Mashable: France hits Apple with a $1.23 billion anti-competitive fine. “The French Competition Authority has ordered Apple to pay a €1.1 billion ($1.23 billion) fine, for colluding with its distributors and abusing the economic dependence of its independent resellers.”
Yelp Blog: Yelp Testifying in Google Antitrust Hearing: Self-Preferencing by Dominant Internet Platforms. “Yelp is testifying before the US Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust in the hearing titled Self-Preferencing by Dominant Internet Platforms on competition policy and consumer rights related to Google’s self-preferencing in local search results. You can read the full testimony here.”
BloombergQuint: AT&T Is Cooperating With Justice Department in Google Probe. “AT&T Inc. is cooperating with the U.S. Justice Department in its Google investigation, which is exploring whether the online search and advertising giant violated antitrust laws, according to a person familiar to the situation.”
CNBC: Google reaches a settlement with state AGs after contesting consultants in antitrust probe. “The settlement means that potential roadblocks to the states’ probe may be cleared for now, allowing the attorneys general to continue digging into Google’s business. A delay to the investigation could hinder the states’ ability to uncover important information about Google’s competitive practices.”
Engadget: Google searches are showing rival business directories in Europe. “Google seems to be taking extra steps to please EU regulators worried that it’s abusing its search dominance. Search Engine Land has discovered that Google is highlighting rival directory services like Yelp when you search for businesses in European countries like France and Spain, placing prominent ‘find results on’ cards above Google’s own.”
New York Times: Google Reaches Document Protection Deal in Antitrust Fight. “Google reached an agreement with a group of state attorneys general on Thursday over how officials will handle information it provides during their antitrust investigation into the company. Settling an early dispute in the case, the agreement requires the states to protect confidential information provided by Google and governs how it can be shared, according to a copy reviewed by The New York Times.”
Sydney Morning Herald: Google and Facebook to face new inquiry with powers to compel. “Online giants such as Google and Facebook are the targets of a federal investigation into the $10 billion internet advertising business in a move aimed at protecting consumers and curbing abuses of market power.” This is Australia.