Intelligencia Blog

Aimed at entrepreneurs and C-level executives the Intelligencia Blog is a rolling commentary on the latest news, industry trends and outlook. Join serial dot-com entrepreneur and investor Robert J Phillips as he navigates items of interest across the platform economy.

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Facebook

Facebook sues ILikeAd, alleges ad fraud

Reuters – Facebook Inc on Thursday sued a Hong Kong company that it said baited people into clicking on celebrities’ photos and bogus advertising links, so it could install malware and run ads for counterfeit goods, diet pills and male en...

Should governments regulate social media platforms, as a means to prevent election manipulation?
Tesla

Survey: consumers are divided on electric and self-driving cars

Reuters – Automakers, ride-hailing and tech companies plowing money into the development of electric, self-driving and shared car services will find more enthusiastic consumers in China than in Europe and the US, a survey on Thursday showed.

Libra

European Union agrees tough line on digital currencies

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Private digital currencies like Facebook’s Libra should not be allowed in the European Union until the risks they could pose are clearly addressed, EU finance ministers agreed on Thursday.

Google

Union accuses Google of illegally firing workers to stifle unionism

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The Communications Workers of America union filed a federal labor charge against Alphabet Inc’s Google on Thursday, accusing the company of unlawfully firing four employees to deter workers from engaging in union...

Big Tech

Big Tech faces growing number of US probes

Reuters – Big tech companies such as Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc’s Google, Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc face a slew of US antitrust probes by the federal government, state attorneys general and Congress.

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Waymo

Waymo expands app to iPhone devices in Phoenix

Alphabet-owned ride-hailing company Waymo has now stated that its iOS app will now be available to iPhone users in the metro Phoenix area of Arizona. The move by the company, which was founded back in 2009 as Google’s Project Chauffeur represents ano...

Uber driver

Uber to offer courier services for retail businesses?

Dara Khosrowshahi, the Chief Executive of Uber Technologies Inc mentioned at a meeting on Wednesday that the ride hailing company could extend its existing food delivery business to offer courier services for other retail businesses.

Amazon

Amazon faces US antitrust scrutiny on cloud business: Bloomberg

Reuters – U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has broadened its scrutiny of Amazon.com Inc beyond retail operations to include its cloud-computing business, Bloomberg on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Google CEO

Under Pichai, Alphabet’s moonshot projects may face more scrutiny

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alphabet’s leadership change has some investors hoping that the owner of Google will take a hard look at the cash-burning ventures championed by its founders.