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Another area where Apple does not rank #1

November 1, 2012

In today’s chart is displayed the amount of spending major technology names have committed to lobbying lawmakers.

In the first nine months of 2012, Google spent a record $13.1 million on lobbying in the United States. In all of 2011, the company had spent only $9.7 million and even less in the years before.

The company heavily lobbied against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the beginning of the year, spending a record $5 million in the first quarter. More recently, the search giant has been fighting antitrust allegations from federal regulators, who are investigating whether Google is using its dominance in the search market to unfairly stifle competition.

In the third quarter, Google spent $4.2 million on lobbying, significantly more than competitors such as Yahoo, Facebook and Apple have spent all year.

In yesterday’s post, you will find the amount of R&D intensity of major technology players. Apple among those listed today and yesterday have spent the least on lobbying and R&D, yet remain the iconic tech leader so far this century. The key? A strategy and great products.


From → business, Strategy

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