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Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods is further evidence of its plan to corner the market on retail. It’s about consolidation, not innovation. In fact, controlling...

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What If Every Kid Got A Computer?

When the BBC recently announced the rollout of a program to give every 11 year old in the U.K. a mini-computing device (the micro:bit), it had...

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The Oldest Innovation: Monopoly

Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods is further evidence of its plan to corner the market on retail. It’s about consolidation, not innovation. In fact, controlling...