Here are the editor's top picks for the week.
Data Dispatch: US regulatory pressures to shape big tech's 2020 spending strategies
With big M&A likely off the table, some industry observers expect U.S. tech firms to use their cash to get ahead of looming regulatory penalties and also to bolster their respective businesses in growth areas such as 5G and cloud computing.
Data Dispatch: T-Mobile embraces higher churn as it signals more wireless competition
T-Mobile US Inc. had higher than expected churn at the end of 2019, and executives say it is actually a good thing. While reporting better-than-expected subscriber numbers for 2019, T-Mobile also recently revealed it had seen a 12-basis-point increase in branded postpaid churn during the last three months of the year as compared to the previous quarter, rising to 1.01% from 0.89%.
Tencent to boost mobile game remakes to attract global studios
The video game division of Chinese internet conglomerate Tencent Holdings Ltd. is to increase its publication of mobile versions of well-known titles, a spokesperson for subsidiary TiMi Studios told S&P Global Market Intelligence.
Conference Chatter: CES 2020: $1B esports industry challenging traditional sports
Myriad companies, organizations and brands are scrambling to capitalize on the burgeoning esports market, making it a hot topic of discussion at CES 2020. According to the Consumer Technology Association, the esports industry, centered on competitive organized video gaming, crossed the $1 billion mark in 2019. The association's research also found that more than 70% of Americans ages 13 to 64 play video games.
CES 2020: CBS All Access' originals strategy, new Comcast deal to fuel growth
For consumers, ViacomCBS Inc.'s streaming service CBS All Access is typically a product added to a traditional cable TV packages, so its recent renewed carriage agreement with Comcast Corp. is an important part of the platform's distribution strategy. The Comcast carriage deal, which will offer CBS All Access on Xfinity X1 and Flex boxes later in 2020, marks the first multichannel set-top box distribution agreement for the platform.