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Atomico Partner Tom Wehmeier reviews ‘The State of European Tech’ 2019 report

Atomico Partner Tom Wehmeier reviews ‘The State of European Tech’ 2019 report Atomico, the European venture capital firm founded by Skype’s Niklas Zennström, has released its latest annual The State of European Tech report, published in partnership with Slush and Orrick. As part of the report, the authors surveyed 5,000 members of […]

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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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Europe’s antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, set for expanded role in next Commission

Europe’s antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, set for expanded role in next Commission As the antitrust investigations stack up on US tech giants’ home turf there’s no sign of pressure letting up across the pond. European Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen today unveiled her picks for the next team of commissioners who […]

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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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Google appeals $1.7BN EU AdSense antitrust fine

Google appeals .7BN EU AdSense antitrust fine Like clockwork, Google has filed a legal appeal against the €1.49 billion ($1.7BN) antitrust penalty the European Commission slapped on its search ad brokering business three months ago. The Telegraph reported late yesterday that the appeal had been lodged in the General Court of the […]

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Ahead of third antitrust ruling, Google announces fresh tweaks to Android in Europe

Ahead of third antitrust ruling, Google announces fresh tweaks to Android in Europe Google is widely expected to be handed a third antitrust fine in Europe this week, with reports suggesting the European Commission’s decision in its long-running investigation of AdSense could land later today. Right on cue the search giant has […]

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Don’t break up big tech — regulate data access, says EU antitrust chief

Don’t break up big tech — regulate data access, says EU antitrust chief Breaking up tech giants should be a measure of last resort, the European Union’s competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, has suggested. “To break up a company, to break up private property would be very far reaching and you would need […]

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