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This Man May Be Big Tech’s Biggest Threat - The New York Times
In the past, congressional inquiries laid the foundation for antitrust reform. Investigations led by Senator Philip A. Hart, a Michigan Democrat, in the 1960s and 1970s paved the way for antitrust actions in industries from telephones to breakfast cereals, and for new legislation that strengthened oversight of corporate mergers. They also led to new powers for the Justice Department.

Republicans also say it is time for scrutiny of the tech companies.

In September, when the House team sent lengthy information requests to the chief executives of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple, the letters bore the signatures of four congressmen: Mr. Nadler, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee; Doug Collins of Georgia, the ranking Republican on Judiciary; Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, the ranking Republican on the antitrust subcommittee; and Mr. Cicilline.
antitrust  technology 
2 days ago by brycecovert
Elizabeth Warren Drafts Legislation to Reverse Tech Mega Mergers - Bloomberg
The new bill would direct the government to also consider the impact on entrepreneurs, innovation, privacy and workers.

Warren’s bill, tentatively titled the Anti-Monopoly and Competition Restoration Act, would also ban non-compete and no-poaching agreements for workers and protect the rights of gig economy workers, such as drivers for Uber Technologies Inc., to organize.
antitrust  monopoly  gigeconomy  Gigworkers  noncompetes 
7 days ago by brycecovert
Mobile industry has stifled eSIM—and the DOJ is demanding change | Ars Technica
US warns GSMA, says it must change eSIM standard that blocks competition.
The US Department of Justice has given its tentative approval to a wireless-industry plan to revise eSIM standards, saying that new safeguards should prevent carriers from colluding against competitors in the standards-setting process. But the DOJ warned the industry that it must eliminate anti-competitive provisions from the current eSIM standard or face possible antitrust enforcement.
The DOJ last year began investigating AT&T, Verizon, and the GSMA, a trade group that represents mobile carriers worldwide. The antitrust enforcer found that incumbent carriers stacked the deck against competitors while developing an industry standard for eSIM, the embedded SIM technology that is used instead of removable SIM cards in new smartphones and other devices.
In theory, eSIM technology should make it easier to switch carriers or use multiple carriers because the technology doesn't require swapping between physical SIM cards. But how it works in practice depends heavily on whether big carriers dominate the standard-setting process.
gov2.0  politics  DOJ  eSIM  competition  telco  wireless  antitrust 
8 days ago by rgl7194
Prime Mover: How Amazon Wove Itself Into the Life of an American City - The New York Times
Baltimore’s pleading pitch last year to become an additional headquarters city for Amazon, promising a whopping $3.8 billion in subsidies, did not even make the second round of bidding. But Amazon’s presence here shows how the many-armed titan may now reach into Americans’ daily lives in more ways than any corporation in history. If antitrust investigators want to sample Amazon’s impact on the ground, they could well take a look here.
amazon  antitrust  baltimore  privacy  labor 
10 days ago by perich
Exclusive: EU antitrust regulators say they are investigating Google's data collection • Reuters
Foo Yun Chee:
<p>EU antitrust regulators are investigating Google’s collection of data, the European Commission told Reuters on Saturday, suggesting the world’s most popular internet search engine remains in its sights despite record fines in recent years.

Competition enforcers on both sides of the Atlantic are now looking into how dominant tech companies use and monetise data.

The EU executive said it was seeking information on how and why Alphabet unit Google is collecting data, confirming a Reuters story on Friday.

“The Commission has sent out questionnaires as part of a preliminary investigation into Google’s practices relating to Google’s collection and use of data. The preliminary investigation is ongoing,” the EU regulator told Reuters in an email.

A document seen by Reuters shows the EU’s focus is on data related to local search services, online advertising, online ad targeting services, login services, web browsers and others.

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has handed down fines totalling more than €8bn to Google in the last two years and ordered it to change its business practices.</p>

Google's not going to change its business practices.
google  data  ec  antitrust 
11 days ago by charlesarthur
Google’s Manual Interventions in Search Results - Mike Wacker - Medium
Google CEO Sundar Pichai was summoned to testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee on December 11, 2018. This hearing spanned many topics, including Google’s alleged bias against…
google  censorship  surveillance.capitalism  surveillance.culture  antitrust  search.engine  blacklists  manipulation 
16 days ago by po
Google regularly changes search results: WSJ
Google is facing multiple antitrust investigations and claims of bias from conservative lawmakers.
google  censorship  surveillance.capitalism  surveillance.culture  antitrust 
16 days ago by po

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