Topic: Big data

US DOJ seeks "structural relief" in Google monopolisation case

Google has illegally maintained monopolies over online search and search advertising through agreements intended to prevent competition, the US Department of Justice and 11 US state enforcers have said in a long-expected lawsuit against the company.

20 October 2020

Judge dismisses hiQ antitrust claims, but gives time to amend

LinkedIn has successfully moved to dismiss antitrust claims made by data analytics firm hiQ Labs in the long-running scraping litigation between the two parties – but the business networking site must still face claims that it intentionally interfered with contracts hiQ had with clients.

15 September 2020

ACCC delays Google/Fitbit decision to align with EU review

Australia’s competition watchdog has postponed issuing a ruling on Google’s acquisition of Fitbit until December to align with the European Commission’s ongoing merger review.

11 August 2020

EU takes closer look at Google/Fitbit deal

Following weeks of speculation, the European Commission has launched an in-depth review into Google’s $2.1 billion purchase of Fitbit to study if the deal will give Google a data advantage in the online search and display advertising markets.

04 August 2020

Lawmakers confront Google’s dual role as player and referee

Democratic and Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee took turns challenging Google’s dual role as both a dominant advertising player and referee during an antitrust-focused hearing on Wednesday.

31 July 2020

House antitrust committee turns findings on tech CEOs

Members of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Wednesday weaponised a year’s worth of evidence against the heads of Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple during the final hearing of its digital markets probe.

30 July 2020

EU raises stakes in Google/Fitbit discussions

The European Commission has reportedly asked for more data remedies from Google as it probes the Alphabet subsidiary’s $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit, although the agency’s apparent tougher stance is unlikely to appease the deal’s critics.

24 July 2020

House antitrust committee expects specifics from tech chief execs

The House of Representatives antitrust subcommittee says it is hoping for substantive answers from the chief executives of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple in their upcoming testimony.

24 July 2020

Cleary Gottlieb and Quinn Emanuel lead Adevinta/eBay classified ads deal

Adevinta and eBay Classifieds Group have tapped Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan to steer their proposed $9.2 billion deal, which would create the world’s largest and most valuable online classified advertising company.

23 July 2020

Chopra argues for more expansive antitrust remedies

Antitrust enforcers should use “holistic” remedies that borrow from data protection regulators to target digital platforms, including mandatory IP licensing and even the cloning of companies, Federal Trade Commission member Rohit Chopra has said.

09 July 2020

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