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Saturday, January 16, 2021
What we know about the DOJ’s antitrust case against Google so far

What we know about the DOJ’s antitrust case against Google so...

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Just search, though? That’s it, really? That's it, really. The DOJ's lawsuit is pretty narrow at this time and mainly focuses on just one of Google's sprawling business ventures. There are, however, plenty of other Google behaviors to complain about. For example, a blockbuster report released earlier this month by a House Judiciary subcommittee found…
Microsoft thumbs its nose at Apple with new “app fairness” policy

Microsoft thumbs its nose at Apple with new “app fairness” policy

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Enlarge / Microsoft sign at the entrance of their Silicon Valley campus in Mountain View, California. Microsoft this week adopted a whole slew of "fairness principles" for its Windows app store. The list of principles does look like a decent set of guidelines for both consumers and developers—but it also looks a whole lot like…
House: Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Google have “monopoly power,” should be split

House: Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Google have “monopoly power,” should be split

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Enlarge / The United States Capitol Building, the seat of Congress, on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Last June, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law began an in-depth investigation into four major firms—Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. The subcommittee wanted to answer one key question: did Big Tech get big…
Google could face federal, state antitrust suits next week, reports say

Google could face federal, state antitrust suits next week, reports say

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Enlarge / Google's in everything. Perhaps too much everything, regulators now worry. Multiple investigations into Google parent Alphabet's competition practices may finally be reaching a head, as state and federal regulators meet today to plan next steps for one or more lawsuits against the company. Attorneys from the Department of Justice are meeting today with…
Revisiting the spectacular failure that was the Bill Gates deposition

Revisiting the spectacular failure that was the Bill Gates deposition

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Aurich Lawson When Microsoft backed a key motion filed two weeks ago in Epic Games’ antitrust lawsuit against Apple, it raised a few eyebrows. Two decades ago, the US Justice Department, 18 states, and the District of Columbia sued Microsoft on allegations the Windows operating system represented a monopoly that the company was wielding to…
Apple won’t let Facebook tell users about 30-percent Apple tax on events

Apple won’t let Facebook tell users about 30-percent Apple tax on...

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Enlarge / Facebook wanted the event purchase screen on iOS to look like the screenshot on the left. But Facebook says Apple nixed the idea.Facebook Apple nixed a message in the Facebook app for iOS warning users that Apple would take 30 percent of event payments, Facebook says. Facebook announced a new feature for paid…
Apple threatens to boot Epic—including Unreal Engine—off Mac and iOS

Apple threatens to boot Epic—including Unreal Engine—off Mac and iOS

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Enlarge / A Fortnite loading screen displayed on an iPhone in 2018, when Apple and Epic weren't at each other's legal throats. The new legal battle between game developer Epic and iPhone-maker Apple continues to heat up, as Epic says Apple will be cutting it off from the developer platform for Mac and iOS before…
Epic files suit against Apple after Fortnite pulled from iOS App Store [Updated]

Epic files suit against Apple after Fortnite pulled from iOS App...

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Enlarge / Fortnite seen in the App Store on an iPhone on May 10, 2018. Update 4:05pm EST: In a video message premiering in Fortnite's own Party Royale mode, Epic write that it has "defied the App Store Monopoly. In retaliation, Apple is blocking Fortnite from a billion devices. Join the fight to stop 2020 from…
“This is a very dangerous situation”: Big Tech’s day on the Hill

“This is a very dangerous situation”: Big Tech’s day on the...

Enlarge / Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos testifies (remotely) before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law hearing on "Online Platforms and Market Power" in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on July 29, 2020. A bevy of tech's biggest titans—Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos,…
Telegram files EU antitrust complaint against Apple’s App Store

Telegram files EU antitrust complaint against Apple’s App Store

Telegram, the messaging app, has become the latest company to file a formal antitrust complaint to the EU over Apple’s App Store. In a complaint to EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager, Telegram, which has more than 400 million users, said Apple must “allow users to have the opportunity of downloading software outside of the App…

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