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Apple’s China Problem — Stratechery
A huge contributor to Apple's high retention amongst iPhone users is attributable to iOS — for most of the world it is unimaginable for an iPhone user to upgrade to anything but another iPhone: there is too much of the user experience, too many of the apps, and, in some countries like the U.S., too many contacts on iMessage to even countenance another phone.
Unlike the rest of the world, in China the most important layer of the smartphone stack is not the phone’s operating system. Rather, it is WeChat, making iOS irrelevant for the Chinese. WeChat is your phone — and it works the same on iOS or Android.
Read the full article for a deeper analysis around this interesting observation.
Maybe it's cos many people don't use iOS and so people had to start using WeChat to message people who don't use iOS
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Facebook Said to Create Censorship Tool to Get Back Into China
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has cultivated relationships with China’s leaders, including President Xi Jinping. He has paid multiple visits to the country to meet its top internet executives. He has made an effort to learn Mandarin.
Inside Facebook, the work to enter China runs far deeper. The social network has quietly developed software to suppress posts from appearing in people’s news feeds in specific geographic areas, according to three current and former Facebook employees, who asked for anonymity because the tool is confidential. The feature was created to help Facebook get into China, a market where the social network has been blocked, these people said. Mr. Zuckerberg has supported and defended the effort, the people added.
It's been almost impossible for US Tech companies to...
It's definitely a big compromise on the promise of an open and connected world. The way I see it, Facebook cannot really get around the Chinese government's censorship policies. The best they ...
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Amazon’s Operating System – Stratechery
A very interesting article by Ben Thompson on how, if you can in some sense define operating systems as the chokehold between hardware manufacturers and the software that runs on top - you can think of Alexa as Amazon's operating system for the home. I really like how the article gradually builds on history to chronicle a path of how we got here.
Facebook’s Rival to Slack, Yammer Coming Next Month
What do you think of Facebook for Work? Is it a credible threat to Slack, or do you think companies today have no incentive left to switch away, given high switching costs? Do leave a reply if you have tried Facebook for Work - would love to hear your thoughts!
Facebook for Work has some pretty big customers such as Telenor and the Royal Bank of Scotland. I think Slack is one of the essential elements needed in a company to make its workforce effecti...
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Snap’s pitch to bankers: Who needs 1 billion users?
Found this very interesting read comparing Snap(chat) to other players in the space including Facebook, Twitter and half a dozen other companies in the consumer web, both financially and how their approaches to product and marketing differ. What do you think?
Inside Twitter's 10-Year Failure To Stop Harassment
For nearly its entire existence, Twitter has not just tolerated abuse and hate speech, it’s virtually been optimized to accommodate it. With public backlash at an all-time high and growth stagnating, what is the platform that declared itself “the free speech wing of the free speech party” to do? BuzzFeed News talks to the people who’ve been trying to figure this out for a decade.