Techdirt Podcast Episode 198: Life Without The Tech Giants

from the experimentation dept

One of the most common responses to various complaints about giant tech companies is that you can just not use their products and services. Many people have pointed out just how difficult that would really be, but Gizmodo's Kashmir Hill decided to try it for real: she cut Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple out of her life for a week each, followed by a week without any of them. Her report on that final, empty week is coming out soon, but in the mean time she joins us on the podcast to talk about what it's like to live without big tech.

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Filed Under: kashmir hill, podcast, technology
Companies: amazon, apple, facebook, google, microsoft


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    Ninja (profile), 6 Feb 2019 @ 4:49am

    You can live without Facebook and Microsoft although you need to take some steps (ie: Linux and block their IPs in your router and so on) but blocking Google and Amazon break parts of the web but Google is less pervasive. None of them is as dominant as Amazon with their CDN infrastructure. Amazon is the evil Buy 'n Large (Wall-e) for sure. And they admit quite openly they want to be the whole retail chain an crush the competition completely.

    People whine about Facebook and Google but the real threat lies elsewhere.


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