Disruptive Innovation: Estonia Will Do To Citizenship What Uber Is Doing To Taxis

from The Ladder A term that seems to be thrown about in the technology sphere, and indeed in the mainstream press these days is ‘disruptive innovation’. It’s the thing that every start-up, entrepreneur and venture capitalist strives towards. In the never-ending quest for convenience, consumers wholeheartedly buy products and services that save us time. So, when Uber came along and started providing a quicker and more efficient way to hail a taxi, the only people who properly objected were the cabbies themselves. With the growth of the internet, distances are shrinking, the level of consumer choice is many times what it was twenty […]

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How Europe Could Cut Google Down To Size Without Splitting It Up

from Gigaom With a new competition commissioner re-examining the long-running Google antitrust case, it’s worth revisiting what she needs to achieve, particularly as the European Parliament has now called for EU antitrust law’s nuclear option – the unprecedented splitting-up of the company – to be on the table. The resolution that the Parliament passed on Thursday refers to the possibility of separating Google’s search business from its other interests. It is, more than anything, a reflection of how politicized and overstuffed the Google case has become. It forms part of a wider broadside against Google’s dominance in Europe – an offensive that is coalescing […]

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