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As antitrust probes are warming up versus Google, entrepreneur are speaking up versus the tech giant’s advertisement practices that requires them to bid on their trademarked name (GOOG, GOOGL)

As antitrust probes are warming up versus Google, entrepreneur are speaking...

Edible Arrangements — the fruit-on-a-stick, gift baskets— are often sent for joyous occasions: birthdays, graduations, and work promotions, to name a few. Tariq Farid, the company's founder and CEO, however, hasn't personally been over-flowing with fuzzy feelings lately. As Farid told Business Insider in a recent interview, that's mostly because of a Google ad practice…
50 states and areas launch huge joint probe into Google

50 states and areas launch huge joint probe into Google

Enlarge / District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine (L) and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speak during the launch of an antitrust investigation into large tech companies, outside of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on September 9, 2019. A coalition of attorneys general representing 50 US states and territories today announced a…
Facebook on the hook as states launch competitors, personal privacy probe

Facebook on the hook as states launch competitors, personal privacy probe

NurPhoto | Getty Images A coalition of states attorneys general is joining together to launch yet another antitrust probe of Facebook, joining several investigations already in progress. "I’m launching an investigation into Facebook to determine whether their actions endangered consumer data, reduced the quality of consumers’ choices, or increased the price of advertising," New York…
Trump admin threatens California, car manufacturers over emissions offer

Trump admin threatens California, car manufacturers over emissions offer

Enlarge / Traffic moves through an interchange along Interstate 580 on July 25, 2019 in Oakland, California. Four major automakers that recently reached an agreement with the state of California to hold to certain emissions standards over the next decade are now the target of a federal antitrust investigation. Ford, Honda, BMW, and Volkswagen confirmed…
Please separate Facebook, cofounder asks regulators

Please separate Facebook, cofounder asks regulators

Enlarge / Mark Zuckerberg and Chris Hughes on Harvard's campus in 2004, well before Facebook started taking over the world. Rick Friedman/Corbis via Getty Images Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes isn't just idly wondering if regulators might break up the tech behemoth he helped launch. He's going on a personal tour, meeting with state and federal…
The bombshell antitrust examination into Facebook will concentrate on its core service

The bombshell antitrust examination into Facebook will concentrate on its core...

Facebook announced on Wednesday that it's being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission over potential antitrust concerns, and a source told Bloomberg the probe focus on its core business — social media. This could mean that Facebook, known as the "big blue app" internally, and Instagram will come under scrutiny. Together, the two social media…
Justice Department introduces antitrust probe into huge tech

Justice Department introduces antitrust probe into huge tech

Enlarge / Top officials have decided monopolies aren't fun and games. Getty Images | Alex Wong The Department of Justice is launching an antitrust probe into some of the world's biggest and most influential tech companies, the agency announced Tuesday. The department's Antitrust Division, which is responsible for reviewing and enforcing issues relating to mergers,…
Congressional hearings signal growing antitrust issues for huge tech

Congressional hearings signal growing antitrust issues for huge tech

Enlarge / The European Commission is investigating potentially false claims that Facebook cannot merge user information from the messaging network WhatsApp, which it acquired in 2014. Warsaw, Poland, on December 21, 2016. (Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images) NurPhoto | Getty Images The House Antitrust Subcommittee will conduct a series of hearings on the…
Spotify simply painted a huge target on Apple’s back, and the iPhone maker ought to stress if antitrust regulators begin targeting at it (AAPL, AREA)

Spotify simply painted a huge target on Apple’s back, and the...

Spotify's decision to file a complaint against Apple with the European Commission alleging unfair competition should worry the folks in Cupertino. At first glance, the streaming music company would seem to have a legitimate complaint. In fact, what Apple is alleged to be doing isn't all that different from what got Microsoft in trouble with…
Recently chosen Republican senator might be Google’s fiercest critic

Recently chosen Republican senator might be Google’s fiercest critic

Enlarge / Senator-elect Josh Hawley (R-Mo.). Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley's defeat of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in the 2018 midterm elections earlier this month was a big deal from almost any point of view. Missouri was a pivotal swing state in the battle for the Senate, and Hawley's victory helped Republicans expand their slim…

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