An amusing tongue-in-cheek post from Adam Thierer looks back at the internet titans of the mid-90s (merely a decade and a half ago), and wonders if they should have been regulated for antitrust problems
at the time:
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If you can't see it that well, it's a spread from PC Computing, showing Prodigy, CompuServe, AOL and MSN as the "top online services." How quickly things change. That's why, a few months ago, we thought it was pretty amusing to see people fretting about a new "gang of four"
who dominate the internet space: Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook.
Fifteen years from now, do people really think that any of those four will still be as dominant, let alone all four? The tech world changes fast. Companies come and companies go. It's ridiculously difficult to stay on top for very long. The idea that the government needs to get involved just doesn't make much sense.