Vendors like Google will lift prices while they still have pricing power. If you are a YouTube Premium Family Plan member you received an email yesterday stating that plan pricing would increase from $17.99/month to $22.99/month on or after November 21st of this year. My guess is that you will see Technology companies both on … Continue reading Google Hikes YouTube Premium Prices 28%
The Metaverse becoming reality is at least a decade away if not 20-25 years away. The Metaverse as we imagine it is one with rich graphics, hundreds of millions of users and billions of online transactions. There are two primary obstacles preventing this reality: The Metaverse suffers from poor graphics. Content companies including Meta Platforms/Facebook … Continue reading The Metaverse Is At Least A Decade Away
We have previously written that it would make sense for Apple (AAPL) to acquire Disney (DIS). Apple and Disney could certainly hold informal talks now, but a letter of intent, formal due diligence and the purchase agreement negotiation would all have to wait until there is a new Administration in the White House in my … Continue reading Apple + Disney
Google finally combined its Google Wallet and G-Pay apps within the U.S. with Wallet as the surviving app. Google Wallet digests G-Pay. Wallet is the surviving app and enables users to retain G-Pay's NFC payments (cardless payments), capability. In addition, Wallet enables users to include other cardless transaction types such as loyalty cards, gift cards, … Continue reading Google Is Getting Its Payments Act Together
Amazon (ticker: AMZN), announced that it plans to acquire healthcare provider One Medical (ticker: ONEM), for approximately $3.9 billion. Some of the analysis we have seen misses the big picture. One Medical has approximately 180 clinics: Amazon could incorporate additional clinics into its Whole Foods and Amazon Fresh locations, thereby growing the number of consumer … Continue reading Amazon’s One Medical Acquisition – Analysts Are Missing The Boat
Pinterest has a new CEO. Google needs to simplify its Payments strategy. The two are related. On June 4th we wrote (article HERE), that Google's Payments strategy is confusing given the company's three-pronged approach to consumer-facing payment apps - Google Pay, G-Pay and Google Wallet. Much of our surprise was due to the fact that … Continue reading What Does Pinterest’s New CEO Mean for Google?
Google search term "recession" made a new peak this week as compared to other periods over the past 12 months per the graphic below. Source: Google Trends; TEK2day
Our criticism of Apple (AAPL) and its CEO Tim Cook typically focuses on the fact that Apple does not move swiftly enough as it relates to new market opportunities. Financial Services and Healthcare are two such examples. Back in 2018 we wrote a well-received article entitled Apple Is Well-Positioned to Lead A Consumer-Driven Healthcare Revolution. … Continue reading Apple Health – What’s The Holdup?
Google's customer-facing payments execution is confusing. One must drill down to understand the difference between Google Pay, G Pay and Google Wallet. Further, Google's strategy for each of its FinTech apps differs by geography. Google's confusing positioning is surprising to us given that we have the utmost respect for Bill Ready who leads Google's Payments … Continue reading Google Pay, G Pay, Google Wallet, Oh My!
It is only logical that the leading smartphone company (Apple) and the leading AI company (Google) are increasingly designing more of their own silicon which is optimized for each company's respective products and services. Tickers mentioned: AAPL, AMZN, AVGO, GOOG, INTC, QCOM, SWKS Think of the iPhone and Google's Pixel phone. Every feature, every application, … Continue reading Platform Companies Will Increasingly Design Proprietary Silicon