Topic: Digital markets

India clears WhatsApp of anticompetitive tying

India’s competition watchdog has cleared Facebook’s WhatsApp of abusing its dominance by bundling its messaging and payment services.

19 August 2020

Germany investigates Amazon’s influence over pricing

Amazon is facing another antitrust probe in Germany after it banned sellers from its Marketplace platform for hiking prices of products related to the coronavirus pandemic.

17 August 2020

Amazon probed for abuse in Canada

Canada’s Competition Bureau has made an unusual call for information as it launches a wide-ranging investigation into Amazon’s potential abusive conduct.

17 August 2020

Fortnite launches battle royale against Apple and Google

Epic Games has filed a pair of lawsuits accusing Apple and Google of illegally maintaining monopolies over the distribution of apps and app payments on their respective mobile platforms.

17 August 2020

Google and Facebook sued for alleged cartel against crypto

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Facebook and Google in Australia alleging that the technology companies violated anti-cartel rules by banning all crypto-related advertising.

14 August 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

Russia says it will order Apple to stop app store abuse

Russia’s competition watchdog has found that Apple abused its dominance by restricting rival developers of parental control applications and reserving the right to bar third-party apps from its App Store.

11 August 2020

German enforcer handed potential lifeline in Booking.com case

Germany’s highest court has agreed to hear the Federal Cartel Office’s appeal against a lower court ruling that narrow most-favoured-nation clauses do not breach competition rules.

10 August 2020

Microsoft, Apple at apparent impasse over gaming service after antitrust criticism

Microsoft will launch a new cloud-based video-gaming service in September for Android devices, but not iOS devices.

07 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

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