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Nvidia wants to buy CPU designer Arm—Qualcomm is not happy about it

Nvidia wants to buy CPU designer Arm—Qualcomm is not happy about...

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Enlarge / Some current Arm licensees view the proposed acquisition as highly toxic.Aurich Lawson / Nvidia In September 2020, Nvidia announced its intention to buy Arm, the license holder for the CPU technology that powers the vast majority of mobile and high-powered embedded systems around the world. Nvidia's proposed deal would acquire Arm from Japanese conglomerate SoftBank for $40…
Klobuchar targets Big Tech with biggest antitrust overhaul in 45 years

Klobuchar targets Big Tech with biggest antitrust overhaul in 45 years

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Enlarge / Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), during a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing on Jan. 21, 2021. With a new session of Congress underway and a new administration in the White House, Big Tech is once again in lawmakers' crosshairs. Not only are major firms such as Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google under…
Filing: Amazon warned Parler for months about “more than 100” violent threats

Filing: Amazon warned Parler for months about “more than 100” violent...

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Enlarge / Amazon Web Services (AWS) logo displayed during the 4th edition of the Viva Technology show at Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles on May 17, 2019, in Paris, France. Amazon on Tuesday brought receipts in its response to seemingly defunct social networking platform Parler's lawsuit against it, detailing AWS' repeated efforts to get…
Google, Facebook reportedly agreed to work together to fight antitrust probes

Google, Facebook reportedly agreed to work together to fight antitrust probes

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Enlarge / Signage in front of a building on the Google campus in Mountain View, California, on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. More than three dozen state attorneys general last week filed an antitrust suit against Google, accusing the tech behemoth of a slew of anticompetitive behaviors. Among those behaviors, a new report finds, is an…
Apple’s app store is an illegal monopoly, rival Cydia claims in suit

Apple’s app store is an illegal monopoly, rival Cydia claims in...

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The company behind Cydia, an iPhone app store that launched before Apple's own App Store, has sued Apple arguing that Apple has monopolized the market for iOS app stores, violating antitrust law in the process. When the iPhone was introduced in 2007, it didn't have any mechanism for natively running third-party software. Instead, Steve Jobs…
Apple moving forward with plan to limit “creepy” user tracking

Apple moving forward with plan to limit “creepy” user tracking

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Enlarge / A man glowers at an iPhone, just as ad firms are worried iOS users will when they discover how they are being tracked and that they can opt out of it. Apple's plan to add a new privacy feature to iOS to limit "invasive, even creepy" tracking by third-party firms is nothing but…
Alphabet CEO: Plan to target EU commissioner was not “sanctioned” by me

Alphabet CEO: Plan to target EU commissioner was not “sanctioned” by...

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Enlarge / EU Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton talks to media during a press conference in June.Thierry Monasse | Getty Images The chief executive of Google’s parent company Alphabet has apologized to Thierry Breton after an internal document laid out a plan to attack the EU commissioner and promised that such tactics were “not…
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…

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