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France Hits Apple With a Record-Setting £1 Billion Fine

France’s antitrust watchdog is not an Apple fan. Today, it fined the Cupertino giant 1.1 billion euros (£1 billion), along with two wholesale partners, for violations regarding its efforts to restrict the wholesale market and abusing the economic dependence of resellers. Read More >>

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Are Apple and Google Illegally Crushing Competitors?

A US Senate subcommittee on Tuesday took aim at what some witness described as a “dire threat” to the digital marketplace – the processes by which “platform monopolists” such as Google allegedly maintain a stranglehold over the range of apps and services most commonly adopted by consumers; using its own services, in fact, to effectively smother competitors before any can squeak out a small victory against the trillion-dollar giant. Read More >>

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Facebook Under Scrutiny From EU Antitrust Regulators

Facebook joins Google under the European Commission's microscope for the way it handles data. Read More >>

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FACEBOOK IS DOING JUST FINE, OK?

Keeping a brisk pace in its eternal quest to be as headache-inducing as possible, Facebook announced on Monday that it has rebranded as FACEBOOK. Read More >>

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Report: EU Antitrust Officials Are Looking Into Apple Pay, iPhone NFC Chips

Officials across the European Union have already made their thoughts on Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project clear. Now those concerns have extended to Apple Pay, with EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager’s office probing whether the company’s pre-installed mobile payments software is playing dirty with the competition, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

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Facebook’s Being Sued Over Look-A-Like Logo

Looks like Libra’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week isn’t over yet. In addition to major backers like PayPal, eBay, Stripe, Visa, and Mastercard dropping support for Facebook’s cryptocurrency project, now its logo has become the centre of a legal battle over alleged trademark infringement. Read More >>

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Snapchat Reportedly Has a Dossier of Dirt on Facebook to Share With the US Government

It looks like Facebook’s anti-competitive bullying tactics may finally be coming back to bite the social media giant. Read More >>

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Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook Execs Asked to Hand Over Private Emails in U.S. House of Representatives Antitrust Probe

United States House of Representatives lawmakers probing Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon for potential antitrust violations have requested the companies turn over internal records, including executives’ own communications. Read More >>

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US Federal Trade Commission Chief: Well Yes, We Could Break Up Big Tech, But Only If We Really, Really Wanted to or Something

The chair of the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Chairman Joe Simons, acknowledged in an interview on Tuesday that perhaps maybe, just maybe, one outcome of an FTC task force inquiry into whether tech giants violated American anticompetition laws could be forcing them to break up into smaller companies, according to reports in Reuters and Bloomberg. Read More >>

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Amazon Appears to Have an Innovative Approach to Price Fixing

If the extent to which Amazon influences the market with aggressive TKTK wasn’t already clear, a report that it’s influencing the prices of its sellers on rival marketplaces certainly helps drive the point home. Read More >>

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Report: Amazon Facing Antitrust Probe in the EU Over Its Use of Marketplace Merchant Data

The European Union is planning an antitrust investigation into e-commerce giant Amazon over its treatment of third-party merchants that rely on the company’s marketplace to sell goods, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

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Broadcom’s Tech Is in Nearly All Your Gadgets—Here’s Why That Suddenly Matters

Broadcom might not be a name you’re immediately familiar with, but some of its technology is almost certainly inside at least one of the gadgets in your home. As it faces big antitrust actions in both the US and Europe, here’s what you need to know about Broadcom, and it how it affects the hardware you own. Read More >>

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Breaking Up Facebook Won’t Fix Real Problems According to Completely Disinterested and Impartial Mark Zuckerberg

The U.S. government shouldn’t break up Facebook because that wouldn’t address the real problems that people face in the age of social media, according to CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg, a man who is currently worth an estimated $71.5 billion precisely because the social media company is so large. Read More >>

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Here Are Some Ways Amazon’s Practices Have Caught The Eye of US Antitrust Regulators

Lately, there’s been a lot of antitrust chatter surrounding the big five tech giants. Last month, Apple was under the microscope for its strict control over the App Store. Now it looks like it’s Amazon’s turn. According to recent reports from the Washington Post and Vox, it looks like the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is keen on investigating whether Amazon’s been unfairly undercutting competition with its Fulfillment by Amazon and Prime services. Read More >>

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Facebook Argues Against Breaking Up Facebook

On Thursday, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes penned an editorial in the New York Times calling for the company to be broken up, its subsidiaries Instagram and WhatsApp spun off, and future acquisitions banned for several years. Hughes argued that Facebook, and by extension its all-powerful CEO Mark Zuckerberg, suppresses competition by “acquiring, blocking or copying” it, has sweeping power over speech, and is so big it can ignore virtually all forms of external accountability. He also called for the formation of an independent government agency to regulate tech companies. Read More >>