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I imagine this thoughtful piece by Hunch founder Chris Dixon is aimed equally at Twitter and Apple. (Although using the words “Apple” and “transparency” in the same context is challenging.) In his post, Dixon argues that platform suppliers can reduce the risk for their ecosystem by being transparent on product direction, so apps can avoid being subsumed by the creator. He notes that this is especially tricky for platforms that have yet to define their own revenue model. Lots of companies are making big bets on relatively new platforms, and unpleasant surprises could drive them to other sugar daddies. Google may be a bit flaky on product management, and it certainly guards its algorithm secrets, but at least it’s fairly obvious how it makes its money. Even Facebook and Microsoft usually give fair warning.

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