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Money Talks

The massive deal for Bethesda exposes the fallacy of ownership and the anxiety of a giant

Illustration: Delcan & Co. and Chanyu Chen

Money Talks is a column that explores what happens when business, the economy, and culture collide.

What’s $7.5 billion between friends? That’s been the general reaction of the gaming and business press to the news last week that Microsoft will be spending that sum to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent…

No Mercy No Malice

The Chinese will not be bullied into selling a global internet asset on the cheap

CNN: “Section4, the online education startup founded by NYU professor Scott Galloway, is in discussions to acquire TikTok.”

It. Could. Happen.

Hey, why not? The probability that Section4 will absorb the social platform is only slightly less likely than Microsoft or Twitter, or anybody else acquiring it. Expect several other…

Microsoft has been strangely absent from the battle to win over new video chat users

A photo of the front of an empty Microsoft store.
A man walks in front of the Microsoft store on April 30, 2020 in New York City. Photo: Eduardo MunozAlvarez/VIEWpress/Getty Images

With Zoom saddled by latent cybersecurity and privacy weaknesses, Google recognized an opportunity to accelerate into a new leadership position in the videoconferencing market. It quickly used its software engineering might to mirror Zoom’s capabilities and made Google Meet available to all free Gmail subscribers beginning in May. But where’s…

Under Analysis

The bulls didn’t want to talk — so here’s what a bear analyst thinks about Slack’s chances in the marketplace

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Under Analysis is a Marker column where experts and analysts weigh in on a prominent company’s future prospects. Today, Dan Ives of Wedbush lays out the bear case for Slack.

Slack has become an object lesson for what can happen — even if you are a popular, widely used unicorn…

Illustration: Shira Inbar

How the professional platform became a site that millions of people check every day — even when they’re not looking for a job

Like most people, Goldie Chan turned to LinkedIn because she was out of work.

It was the end of 2017, and after years of working in digital marketing, she was taking a one-month sabbatical before she figured out what to do next. Scrolling through her LinkedIn feed, which at the…

Microsoft’s turnaround came only after some hard but crucial decisions by the CEO

Satya Nadell
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Satya Nadella was recently named Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year. It’s well-deserved. I’m old enough to remember Microsoft as being sort of like the Star Wars franchise: It started off great, then had a really rough middle patch, and now it’s back on track in a big way.

But Microsoft’s…

I was the first CTO at Hulu, and our obsessive early strategy was a lot like the famous general’s ‘main attack’ theory of war and politics

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When Apple reported Q3 earnings this past July, they once again set an all-time high in services revenue at $11.46 billion — their fourth consecutive quarter of all-time revenue highs from their services business. Apple’s services strategy has been years in the making, but also recently become more prominently discussed…


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