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    Big tech consolidating power and profits as small firms deemed 'unessential' are shut down

    Big Tech giants like Amazon, Facebook and Google are seizing unprecedented power and consolidating profits during the coronavirus crisis while less politically connected small businesses deemed "unessential" are being forcibly shut down.

    H/T: InformationLiberation

    While benefiting from the government's draconian suppression of their smaller competition, big tech companies in return are mimicking surveillance measures of the heavy-handed efforts China used to track and police citizens.

    From The Washington Post:

    Tech titans spent much of the last year playing defense, fending off dozens of federal and state antitrust investigations and a public wary of their power.

    But the global coronavirus pandemic is prompting a dramatic reversal of fortune for the tech giants. Amazon and Facebook are capitalizing on the fact that they are viewed as essential services for a public in lockdown, while Google and Apple are tracing the course of potential new covid-19 infections.

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