Tag: Antitrust Laws and Competition Issues

Big Tech Makes Inroads With the Biden Campaign

WASHINGTON — Joseph R. Biden Jr. has been critical of Big Tech, admonishing Facebook for mishandling misinformation and saying internet companies should lose a central legal protection. But his campaign has quietly welcomed onto its staff and policy groups people who have worked with or for Silicon Valley giants, raising concerns among the industry’s critics […]

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Is Microsoft Sure It Wants to Buy TikTok?

Microsoft has emerged in recent days as the leading suitor for the fast-growing but embattled social media app TikTok. What the company may be buying is a big headache. The tech giant said it would continue negotiating toward a purchase of the short-video-sharing service amid President Trump’s attempts to ban from the United States or […]

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What Years of Emails and Texts Reveal About Your Friendly Tech Companies

The spectacle of the chief executives of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google testifying before Congress last week made for good TV drama. Yet the theatrics of the showdown distracted from the real payoff of the hearings: the accompanying cache of subpoenaed emails and texts from the past decade and a half. These documents provide compelling […]

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I Tried to Live Without the Tech Giants. It Was Impossible.

The chief executives of Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple were called before a House antitrust committee this week, ostensibly to answer questions about whether they have too much power and whether that hurts consumers. The tech bosses, who appeared via videoconference, fended off questions about being “cyber barons,” saying they have plenty of competition and […]

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The Economy Is in Record Decline, but Not for the Tech Giants

A day after lawmakers grilled the chief executives of the biggest tech companies about their size and power, Amazon, Apple, Alphabet and Facebook reported surprisingly healthy quarterly financial results, defying one of the worst economic downturns on record. Even though the companies felt some sting from the spending slowdown, they demonstrated, as critics have argued, […]

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Big Tech’s Backlash Is Just Starting

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Wednesday’s five-plus-hour congressional probing of the bosses of America’s tech giants did not reveal a singular “gotcha” moment or smoking gun email. We’ve heard many of these examples of Big Tech abuse before. But the power of […]

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Grilled by Lawmakers, Big Tech Turns Up the Gaslight

When Mark Zuckerberg appeared in front of Congress two years ago, the Facebook chief executive’s memorable retort to a clueless questioner was “Senator, we run ads.” After Wednesday’s marathon appearance by Mr. Zuckerberg and three other tech titans at a House hearing on competition in the tech industry, a more fitting quote might be “Congresswoman, […]

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‘This Is a New Phase’: Europe Shifts Tactics to Limit Tech’s Power

LONDON — In Brussels, European Union leaders are pursuing a new law that could make it illegal for Amazon and Apple to give their own products preferential treatment over those of rivals that are selling on their online stores. In Britain, officials are drawing up a law to force Facebook to make its services work […]

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Lawmakers, United in Their Ire, Lash Out at Big Tech’s Leaders

WASHINGTON — The chief executives of Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook, four tech giants worth nearly $5 trillion combined, faced withering questions from Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike on Wednesday for the tactics and market dominance that had made their enterprises successful. For more than five hours, the 15 members of an antitrust panel in […]

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Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon C.E.O.s Are Testifying Before Congress. Here’s What to Know.

Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tim Cook of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Sundar Pichai of Google are set to testify before Congress on Wednesday to make their case about why their companies actually are not that powerful. The four will answer questions from House lawmakers who have been investigating their companies’ business practices for […]

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Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon C.E.O.s Are Testifying Before Congress. Here’s What to Know.

Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tim Cook of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Sundar Pichai of Google are set to testify before Congress on Wednesday to make their case about why their companies actually are not that powerful. The four will answer questions from House lawmakers who have been investigating their companies’ business practices for […]

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How to Hold Big Tech’s Feet to the Fire

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Congress’s attention will turn briefly to another matter: world domination. On Wednesday, the chief executives of Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google’s parent company, Alphabet, will appear together to defend themselves in a continuing inquiry into their market power by the congressional subcommittee focused on antitrust. The virus’s reach means Mark Zuckerberg […]

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Bezos, Cook, Pichai and Zuckerberg Prepare For Grilling

There is a lot of chatter about David Solomon’s D.J. gig at a packed Hamptons concert over the weekend, where a seeming lack of social distancing has led to an investigation by the New York health authorities. For the Goldman Sachs chief, eyebrows are being raised about his judgment, along with a healthy dose of […]

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Their Businesses Went Virtual. Then Apple Wanted a Cut.

ClassPass built its business on helping people book exercise classes at local gyms. So when the pandemic forced gyms across the United States to close, the company shifted to virtual classes. Then ClassPass received a concerning message from Apple. Because the classes it sold on its iPhone app were now virtual, Apple said it was […]

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Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Prepare for Their ‘Big Tobacco Moment’

WASHINGTON — After lawmakers collected hundreds of hours of interviews and obtained more than 1.3 million documents about Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, their chief executives will testify before Congress on Wednesday to defend their powerful businesses from the hammer of government. The captains of the New Gilded Age — Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tim […]

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Jeff Bezos Cast in a Role He Never Wanted: Amazon’s D.C. Defender

WASHINGTON — Last September, Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, rattled off terrifying statistics about the warming planet from the storied National Press Club, two blocks from the White House. Then he said he had something exciting to announce. But when he uncovered a towering sign with the news, Amazon’s name was nowhere in sight. Instead, […]

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Big Tech Funds a Think Tank Pushing for Fewer Rules. For Big Tech.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — A year ago, antitrust officials from Australia, Brazil, China, Japan and eight other countries enjoyed $110-a-plate steak dinners and unlimited pours from $70 bottles of wine at a beachfront hotel surrounded by panoramic views of the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean. The opulent meal was the culmination of a weeklong […]

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Tim Bray is Not Done With Amazon

SEATTLE — Tim Bray, an internet pioneer and a former vice president at Amazon, sent shock waves through the tech giant in early May when he resigned for what he called “a vein of toxicity” running through its culture. Within a few hours, his blog post about the resignation drew hundreds of thousands of views, […]

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Slack Accuses Microsoft of Illegally Crushing Competition

Microsoft is undeniably one of the Big Tech elite, given its size, wealth and stock market value. But the software giant has stood apart from Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple in one important respect: Microsoft, once the bully of the tech world, has escaped antitrust scrutiny so far. Now Slack Technologies, whose popular chat and […]

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Apple Scores Legal Victory Against $14.9 Billion E.U. Tax Demand

LONDON — Apple won a major legal victory on Wednesday against European antitrust regulators as a European court overruled a 2016 decision that ordered the company to pay $14.9 billion in unpaid taxes to Ireland. The decision, which can be appealed to the European Union’s top court, is a setback for the region’s efforts to […]

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How May Google Fight an Antitrust Case? Look at This Little-Noticed Paper

WASHINGTON — Google has largely stayed quiet about its conversations with federal investigators as the Justice Department has looked into whether the company abused its dominance of the online advertising market. But a little-noticed 67-page document sent to Australian regulators in May by Google’s advisers may provide clues to how the Silicon Valley titan intends […]

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