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Congress is calling in tech giants to testify about antitrust issues. The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law, will hear from executives at Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. This is an opportunity to address the serious competition issues that have caught the attention of candidates, policy-makers, and the public, both here and globally. Will Congress take advantage?

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