Topic: Digital markets

SAMR takes hybrid approach to digital markets

Traditional antitrust tools are capable of handling competition concerns in digital markets, but there are unique features that require the consideration of additional factors, a top official at China’s competition authority has said.

04 September 2020

Facebook challenges Giphy hold-separate obligations

Facebook has taken the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority to court over its refusal to exempt the company from aspects of an order that prevented it from integrating with Giphy during the enforcer's merger review.

01 September 2020

Apple ordered to change App Store rules in Russia

Russia’s competition enforcer has given Apple three months to stop unjustifiably removing third-party applications from its App Store and provide help to parental control app developers to distribute their products on its iOS operating system.

01 September 2020

Sims criticises Facebook’s threat to block news sharing

Australia’s competition czar has said a threat by Facebook to block Australian publishers and people from sharing news on its social media platforms is “ill-timed and misconceived”.

01 September 2020

Wright: Rulemaking could be next IP/antitrust battleground

The US antitrust agencies’ losses in intellectual property cases have increased the likelihood of a competition rulemaking, according to former Federal Trade Commission member Joshua Wright.

01 September 2020

Investment software provider asks CMA to undo its hostile takeover

Fintech software developer GBST has told the UK’s competition enforcer that forcing its acquirer to sell GBST is the “only comprehensive and effective remedy” to the harm that the already-completed acquisition will cause in the investment software market.

27 August 2020

Mexico probes digital ad market

Mexico’s competition watchdog has launched an abuse of dominance investigation into the digital advertising services market to determine whether market participants are complying with competition rules.

25 August 2020

Epic Games v Apple on path for trial amid some “lack of competition”

Apple is not required to immediately reinstate the popular game Fortnite to its App Store, but a California federal judge said there seems to be some lack of competition regarding app distribution and payments on Apple devices.

25 August 2020

Apple Korea promises local investment in latest commitment offer

Apple has offered to invest €71.2 million in support programmes to benefit small businesses and consumers in Korea, as part of a revised commitment offer to end an abuse of superior bargaining position investigation.

24 August 2020

Ex-enforcers advocate for new digital platform agency

The US needs a new federal agency responsible for ensuring competition and consumer protection in digital markets, former heads of the Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice’s antitrust division have argued.

24 August 2020

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