Legal: Antitrust

How will Google’s new Android app licensing rules in Europe impact Chrome and search?

On Tuesday, Google took action to comply with the European Commission’s (EC’s) antitrust decision requiring it to de-couple Google Play access for smartphone makers from the pre-installation of Google apps such as Chrome and search. Google is appealing the EC’s roughly $5 billion Android antitrust fine, imposed in July. Despite the appeal, Google was compelled …

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Google appeals record $5 billion EU antitrust Android fine

Earlier today Google filed an appeal of the European Commission’s (EC’s) record €4.3 billion (roughly $5 billion) antitrust fine. The fine was imposed in July because of Google Play app pre-install requirements. Claim is that Google tying apps to Android. The EC saw the practice of requiring handset makers to pre-install certain Google apps as “an …

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Attorneys General take aim at tech companies with potential multi-state action

In Washington DC Tuesday, there was a meeting of state Attorneys General about big technology companies and their impact on the market and public discourse. Originally the meeting was called to investigate alleged anti-conservative bias on social media; however it quickly evolved into a wider discussion of multiple issues, including antitrust, consumer privacy and data …

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The EU’s Competition Commissioner is investigating Amazon

Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s competition commissioner, said on Wednesday that the oversight agency is looking into Amazon’s business practices. Why? While acknowledging that hosting third-party merchants provided a benefit for smaller businesses and collecting data had legitimate uses such as improving customer service, she also noted that access to third-party data may give Amazon …

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US senator calls on FTC to open new antitrust investigation against Google

Earlier today Senator Orrin Hatch called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to open a new antitrust investigation of Google in a letter to FTC Chairman Joseph Simons. Hatch is the latest legislator to do so. Combined with other events, Hatch’s request suggests that sentiments in legislative and regulatory circles may be turning against Google …

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FTC says it will take a ‘close look’ at EU antitrust fine against Google

Mark Van Scyoc / Shutterstock.com Following today’s record antitrust fine imposed on Google parent Alphabet in Europe, US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons said he will “take a close look” at the European Commission (EC) decision. Simons also told Reuters he had spoken to EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager about the penalty. While …

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Report: Second big EU antitrust fine against Google coming next week

Reports out today from the The Washington Post and Reuters say that the European Commission (EC) is readying a second multibillion-euro fine against Google parent Alphabet. Beyond the fine, the EC will likely demand changes in the company’s rules for phone makers using Android. Currently, Android handset makers, such as Samsung, must comply with certain …

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France suing Google, Apple over mobile developer contract terms

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire says the country will take Apple and Google to court over mobile developer contracts. The move is seen as protecting French software developers against “abusive trade practices.” Le Maire reportedly said that there were “significant imbalances” in contractual relationships between the two companies and their developer customers. This almost goes …

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