(Bloomberg) — A top Democrat in the U.S. House said Thursday that big tech has had “devastating effects” on everyday Americans.Speaking at an antitrust conference in Washington, Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island, who has opened an investigation into competition in the technology industry, said Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google have acquired competitors to corner their markets.Cicilline, who is also chairman of an antitrust subcommittee, said “you would be amazed” at the number of companies that have come forward with concerns about the potentially unfair way that big tech companies compete. Some have even expressed fear that the tech giants will respond with economic retaliation if the smaller companies’ concerns are made public, Cicilline said, without providing more detail. He said Congress has retreated

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