One primary distributor means extraordinary control. It means you don’t have the option of going to another distributor. There is no other way to reach the market. […]

With its incestuous web of shared investors and board members (key Facebook investors are investors in Twitter; Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is, personally, a long-time Twitter investor), the technology industry itself is unlikely to offer a competitor to Twitter and an alternative for the news industry. Google Reader, a Twitter alternative, is shutting down on 1 July.

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