Ars Technica: Google delays in-app billing crackdown after wave of US antitrust lawsuits

Ars Technica: Google delays in-app billing crackdown after wave of US antitrust lawsuits. “Earlier this month, Google was sued by dozens of state attorneys general over its Play Store policies. Just over a week later, the company is essentially delaying the enforcement of one of its most significant upcoming changes: a decree that all Play Store apps must use Google’s in-app billing or face a ban. Developers can now request a six-month extension to the deadline.”

Brookings Institution: Facebook’s FTC court win is a much-needed wake-up call for Congress

Brookings Institution: Facebook’s FTC court win is a much-needed wake-up call for Congress. “Three elements in the court decision bolster the case for change by revealing how US antitrust law as conceived and practiced today is unable to cope with the growing challenges of Big Tech. The many references in the opinion to ‘lawful monopolies’ underscore that current antitrust doctrine, a durable monopoly is not illegal. Indeed, current doctrine also encourages companies to treat the goal of a permanent lawful monopoly as an incentive to develop an attractive new technology or service.”

Engadget: 36 states launch antitrust suit against Google over the Play Store

Engadget: 36 states launch antitrust suit against Google over the Play Store. “Politico reports 36 states and Washington DC have banded together to sue the company over its handling of the Play Store. They say Google’s control over the marketplace violates US antitrust law. The bipartisan group of attorneys general behind the suit filed the case in the same California federal court where Judge James Donato is scheduled to hire Epic’s suit against Google over Fortnite’s removal from the Play Store last year.”

Brookings Institution: The court’s Facebook decision shows why we need a digital regulatory agency

Brookings Institution: The court’s Facebook decision shows why we need a digital regulatory agency. “A federal district court judge’s dismissal of the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust lawsuit brought against Facebook is graphic evidence that antitrust laws are not sufficient to protect consumers and competition in the digital age. We need a regulatory plan that is more agile and timely than relying on antitrust enforcement as the principal solution.”

Asahi Shimbun: Apple, Google in government sights over antitrust issues

The Asahi Shimbun: Apple, Google in government sights over antitrust issues. “Japan is moving to join global efforts to hold giant IT companies accountable for their dominance in key segments of the marketplace, specifically with regard to the use of operating software in smartphones. Google Inc. and Apple Inc. account for about 90 percent of all operating software installed on smartphones in Japan.”

Mashable: 5 takeaways from 5 new antitrust bills aimed at Big Tech

Mashable: 5 takeaways from 5 new antitrust bills aimed at Big Tech. “The bills need to pass in the House and Senate before President Joe Biden could sign them into law. And even with bipartisan support, getting all five of these bills passed will be an uphill battle. But considering Big Tech now spends more on lobbying in the U.S. than any other industry, the fact this legislation made it out of committee is huge. Here are five takeaways from the five bills.”