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g-f(2)108 THE BIG PICTURE OF THE DIGITAL AGE, WSJ, How Big Tech Got Even Bigger


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Technology giants such as Alphabet, Amazon and Apple are more dominant than a year ago thanks to a greater reliance on their services during the pandemic. The forces propelling them to new heights are expected to outlast Covid-19.
  • The tech industry’s titans were already huge before Covid-19, the subject of soaring valuations and snowballing antitrust investigations. The pandemic has only made them bigger. A lot bigger.
  • Even amid one of the most punishing economic downturns on record, spending surged on computers, videogames, online retail, cloud-computing services and digital advertising.
  • The result was dizzying growth for some of the largest corporations in history—and for their stock prices.


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  • Technology giants such as Alphabet, Amazon and Apple are more dominant than a year ago thanks to a greater reliance on their services during the pandemic. The forces propelling them to new heights are expected to outlast Covid-19.
    • The tech industry’s titans were already huge before Covid-19, the subject of soaring valuations and snowballing antitrust investigations. The pandemic has only made them bigger. A lot bigger.
    • Even amid one of the most punishing economic downturns on record, spending surged on computers, videogames, online retail, cloud-computing services and digital advertising.
    • The result was dizzying growth for some of the largest corporations in history—and for their stock prices.
  • At a time when companies such as airlines and bricks-and-mortar retailers struggled to survive, combined revenue for the five biggest U.S. tech companies— Apple Inc., AAPL -0.31%, Microsoft Corp. , Amazon.com Inc., AMZN 0.63%, Google-parent Alphabet Inc., and Facebook Inc. FB 0.60% —grew by a fifth, to $1.1 trillion. Their aggregate profit rose an even faster 24%. And their combined market capitalization soared by half over the past year to a staggering $8 trillion.
  • Their economic sway expanded in other ways, too, including employment: Amazon alone added 500,000 new workers in a single year, roughly equivalent to the entire population of Atlanta.
  • Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella has said that he expects spending on technology to double to 10% of gross domestic product from its current level of 5%. This month he said he now expects that to happen even faster.

Category 2: The Big Picture of the Digital Age

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How Big Tech Got Even Bigger, The staff of The Wall Street Journal, February 6, 2021, The Wall Street Journal, WSJ.

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