Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tech’s ‘Frightful 5’ Will Dominate Digital Life for Foreseeable Future - The New York Times

The Gang of Four => the Frightful Five

"Indeed, the Frightful Five are so well-protected against start-ups that in most scenarios, the rise of new companies only solidifies their lead.

Consider that Netflix hosts its movies on Amazon’s cloud, and Google’s venture capital arm has a huge investment in Uber. Or consider all the in-app payments that Apple and Google get from their app stores, and all the marketing dollars that Google and Facebook reap from start-ups looking to get you to download their stuff.

This gets to the core of the Frightful Five’s indomitability. They have each built several enormous technologies that are central to just about everything we do with computers. In tech jargon, they own many of the world’s most valuable “platforms” — the basic building blocks on which every other business, even would-be competitors, depend."
Tech’s ‘Frightful 5’ Will Dominate Digital Life for Foreseeable Future - The New York Times
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