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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: Apple logo

German competition watchdog launches Apple investigation

Apple became the fourth major digital company to face closer scrutiny from Germany’s antitrust watchdog after the cartel office said it had launched an investigation into whe...

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...

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India to expedite Amazon, Flipkart antitrust probe

India’s antitrust watchdog plans to expedite a restarted probe into allegations of anti-competitive behaviour at Amazon.com and Flipkart, as it intensifies scrutiny of big-te...

Platform Industry: The Capitol Building and Senate in Washington DC

Breaking up Big Tech in focus as new US antitrust bills introduced

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the US House of Representatives introduced four bills on Friday aimed at reining in the power of the tech giants, with one potentially leading to...

Platform News: Google search engine

Amazon and Google lead US Senate panel antitrust hearing witness list

Executives from Google and Amazon.com head the list of witnesses for a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee next week, along with an executi...

Platform News: Search engine Google

Google loosens its search engine grip on Android devices in Europe

Google has bowed to pressure from rivals and will let them compete for free to be the default search engines on Android devices in Europe, widening a pledge to EU antitrust regulat...

Amy Klobachur

US Senate passes bill to raise fees on biggest mergers

The US Senate has passed a bill that would increase fees that companies planning the biggest mergers pay to government antitrust agencies and give those agencies bigger budgets.

Platform News: Google search engine

Ohio sues to have Google declared a public utility

The US state of Ohio has asked a court to declare Google a public utility, a step the state’s Republican attorney general said would forbid the search and advertising giant f...

Tim Cook of Apple

Apple adds virtual IDs on iPhone, video plans that rival Zoom, Teams

Apple Inc, facing accusations from rivals that it has too much control over its App Store, outlined plans to increase user privacy and keep consumer data out of other companiesR...

Platform News: Google

Google to change global advertising practices in landmark antitrust deal

Google said it would make changes to its global advertising business to ensure it did not abuse its dominance, bowing to antitrust pressure for the first time in a landmark settlem...

Platform News: Apple retail store

European consumer group joins EU antitrust case against Apple

The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) lobby group backed the European Union’s antitrust case against Apple which alleges it distorts competition in the music streaming ma...

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

EU tech rules should only target dominant companies, EU lawmaker says

Draft rules aimed at reining in the power of Facebook, Google, Amazon.com and Apple should only target these US tech giants, a leading EU lawmaker said, signalling a tougher stand ...

Platform News: Google

Achieved? Google executives’ appraisals sought in US antitrust case

Lawyers for the Justice Department and Google have tangled over whether the company should hand over performance reviews of executives whom the government is considering calling as...