Topic: Online platforms

Israel fines news website for hiding data in merger probe

Israeli news website Ynet has agreed to pay a fine for failing to disclose crucial information during the national antitrust enforcer’s probe into the now-abandoned Taboola/Outbrain merger.

23 August 2021

Google files emergency motion to block unsealing of Play Store suits

Google has said it will suffer serious competitive harm if plaintiffs alleging the company illegally monopolised Android application distribution and payments are permitted to unseal their entire lawsuits.

23 August 2021

FTC’s amended Facebook suit likely to survive, experts say

The Federal Trade Commission’s amended monopolisation lawsuit against Facebook is likely to survive a motion to dismiss, former US antitrust enforcers have said.

20 August 2021

A Q&A with the founder of ValueLicensing

ValueLicensing, a UK-based reseller of pre-owned Microsoft software, filed a standalone claim in the High Court of England and Wales in April seeking upwards of £270 million in damages from Microsoft. The latter responded last month by challenging ValueLicensing’s jurisdiction to bring its case and by filing a motion to strike out the claim, with the court scheduling a hearing for March 2022. Charley Connor spoke to Jonathan Horley, the start-up’s founder and managing director, about what drove him to file the claim and how he believes Microsoft has used anticompetitive contractual clauses and discounts to stop its business customers from reselling licences to use its desktop software.

19 August 2021

DOJ and Apple quarrel over documents in Google case

The Department of Justice has requested an “emergency” meeting with the judge presiding over its monopolisation lawsuit against Google to settle what the government describes as Apple’s reluctance to produce evidence and identify codewords.

19 August 2021

Facebook/Giphy deal attracts more scrutiny in Europe

Austria’s Federal Competition Authority has opened a Phase II review into Facebook’s €340 million acquisition of Giphy, less than a week after the UK’s antitrust watchdog threatened to unwind the deal.

18 August 2021

CMA looks to reverse Facebook/Giphy deal

Forcing Facebook to unwind its already completed acquisition of Giphy is likely the only way to solve concerns that the deal has or will harm competition in the markets for social media and display advertising, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said.

12 August 2021

Turkey settles competition probe for first time

The Turkish Competition Authority has settled an antitrust probe for the first time after the regional subsidiary of Philips admitted it restricted online sales and determined the resale prices of its electrical appliances.

10 August 2021

Top Indian court blesses Amazon, Flipkart probe

India’s Supreme Court has allowed the Competition Commission of India to proceed with a high-profile antitrust probe into Flipkart and Amazon after rejecting the retailers’ allegations that the investigation is unlawful.

09 August 2021

Are the FTC’s ethics rules shunning tech expertise?

Much of the debate about the revolving door between public agencies and private practice focuses on whether the ethical standards of enforcers like the Federal Trade Commission are strong enough to prevent regulatory capture or even corruption. Four FTC policy experts, including two former FTC technologists, recently published an essay arguing just the opposite, warning that the FTC’s “overbroad” conflict rules are actually hampering the agency’s mission – at least in terms of recruiting and retaining quality technology experts.

06 August 2021

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