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Big Tech was built by the same type of antitrust actions that could now tear it down

The fear in Silicon Valley is that antitrust investigations of Big Tech will blunt momentum of an industry that powers the U.S. economy. But history tells us another story.

The investigations of the most influential technology company of the 20th century led to the creation of Microsoft Corp. MSFT, -0.57% . The eventual antitrust charges against Microsoft helped foster the rise of the four companies currently under the scrutiny of the federal government: Apple Inc. AAPL, -0.30% , Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, -0.14% , Alphabet Inc.’s GOOGL, -0.02%GOOG, -0.01% Google and Facebook Inc.

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