When Big Tech Buys Your Darlings

 wired.com  11/08/2019 17:36:54 

Given all the criticism, mistrust, and investigations that have been levied at Facebook in the past couple years, one might think that they would want to lie low for a while. Instead, Facebook has decided to rebrand to be as prominent as possible across the various apps it owns. In a similar flex of brand might, Google recently bought health tracking company Fitbit in a bid to expand its reach into wearable tech. But what happens to the customers of these smaller companies when their overlords tighten the reins? Is this just marketing, or does the fundamental experience change?

On this week's episode of the Gadget Lab, we hold a conversation about how Big Tech is taking over disparate products and what that means for the people who use them.

Show Notes

Read Arielles story about the rebranding of Facebook (sorry: F A C E B O O K) here. Read Louise Matsakiss story about Googles acquisition of Fitbit here, and check out Laurens story about what it all means for the future of wearables here. Listen to the full Marketplace episode with Fitbit CEO James Park here.

Recommendations

Lauren recommends an interview with Edward Snowden on the Recode Decode podcast. Mike recommends The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook by Americas Test Kitchen. Arielle recommends Leuchtturm1917 notebooks.

Lauren Goode can be found on Twitter @LaurenGoode. Arielle Pardes is @pardesoteric. Michael Calore is @snackfight. Bling the main hotline at @GadgetLab. Our theme music is by Solar Keys.

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