Topic: Digital markets

CMA targets Apple and Google in cloud gaming and mobile browsers probe

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has opened a market investigation to assess the dominance of Google and Apple over mobile browsers and examine how the latter restricts cloud gaming through its App Store.

22 November 2022

Senate counsel laments difficulties of antitrust reform

The combination of ideological division, limited budgets and a singular focus on digital markets have created obstacles to passing competition legislation aimed at curbing the power of Big Tech, the Senate’s top Republican antitrust lawyer has said.

18 November 2022

Germany applies new powers to existing Amazon probes

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has extended two of its existing investigations into Amazon under its new Section 19A powers after the enforcer designated the e-commerce giant as having “paramount significance for competition across markets” earlier this year.

15 November 2022

ACCC calls for ex ante regulatory regime for digital platforms

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has called for legally binding codes of conduct to address anticompetitive self-preferencing, tying, exclusivity and data advantages in the digital economy.

11 November 2022

EU official rejects heightened reviews for digital mergers

The European Commission sees “no reason” to impose a different standard of merger control on the technology sector, the agency’s director of competition policy and strategy has said.

10 November 2022

State AGs seek to bolster FTC against Meta/Within

Enjoining the merger between Meta Platforms and Within Unlimited will preserve the “status quo” in the face of the former’s string of “serial” acquisitions, a bipartisan group of 25 US state and territory attorneys general has said.

09 November 2022

Italian court stays Amazon's appeal against €1.13 billion abuse fine

An Italian administrative court has suspended Amazon’s appeal against the national antitrust watchdog’s €1.13 billion abuse of dominance sanction pending a separate jurisdictional challenge brought by the technology giant to the European Court of Justice.

31 October 2022

EU needs more cross-border consolidation, senior lawmaker says

The European Commission has been “a little bit naive” by focusing on competition within the bloc’s single market without considering what is happening “in the rest of the world”, the chair of the EU Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs has said.

28 October 2022

Turkey fines Meta €18.6 million for WhatsApp data policy

Turkey’s antitrust watchdog has fined Meta €18.6 million after finding the technology company abused its dominance by merging data collected through WhatsApp with its Facebook social media platform.

26 October 2022

CCI fines Google €114 million and orders it to open up app store payments

The Competition Commission of India has provisionally fined Google for the second time in a week, while also ordering the company to allow third-party payment providers on its application store.

26 October 2022

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