Europe watchdog barks
The European Commission is expected to file formal antitrust charges against Amazon.com today over its dual role as a marketplace for merchants and as a retailer competing to sell the same products.
Amazon and Apple face German antitrust scrutiny over a policy that excludes independent sellers of brand products on the online market place.
The US sued Google yesterday claiming it illegally using its market muscle to hobble rivals in the biggest challenge to the power and influence of Big Tech in decades.
Along with parts of its advertising business
Justice Department and state prosecutors investigating Google for alleged antitrust violations are considering whether to force the company to sell its dominant Chrome browser and parts of its lucrative advertising business.
More regulation is coming he warns
Former Microsoft boss and now a sworn enemy of the mosquito, Bill Gates said he was naive about government scrutiny while running Microsoft and warned the chance of Big Tech antitrust regulation is “pretty high”.
Pens snottogram to Euro antitrust supremo
An American app creator has alleged Apple is not playing by the rule book and has taken its complaints offshore to the European bloc, said Reuters.
Charged with making offers no one can refuse
Italy’s competition authority has opened an investigation into cloud storage services operated by Apple, Dropbox and Google, in response to a number of complaints alleging unfair commercial practices.
Barr wants Google in court now even if lawyers think they will get a good kicking
The Justice Department plans to bring an antitrust case against Google as soon as this month, after Attorney General William P. Barr overruled career lawyers who said they needed more time to build a strong case against one of the world's wealthiest, most formidable technology companies.
Advertisers call foul
Last week the fruity cargo cult Apple announced changes to its privacy rules which will require users to opt in to having their data collected by advertisers.