Innovation Requires Market Enablement


In this age of tech industry consolidation, one has to wonder what will happen with the pace of innovation as a few large companies begin to dominate. In personal computers, the WinTel marriage continues to control the technology, while Dell, HP and Lenovo control the devices. Similarly, in smartphones, Apple and Samsung, which both design their own chips and devices, dominate the market, especially in North America. It is natural for market leaders to emerge as technologies and markets mature. However, that maturity often is accompanied by a change in the strategy of key players.

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Avago to acquire major Apple supplier Broadcom for $37 billion

The trend toward consolidation in the semiconductor industry continued Thursday with the announcement that Avago will acquire rival Broadcom — a longtime supplier of communications chips to Apple — in a $37 billion cash-and-stock transaction that values the combined company at $77 billion.



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AT&T Catches a Wave


Industry consolidation seems to come in waves, and the next wave seems to be starting. Together, AT&T and DirecTV will be a strong new competitor in the pay-television space. That’s great. Unless traditional cable-TV companies get their act together, this merger could be another nail in their coffin. This is a busy time in the industry. If we pull the camera back and take a longer-term look, however, we see a much clearer picture. In the 1990s, cable TV, telephone and wireless companies were smaller, and they competed in different sectors.

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