Google Employees Are Free to Speak Up. Except on Antitrust.

A company operating in the shadow of government regulators has some very particular rules about what workers can say about it.

#alphabet-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-mail, #google-inc, #justice-department, #labor-and-jobs, #pichai-sundar, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #search-engines

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Apple Does Not Need to Return Fortnite to App Store, Judge Rules

Fortnite’s parent company, Epic Games, had broken its contract with Apple, a federal judge found. The case goes to trial next year.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #decisions-and-verdicts, #epic-games, #fortnite-video-game, #gonzalez-rogers-yvonne-1965, #mobile-applications, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Don’t Let Amazon Get Any Bigger

A damning congressional report about Big Tech helps make the case to break up Jeff Bezos’ empire.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #united-states

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12 Accusations in the Damning House Report on Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google

Lawmakers said they found multiple problems with each of the four giant tech companies.

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House Lawmakers Condemn Big Tech’s ‘Monopoly Power’

In a report led by Democrats, lawmakers said Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook needed to be checked and recommended reforming antitrust laws.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #house-of-representatives, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Big Tech Was Their Enemy, Until Partisanship Fractured the Battle Plans

A House report on how to limit the reach of Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook has been delayed as Democrats and Republicans split on remedies.

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Now You Can Use Instagram to Chat With Friends on Facebook Messenger

Facebook began integrating its Instagram and Messenger apps, allowing users of the services to directly communicate with each other.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #cellular-telephones, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #instant-messaging, #mobile-applications, #smartphones, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Apple and Epic Games Spar Over Returning Fortnite to the App Store

The two companies argued in federal court over Apple’s power over apps, as their fight heads to trial next year.

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Pasta, Wine and Inflatable Pools: How Amazon Conquered Italy in the Pandemic

The e-commerce giant had struggled to gain a foothold in a society that prefers to shop in person, with cash, but now Italians are hooked on online shopping.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #italy, #labor-and-jobs, #pasta, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #shopping-and-retail, #shutdowns-institutional

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Free the Apps!

Apple and Google have a virtual monopoly on distributing mobile apps — that’s bad for competition.

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What’s the Deal With Google Now?

Google is facing the possibility of multiple antitrust lawsuits. Here’s why and what’s ahead.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #search-engines

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To Fight Apple and Google, Smaller App Rivals Organize a Coalition

Spotify, Match Group, Epic Games and others have created a nonprofit alliance that they hope will amplify a protest against the power of the giants.

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Justice Dept. Case Against Google Is Said to Focus on Search Dominance

The decision to narrow the case to search could set off separate lawsuits from states over Google’s power in other business segments.

#alphabet-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #attorneys-general, #barr-william-p, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #justice-department, #online-advertising, #search-engines, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Justice Dept. to Brief States on Google Antitrust Inquiry

The department is expected to outline a potential antitrust case against Google, which could be filed in the coming days.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #attorneys-general, #computers-and-the-internet, #justice-department, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

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This Deal Helped Turn Google Into an Ad Powerhouse. Is That a Problem?

The $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick in 2007 was a “game changer.” A growing number of antitrust experts say it’s the sort of deal that should no longer be possible.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #appnexus, #computers-and-the-internet, #doubleclick-inc, #google-inc, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #online-advertising, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #search-engines

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JPMorgan Sends Workers Home After Coronavirus Case

Sending workers home after a colleague tests positive for the coronavirus will be a fact of life for months to come.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gates-bill, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #house-of-representatives, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #race-and-ethnicity, #schultz-howard-d

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SoftBank Said to Be Near Deal to Sell British Chip Designer Arm

A sale to Nvidia for more than $40 billion would net billions of dollars for the Japanese tech investor and create a powerhouse in the semiconductor industry.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computer-chips, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #nvidia-corporation, #softbank-corporation

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How Liberals Opened the Door to Libertarian Economics

Milton Friedman’s free-market ideas found favor in a free-love era and helped redirect the country toward the right. The aftershocks of his radical arguments are still being felt today.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #business-roundtable, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #friedman-milton, #income-inequality, #libertarianism-us-politics, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Justice Dept. Plans to File Antitrust Charges Against Google in Coming Weeks

The attorney general is said to have set a deadline over the objections of career lawyers who say they need more time to build the case.

#alphabet-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #attorneys-general, #barr-william-p, #computers-and-the-internet, #democratic-party, #google-inc, #justice-department, #online-advertising, #republican-party, #search-engines, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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In Bid for TikTok, Microsoft Flexes Its Power in Washington

The tech giant, once an example of how not to operate in the nation’s capital, now has a successful influence operation there.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #nadella-satya, #smith-bradford-l, #united-states-politics-and-government

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In U.F.C., Retirement Threats Are the Fighters’ New Leverage

Because of ironclad contracts, threatening to retire is perhaps one of the main negotiating tactics available to fighters seeking to improve their deals.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #jones-jon-1987, #masvidal-jorge, #mixed-martial-arts, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #ultimate-fighting-championship, #wages-and-salaries, #white-dana-1969

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To Fight Apple and Google’s Grip, Fortnite Creator Mounts a Crusade

Tim Sweeney, chief executive of Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite, has railed against tech power. “The market is out of control,” he said.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #epic-games, #google-inc, #google-play, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #software, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tim-sweeney

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Mark Zuckerberg Questioned Under Oath in F.T.C. Antitrust Inquiry

It was the first known time that regulators directly interviewed a chief executive of one of the tech companies being scrutinized for potential antitrust violations.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #social-media, #start-ups, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Kamala Harris’s Big Tech Connections

Silicon Valley has enthusiastically backed Ms. Harris since she first ran for state attorney general in California a decade ago.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #campaign-finance, #computers-and-the-internet, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #harris-kamala-d, #presidential-election-of-2020, #privacy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Big Tech’s Domination of Business Reaches New Heights

As the economy contracts and many companies struggle to survive, the biggest tech companies are amassing wealth and influence in ways unseen in decades.

