This week in GAFAnomics #28

Facebook gets your WhatsApp data / 5 years of Tim Cook / Best companies = best employees

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Facebook-owned messaging giant WhatsApp has announced a big change to its privacy policy: it will share some user data with its parent company — including for ad-targeting purposes. 
Facebook is in the business of monetizing usage via interest-based advertising fed by the personal data of its users. By crossing data between their 3 major social networks, they are making sure they have the most precise data to monetize. — Curated by Joachim Renaudin

Five Years of Tim Cook’s Apple in Charts: more R&D, more China, more iPhones, more services (Apple Music, TV…), less secrecy… But still a breakthrough successful product to launch! — Curated by Louis Moullard

Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon are not only among the world’s largest market capitalisation, GAFA are also the best companies at attracting and retaining the best talents. Magnificent campuses, high wages, stock options, strong corporate culture…GAFA are investing in their employees to stay at the top. This fact is key to their ongoing success, enabling them to innovate continuously to reinvent their companies. — Curated by Guilain de Pous

Ride-hailing giant Uber lost $1.27 billion in the first six months of 2016. Losses are mostly due to Uber’s growth in emerging markets where it largely subsidize drivers to reach sufficient scale. After Uber’s retreat in China, losses will probably shrink next semester…except if Uber decides to double down on other markets. 
Uber’s strategy is still growth > profits: the company is on track to reach $5 billion in revenues in 2016, up from $2 billion last year… still growing at startup speed! — Curated by Joachim Renaudin


Talking about Uber… check out below our study about Uber’s viral growth model! That’s all for this week, but follow us for more news about GAFAnomics next week!

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