Will Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon be forever dominant?

October 31, 2017

I’m skeptical that Washington will break up Big Tech like it did Standard Oil or AT&T. Likewise, New York Times tech columnist Farhad Manjoo also doubts such action is on the near horizon, or really governmental action of any kind. One difference is that Manjoo -- who refers to Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft as the “Frightful Five” -- seems far closer than I am to being convinced strong action is necessary. From his lede: “The tech giants are too big. They’re getting bigger. We can stop them. But in all likelihood, we won’t.”