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New documents expose Facebook – again

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This column was first published in SvD Näringsliv, in Swedish, on September 17th, 2021. Human trafficking. Drug cartels. Teenage girls getting body image issues. Internal documents reveal how Facebook has been alerted to its problems – and ignored them. Now the company is facing another crisis of confidence. When Facebook – the world’s largest social network – began crisis management after the Cambridge Analytica scandal in 2018, they made a somewhat ironic media choice. To reach […]

Tiktok’s superpower – a nightmare for Xi Jinping

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This column was first published in SvD Näringsliv, in Swedish, on September 16th, 2021. While the Chinese authorities are pushing their tech companies hard, a silent revolution is taking place at the same time. Tiktok, Shein and Tencent pose a serious challenge to American tech giants – but their success is perhaps also their biggest Achilles heel. “I think we should talk to them. If nothing else to make it more expensive for Yahoo.” It’s entertaining […]

Facebook’s glasses: an unusually bad idea

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This column was first published in SvD Näringsliv, in Swedish, on September 11th, 2021. A new book about Facebook describes a company that puts growth above everything else. When they now release a pair of sunglasses with a built-in camera, it enhances the image of a company that wants to be everything, for everyone, at almost any price. Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook, sat in her conference room and received bad news. It did […]

Apple’s concessions are too late

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This column was first published in SvD Näringsliv, in Swedish, on September 2nd, 2021. Developers and legislators around the world are questioning Apple’s business model. Slowly, the company has been forced to back down. But the latest concession will not solve the big app conflict. “Once we are making over $1B a year in profit from the App Store, is that enough to think about a model where we ratchet down from 70/30 to 75/25 or […]

The crypto hype has reached Lionel Messi’s pockets

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This column was first published in SvD Näringsliv, in Swedish, on August 28th, 2021. When Leo Messi closed the door on FC Barcelona, another one opened wide – and it shows that Silicon Valley is currently tearing down old structures in sport. One of the many ways he is compensated is through the club’s own cryptocurrency. “Bartomeu was plugging holes in the short term and mortgaging the club in the long term. That leaves us a […]

Tech giants just the first to get aligned in China

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This column was first published in SvD Näringsliv, in Swedish, on August 20th, 2021. Contribute to the state’s goals – or suffer the consequences. This is the message that the Chinese state has recently sent to the country’s tech companies. Fears are now being raised that the same harsh stance will spread to more sectors. 50 billion yuan – about 7,75 billion dollars – will be invested to revive the countryside and raise wages for Chinese […]

Crypto world shaken after million dollar theft

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This column was first published in SvD Näringsliv, in Swedish, on August 13th, 2021. This week’s million dollar theft of cryptocurrency has shaken the financial world. The theft comes in the middle of a major discussion about increased regulation of cryptocurrencies, writes SvD’s tech analyst Björn Jeffery, and clarifies the crossroads the industry is facing. Imagine the following scenario: A bank is robbed of 610 million dollars. The next day, the robbers decide to give back […]

China to the tech giants: Contribute or be punished

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This column was first published in SvD Näringsliv, in Swedish, on August 6th, 2021. China’s attacks on the country’s own tech giants look like attacks on an entire sector, but behind it is a more conceived idea, writes SvD’s tech analyst Björn Jeffery. If companies do not contribute to China’s national goals, they are in a risky position. “To get rich is glorious.” That quote is often attributed to Deng Xiaoping, the man who was China’s […]

How Apple’s ideals in China collapse

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This column was first published in SvD Näringsliv, in Swedish, on June 28th, 2021. A new service from Apple is intended to protect privacy. But it also exposes one of the IT giant’s biggest challenges right now – choosing a path in China, where they are squeezed between the country’s exercise of power and its own ideals. Happy and confident, Apple CEO Tim Cook stepped up to the podium in Washington DC. The year was 2015 […]

Future worries causes Visa to pump billions into Tink

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This column was first published in SvD Näringsliv, in Swedish, on June 24th, 2021. The Swedish company Tink has 18 billion reasons to thank the US Department of Justice. Their stopping of Visa’s intended deal with the similar company Plaid laid the foundation for today’s giant acquisition. Al Kelly, CEO of the card company Visa, seems to know what he wants. In 1.5 years, he has tried to make two billion dollar deals of a very […]