The dumbest lumping of Facebook & Apple I’ve seen yet

From Troy Wolverton in Business Insider: Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon have too much power — so it’s time for regulators to take on tech’s titans.

Their power is having negative effects in a wide range of areas. Facebook’s and Google’s duopoly control of digital advertising is helping to kill off much of the publishing industry. Facebook’s unprecedented scale and the sheer amount of data it has on its users have made it a target for propaganda artists seeking to influence national elections.

At the same time, Amazon’s growing market dominance is undermining the traditional brick-and-mortar retail industry. Apple is siphoning off nearly all of the profits in the smartphone industry, hindering other companies’ ability to innovate or compete.

My take: Where to start? Apple doesn’t destroy jobs, it creates them—by the hundreds of thousands. It doesn’t hollow out shopping malls, it attracts foot traffic wherever it opens a store. And if the Androids don’t like competing in the smartphone industry Apple created, who’s to blame for that?

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  1. David Drinkwater said:

    “Apple is siphoning off nearly all of the profits in the smartphone industry, hindering other companies’ ability to innovate or compete.”

    In agreement with Philip, the above statement is a bit of a non sequitur. Apple is making profits by investing heavily in itself and its new technologies. Its competitors could choose to do that, too, but they don’t: they aim to make margin by being cheap, rather than by being profitable.

    The “logical lumping”, is, of course, obvious – and lazy: the author takes the extended FAANGs and drops Netflix … because nobody seems to be talking much about Netflix much these days, except as a tooth in the FAANGs. Interestingly, NFLX is up about 100% YOY at yesterday’s market close. Go figure!

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    • Peter Kropf said:

      “And if the Androids don’t like competing in the smartphone industry Apple created, who’s to blame for that?”

      Brilliant!!!!!

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  2. Fred Stein said:

    Surely we heard the same critiques of the Medici during the Renaissance.

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    • David Emery said:

      Don’t let the Fuggers get you down!

      (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun.)

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  3. William Kortum said:

    The gripe I’ve got with Facebook & Google is that they’ve gobbled up much of traditional media’s advertising income, but they are not providing edited or curated content. Providing editing would mean less money for the internet giants, but it would also provide jobs for editors and professional journalists, whose absence caused problems with our last presidential election.

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