Topic: GAFA

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

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

Apple and Amazon raided in Italy

Italy’s Competition Authority has searched the offices of Apple and Amazon as part of an investigation into an alleged conspiracy to restrict unauthorised third-parties from selling Apple’s products on Amazon’s Marketplace platform.

22 July 2020

Portugal accuses mobile networks of Google search collusion

Portugal’s Competition Authority has accused the country’s four largest mobile operators of agreeing to withhold adverts from each other’s Google search results for telecommunications services.

20 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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