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The latest news coverage of product and service marketplaces, ranging from broad and specialist e-commerce platforms through to classifieds and beyond.

Platform News: Tech Titans including Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple

Big Tech wins two battles in fight with US antitrust enforcers

Facebook Inc won two big fights with antitrust enforcers – and joined the $1 trillion club for market capitalization – as a federal judge threw out two lawsuits against...

Joe Biden

White House order pushes antitrust enforcement throughout US economy

The Biden-Harris White House is working on an antitrust executive order that aims to push government agencies to consider how their decisions will impact competition in an industry...

Platform News: India and the Indian platform economy

Indian commerce minister says ‘Arrogant’ US ecommerce giants flout our laws

Indian Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal has ratcheted up the heat on US ecommerce giants like Amazon and Walmart, accusing them of arrogance and of flouting local laws by indulging i...

Platform News: Tech Titans including Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple

US panel votes yes on ‘break ’em up’ antitrust bill

The US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted to require Big Tech platforms to choose between running a platform and competing on it, wrapping up two days of votes that...

European Union

National antitrust watchdogs want more say in enforcing EU tech rules

German and French antitrust watchdogs and their counterparts in the other 25 EU countries argued for a bigger role in enforcing proposed tough new rules reining in Alphabet unit Go...

US House of Representatives

US House panel approves higher merger fees and bigger enforcement budgets

The US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted to approve a bill to increase the budgets of antitrust enforcers and increase fees on the biggest mergers as the panel con...

Platform News: Social media titan, Facebook

Facebook expands Shops to WhatsApp, Marketplace in commerce push

Facebook Inc is expanding its “Shops” feature to its messaging app WhatsApp in several countries and to Facebook Marketplace in the United States, the company said on T...

Platform News: Amazon building

Teamsters union steps up efforts to organize Amazon workers

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a labor union in the United States and Canada, is stepping up efforts to unionize workers at Amazon.com Inc by creating a company-specif...

Amazon Delivery

Amazon sees Prime Day sales boost amid supply chain snags

Amazon.com’s Prime Day saw strong online sales growth in the US even as supply chain snafus and a robust spending appetite limited the level of discounts on popular products ...

Platform News: Flipkart

India plans tighter e-commerce rules amid complaints

India proposed banning flash sales on e-commerce websites and their affiliate entities should not be listed as sellers on their platforms, in a proposed tightening of rules that co...

Flipkart

Walmart’s Flipkart challenges India court order on antitrust probe

Walmart Inc’s Flipkart has filed a legal challenge against the restarting of an antitrust probe into the company, arguing in a court filing that the investigation would cause ̶...

Platform News: Turkey's Trendyol

Trendyol in talks to raise $2 billion investment

Turkish e-commerce player Trendyol, which is backed by Chinese giant Alibaba, is in discussions to raise $2 billion from investors, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter ...

Amy Klobachur

Amy Klobuchar fears Big Tech at home as Alexa, Nest dominate

US lawmakers from both the Democratic Party and GOP pressed Google and Amazon.com about their smart speakers markets, amid concern over the domination of the tech behemoths in this...

Lina Khan FTC

Big Tech critic Lina Khan becomes FTC chair in the US

Lina Khan, an antitrust researcher focused on Big Tech’s immense market power, was sworn in on Tuesday as chair of the US Federal Trade Commission, a victory for progressives...