Topic: Online platforms

Korea probing Google over app compatibility

Google is reportedly being investigated by Korea’s communications regulator for allegedly restricting the compatibility of applications on the company’s Android Auto interface when downloaded outside its Play Store, a week after Italy’s competition authority fined the company based on similar concerns.

17 May 2021

South Africa amends merger guidance to capture digital deals

The Competition Commission of South Africa plans to call in below-threshold deals in digital markets to tackle concerns about killer acquisitions, but local lawyers have criticised its “overly cautious” approach.

17 May 2021

Apple expert pushes back on claims about high switching costs

Users of iPhones are not locked into Apple’s ecosystem, but app developers could do more to lower switching costs between mobile platforms, an Apple-hired economist argued during the ninth day of trial in Epic Games’ lawsuit against the tech company.

14 May 2021

Facebook loses stay-separate order appeal

A UK appellate court has dismissed a request by Facebook to exempt it from aspects of a stay-separate order that the UK's Competition and Markets Authority imposed on its acquisition of Giphy.

13 May 2021

Turkey backs digital gatekeeper regulations

The Turkish Competition Authority has recommended that major digital platforms be regulated by a series of new rules, including a requirement to notify all transactions regardless of whether they fall below current thresholds.

13 May 2021

EU to probe Facebook deal after Article 22 referral

The European Commission has accepted a referral request from Austria’s Federal Competition Authority and nine other enforcers to investigate Facebook's proposed acquisition of customer service software developer Kustomer.

12 May 2021

ACCC allowed to join Epic/Apple battle

Australia’s competition authority has been granted permission by the country’s Federal Court to intervene in Epic Games’ appeal against a decision staying its monopolisation lawsuit against Apple, as Google also seeks to weigh in on the dispute.

12 May 2021

Epic’s economic experts criticise Apple's app restrictions

Economic experts instructed by Epic Games have taken aim at the restrictions Apple imposes on app developers, including anti-steering provisions that prevent app makers from informing users of payment methods outside of Apple’s App Store.

12 May 2021

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