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Is it time to break up Google?

It is impossible to deny that Facebook, Google and Amazon have stymied innovation on a broad scale

Jonathan Taplin | NYT 

In just 10 years, the world’s five largest companies by market capitalization have all changed, save for one: Microsoft. Exxon Mobil, General Electric, Citigroup and Shell Oil are out and Apple, Alphabet (the parent company of Google), Amazon and Facebook have taken their place. They’re all tech companies, and each dominates its corner of the industry: Google has an 88 percent market share in search advertising, Facebook (and its subsidiaries Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger) owns 77 percent of mobile social traffic and Amazon has a 74 percent share in the e-book ...

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First Published: Sun, April 23 2017. 09:40 IST
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