The European Commission (EC) is reportedly preparing to launch an antitrust probe into complaints made against Microsoft Teams by competitor Slack. The two firms have clashed many times in the past.
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Apple and Amazon have been accused of colluding to raise the price of the iPhone and iPad in the reselling market by unfairly reducing the competition. A lawsuit has been filed by a credible law firm.
Google has been handed a $113 million fine by India's antitrust watchdog for forcing consumers and developers to use only its own billing mechanisms for purchases from the Google Play Store.
Brazil has approved Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The regulators said that even if Call of Duty becomes an Xbox exclusive, it would not pose a risk to competition.
Ofcom has launched a study into large cloud service providers, communications apps such as WhatsApp, and connected devices like smart TVs and smart speakers. It wants to identify competition concerns.
Adobe is acquiring its creative design tools rival Figma in a major deal worth $20 billion. The half cash and half stock transaction is expected to close in 2023, subject to regulatory approvals.
Google has lost its appeal in the EU General Court for a case that required it to pay a €4.34 billion fine. Although this fine has been slightly reduced now, it is still its biggest penalty in the EU.
U.S. President Joe Biden's administration has laid out plans for a legislative reform in areas concerning big tech firms. The focus is on transparency of algorithms, privacy, and youth safety.
UK's regulator isn't giving Microsoft a free pass in its $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard. It has stated that the deal is anti-competitive in nature and wants a more detailed probe.
EU antitrust regulators have decided not to appeal Qualcomm's victory against the €997 million ($991 million) fine it received back in 2018 for paying Apple to use its chips in iPhones and iPads.
The UK's Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally given the go ahead of the acquisition of Avast by NortonLifeLock. It said the merger won't give the firm a monopoly position.
A UK regulator has begun its investigation of Microsoft's $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard to determine its potential impacts. The deal is already being probed in the U.S. too.
A job search firm in Denmark has filed a complaint against Google, saying that the company uses its inferior Google for Jobs tool to stifle the competition and tighten its grip over the labour market.
The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal has dealt a heavy blow to Meta in its $400 million acquisition of Giphy, ruling that other regulators were correct to raise their antitrust concerns.
A lawsuit regarding Valve's alleged monopoly over the PC gaming market has been allowed to move forward. The class-action says that Valve even retaliates against developers who sell outside of Steam.
The European Commission will be charging Apple for violation of blocking third party services like PayPal to access the "tap and go" NFC feature of iPhone as part of its antitrust investigation.
Some iOS developers based in the United States could get a payout by Apple as part of an antitrust settlement. If you believe you're affected, you should apply for the money by May 20.
Microsoft, previously fined 1.6 billion euros by European Commission, is again facing scrutiny by EU antitrust regulators after NextCloud and OVHcloud registered complaints about its cloud practices.
Apple has published a 47-page retaliation against the UK Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) complaining about its walled garden approach when it comes to the iPhone, App Store, and WebKit.
Microsoft has unveiled the "Open App Store Principles" for storefronts. All of them apply immediately to the Microsoft Store while some are gradually being enforced for the Xbox Store.
The FTC is looking into Microsoft's acquisition of Activision from a competitive standpoint. As things stand, Microsoft plans to close the deal by 2023 but this could change due to the investigation.
Intel has seen a major victory in court as a 2009 European Commission ruling and a $1.2 billion fine against it for anticompetitive behavior and practices to stifle AMD has been overturned.
Amazon will have to shut down the Sold by Amazon program for good because Washington state's attorney general found it was anticompetitive and violated antitrust laws. It ran from 2018 to 2020.
Citing unnamed sources, a new report claims that Nvidia is considering dropping plans for its $40 billion Arm acquisition due to regulatory hurdles. Meanwhile, SoftBank is considering an Arm IPO.
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It's been a relatively slow week due to the holidays in the U.S., but there are still notable news items you might want to catch up on including a complaint against Microsoft in the EU.
A coalition led by Nextcloud is taking on Microsoft in the European Union. It says that Microsoft is acting anti-competitively by bundling OneDrive, Teams, and other software in Windows 11.
The European Commission had fined Google for an antitrust breach back in 2017 when the company was found that it is favoring its own shopping services. Google wasn't happy and contested the result.
Apple has announced that it will soon allow reader apps to link to their websites and make purchases. The change follows the ruling from a recently closed Japan Fair Trade Commission investigation.
Google France's chief has filed an appeal against France's €500 million fine that was imposed in July. The executive claims that the penalty is disproportionate and undermines existing efforts.
BlueMail developer Blix has frequently alleged that Apple unfairly suppresses the competition and has stolen its patented IP. However, its antitrust lawsuit has been thrown out of court yet again.
The EC has announced a formal probe into Google's advertising practices. Among other things, it will be scrutinising Google's plan to prohibit third-party cookies within Google Chrome.
Google has vowed to improve interoperability with third-party ad platforms after a French antitrust watchdog found it to be biased towards Google's own marketplace and fined it €220 million (~$268m).
The European Commission and the UK's anti-competitive regulators are looking into possible antitrust violations by Facebook Marketplace in the classified ads market by using data gathered from rivals.
Apple has been slapped with a £1.5 million class action lawsuit in London for allegedly making excessive charges upon consumers who purchased apps and subscriptions via the App Store since 2015.
The United States Department of Justice is reportedly investigating Google's intention to get rid of traditional identifying cookies to make way for federated learning that groups users into cohorts.
The court has ordered that Apple CEO Tim Cook must face a seven-hour deposition in the legal battle against Epic Games. It has also denied Apple's subpoena requests for Samsung's internal documents.
The European Union's competition regulators are set to decide the fate of Microsoft's acquisition of ZeniMax Media on March 5. If approved, the deal will bring titles like Doom under Microsoft's wing.
The EU Commission has fined Valve, Bandai Namco, Capcom, and other publishers for geo-restricting their games inside the EU Digital Single Market where these restrictions are not allowed.