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US search market needs a ‘choice screen’ remedy now, says DuckDuckGo

US search market needs a ‘choice screen’ remedy now, says DuckDuckGo US regulators shouldn’t be sitting on their hands while the 50+ state, federal and congressional antitrust investigations of Google to grind along, search rival DuckDuckGo argues. It’s put out a piece of research today that suggests choice screens which let smartphone […]

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Google’s Play Store is giving an age-rating finger to Fleksy, a Gboard rival 🖕

Google’s Play Store is giving an age-rating finger to Fleksy, a Gboard rival 🖕 Platform power is a helluva a drug. Do a search on Google’s Play store in Europe and you’ll find the company’s own Gboard app has an age rating of PEGI 3 — aka the pan-European game information labelling […]

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Europe issues interim antitrust order against Broadcom as probe continues

Europe issues interim antitrust order against Broadcom as probe continues Europe has ordered chipmaker Broadcom to stop applying exclusivity clauses in agreements with six of its major customers — imposing so called ‘interim measures’ based on preliminary findings from an ongoing antitrust investigation. The move follows a formal statement of objections issued […]

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Europe’s recharged antitrust chief makes her five year pitch to be digital EVP

Europe’s recharged antitrust chief makes her five year pitch to be digital EVP Europe’s competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager, set for a dual role in the next Commission, faced three hours of questions from members of four committees in the European Parliament this afternoon, as MEPs got their chance to interrogate her priorities […]

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Snap CEO isn’t expecting much from Facebook antitrust investigations

Snap CEO isn’t expecting much from Facebook antitrust investigations Facebook’s relentless feature copy of Snapchat have been seen as one of the chief examples of the company’s competitive overreach, but Snap CEO Evan Spiegel isn’t sure whether antitrust activity from the government is going to change the company’s near-term prospects of competing […]

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Elizabeth Warren bites back at Zuckerberg’s leaked threat to K.O. the government

Elizabeth Warren bites back at Zuckerberg’s leaked threat to K.O. the government Presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren has responded publicly to a leaked attack on her by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, saying she won’t be bullied out of taking big tech to task for anticompetitive practices. I’m not afraid to hold Big […]

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Apple is under formal antitrust probe in Russia

Apple is under formal antitrust probe in Russia Make way for another antitrust investigation into big tech. Step forward Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS), which has opened an official probe of Apple — following a complaint lodged in March by security company Kaspersky Labs. Kaspersky’s complaint to FAS followed a change in […]

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Facebook to admit ownership of Instagram, WhatsApp in hard-to-read small-print

Facebook to admit ownership of Instagram, WhatsApp in hard-to-read small-print For the first time in more than half a decade, Facebook wants to inform you that it owns Instagram, the hyper-popular rival social networking app it acquired for a $1BN steal back in 2012. Ditto messaging platform WhatsApp — which Mark Zuckerberg […]

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Google to auction slots on Android default search ‘choice screen’ in Europe next year, rivals cry ‘pay-to-play’ foul

Google to auction slots on Android default search ‘choice screen’ in Europe next year, rivals cry ‘pay-to-play’ foul Starting early next year Google will present Android users in Europe with a search engine choice screen when handsets bundle its own search service by default. In a blog post announcing the latest change […]

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Amazon amends seller terms worldwide after German antitrust action

Amazon amends seller terms worldwide after German antitrust action Amazon has agreed to make a raft of changes to the business terms it offers sellers on its marketplaces following an intervention by Germany’s Federal Cartel Office (FCO). The regulator instigated an investigation in November last year after receiving a large number of […]

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