Antitrust

Platform News: Google search engine

Google’s $76 million deal with French publishers infuriates outlets

Google has agreed to pay $76 million over three years to a group of 121 French news publishers to end a more than year-long copyright spat, documents seen by Reuters show.

Platform Economy: Parler App

John Matze says he was fired by the Parler board

The board of Parler, a controversial social media platform backed by GOP party donor Rebekah Mercer and favoured by many libertarians and conservatives in the US, has fired John Ma...

European Commission

EU versus ‘Big Tech’ hearing pushed back by two months

EU lawmakers, who are gearing up to curb the power of US tech giants, have told Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google that they are willing to push back a proposed the 1st of February...

Facebook

UK’s competition watchdog begins probe into Facebook’s Giphy deal

UK’s competition watchdog has launched its first evaluation of Facebook Inc’s completed acquisition of GIF website Giphy, in a time when the social networking network i...

Virtual Reality

German cartel office extends probe of ties between Facebook and Oculus

Germany’s antitrust regulator said on Thursday that it was expanding the scope of its abuse proceedings against Facebook related to the links between its Oculus virtual reali...

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

EU wants Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google CEOs at February hearing

EU lawmakers have invited the CEO’s of Amazon.com, Apple, Facebook and Alphabet into a 1st of February hearing in Brussels as they attempt to crack down on the forces of US t...

Platform News: Google search engine

Google asks US judge to move states’ antitrust lawsuit to California

Google has asked a US judge in Texas to transfer an antitrust lawsuit filed by 10 states in December to a court in California, a state that has more relevant witnesses and document...

Platform Industry: Sleepy Joe Biden talking to a small room of activists

Biden eyes ex-Obama team to ‘tackle’ antitrust issues

Two former Obama staffers have emerged as front-runners to the top antitrust job at the US Department of Justice under the incoming administration of Joe Biden, based on two source...

Platform Industry News: President Donald J Trump

Parler’s website is back online, but the app still not in stores

The founder and Chief Executive Officer of the wildly popular social media platform Parler, which is popular with free speech advocates is back online in a strictly limited way. Th...

Google Fitbit Wearables

Google closes deal to buy Fitbit as US Justice Dept probe continues

Search and advertising giant Google has closed its deal to purchase gym tracking company Fitbit, the companies said, even as the US Justice Department said that it was continuing i...

Platform News: Google

UK’s competition watchdog to probe Google’s browser changes

The UK’s competition watchdog said on Friday it has launched an investigation to Google’s suggestions to get rid of third-party cookies and other functions from the Chr...

Platform News: Facebook on a smartphone

Google, Facebook agreed to team up against possible antitrust action, draft lawsuit says

Facebook and Alphabet Inc’s Google agreed to “cooperate and assist one another” in case of an investigation into their pact to work together in online advertising...

Platform News: Facebook

Australia sues Facebook over user data, echoing US antitrust case

An Australian ruler sued Facebook on Wednesday accusing it of gathering user data without consent, building on government attempts around the world to rein in the social media.

Platform Industry: Tencent logo at an event

China to crank up anti-trust heat on Big Tech after unprecedented fines

China’s unprecedented anti-trust squeeze onto its technology giants isn’t only just beginning.