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European Union says Apple’s App Store breaches competition rules

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here CEO Tim Cook speaks at an Apple event at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, September 10, 2019. Stephen Lam | Reuters LONDON — Apple has “abused its dominant position” in the distribution of music streaming apps through its App......

U.S. House committee approves blueprint for Big Tech crackdown

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has formally approved a report accusing Big Tech companies of buying or crushing smaller firms, Representative David Cicilline’s office said in a statement Thursday. FILE PHOTO: The logos of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google in a combination photo/File Photo With......

Judge in Texas lawsuit against Google issues protective order

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FILE PHOTO: The Google Inc. logo is seen outside their headquarters in Mountain View, California August 18, 2004. REUTERS/Clay McLachlan/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The judge hearing the Texas antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet Inc’s Google put limits on what the search giant’s in-house lawyers can see in an order aimed......

Chinese Internet firms pledge to avoid anti-competitive behaviors

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FILE PHOTO: A Baidu sign is seen at the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, October 20, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo BEIJING (Reuters) – A dozen Chinese Internet platform companies pledged to avoid anti-competitive behaviors such as forcing vendors to use their platform exclusively, according to a......

In a quest to rein in its tech giants, China turns to data protection

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Jan. 22, 2021. Shen Hong | Xinhua News Agency | Getty Images GUANGZHOU, China — China is looking to tighten rules around how its citizens’ personal data is collected, as it moves to......

Exclusive: China’s antitrust regulator bulking up as crackdown on behemoths widens

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BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s competition watchdog is adding staff and other resources as it ramps up efforts to crack down on anti-competitive behaviour, especially among the country’s powerful companies, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Alibaba Group is seen at its office......

China’s Alibaba hit with record $2.75 billion antitrust fine

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(Reuters) – Chinese regulators said on Saturday they have fined Alibaba Group Holding Ltd a domestic record $2.75 billion for antitrust violations, amid an unprecedented regulatory crackdown on Jack Ma’s company and other technology conglomerates. FILE PHOTO: Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of China’s Alibaba Group, speaks in front......

China regulators fine Alibaba $2.75 billion for anti-monopoly violations

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of Alibaba Group is seen at its office in Beijing, China January 5, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo/File Photo SHANGHAI (Reuters) -Chinese regulators have fined Alibaba 18 billion yuan ($2.75 billion) – around 4% of its revenues in 2019 – for violating anti-monopoly rules and abusing its......

Analog Devices get EU nod for $21 billion Maxim buy

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – U.S. chipmaker Analog Devices (ADI) has gained unconditional EU antitrust clearance for its $21 billion acquisition of rival Maxim Integrated, its biggest ever deal, a filing on the European Commission website showed on Thursday. ADI is seeking to boost its market share in automotive and 5G chipmaking......

U.S. DOJ accuses Google of dragging its feet in antitrust trial

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FILE PHOTO: The brand logo of Alphabet Inc’s Google is seen outside its office in Beijing, China August 8, 2018. Picture taken with a fisheye lens. REUTERS/Thomas Peter WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Justice accused Google of dragging its feet in providing documents in preparation for a trial......

China’s antitrust regulators consider levying record fine against Alibaba: WSJ

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of Alibaba Group is seen at its office in Beijing, China January 5, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (Reuters) – China’s antitrust regulators are mulling levying a record fine against Alibaba Group Holding Ltd over its anticompetitive behavior, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar......

Facebook asks court to dismiss U.S. government, states antitrust cases

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook asked a federal court on Wednesday to dismiss major antitrust cases filed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and nearly every U.S. state, saying they failed to show the company had a monopoly or harmed consumers. FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on......

U.S. Justice Department nominee Gupta vows strong antitrust enforcement

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Nominee to be Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 9, 2021. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vanita Gupta, President Joe Biden’s nominee for the Justice Department’s No. 3 post, said on Tuesday that she......

Ford rejects U.S. ITC criticism over SK Innovation battery deals

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co on Friday dismissed criticism from the U.S. International Trade Commission over its decision to pursue battery contracts with SK Innovation. The ITC said Ford pursued new contracts after evidence had emerged the South Korean electric vehicle (EV) battery maker misappropriated trade secrets from cross-town......

UK starts probe on Apple’s alleged anti-competitive behaviour

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FILE PHOTO: The Apple Inc logo is seen hanging at the entrance to the Apple store on 5th Avenue in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 16, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo (Reuters) – Britain’s competition regulator said on Thursday it has opened an investigation into Apple Inc after complaints that the......

Exclusive: French antitrust investigators say Google breached its orders on talks with news publishers – sources

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PARIS (Reuters) – French antitrust investigators have accused Alphabet Inc’s Google of failing to comply with the state competition authority’s orders on how to conduct negotiations with news publishers over copyright, two sources who read the investigators’ report said. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Google is seen at the high......

Italian watchdog fines Facebook 7 million euros over improper data use

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FILE PHOTO: A Facebook logo is displayed on a smartphone in this illustration taken January 6, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s competition watchdog said on Wednesday it had fined Facebook 7 million euros ($8.5 million) for not complying with a request by the regulator to correct improper......

Epic Games takes Apple fight to EU antitrust regulators

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Fortnite creator Epic Games has taken its fight against Apple to EU antitrust regulators after failing to make headway in a U.S. court in a dispute over the iPhone maker’s payment system on its App Store and control over apps downloads. The two companies have been locked......

UK competition regulator should get beefed-up role – lawmaker report

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s competition regulator should have an enhanced role, becoming a new consumer champion, according to a government-commissioned report published on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: A man crosses the road in the City of London financial district amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain September......

S.Africa’s Eskom to spin-off transmission business by end-2021 – CEO

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Andre de Ruyter, chief executive of state-owned power utility Eskom, speaks during a media briefing in Johannesburg, South Africa, Jan. 31, 2020. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s ailing state power firm Eskom aims to complete the legal separation its transmission unit by the end of 2021, its chief......

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