Topic: Digital markets

CMA approves Amazon/Deliveroo without remedies

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has cleared Amazon’s 16% investment in online food delivery company Deliveroo after a Phase II review, but warned that a further increase in its shareholding could trigger another investigation.

04 August 2020

Overshadowed but not overlooked, Apple faces gatekeeper questions

Apple may not have attracted as much scrutiny as Amazon, Facebook and Google during last week’s Congressional hearing, but its chief executive was forced to defend the company against allegations it has abused its gatekeeper role to target rival app developers.

03 August 2020

German report recommends EU digital regulation

Germany's Monopolies Commission has recommended that digital platforms should be regulated at an EU level and forced to divest parts of their business if their abusive conduct has lasting effects on market structure.

31 July 2020

China mulls probe into WeChat Pay and Alipay

China’s antitrust enforcer is reportedly preparing an investigation into the country’s most widely used mobile payment platforms, following a complaint by the central bank.

31 July 2020

Australia unveils pay-for-news law for Facebook and Google

Australian news publishers – collectively if they choose – will be able to negotiate with Facebook and Google to receive payment for their content under draft legislation that was published today.

31 July 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

Zuckerberg saw Instagram as a competitive threat

Facebook aimed to neutralise a potential competitor in its acquisition of Instagram, emails from chief executive Mark Zuckerberg suggest.

30 July 2020

Facebook challenges information requests at EU court

Facebook has complained to the EU General Court that the European Commission is requiring it to hand over personal information relating to employees’ health and finances as part of the enforcer’s antitrust investigations into the company.

28 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

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