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The Rise of Big Tech May Just Be Starting

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Mixed-media image shows a stock chart showing a sharp rise in 2022.

With the midterm election looming and Republicans and Democrats still at odds over what exactly to do to curb tech giants’ power, the window for new anti-monopoly policy might be shrinking.

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For years, pundits have been predicting that tech giants would eventually run up against the so-called "law of large numbers." Yet Big Tech keeps breaking the law.

What is driving tech giants' stupefying growth? It's not just that the pandemic drove a lot more usage of tech. A bigger deal is that the pandemic illustrated how much room there still is in our lives for adding even more tech—for our screens to become the primary portal through which a handful of companies capture a slice of everything we do.

From The New York Times
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