Jennifer Saba is a columnist covering media, Silicon Valley and Wall Street based in New York. She joined Breakingviews in 2015 from Reuters where she was a correspondent reporting on companies like Fox, News Corp and the New York Times. Jennifer has covered media for more than 15 years in San Francisco and New York. She began her career in advertising. She has a graduate degree in journalism from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree in English from The University of Texas.
Facebook and Apple may soon face state-level probes into their business practices, as well as two by federal agencies. America’s multi-tentacled approach to antitrust is a tangled mess, but a strangely efficient one. It may also favor a tougher end result.
Strong sales last quarter, especially in e-commerce, allowed the $300 bln giant to sail past growing headwinds battering retail rivals. It may even be able to withstand more Trump tariffs. And in a broader downturn, CEO Doug McMillon could pick up more price-conscious shoppers.
The two firms split 13 years ago to extract value and boost growth. That plan failed, while peers got larger like Disney, or sold like Fox. A reunited Viacom and CBS can best shake off its slumber by amassing a portfolio of great shows to sell to more established video streamers.