The Problem With a 5-Star Review

Called “reputation inflation,” too many 5-star ratings for a good or a service or a restaurant become increasingly meaningless.

Back to the Future: Standard Oil and Amazon?

Today’s “Back to the Future” looks back to the 1911 Standard Oil Supreme Court breakup decision and then at Amazon’s antitrust concerns.

May 2021 Friday’s e-links: From Big Tech to Two Great Books

For this month’s first three e-links, we recommend some learning and lots of pleasure through one big tech article and two mysteries.

May 2021 Friday’s e-links: From Big Tech to a Great Detective

For this month’s first two e-links, we recommend some learning and some relaxation through a big tech article and a detective series.

May 2021 Friday’s e-links: A Big Tech Graphic

For May’s e-links, we begin with a Washington Post article that presents a graphic history of big tech that shows how they grew so large.

What We Might Not Know About Big Tech

Comparing the companies called big tech, we can see the similar ways that they grew, diversified, and became increasingly powerful.

When It’s Tough to Calculate the Cost of An Internet Tax

After the Supreme Court said any state could charge internet taxes, the decision rippled across small, large, local, and remote businesses.

Nike’s Amazon Problem

Nike’s Amazon problem related to the difficulty that most big brands would have with losing power at the Everything Store.

Throwback Thursday: Was Sears, Roebuck the First Amazon?

#TBT: Through the amazingly similar prefabricated houses that they both have sold, we can see why Amazon has been called the new Sears, Roebuck.

Throwback Thursday: Remembering Standard Oil When We Look Forward to Amazon

#TBT: Today’s Throwback Thursday looks back to why Standard Oil was divided into 34 companies by the Supreme Court in 1911 and then forward to Amazon.