Exponent is a podcast about tech and society hosted by Ben Thompson and James Allworth

Ben Thompson is the author and founder of Stratechery, a blog about the business and strategy of technology. You can follow him on Twitter @benthompson.

James Allworth is the co-author with Clay Christensen of How Will You Measure Your Life and a writer for the Harvard Business Review. You can follow him on Twitter @jamesallworth.

Episode 084 — A New World Order

Ben and James discuss how the TV industry and the companies that advertise on TV are interconnected, and how they will rise and fall together.

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  • Ben Thompson: TV Advertising’s Surprising Strength — and Inevitable Fall — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Cord Cutting Fantasy — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Why Disney and ESPN Will Be OK — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Old-Fashioned Snapchat — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: How Technology is Changing the World (P&G Edition) — Stratechery
  • Ken Doctor: The Macy’s Factor — Politico
  • Ben Thompson: Cars and the Future — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Publishers and the Smiling Curve — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Changing — and Unchanging — Structure of TV — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Netflix and the Conservation of Attractive Profits — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The FANG Playbook — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Aggregation Theory — Stratechery

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Episode 083 — Microsoft & LinkedIn versus Apple & WWDC

Ben and James discuss Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn and Apple’s WWDC announcements, and figure out why they feel so differently about the two of them.

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  • James Allworth: Who’s going to be having sleepless nights after Microsoft’s LinkedIn deal? — Medium
  • Ben Thompson: Microsoft and Apple Double Down — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: How Satya Nadella Killed Windows Phone — Stratechery
  • Microsoft’s Nadella Manages Legacy of Ballmer-Board Split — Bloomberg
  • Ben Thompson: The Deal That Makes No Sense — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Curse of Culture — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Apple’s Organizational Crossroads — Stratechery
  • James Allworth: The Blessing of Failure — Medium
  • Ben Thompson: Apple Watch: Asking Why and Saying No — Stratechery

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Episode 082 — A Podcast About Podcasts

Ben and James discuss the present and future of podcasts, and how media companies need to take a holistic approach to their businesses.

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  • Ben Thompson: The Future of Podcasts — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Why Web Pages Suck — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Publishers and the Smiling Curve — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Grantland and the (Surprising) Future of Publishing — Stratechery
  • Ezra Klein Show: Ben Thompson on How to Make it in the Media in 2016 — Vox
  • Marco Arment: Apple’s Actual Role in Podcasting: Be Careful What You Wish For — Marco.org
  • Podcasts Surge, but Producers Fear Apple Isn’t Listening — New York Times

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Episode 081 — We Have Always Been at War with Amazon

Ben and James explain why Alexa is an even bigger deal than it seems, and why both Apple and Google should fear Amazon. Plus, why Microsoft’s challenges are only beginning.

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Episode 080 — Multiple Full Circles

Ben and James discuss briefly revisit last week’s discussion on Facebook, then discuss the Peter Thiel versus Gawker affair, and the implications for tech broadly. Then, how culture helps and hurts at Facebook, Apple, Google, and Microsoft.

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  • Ben Thompson: The Real Problem with Facebook and the News — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Peter Thiel, Comic Book Hero — Stratechery (note: this was written after the podcast)
  • When the Most Personal Secrets Get Outed on Facebook — Wall Street Journal
  • Ben Thompson: The Curse of Culture — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Google’s Go-to-Market Gap — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Everything as a Service — Stratechery

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Episode 079 — Twerk the Algorithm

Ben and James discuss the allegations that Facebook is censoring conservative news, and renew their ongoing debate about Facebook’s power. Then, why Google’s current situation is similar to Microsoft, even though the long-term looks good.

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  • Want to Know What Facebook Really Thinks of Journalists? Here’s What Happened When It Hired Some. — Gizmodo
  • Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News — Gizmodo
  • Nilay Patel: Let’s Say Obvious Things About Facebook and Conservative News — The Verge
  • Ben Thompson: The Voters Decide — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Real Problem with Facebook and the News — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Defending Facebook Stratechery Daily Update
  • Nicholas Kristof: A Confession of Liberal Intolerance — New York Times
  • Ben Thompson: Facebook, Phones, and Phonebook — Stratechery
  • James Allworth: The Blessing of Failure — Medium
  • Ben Thompson: Google’s Go-to-Market Gap — Stratechery
  • Steve Yegge: Stevey’s Google Platforms Rant — Google Plus
  • Ben Thompson: Everything as a Service — Stratechery

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Episode 078 — Bending Trees

Ben and James discuss how the world will change, how change happens in companies and society, and debate whether or not we have crossed the rubicon to a new world.

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The web app that Ben mentioned for writing is Draft.

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Episode 077 — Physical Goods

Ben and James follow-up on last week’s Apple services discussion and take a look at Apple’s earnings. Then a discussion of the European Commissions investigation of Google for antitrust, and a debate about how antitrust regulation needs to change, if at all.

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Episode 076 — Apple’s Organization and Services

Ben and James discuss the different types of organizational structures, the benefits Apple gains from having a unitary form, and whether or not the company should make changes to more effectively compete in services.

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Episode 075 — Baby Picture Bots

Ben and James discuss Facebook F8, how the company is trying to own both public and private social, and why Messenger is a good idea, but bots may not be.

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  • Twitter Has Outsized Influence, but It Doesn’t Drive Much Traffic for Most News Orgs, a New Report Says — NiemanLab
  • Ben Thompson: Facebook, Phones, and Phonebooks — Stratechery
  • David Kirkpatric: The Facebook Effect — Simon & Schuster
  • Amir Efrati: Facebook Struggles to Stop Decline in ‘Original’ Sharing — The Information
  • Ben Thompson: Facebook and the Feed — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Problem with Facebook’s Ten-Year Plan, Is BuzzFeed Struggling? — Stratechery Daily Update

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