Long read: the 1998 lawsuit that defined modern Silicon Valley
The Microsoft of the pre-2000s shares much of the outward attributes of Star Wars’ infamous Empire. Reckless, shady, dominating at all costs, and crushing of all semblance of resistance.
This is the story of the antitrust lawsuit that almost broke the tech giant, and created the climate in which today’s tech scene prospers. And how we’re now, in many ways, at a very similar crossroads with Google, Facebook & Amazon.