Seeking Alpha's Weekly Media, Tech, And Finance News Roundup

by: SA Hana Abduljaami

The weekly news roundup covers general media market and business/finance news.

Its purpose is to highlight information relevant to the advertising and marketing environment Seeking Alpha competes in.

This week - GAFA and the data advantage.

I scanned the 2017 news roundup archives and no surprise, GAFA (Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)) was the most covered topic.

These tech behemoths have invaded our personal and professional lives, they have transformed the media business, and they are tipping into the finance space.

According to Swati Bhatt, a Princeton professor who teaches a course on the Economics of the Internet, the advantage these behemoths have is ownership of personal data. The data is self-reinforcing - as a firm transacts, it acquires data; that data is used to customize products and advertise, and this leads to more customers and more data.

Data was the fourth most covered topic in the 2017 roundups; but given its value as it relates to revenue, customers, and the undue power GAFA has across industries and globe, it merits being the most important point of discussion. I look forward to sharing more with you in 2018.

Best wishes for the holiday season and the new year.


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