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No conceivable market process would have created the mutant Microsoft sub-companies ordered by the judge’s verdict. There is no role for such hobbled, handicapped, useless entities in the computer marketplace. Further, the conduct restraints thrown on top of the mix make this literally a disintegration of the company, not just a breakup.
This verdict, if upheld, heralds not just the breakup of Microsoft, but quite likely the breakup and demise of the idea that the Internet’s evolution remain relatively free of government second-guessing. Woe to the computer, communications and software industries, especially those participants that become “too big” and that “stifle innovation.” And shame on those claiming to represent technology industry interests who lobbied for this new breed of industrial policy for short-term competitive advantage.
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