Apple's $1 trillion milestone reflects rise of powerful mega-firms

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Small potatoes. Apple on Thursday reached a milestone that these icons of capitalism never dreamed of: A market value of more than $1 trillion. That landmark is the result of an extraordinary corporate success story. In a span of just 21 years, a near-bankrupt computer maker evolved into the most valuable publicly traded company in the United States, pushing the tech industry away from big, bulky machines and producing some of the world’s most popular consumer products, like the.

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