Which will be the first $1 trillion company – Amazon, Apple or Google?

Which will be the first $1 trillion company – Amazon, Apple or Google? Which company are institutional investors betting on to become the first $1 trillion company? We find out in our top story in this week’s subscription roundup. We then put on our prediction hat and look at where Amazon may be heading next after healthcare. Moving on, Facebook has launched an interesting video feature which Netflix may also want soon. Lastly, we look at why healthcare is a great bet for the subscription industry.

 

And the first $1 trillion company is…

In a recently held event co-hosted by CNBC, an intuitional investor poll has revealed that most of them are betting on Amazon to trump Apple and Alphabet (Google’s parent company) to become the first $1 trillion company. Amazon currently has a market cap of $888 billion compared with Apple’s $949 billion and Alphabet’s $870 billion. It is not surprising to see this investor interest in Amazon; it is one of the most iconic tech companies which has built diverse revenue streams right from e-commerce to Amazon Web Services and Amazon Prime.

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What is Amazon’s next move?

After surprising us by entering the prescription drug industry, where could Amazon be heading next? According to analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., the company may have its sights set on the finance industry. Analysts believe that its huge customer base, which includes 100 million Prime subscribers, gives it access to a large amount of data and reputation clout, all of which could be leveraged to disrupt the financial industry. One of Amazon’s biggest rivals, Alibaba, already has a well-established presence in the sector. Last year, there were also reports that Amazon may be entering the cryptocurrency space

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Facebook launches group watching feature for videos

In a bid to improve the video experience on its platform, Facebook has launched Watch Party – a feature that allows multiple users to watch a video simultaneously. Facebook has nicely combined its social elements in this feature as it allows people to comment and react on a synced stream. The video host has the ability to add videos to the watch queue and control playback. Lots of people have requested a similar feature from Netflix as well – they want to have the option of watching something with friends and family even if they are not physically present with them. Facebook says that it built this feature to make video streaming become an experience rather than a passive action.

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Healthcare industry ripe for disruption through subscriptions?

Subscriptions have been embraced by many traditional industries, but the model does not have an overwhelming presence in the healthcare industry. While concepts like concierge medicine and direct primary care do exist, there is a lot of room for subscriptions to grow in this space. A big part of preventive healthcare such as routine check-ups, scans and nutrition can all be migrated to the subscription billing model.

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Also read: Is Walmart the next to launch a subscription video streaming service?


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