Bloomberg: Google, Other Tech Giants Enlist Mom-and-Pop Shops in Antitrust Campaign

Bloomberg: Google, Other Tech Giants Enlist Mom-and-Pop Shops in Antitrust Campaign. “Online platforms made Mimi Striplin’s dream of selling handmade jewelry possible….Earlier this year she spoke with the offices of her South Carolina senators to warn that antitrust bills introduced in Congress risked complicating the online tools she uses not just to reach customers, but also to organize her team, inventory and shipping. Her argument wasn’t just on her own behalf.”

Google’s response to Korea ‘laughable’: CAF leader (Korea Joongang Daily)

Korea Joongang Daily: Google’s response to Korea ‘laughable’: CAF leader. “Korea’s ongoing battle with the world’s largest tech companies is shaping up to be epic. Months in, the country’s aggressive gambit, in the form of the ‘Anti-Google law,’ has been met with a seeming flimflam from Google and a stiff-arm from Apple. It might be a disappointing result if it were not for the fact that the world has taken note, and Korea is fast becoming a base camp for a global resistance to what is referred to by some as a duopoly.”

Report: US ISPs Aren’t Transparent About Prices And Speeds, And Regulators Generally Don’t Care (Techdirt)

Techdirt: Report: US ISPs Aren’t Transparent About Prices And Speeds, And Regulators Generally Don’t Care . “By now we’ve well established that regional monopolization, limited competition, and the (state and federal) corruption that enables both (aka regulatory capture) are why US broadband is spotty, expensive, and slow. With neither competent regulatory oversight nor meaningful competition to drive improvements, regional dominant broadband providers simply… don’t bother.”

TechCrunch: New antitrust suit from Phhhoto alleges Facebook copied and killed the competition

TechCrunch: New antitrust suit from Phhhoto alleges Facebook copied and killed the competition. “The app, Phhhoto, launched in 2014, inviting users to create and share short GIF-like videos. If that sounds familiar, that’s because the same functionality was popularized in Boomerang, an app made by Instagram. That feature is now integrated into Instagram’s core app experience. The newly filed lawsuit, embedded below, alleges that Facebook’s behavior violated antitrust laws by cutting off the app’s access to its social graph, slow-walking a proposed relationship and then eventually releasing its own copy of Phhhoto’s core feature: the seconds-long looping video.”

CNBC: Google loses antitrust battle with EU as court upholds 2017 order to pay $2.8 billion fine

CNBC: Google loses antitrust battle with EU as court upholds 2017 order to pay $2.8 billion fine. “The ruling comes after the European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, said in 2017 that Google had favored its own comparison shopping services and fined the company 2.42 billion euros ($2.8 billion) for breaching antitrust rules. Alphabet-unit Google contested the claims using the EU’s second-highest court.”

Ars Technica: Australia also wants Google to unbundle search from Android

Ars Technica: Australia also wants Google to unbundle search from Android. “The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is the latest government regulatory body to take issue with how Google does business. As Reuters reports, the ACCC wants Google to show a ‘choice screen’ to Android users, allowing them to pick a default search engine other than Google Search.”

Reuters: EU tech rules should curb cloud computing providers, study says

Reuters: EU tech rules should curb cloud computing providers, study says. “Draft EU rules to curb the power of Amazon AMZN.O, Apple AAPL.O, Alphabet GOOGL.O unit Google and Facebook FB.O should also tackle providers of cloud computing services for possible anti-competitive practices, a study said on Tuesday. The report comes amid concerns that some EU lawmakers who are reviewing the Digital Markets Act (DMA) proposed by EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager may be lenient towards cloud computing companies.”

The easy way to rein in Facebook and Google: stop them gobbling up competitors (The Conversation)

The Conversation: The easy way to rein in Facebook and Google: stop them gobbling up competitors. “Their future is largely in our hands. For big tech companies able to use the weight of their networks (and only for those companies) we could ‘just say no’ to takeovers. It’s hard to think of a reason for one to proceed. If needed, we could change the law to make ‘no’ the default.”

JFTC starts another antitrust probe against Apple and Google on smart devices: Report (ZDNet)

ZDNet: JFTC starts another antitrust probe against Apple and Google on smart devices: Report. “According to Nikkei, the Japanese competition watchdog will conduct interviews and surveys with OS operators, app developers, and smartphone users to assess whether Apple and Google have created anti-competitive market conditions in the smartphones, smartwatches, and other wearables sectors.”