Topic: Digital markets

Edelson labels “black box” algorithms intentional

Digital companies often deliberately design algorithms to make them less transparent, the first chief technologist at the Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said.

15 November 2023

Mehta appears sceptical online search is competitive

Judge Amit Mehta has questioned one of Google’s hired experts on how the online search market can be competitive when Google’s rivals never win contracts to become the default search engine.

14 November 2023

Short-term impact of DMA not revolutionary, EU enforcer says

The immediate effects of the Digital Markets Act may not feel revolutionary on the day that compliance obligations kick in, but the long-term changes it creates will be substantial, the European Commission’s head of unit for digital platforms has said.

09 November 2023

FTC’s Microsoft/Activision narrative failed to capture “monopoly lifecycle”, recent official says

The Federal Trade Commission should have put forth a different narrative in its unsuccessful bid for a preliminary injunction against Microsoft/Activision Blizzard, a recently departed official has said.

09 November 2023

French enforcer flags resource constraints in abuse cases

Limited resources are making it difficult for France’s Competition Authority to meet high economic evidentiary standards in unilateral conduct cases, a senior official has said.

03 November 2023

COMESA focusing on abuse of dominance issues, official says

The ​​Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa’s Competition Commission is using lessons learned from its merger enforcement to bring more abuse of dominance cases, the agency’s head has said.

01 November 2023

DMA is not a global standard, says Meta lawyer

The EU’s Digital Markets Act could have a “chilling effect” on innovation but it is encouraging to see different regulatory approaches evolving in the Asia-Pacific, an in-house antitrust lawyer for Meta has said.

27 October 2023

Adobe/Figma UK probe extended till February

A fresh submission of complex evidence has further delayed the UK probe of Adobe’s $20 billion acquisition of Figma.

26 October 2023

CMA official backs Big Tech regulation “as introduced”

Incoming legislation intended to police dominant technology companies works well as formulated, a senior official at the UK’s competition watchdog has said, as speculation grows about whether the government is poised to water down the bill.

25 October 2023

Japan joins list of agencies probing Google Android agreements

Google’s Android agreements with device makers are being scrutinised in Japan as the country’s competition authority is seeking third-party views for the first time during the initial stages of a probe.

23 October 2023

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