By Michael Linsley-SmithThe world is a much less noisy place than we think, and a lot of the noise is coming from the very small number of big players who have a big influence on how the world thinks and works.
The UK-based research firm ICM has compiled a list of media conglomerates and their holdings in a bid to give you a sense of what they are doing, how they are spending money, and what kinds of deals they are trying to make.
Here are the biggest media conglomerats in the world:As you can see from the list, there are some pretty big names on this list.
They include Amazon (AMZN), Amazon UK (AMZA), Apple (AAPL), AT&T (T), Baidu (BIDU), Facebook (FB), Disney (DIS), Google (GOOG), Google TV (GTV), Microsoft (MSFT), Pixar (PIXAR), Netflix (NFLX), Amazon Prime (AMAZON), and Microsoft (MASTER).
There are also a couple of smaller media conglomeratys that are worth a glance.
VLC Media, which owns the popular VLC Media Player, is a video and audio player owned by Sony.
The group is one of the largest players in the video and video-on-demand (VOD) market, with about 1.2 billion monthly active users.
VLC is also owned by Microsoft, which has bought the streaming services giant for $500m in 2015.
Microsoft has been spending a lot in recent years on acquisitions.
In 2017, the company acquired YouTube, its most popular online video platform, for $970m.
The acquisition also included the acquisition of Snap, which was then spun off into a separate company.
Microsoft also bought Oculus VR, a VR-based virtual reality headset, for around $1bn.
In 2018, Microsoft bought the music streaming service Spotify for $140m, making it one of Spotify’s largest acquisitions in history.
Spotify has since gone on to buy SoundCloud for $3bn.
It has also recently acquired Beats Music, which made music streaming one of its key business areas.
In 2018 Microsoft bought video streaming service Twitch, which is owned by Google.
Twitch had more than 1 billion monthly video views as of the end of March.
On the software side, there’s a couple that have a lot going on in terms of hardware and software development.
Apple has been acquiring Apple devices and apps, such as Siri and Maps.
Apple has also bought Apple Music, a streaming music service, for about $3.6bn.
Microsoft has also been building its own apps.
The company is building a new version of its Word app, which Microsoft bought for $300m in 2017.
Microsoft has invested in a number of other companies, including Apple Music and Amazon Prime Video, which together make up about 3.5% of the US market.
As you might expect, Google has a lot to worry about in terms and tech investments.
The search giant has spent a lot on hardware acquisitions, including the acquisition in 2018 of Beats Electronics for $2bn.
Google has also spent a great deal of money on software acquisitions, which includes the purchase of Google Glass in 2018.
Google has also invested in artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Its machine learning program, DeepMind, has created artificial intelligence systems that have helped Google’s search results improve.
Microsoft also has invested heavily in its cloud services.
The Redmond company has been buying Azure and its Azure cloud services, which offer a range of services including business data centers, databases, and analytics.
Microsoft recently acquired a number Google services including the Google Analytics platform, Google Drive, Google Cloud Platform, and Google Cloud Services.
Finally, there is also the matter of Apple Watch.
The smartwatch has become a significant revenue generator for Apple, and has already overtaken Android as the biggest smartphone vendor.
The Apple Watch has already been on sale for $399, and is expected to sell for around £1,000 by the end.