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Simons signals ‘interest’ in high-tech platforms, other priorities

Of all the things that Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joe Simons said during a June roundtable with reporters, one message should make executives of certain high-tech firms sit up and take notice: the agency is “interested” in their business.

“We’re interested in tech platforms,” Simons said. “Of course, there is a big one that we all know about, and there’s also small ones. … We’re interested in the whole range.”

When the head of a law enforcement agency talks of such “interest” in a business, it’s...

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