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Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Hungry Hungry Tech

Hungry Hungry Tech: As large tech companies continue to come under the spotlight for possible anti-competitive practices, the question of just how big is too big continues to be asked. This nifty infographic, compiled using data from the Economist and Bloomberg, shows exactly why. The big five — Amazon, Apple, Alphabet, Facebook and Microsoft — are shown gobbling up a host of smaller companies over a 10 year period. Visualized this way, Facebook’s USD 1 bn acquisition of Instagram in 2012 looks positively miniscule, especially beside Microsoft’s USD 24 bn acquisition of LinkedIn in 2016. But all pale in comparison to the cumulative value of these five giants: a whopping USD 4.2 tn, which represents one-seventh of the total stock market value of the US.

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