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As regulators block tech deals, they increasingly look to the future

By David McCabe and Kellen Browning

27 Apr 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

The NYT reports on how governments are trying to predict how the tech giants could hurt competition in future markets. It's a reversal from the past when regulators largely ignored the young internet.

WASHINGTON — As companies like Google and Facebook grew into giants in the early 21st century, regulators chose largely not to interfere in the still-young market for online services.

Now regulators have reversed course: When it comes to tech, they want to see into the future and beat companies to getting there.

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