reluctance to take responsibility for the news items, authentic or fake, that appear on Facebook pages. Who is in the right in this controversy? And (how) can Facebook avoid becoming a dumping ground for unreliable information?

Bits & Pieces…

Bits & Pieces…

As a tribute to the Dave Clark Five, this column consists of Bits & Pieces: Denouement of the Salesforce.com acquisition situation; What the recently announced IBM-GE-Verizon big data alliance means for the future of the category; Three much-hyped categories – cognitive analytics, plus two types of wearable devices – that have yet to cross the chasm; Thanks to successive breaches of corporate data, information security moves into the mainstream; Update on how well major on-demand businesses Airbnb and Uber are orchestrating change in their respective industries…

The Evolution of Trust in the Sharing Economy – Driving the Growth of Airbnb, BlaBlaCar, Lyft and Others

The Evolution of Trust in the Sharing Economy – Driving the Growth of Airbnb, BlaBlaCar, Lyft and Others

After experiencing rapid growth since its 2008 founding and receiving a recent valuation of $10bn, Airbnb has become a standard-bearer for the much-hyped sharing economy. This socio-economic-technological movement is not entirely new; its roots are in traditional boardinghouses and more recently in 1990s internet precursors such as eBay and Craigslist. But Airbnb differs from, say, Uber, which I covered in my last post. Whereas Uber’s main focus has been on reorganizing the licensed taxi and limo business globally, Airbnb and other newcomers facilitate the matching of unused or surplus space owned by private individuals with travelers seeking a cheap, personal form of accommodation. What are the key ingredients for Airbnb’s ongoing success, and how should incumbents disrupted by Airbnb respond?