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Many can complain of antitrust, the question is do they have standing in the marketplace as having been harmed?

In the Microsoft case the consumer was not harmed by a free browser. Netscape was (we will cut off their air said Ballmer) but they never sued.

Consequently the lower court ruling was overturned on appeal.

To protect themselves against a Supreme Court irrevocable decision both Microsoft and the Department of Justice Antitrust Division cut a deal.

Charges dropped; in return Microsoft doesn't buy any competition for six years.

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In July, when the Federal Trade Commission settled with Facebook over privacy issues, I wondered whether our strange era of regulation would amount to anything more than a round of fines and promises to do better from the tech platforms. Congress has made little progress toward passing the sort of privacy legislation that could expand the FTC’s authority, and the Trump Administration’s antitrust inquiries have been tainted by the perception that they are intended to punish the president’s political enemies rather than level the competitive playing field.

But in the weeks since, new regulatory threats to the tech platforms have appeared at a steady clip. On Friday, the attorney general of New York announced that seven other states and the District of Columbia would join her in a new antitrust investigation of Facebook. Here’s Taylor Telford and Tony Romm in the Washington Post: 

To read more on The Verge:

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