Apple, Google topped news coverage in 2013, leaving Microsoft in the dust

Credit: Dow Jones

Credit: Dow Jones

Two tech companies lead the pack when it comes to commanding the attention of print media this year, and while they’re not necessarily surprising, they’ve completely blown out the competition.

According to a new infographic released by Dow Jones which tracks the number of times any given company has been mentioned in global, English-language print publications, Google managed to rack up more than 123,769 mentions this year, while Apple came in a close second with 120,451. That’s way beyond Microsoft, the next-closest company on the list, which only garnered 84,174 mentions.The Northwest picked up another nod thanks to Boeing, which came in fifth, behind Bank of America.

Interestingly, Amazon didn’t make the top ten, even as the company announced its Prime Air drone delivery service and rumors have arisen about potential plans for a smartphone and set-top box.

Not all news is good news, though. One of the stories that helped propel Google into the top spot was its tangle with the European Union’s antitrust regulators this year, and Boeing secured its place on the list in part because of problems with the lithium-ion batteries in the 787.