In our world of increasingly virtual interactions, companies mastering the information technologies and networks are quickly gaining power at several levels. Here is a table to keep an eye on those folks.

A healthy rule is to split our personal information and dependencies across different firms, or none of them if you can afford!

 

Influence

Monitoring

Hardware, physical world

News

Inspiration

Messenger

Activity

Google-Alphabet

Google News

Search, Ads, Youtube

Gmail, hangout

Android, Apps, Map, Chrome

Servers, Car, Calico (bio engineering)

Apple

Newsstand

iTune

iPhone

iOS, Safari, iLife, iWork, iCloud

Apple store, Apple Energy

Facebook

 

Ads

WhatsApp, messenger

Facebook

 

Amazon

Alexa

Amazon.com, Amazon studios

 

Cloud computing

Physical sales

Microsoft

 

Xbox, Bing seach

Skype, MSN, outlook, ex-hotmail

Windows, Office, Sharepoint, Linkedin

Nokia

Yahoo

Yahoo news, Finance, Geoplanet, Answers

Yahoo search, Music, Movies

Yahoo mails

Flickr, Tumblr, Delicious

Yahoo Travel

Baidu
百度

Tongji web analytics, Hexun finance

Baidu search, knows, Encyclopedia, Music, Image

 

NetDisk, Map, Browser, Yi OS, Space

Qunar travel

Alibaba
阿里巴巴

 

Alibaba movies

 

Alibaba, Sesame credit rating

Alibaba, AliPay

Tencent
腾讯

 

 

QQ, WeChat

CRF credit rating, WeiYun, WeiBo

TenPay

Xiao Mi
小米

 

 

 

MiCloud

Phone, laptops, TV

Hua Wei
华为

     

EMUI OS

Phones, data centers, network

News Corporation

Fox News, National geographic, WallStreet journal

20th Century Fox

 

 

Cinema

Disney

 

Disney, Marvel, LucasFilm, Pixar, Touchstone

 

 

Cinema, theme parks

Time Warner

CNN

HBO, Warner bros, Cinemax

 

 

Cinema

Comcast

NBC

Universal pictures, Focus

 

 

Cinema

 

Meanwhile in China, the wondrous Social Credit System looms quietly. Here is the full text outline document in English and Chinese. The keyword to justify it is 诚信  ("honesty", translated here as "sincerity"), a word that Alibaba's champion Jack Ma has been emphasizing a lot in his speeches.

And to attack another weak spot, Alibaba's Ant Finance is starting a cooperation with the UN Environmental Program UNEP to build a platform for individual monitoring of greenhouse gas. A green pretext to monitor the people!