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DuckDuckGo still critical of Google’s EU Android choice screen auction, after wining a universal slot

DuckDuckGo still critical of Google’s EU Android choice screen auction, after wining a universal slot Google has announced which search engines have won an auction process it has devised for an Android ‘choice screen’ — as its response to an antitrust intervention by the region’s competition regulator. The prompt is shown to […]

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France slaps Google with $166M antitrust fine for opaque and inconsistent ad rules

France slaps Google with 6M antitrust fine for opaque and inconsistent ad rules France’s competition watchdog has slapped Google with a €150 million (~$166M) fine after finding the tech giant abused its dominant position in the online search advertising market. In a decision announced today — following a lengthy investigation into the […]

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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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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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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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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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Europe is now formally investigating Amazon’s use of merchant data

Europe is now formally investigating Amazon’s use of merchant data European regulators have announced a formal antitrust investigation of Amazon’s use of data from third parties selling on its ecommerce platform. Commenting in a statement, competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager said: “European consumers are increasingly shopping online. Ecommerce has boosted retail competition and […]

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EU opens formal antitrust probe of Broadcom and seeks interim order

EU opens formal antitrust probe of Broadcom and seeks interim order The European Commission has opened a formal investigation into US chipmaker Broadcom which it suspects of restricting competition via a number of exclusivity practices in markets where it holds a leading position such as for systems-on-a-chip, front-end chips and wifi chipsets. […]

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