Anti-trust pressure mounts for tech giants
The AFR reported that the size of the tech giants, such as Google and Amazon, is becoming a problem in terms of fair competition. On Thursday, Amazon reported a revenue jump of 39% to US$52.9 billion (almost double analyst predictions) for the quarter ending June 30. A few days earlier, Google's parent company Alphabet posted quarterly revenue of US$32.7 billion. For perspective, BHP has annual revenue of around US$50 billion. Now it seems like the regulators are closing in. This week, a prominent Amazon critic named Lina Khan joined the office of the US Federal Trade Commissioner as part of the office's increasing scrutiny of tech companies from a competition point of view. Khan's central question will be: how do competition laws need to change to reflect the "realities of how dominant firms acquire and exercise power in the internet economy?"