Apple, Google Facebook, Amazon: The Tech War Cometh
Four digital giants increasingly eyeing others' turf in 2013: WSJ
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2012 12:02 PM CST
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addresses students of Moscow's State University in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.   (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

(Newser) – Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple are widely considered the kings of digital world. But as they look to grow further, increasingly they will need to target each other's turf, dramatically raising the stakes in cyber conflicts in 2013, reports the Wall Street Journal.

  • Google. Perhaps the most wide-ranging of the giants, it's clashing more and more with rivals in telecommunications and cable TV. Thanks to its $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola, expect Google to expand in all aspects of Android and smartphones. (It also wants to take most of Microsoft's Office business, notes SlashGear.)

  • Amazon. The Kindle Fire HD (running on Google's Android) has garnered raves and earned a strong niche versus Apple's iPad. But rumors are swirling that 2013 will be the year Amazon brings out a smartphone of its own.
  • Facebook. With the social network rewriting its code for mobile devices, many predict that a move into hardware will be coming any day now, even though Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly denied it. Also expect to see Facebook getting more aggressive with its own search technology and online retailing.
  • Apple. Apple may be king of the tech hill these days, but many experts say that just gives the company more areas it needs to defend. But Apple isn't only playing defense, and is increasingly looking to move into TV.

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Dec 26, 2012 8:02 PM CST
Apple may be king of the tech hill these days What? You tripping? Apple is king of end-users
Dec 26, 2012 12:25 PM CST
Hello add microsoft to the list digest. I see apple failing 2013 as they have no good ideas to come up with there iphone. Just look at the iphone boring and same old design. Also mac computers also as been sucking for more many years there mac lion os sales are failing. Compare to Microsoft windows 7 or 8 they sold over 45 million while mac os lion sold nothing lol.... Also Facebook a big competitor and having mobile phone hahaha
Dec 26, 2012 12:21 PM CST
"Microsoft's Office business" I dunno, Word and Excel are pretty damn useful, handy, easy...... Id be hard pressed to be convinced to switch from it to something else. Unless the alternative is free.... which already exists,