Bloomberg reminds me of the character The Brain from the Animaniacs cartoon Pinky and the Brain:
Pinky: “Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight?”
The Brain: “The same thing we do every night, Pinky—try to take over the world!”
This is evidenced in the November 28, 2011 issue of Newsweek with its Business Media article “Bloomberg’s Plan for World Domination,” by Nick Summers.
“With a one-two punch of news and data, Bloomberg L.P. has built a global empire over the last 30 years.” Click on the link above to see a chart of how it breaks down.
The article discussed Bloomberg’s $ 990 million acquisition of BNA and writes that “. . . every lawyer,lobbyist, and lawmaker in the capital depends on BNA’s proprietary data to do his or her job . . . ”
Court TV and American Lawyer founder Steven Brill, who once “lusted after BNA,” is quoted as saying, “. . . [BNA] is very high-margin, high-priced, and specialized . . . ”
From the Newsweek article: “Now Bloomberg can feed BNA’s sought-after data directly to BLaw . . . The result: a one-stop shop.”
In my opinion, this one-stop shopping synthesis of information from a rich and wide variety of sources — high-quality secondary sources, all primary authority, dockets, pleadings, crowd-sourced commentary, and more can only enrich the research experience.