Business Insider: The White House is considering an an antitrust investigation into ‘online platform bias’ at Google and Facebook. “The White House has drafted a text of a proposed executive order for President Donald Trump that would trigger an antitrust investigation into Google and Facebook, according to Bloomberg.”
France24: Turkey fines Google over competition infringements. “Turkey’s Competition Authority has fined US tech giant Google around $15 million for violating competition rules in sales of mobile software. The Competition Authority (RK) said it was fining Google just over 93 million Turkish lira ($14.93 million).”
BetaNews: Microsoft quietly stops interfering with Chrome and Firefox installations on Windows 10. “If you attempt to download and install Firefox or Chrome on an Insider build now you no longer see the message that appeared yesterday (see below). The software simply installs as you would expect it to.”
The Verge: Microsoft to ‘warn’ Windows 10 users not to install Chrome or Firefox. “Microsoft is getting ready to warn Windows 10 users not to install Chrome or Firefox. The software giant is in the final stages of testing its Windows 10 October 2018 Update, and testers have spotted a new change that appears when you try to install a rival web browser.” Eww.
Reuters: Republican U.S. senator asks FTC to examine Google ads. “U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch on Thursday added to the growing push in Washington to have the Federal Trade Commission rekindle an antitrust investigation of Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google.”
Reuters: German antitrust watchdog plans action on Facebook this year. “Germany’s antitrust watchdog expects to take first steps this year in its probe against Facebook (FB.O) after finding that the social media giant abused its market dominance to gather data on people without their knowledge or consent.”
MENAFN: Google Korea accused of unfair business practices. “Sources said the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) recently wrapped up a three-week on-site probe at the company’s headquarters in Seoul into the allegations that Google has been pressing local game firms to launch their games exclusively on the Google Play platform.”