Liftoff with Stephen Hackett and Jason Snell - Listen
June 30th, 2017 · 52 minutes
Ten years ago, the original iPhone went on sale, launching the smartphone market as we know it today. More recently, the EU fined Google 2.4 billion euros in an antitrust case, and the Amazon Echo Show has shipped to customers.
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Ten years ago, after six months of hype and after waiting in very long lines around Apple and AT&T retail stores, people first got their hands on the iPhone.
Apple changed the world when it launched the iPhone 10 years ago, but the technological march toward computers in everyone’s pockets began long before that.
Stephen was an Apple Genius-in-training and working part-time on the sales floor at the local Apple store when the first iPhone went on sale.
Google was fined a record 2.4 billion euros for unfairly favoring some of its own services over those of rivals.
The suit, filed in April 2012, alleged that Apple Inc. and five book publishing companies conspired to raise and fix the price for e-books in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
Ben Thompson outlines the three questions that are at the heart of antitrust regulation of digital companies.
Before the Internet, truths could hide in plain sight. In today's world, truths can come out, and even go viral, in mere moments.