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Monopoly does mean "when a specific person or enterprise is the only supplier of a particular commodity [...] which relates to a single entity's control of a market" (Wikipedia)

Data is the commodity. There is nowhere else you can get good raw data about, say, what people were publicly discussing last week, except through Twitter, in order to guess the stock market. Much of that data is closed off or incomplete even through their API. There is no other option except to create another Twitter.




A commodity is a routinely interchangeable product, available from multiple suppliers, competing primarily on price. No, "data" in this context is not that at all. A library of user profiles is the opposite: it's proprietary, unique, massive.




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