Topic: Digital markets

DOJ closes Salesforce/Slack probe

The Department of Justice is permitting Salesforce to move forward with its $27.7 billion purchase of Slack following a seven-month investigation, according to a source familiar with the matter.

16 July 2021

The Asia-Pacific Round-up (16 July 2021)

News in brief from the Asia-Pacific region… As each week goes by, there are near constant developments in China’s “Big Tech Crackdown”, which has touched nearly every major technology company in the country. China’s competition watchdog has kept Tencent in its sights for some time, but recently took its most significant decision against the homegrown technology company – blocking outright a planned merger.

15 July 2021

CCI dismisses predatory pricing case against Uber

The Competition Commission of India has dismissed a six-year-old complaint accusing Uber of abusing its dominance by pricing its services below-cost and entering into exclusivity agreements with its drivers.

15 July 2021

Facebook seeks Khan’s recusal from FTC lawsuit

Facebook has petitioned to have Federal Trade Commission chair Lina Khan recused from any decision regarding the agency’s pending antitrust litigation against the social network.

15 July 2021

Amazon accused of price gouging during pandemic

A trade union has filed an antitrust complaint against Amazon in the UK alleging that the platform operator abused its dominance by excessively raising the price of essential items during the coronavirus pandemic.

13 July 2021

France fines Google for breaching multiple injunctions

France’s Competition Authority has fined Google €500 million for breaching interim measures related to its negotiations with news publishers to determine an acceptable fee for displaying content in its search results.

13 July 2021

Apple secures dismissal of developer’s tying suit

An email application developer has failed to show that Apple illegally tied its mobile operating system to its service that allows users to sign in to multiple accounts with a single username and password, a Delaware federal court has said.

13 July 2021

Epic wins appeal in Australia, can restart case against Apple

An appellate court in Australia has sided with Epic Games and lifted a stay on the developer’s lawsuit accusing Apple of illegally maintaining its monopoly over the distribution of apps and in-app payments on its mobile platform.

09 July 2021

The Asia-Pacific Round-up (9 July 2021)

News in brief from the Asia-Pacific region… China cranked up its tech crackdown yet again with another slate of gun-jumping decisions. Meanwhile, reports surfaced this week that Korea’s competition watchdog is investigating Broadcom just as the US-based chipmaker wrapped up a monopolisation lawsuit at home. And a pair of mergers are working their way through lengthy merger probes – one in New Zealand and another in Singapore.

08 July 2021

States hone in on Google Play Store practices in latest antitrust lawsuit

A group of 36 states and the District of Columbia have sued Google, alleging that the company illegally maintained a monopoly while running its Google Play app store for Android phones.

08 July 2021

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