Apple, Google locked in battle for supremacy

SAN FRANCISCO: At the top of the corporate world, Apple and Google are in a back-and-forth battle to be number one.It’s not clear which of the two Silicon Valley giants will emerge on top in a contest which highlights the contrast of very different business models.For a brief time early this year, Google parent Alphabet overtook Apple as the world’s largest company by market value.Apple then regained, lost and recovered the leader position in May in a battle that appears set to continue for some time.At the close Friday, Apple was worth some $522 billion, to $496 billion for Alphabet.The two companies have both been hugely profitable in recent years, for different reasons.Apple has delivered a line of must-have iPhones and other gadgets that have set trends around the world…


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