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The Omega Men of the Internet?


BoomTown hates to miss any possible opportunity to reference a Charlton Heston movie and, thus, was struck by a report by a Wall Street analyst that Google (GOOG) and Amazon (AMZN) will be the sole survivors of the most recent digital age.

Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Jeffrey Lindsay said as much in a 310-page report, “U.S. Internet: The End of the Beginning” he penned, noting that only the search giant and the e-commerce pioneer had legs.

Yahoo (YHOO)? Acquired by Microsoft (MSFT).

IAC (IACI)? Split up into five too-teeny, ineffective parts.

And eBay (EBAY)? Acquisition bait for a “Microsoft-like suitor,” if it cannot goose the growth in its key auction business.

While BoomTown loves a good predictions piece as much the next blogger, the report’s conclusions feel like it has a bit of a backward-looking tone.


That’s because who knows what tomorrow brings, in a world few geeks survive.

Oops, now I am channeling the love song “Up Where We Belong” from “An Officer and a Gentleman,” and that can’t be good.

Suffice it to say, there is a new company you’ve never heard of–that might not even exist yet–and that’s the one everyone really needs to be scared of.

But not scarier than this video in anime and with guns inexplicably blazing, using the Joe Cocker/Jennifer Warnes song–though BoomTown definitely likes it–here:

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work