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European regulators have set their sights on Amazon, alleging the ecommerce giant is abusing its market power by using non-public business data of independent sellers to improve its own retail business. The European Commission also announced today a separate formal antitrust investigation into Amazon’s ecommerce business, over the possible preferential

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Australia’s competition regulator is closely monitoring the US antitrust case against Google and will seek to reform Australian merger laws next year. Competition tsar Rod Sims also warned against privatising assets as part of a COVID recovery. In his annual address to the Law Council of Australia Business Law Section’s

Google’s relationship with Apple — specifically the deal which sees Google search bundled into Apple’s Safari browser — is at the heart of the decision by the DOJ today to launch an antitrust case against the search giant. But it’s also about more than just the bundling deal. As Constellation

Germany’s highest civil court has ordered Facebook to comply with rules issued by the country’s competition watchdog that curb its ability to merge data between its various platforms such as the Whatsapp, Instagram and the main Facebook service, along with third-party data. The issue of consent sits at the heart

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CRM giant Salesforce has completed its US$15.7 billion acquisition of Tableau, the biggest deal in the company’s history. Announced in June, the deal gives Salesforce greater analytics and data visualisation capabilities as it pursues its Customer 360 strategy. Breakfast event: Who wins and who loses when TV meets programmatic technology?

Facebook has settled a long running privacy investigation with the FTC, agreeing to pay a record US$5 billion fine and upgrade its privacy measures. The Australian privacy watchdog has welcomed settlement but says it will continue its own investigation into the social media giant. The FTC settlement was just one

The US Department of Justice has launched an antitrust investigation into several leaders in the US tech community. Details are sketchy but the department has confirmed the investigation. The move is on top of already announced investigations into Google and Facebook individually, and appears focused on the wider ecosystem. According

All four US consumer tech giants — Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple — are facing a new antitrust probe conducted by the US Congress. The House Judiciary Committee announced on Monday it would launch a broad investigation to determine if dominant firms are engaging in anti-competitive conduct, and whether or

The US Justice Department is reportedly setting up an investigation into Google to examine if its businesses have breached antitrust laws. The Wall Street Journal reported the department’s antitrust division has been laying the groundwork for the investigation in recent weeks. The work follows after an agreement with the Federal

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Google has been fined yet again by European antitrust regulators. The search giant copped a €1.49 billion fine (AU$2.38 billion) for the illegal misuse of its dominant position in the market for the brokering of online search adverts. The ruling said the company was abusing its market dominance by limiting