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Spanish journalist Marimar Jiménez, of financial daily Cinco Días, contacted me about the US Department of Justice’s antitrust lawsuit against Google, which I wrote about the day it was about to be made public, (without having read it) citing an article I wrote seven years ago (when I was writing only in Spanish), and commenting that the lawsuit was at least seven years too late.

After reading the lawsuit, I reaffirm my initial impressions: there is absolutely no doubt that Google has behaved like a monopoly, something we have known for many years and that I have written about. The European Union has been very clear on several occasions and has not hesitated to sanction the company for it, but unfortunately, as John Naughton says on The Guardian, the US DoJ’s first lawsuit against Google does not use any of the arguments put forward by the European Union: it’s as if it lived on another planet. …


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IMAGE: 政徳 吉田 — Pixabay (CC0)

An article in Fast Company, “Zoom towns are exploding in the West”, reports on migration between large cities in the western United States and small towns close to tourist sites, ski resorts or natural parks, the so-called gateway communities.

Zoomtowns, the name of the new phenomenon, references the boomtowns of old with the impact of the pandemic on the possibility of working from home or anywhere with a reasonable internet connection.

The movement of people who can afford to do so because they can afford to, or because they work for companies with long-term work-from-home policies, puts pressure on host communities due to gentrification: towns and smaller cities often lack the services and infrastructure required to meet the new and growing demand, property prices rise rapidly, and many of the people who traditionally lived in them, in many cases serving nearby tourist attractions, are virtually driven out by the price increases, forcing them to move away from the places where they work. …

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Enrique Dans

Professor of Innovation at IE Business School and blogger at enriquedans.com

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