Platformonomics TGIF #21: September 8, 2023


New post format: a weekly rollup of links, comments on those links, activity updates and attempts at humor.  The intention is quicker hits in addition to the less frequent big posts and more timely hammering on my favorite themes. This is my primary hangout until the contours of the post-Twitter world become clear. Be sure to subscribe below and to the right to receive all my output via email.

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O Brother, Where Art Thy GPUs?

Forget a dollar peg, it is only a matter of time before some enterprising nation moves to a GPU-backed currency.

Amazon’s Awesome Antitrust Adventure Approaches

The arc of hipster antitrust begins with Lina Khan’s law school paper The Amazon Antitrust Paradox. The paper made her name and got her the job of FTC chair (despite no other experience or qualifications). If press reports are to be believed, this suit only pursues a fraction of the claims against Amazon in the original paper. If I’m Amazon, I like my chances given the track record of the FTC (slogan: “we love to lose“) under Khan.

Previous: A New Antitrust Doctrine, A Glimmer of Antitrust Sanity, Another Glimmer of Antitrust Sanity?, Taking a Modest Victory Lap on Antitrust, Google’s Turn in the Antitrust Hotseat

No Team at Amazon is Working on Nuclear Power

Disappointed to learn AWS has no effort under way to use nuclear power for its data centers. Since having actual offerings is evidently not a barrier to an aggressive PR campaign (see generative AI), I hope to see them crank up the volume about nuclear power. Suggested soundbite: “we’re three fission events into a chain reaction”.

Previous: Cloud Power Up, A Nuclear-Powered Cloud, When Nuclear-Powered Data Centers?, “Every Single” Amazon PR Team is Working on Generative AI

IBM “Cloud”

The real shock is IBM is still pretending to have a cloud. 🤡🤡🤡

Previous: Follow the CAPEX: Keeping Up With The Clowns, Follow the CAPEX: Clown Watch, Follow the CAPEX: Separating the Clowns from the Clouds, Small Blue and the Bonsai Datacenter

This Week’s Software Migration Alerts

When private equity comes amalgamating, it is time to start migrating. Why? Because private equity ruins software companies.

The only thing worse than private equity buying software companies is when they buy healthcare companies (and kill people).

Previous: Perfidious Private Equity
Related: These Are the Plunderers: How Private Equity Runs—and Wrecks—America

Are AI Doomers on a European Calendar?

Previous: You Can’t Spell Alien Invasion Without A and I

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