Exclusive: Google Hit With Antitrust Complaint by Danish Job Search Rival (Reuters)

Reuters: Exclusive: Google Hit With Antitrust Complaint by Danish Job Search Rival. “Google was hit with an antitrust complaint on Monday after a Danish online job-search rival took its grievance to EU regulators, alleging the Alphabet unit had unfairly favoured its own job search service. The complaint could accelerate EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager’s scrutiny of the service, Google for Jobs, three years after it first came under her microscope.”

TechCrunch: EU’s new rules for Big Tech will come into force in Spring 2023, says Vestager

TechCrunch: EU’s new rules for Big Tech will come into force in Spring 2023, says Vestager. “The European Union’s flagship reform for tackling Big Tech platform power, the Digital Markets Act (DMA), will come into force in early 2023, Commission EVP Margrethe Vestager has said — rowing back from an earlier suggested timeframe of this fall. But she also implied that enforcements against unruly Internet ‘gatekeepers’ could flow soon after the regulation is in place.”

Bloomberg: Google Attacks EU for Treating It Almost Like a ‘Criminal’

Bloomberg: Google Attacks EU for Treating It Almost Like a ‘Criminal’. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google lashed out at the European Union for doling out a ‘quasi criminal fine of very large proportions’ for allegedly thwarting advertising rivals on websites. At a hearing at the bloc’s General Court on Monday, the search giant said the 2019 decision by the EU’s antitrust arm to issue the 1.49 billion-euro ($1.6 billion) fine was riddled with errors and should be struck down.”

The Verge: How The EU Is Fighting Tech Giants With Margrethe Vestager

The Verge: How The EU Is Fighting Tech Giants With Margrethe Vestager. “Margrethe Vestager is one of the driving forces behind tech regulation worldwide. Appointed as the European Commission’s commissioner of competition in 2014 and an executive vice president in 2019, she’s pursued antitrust cases against Apple, Google, Meta (formerly Facebook), and Amazon among others. Now, with the EU on the verge of implementing a new antitrust law called the Digital Markets Act, Vestager is planning her next moves.”

Politico: Intel decision spells trouble for Vestager’s Google campaign

Politico: Intel decision spells trouble for Vestager’s Google campaign. “EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager hadn’t taken up her post in Brussels when the European Commission levied a €1 billion antitrust fine on Intel, but she now has to pick up the pieces of a court debacle that could influence the fate of her record Google antitrust penalty. The EU’s lower court last week annulled the fine imposed on Intel in 2009 and hammered most of the Commission’s case.”

Heise Online: Endangered EU monuments should be digitized quickly

From Heise Online and machine-translated from German: Endangered EU monuments should be digitized quickly. “The EU Commission is pushing for a ‘common European data space for cultural heritage’ to be set up. Endangered monuments and archaeological sites are to be digitized in 3D by 2030. By then, the member states should have converted half of their ‘most physically visited’ cultural facilities into a digital format.”

BBC: Apple charged over ‘anti-competitive’ app policies

BBC: Apple charged over ‘anti-competitive’ app policies. “Apple has been charged with breaking EU competition rules over the way it runs its App Store. European Commission anti-trust regulator Margrethe Vestager tweeted that ‘consumers are losing out’. It relates to charges brought two years ago by music streaming app Spotify which claimed that Apple was stifling innovation in that industry.”

New York Times: Silicon Valley’s Biggest Foe Is Getting Even Tougher

New York Times: Silicon Valley’s Biggest Foe Is Getting Even Tougher. “Margrethe Vestager spent the past five years developing a well-earned reputation as the world’s top tech industry watchdog. From her perch overseeing Europe’s competition rules, she fined Google more than $9 billion for breaking antitrust laws, and forced Apple to pay about $14.5 billion for dodging taxes. Now she says that work, which made her a hero among tech critics, did not go far enough.”

BloombergQuint: Google Gets EU Court Boost in Fight Over Hungary Advertising Tax

BloombergQuint: Google Gets EU Court Boost in Fight Over Hungary Advertising Tax. “Google got a boost in a tax case at the European Union’s top court that’s made the search-engine giant an unlikely ally of EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager in a clash with Hungary. The company’s Ireland unit should win its challenge over Hungary’s controversial advertising revenue tax, an adviser at the bloc’s highest court said on Thursday.”

Vestager 2.0: Google and Facebook’s Nemesis Gets a Reboot (Bloomberg Quint)

BloombergQuint: Vestager 2.0: Google and Facebook’s Nemesis Gets a Reboot . “Margrethe Vestager, famous for slapping vast fines on the likes of Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google during her tenure as the EU’s top antitrust official, has been given the chance to do it all over again. She’s been handed the same job in Ursula von der Leyen’s proposed European Commission.”