#alphabet-inc, #amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #microsoft-corp, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #standardpoors-500-stock-index, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-economy

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How Apple’s 30% App Store Cut Became a Boon and a Headache

App makers like the game company Epic and the music service Spotify are challenging Apple’s right to a large cut of their sales. Regulators have taken notice.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #e-commerce, #epic-games, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #spotify

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Big Tech Makes Inroads With the Biden Campaign

While Joe Biden has criticized the largest tech companies, his campaign and transition teams have welcomed allies of Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple onto its staff and policy groups.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Is Microsoft Sure It Wants to Buy TikTok?

Running a social media service brings headaches and scrutiny.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #trump-donald-j, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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What Years of Emails and Texts Reveal About Your Friendly Tech Companies

Theatrics distracted from the real payoff of the congressional hearings: the subpoenaed documents.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures

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I Tried to Live Without the Tech Giants. It Was Impossible.

As lawmakers debate whether Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are monopolies, a reporter recalls her attempt to avoid interacting with the companies.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #microsoft-corp, #smartphones, #social-media, #software, #youtube-com

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The Economy Is in Record Decline, but Not for the Tech Giants

Even though the tech industry’s four biggest companies were stung by a slowdown in spending, they reported a combined $28 billion in profits on Thursday.

#alphabet-inc, #amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #company-reports, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #online-advertising, #social-media, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-economy

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Big Tech’s Backlash Is Just Starting

The congressional antitrust hearing showed that concerns about the tech stars aren’t going away.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #house-of-representatives

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Grilled by Lawmakers, Big Tech Turns Up the Gaslight

It is less clear that tech executives’ strategy of evasive answers will continue to work now that lawmakers have begun doing their homework.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #pichai-sundar, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #start-ups, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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‘This Is a New Phase’: Europe Shifts Tactics to Limit Tech’s Power

The region’s lawmakers and regulators are taking direct aim at Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple in a series of proposed laws.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-commerce, #europe, #european-union, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #law-and-legislation, #mobile-applications, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #vestager-margrethe

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Lawmakers, United in Their Ire, Lash Out at Big Tech’s Leaders

The chiefs of Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook faced withering questions from Democrats about anti-competitive practices and from Republicans about anti-conservative bias.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #pichai-sundar, #social-media, #software, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon C.E.O.s Are Testifying Before Congress. Here’s What to Know.

The C.E.O.s are likely to argue before Congress that their companies aren’t anticompetitive. Here are the facts.

#advertising-and-marketing, #amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #house-of-representatives, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #pichai-sundar, #search-engines, #shopping-and-retail, #smartphones, #social-media, #software, #washington-dc, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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How to Hold Big Tech’s Feet to the Fire

Members of Congress will be able to grill tech C.E.O.s at a hearing. Let’s hope they don’t waste the opportunity.

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Bezos, Cook, Pichai and Zuckerberg Prepare For Grilling

The bosses of four tech giants are preparing to defend themselves at a congressional hearing against claims of anti-competitive behavior.

#alphabet-inc, #amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #company-reports, #cook-timothy-d, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #major-league-baseball, #pichai-sundar, #solomon-david-m, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Their Businesses Went Virtual. Then Apple Wanted a Cut.

After Airbnb and ClassPass began selling virtual classes because of the pandemic, Apple tried to collect its commission on the sales.

#airbnb, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #classpass-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #mobile-applications, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #proton-technologies-ag

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Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Prepare for Their ‘Big Tobacco Moment’

The tech C.E.O.s will appear together at a congressional hearing on Wednesday to argue that their companies do not stifle competition.

#alphabet-inc, #amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #cicilline-david-n, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #house-of-representatives, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #pichai-sundar, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Jeff Bezos Cast in a Role He Never Wanted: Amazon’s D.C. Defender

The chief executive, who testifies before Congress for the first time on Wednesday, had taken a hands-off approach with lawmakers in Washington.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #cicilline-david-n, #computers-and-the-internet, #law-and-legislation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Big Tech Funds a Think Tank Pushing for Fewer Rules. For Big Tech.

Google, Amazon and Qualcomm finance a George Mason University institute teaching a hands-off approach to antitrust regulators and judges.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #colleges-and-universities, #computers-and-the-internet, #conflicts-of-interest, #conventions-fairs-and-trade-shows, #george-mason-university, #ginsburg-douglas-h, #google-inc, #justice-department, #law-schools, #naidu-suresh, #philanthropy, #qualcomm-inc, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #varian-hal-r, #wright-joshua-d-1977

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Tim Bray is Not Done With Amazon

Tim Bray was a celebrated engineer at Amazon. Now, he is its most high-profile defector.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #bray-tim-1955, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #delivery-services, #e-commerce, #politics-and-government, #shopping-and-retail, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Slack Accuses Microsoft of Illegally Crushing Competition

The complaint, filed in Europe, threatens Microsoft’s recent ability to avoid regulatory scrutiny.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #enterprise-computing, #european-commission, #microsoft-corp, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #slack-technologies-inc, #software

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Apple Scores Legal Victory Against $14.9 Billion E.U. Tax Demand

The decision is a setback for European efforts to clamp down on what the authorities there believe is anti-competitive behavior.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple, #corporate-taxes, #european-union, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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How May Google Fight an Antitrust Case? Look at This Little-Noticed Paper

A document sent by the search giant to Australian regulators argues that the company doesn’t control enough of the digital ad industry to overcharge customers or block competitors.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #australia, #barr-william-p, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #justice-department, #online-advertising, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #search-engines

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