Normally a sunny celebration about the future of the Web, one of the largest annual gatherings of the Internet elite took on a darker and more pessimistic tone this week.
The fear that ran through the seventh annual Web 2.0 Summit is that the days when the Internet was a playground for startups with unlimited potential are disappearing. Instead, we are moving into an era dominated by a handful of new Internet titans more interested in fighting each other for power and influence than in delighting users with new innovations.
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