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A Long Time In Finance

The Amazon Octopus

When Jeff Bezos founded Amazon in 1994, it was an online bookshop. Now its tentacles are everywhere: it's a marketplace for third party goods from around the world, a huge cloud computing business and America's largest parcel delivery group. But is this a good thing or a bad one? We talk to Dana Mattioli of the Wall Street Journal about whether Amazon is the consumer''s friend or a monopolist to rank with Rockefeller's Standard Oil.


Presented by Jonathan Ford and Neil Collins.

With Dana Mattioli.

Produced and edited by Nick Hilton for Podcast.

In association with Briefcase.News

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