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Samson’s Next Haircut

Blockchain might be the little engine that could topple Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google


MUCH AS MANY OF US LOVE Apple, Alphabet (née Google), Facebook and Amazon, we’re increasingly hearing politicians, activists and even tech veterans say they have turned into menacing monopolies. They are too powerful, know too much, willfully crush whole industries and, apparently, can easily get hoodwinked by Russians.

Such fear and loathing means all those Samson-like companies should tremble, because some new fringe technology is about to come at them with barber shears. In 1998, when the U.S. Justice Department brought antitrust charges against Microsoft, Bill Gates’s company utterly dominated desktop computing. By the time the antitrust suit was settled in 2001, early internet applications were gnawing at the supremacy of Microsoft’s Windows, Office and Explorer. Turns out Mi– crosoft would’ve been humbled if the government had done nothing.

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