Tag: Antitrust Laws and Competition Issues

Europe Is Toughest on Big Tech, Yet Big Tech Still Reigns

LONDON — Richard Stables should have felt vindicated when the European Union announced a $2.7 billion fine in 2017 against Google for breaking antitrust laws. He had raised alarms about the search giant’s power for years. But rather than feel victorious, Mr. Stables felt resigned. His company, Kelkoo, once a leading online shopping destination in […]

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Big Business Is Overcharging You

When Thomas Philippon moved to Boston from his native France 20 years ago, he was a graduate student on a budget, and he was happy to discover how cheap American telephone use was. In those days of dial-up internet connections, going online involved long local phone calls that could cost more than $10 apiece in […]

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Powerful Coalition Pushes Back on Anti-Tech Fervor

WASHINGTON — Thomas Lambert, a professor at the University of Missouri’s law school, gave his former colleague Josh Hawley a warning before Mr. Hawley became a senator in January. Mr. Lambert had been wary of Mr. Hawley’s decision in 2017, as Missouri’s attorney general, to open an antitrust investigation into Google, saying he didn’t see […]

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California Attorney General Is a No-Show on Tech Investigations

WASHINGTON — When numerous state attorneys general gathered last month on the steps of the Supreme Court to announce an antitrust investigation into Google, one was conspicuously absent: Xavier Becerra, California’s attorney general. He was also missing from a list of state attorneys general publicly signing on to a joint antitrust investigation into Facebook, released […]

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Changing Section 230 Would Strengthen the Biggest Tech Companies

Who benefits from Section 230, the federal law that shields online platforms from liability for content posted by users? According to commentators and politicians, Section 230 helps only large tech companies. But the biggest beneficiaries of Section 230 are internet users, not internet companies. Before Congress undermines Section 230, it must understand how users rely […]

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High Medical Bills Set Up Major Legal Showdown in California

In a less than a week, Sutter Health, a sprawling system of 24 hospitals and 5,500 doctors, will face a court trial over accusations that it used its dominance in Northern California to stifle competition and force patients to pay higher medical bills. Sutter, the nonprofit hospital group in Sacramento, with operating revenues of $13 […]

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The Sum of Zuckerberg’s Fears

It’s a relief that Mark Zuckerberg is finally facing an existential crisis. The problem is that his existential crisis — instead of being about the damage his giant social media company might be causing our society — is all about the trustbusting stylings of Senator Elizabeth Warren. Thanks to Casey Newton of The Verge — […]

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Zuckerberg Hates Warren’s Plan to Break Up Facebook. She Doesn’t Care.

For months, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has made “big, structural change,” the rallying cry of her presidential campaign. And when it comes to the tech sector, that has meant taking square aim at giant companies like Facebook — companies she says have become so large that they are stifling competition. Ms. Warren rolled out […]

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Congress Asks More than 80 Companies for Big Tech Complaints

SAN FRANCISCO — House lawmakers have asked more than 80 companies for information about how their businesses may have been harmed by Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, according to four people familiar with the requests. The House Judiciary Committee, which is investigating the influence of the tech giants, sent formal requests for information to the […]

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Microsoft’s President on Silicon Valley in the Cross Hairs

[embedded content] Brad Smith began his career at Microsoft in 1993. Aside from serving as its president, he is the company’s chief legal officer and the co-author of a new book, “Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age.” Andrew Ross Sorkin, DealBook editor and columnist for The New York Times, […]

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House Antitrust Panel Seeks Documents From 4 Big Tech Firms

A House committee investigating Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google over possible antitrust violations on Friday sent the four companies detailed requests for documents, emails and other communications. House investigators are seeking information on the big technology companies’ businesses, acquisitions and conduct in digital markets including internet search, advertising and e-commerce. The formal requests for information […]

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E.U.’s New Digital Czar: ‘Most Powerful Regulator of Big Tech on the Planet’

BRUSSELS — For five years, Margrethe Vestager, was the scourge of Silicon Valley, levying billions of dollars in fines and initiating investigations against Google, Apple and Facebook for violating antitrust laws and harming consumers. As the European Union’s competition commissioner, she, and her army of lawyers, became heroes to many critics of Big Tech, even […]

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The Auto Rule Rollback That Nobody Wants, Except Trump

Auto companies prize certainty in how the government regulates them because of the long timelines involved in designing and manufacturing cars and trucks. Now the Trump administration has upended that certainty by going to extraordinary lengths to roll back Obama-era greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards that even much of the industry supports. It’s a […]

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Google Antitrust Investigation Outlined by State Attorneys General

The state attorneys general from about four dozen states officially declared on Monday that they are beginning investigations into the market power and corporate behavior of big tech companies. The formal declaration, delivered from the steps of the United States Supreme Court by a bipartisan group of state officials, adds investigative muscle and political momentum […]

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How Top-Valued Microsoft Has Avoided the Big Tech Backlash

Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple are targets of government investigations and public outrage, facing accusations that they abuse their power in various ways, from exploiting personal information to stifling rivals. Conspicuously absent from most of that criticism? Microsoft, a tech company worth more than them all. The software giant, valued at more than $1 trillion […]

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How Each Big Tech Company May Be Targeted by Regulators

Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google have been the envy of corporate America, admired for their size, influence and remarkable growth. Now that success is attracting a different kind of spotlight. In Washington, Brussels and beyond, regulators and lawmakers are investigating whether the four technology companies have used their size and wealth to quash competition and […]

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A Cruel Parody of Antitrust Enforcement

President Trump’s Justice Department — for it is increasingly clear that the department has been reduced to an arm of the White House — has opened an antitrust investigation of four auto companies that had the temerity to defy the president by voluntarily agreeing to reduce auto emissions below the level required by current federal […]

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New Google and Facebook Inquiries Show Big Tech Scrutiny Is Rare Bipartisan Act

There is a force uniting the nation’s fierce partisan divide: big technology companies. Democrats and Republicans at the federal and state levels are uniting to scrutinize the power of the tech giants, and potentially to rein them in. Letitia James, New York’s attorney general, announced on Friday that the attorneys general in eight states — […]

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Justice Dept. Opens Antitrust Inquiry Into Automakers’ Emissions Pact With California

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. The Justice Department has opened an antitrust inquiry into the four major automakers that struck a deal with California this year to reduce automobile emissions, according to people familiar with the matter, escalating a standoff between President Trump, California and […]

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Facebook Faces Antitrust Investigation by State Attorneys General

Regulators in eight states and the District of Columbia are moving forward with an antitrust investigation into Facebook, New York’s attorney general said on Friday, the latest move by government officials to increase scrutiny of America’s technology giants. “Even the largest social media platform in the world must follow the law and respect consumers,” Attorney […]

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