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Competitor War On Amazon Is Heating Up

Discussion in 'Computers, Science & Technology' started by Judge, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. Judge

    Judge Well-Known Member

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    Be careful of what proprietary technologies you use- or even purchase...

    (Reuters) - A rare public spat in the technology industry escalated on Tuesday when Google said it would block its video streaming application YouTube from two Amazon.com Inc devices and criticized the online retailer for not selling Google hardware.

    The feud is the latest in Silicon Valley to put customers in the crossfire of major competitors. Amazon and Google, which is owned by Alphabet Inc, square off in many areas, from cloud computing and online search, to selling voice-controlled gadgets like the Google Home and Amazon Echo Show.

    Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices, escalating spat
     
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    Notice the patent on amazons 1- click ended recently.

    So other competitors should be able to change their checkout process.
     
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    But...but I lurned in skoo that competition was supposed to bring about lower prices and better products.

    Do you mean to tell me that Google intends to make a liar out of Mrs. Mellanger? Because limiting the functionality of products as a direct result of competition for market share doesn't sound like a better product at all.
     
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  4. Judge

    Judge Well-Known Member

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    Maybe if Mrs. Mellanger plays her future cards right, she'll encounter John D. Rockefellar's head under glass to set her straight about such things. :p
     
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  6. Judge

    Judge Well-Known Member

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    Reflecting not who makes a better mousetrap, but rather who markets their mousetrap better. o_O

    Corporate manipulation of the market rather than simply meeting the demands of consumers with the best products. Where the best products don't necessarily succeed- or dominate in the marketplace. :eek:
     
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    Tell Ms. Mellanger that only works in a true free market capitalist economy, something the US hasn't seen in a long time.
     
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    It’s like you can see reality!!!! Be careful making sense though. They’re listening and they don’t like it.
     
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    Meh, Google or Amazon don't make HD TV sets, if I want a new TV, as I might do next year at some point, I'll buy one from Curry's, possibly a "Smart" device with YouTube and Netflix and all that boggins built in.
     
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    Judge Well-Known Member

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    True. With only the courts who get in their way. But in the present judicial/political environment they may not necessarily deliberate anything truly in favor of the consumers either.

    These are mega-corporations capable of the most aggressive acquisitions and mergers just to control and dominate any market if they really want to. Including what Internet features may or may not be on your future "smart" tv. Yeah, they have that kind of muscle they can flex if they really choose. A scary proposition if left legally unchecked. And we all know how the FTC and the SEC inconsistently operates in terms of protecting consumers.

    Luckily so far all this amounts to is a "shot fired across the bow of Amazon by Google". Whether it escalates into another type of corporate "format war" remains to be seen. But then Beta versus VHS, or HD versus Blu-Ray aren't conflicts that are so old that none of us recall them. Then consider just how much bigger Google and Amazon are compared to JVC, Sony and Toshiba.

    How dare Walmart not sell Amazon gift cards! Why do they do such a thing? - Because THEY can. ;)

    List of mergers and acquisitions by Alphabet - Wikipedia
     
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    Or countries, recall seeing an interview with the person who initially decided what canadians should see or not see. Censorship on a grand scale.

    The Canadian broadcasting industry, including all programming services (over-the-air or otherwise) and all distributors, is regulated in regards to ownership and content by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), which in most cases issues licenses for each such operation. The CRTC issues licenses pursuant to Canadian laws and the Commission's own regulations and conditions of license, which regulate such matters as Canadian content, domestic ownership and accessibility issues such as closed captioning.

    Among other regulations, all Canadian broadcasters and distributors must be at least 80% owned and controlled by Canadian citizens; also, all conventional stations, and most established specialty services, are required to air a majority of Canadian content, both throughout its schedule and in its prime time schedule.
     
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    Indeed. There's no better monopoly than one created through socialism and/or nationalism. But then the very concept of "free markets" is a myth, often perpetuated by the same people who still claim the "American Dream" is an obtainable reality as well. Go figure.

    Even the term "global economy" is practically an oxymoron in this regard. Most international agreements are based on leverage of some kind. Never any belief in truly "free trade" or "a level playing field".

    With multinational corporations operating on a similar premise. Everyone- whether public or private wants to dominate a market as much as they can get away with it. Regardless of ideological beliefs which can span the political and economic spectrum.

    Sadly though dominating a market doesn't necessarily translate into the best products prevailing in the marketplace either. As many of us know firsthand. :eek:
     
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    Another recent, yet interesting article on Amazon as one of the "mega-corporations" of our time. Who in some ways may be "getting too big for its britches".

    Most corporations settle spats with their competitor waged in aggressive lawsuits. However it's worth noting that it isn't their only recourse in getting what they want. With corporate entities so powerful, who can potentially and unconditionally dictate to the marketplace, there's no telling what they might do to win their battles and campaigns in the marketplace.

    I'm afraid in their case as much as Von Clausewitz was referring to nations, this may apply to certain business entities as well: "War is the continuation of state policy- by other means". "Other means" indeed.

    Amazon is running its own hunger games – and all the players will be losers