Topic: Online platforms

China orders online platforms to remedy fintech conduct

China’s central bank has told 13 of the country’s largest technology companies to strengthen antitrust compliance within their financial services arms, as the country’s big tech crackdown shows no signs of slowing down.

04 May 2021

Epic Games and Apple quarrel over fairness at trial opening

Epic Games and Apple have presented a California federal court with clashing portraits of the App Store ecosystem and whether the iPhone-maker’s restrictions on distribution and payments are justified.

04 May 2021

EU charges Apple with App Store abuse

The European Commission has accused Apple of abusing its dominance in the App Store distribution market, nearly two years after Spotify filed a complaint with the agency.

30 April 2021

French digital payments study raises foreclosure concerns

France’s Competition Authority has warned that the evolution of the digital payments sector could enhance the dominance of big technology companies such as Apple and Google, while also flagging potential concerns about major platforms foreclosing smaller rivals.

29 April 2021

CMA defends merger control powers against Facebook court challenge

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority was entitled to impose wide-ranging restrictions on Facebook at the start of the Phase I investigation into its acquisition of Giphy, particularly because the deal had already been implemented, the enforcer’s counsel has told an appellate court.

29 April 2021

Facebook challenges CMA’s merger review powers in UK court

The UK’s antitrust enforcer cannot use interim measures during merger reviews to “regulate the structure of competition” across markets, Facebook has argued to an appellate court.

28 April 2021

ACCC puts Apple and Google on notice over app marketplace dominance

Australia’s competition watchdog has found that Apple and Google are dominant distributors of mobile apps and recommended that they provide consumers with greater choice to change pre-installed apps and allow developers to offer alternative payment options.

28 April 2021

Apple faces second antitrust complaint over privacy update

A group of media and advertising associations has complained to Germany’s competition enforcer that Apple is breaching antitrust rules by giving iOS users the choice to opt-out of third-party personalised advertising.

26 April 2021

Gail Levine: the GCR exit interview

Gail Levine – the last of the antitrust holdovers from the Joseph Simons-era at the Federal Trade Commission – departed earlier this month after helping the next administration get situated. The former deputy director of the FTC’s bureau of competition spoke with GCR USA about the need for additional funding and her experience overseeing the agency’s technology and pharmaceutical shops during a pandemic.

26 April 2021

Lee: Khan may need to sit out on tech probes

Senator Mike Lee has raised the possibility that Federal Trade Commission nominee Lina Khan may need to recuse herself from potential investigations into Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google given her work for the House of Representatives.

22 April 2021

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