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Android has created more choice, not less | Google Blog
- yeah right. Basically we can't get paid in data so pay us a licence fee. I wonder how much Google will have to pay to keep Google Search in the device if they do that. It could also create an opportunity for Oxygen, Yandex app store, Jolla and home grown distributions by the likes of Huawei instead
alphabet  antitrust  totwitter 
23 hours ago by renaissancechambara
Firefox and the 4-year battle to get Google to treat it as a first-class citizen | ZDNet
One would certainly hope so, lest the European Commission take an interest in why Chrome's main desktop browsing competitor is held back on the one platform that allows third-party rendering engines, and is owned by Google.
firefox  antitrust  webbrowser 
8 days ago by yorksranter
States launch investigation targeting fast-food hiring practices - The Washington Post
fast food companies, including: Burger King, Dunkin’ Donuts, Panera Bread, Wendy's, Arby's, Five Guys, Little Caesars, and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen use "no-poaching" clauses in their contracts to keep workers from accepting competing offers (which keeps wages/benefits low).

"About 80 percent of fast-food workers are constricted by no-poaching clauses, according to [Massachusetts Attorney General Maura] Healey's office."
antitrust  monopsony  labor  labor-rights 
9 days ago by tarakc02
Firefox and the four-year battle to have Google to treat it as a first-class citizen • ZDNet
Chris Duckett:
<p>Buried in Mozilla's issue tracker is a <a href="https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=975444">bug</a> that kicked off in February 2014, and is yet to be resolved: Have Google treat Firefox for Android as a first-class citizen and serve up comparable content to what the search giant hands Chrome and Safari.

After years of requests, meetings, and to and fro, it has hit a point where the developers of Firefox are experimenting by manipulating the user agent string in its nightly development builds to trick Google into thinking that Firefox Mobile is a Chrome browser.

Not only does Google's search page degrade for Firefox on Android, but some new properties like Google Flights have occasionally taken to outright blocking of the browser. Over the past couple of months, I have been using Firefox Mobile as my primary mobile browser and happened upon Google Flights, and although I wasn't blocked, it did fail in places -- at the time of writing, though, it seems the site is fine.

As for Google's flagship search page, Firefox users get an inferior version that does not even have the tools bar that allows users to narrow searches down by date. I find it hard to believe that in 2018, the world's most visited web page cannot find the small amount of time and resources it would take to deliver a comparable page to non-WebKit browsers, even if they do make up a minuscule amount of its visitors.</p>


Hmm, how would one pursue this as a monopoly issue?
browser  firefox  antitrust 
10 days ago by charlesarthur
Google vs Firefox Mobile
Google's web apps give a degraded experience to Firefox Mobile users
gecko  firefox  browser  google  monopoly  antitrust 
10 days ago by nelson
FTC Democrat hires tech industry critic who's taken aim at Amazon • POLITICO
Nancy Scola:
<p>FTC Democratic Commissioner Rohit Chopra is hiring Lina Khan, one of the country's foremost critics of the growing market power of U.S. tech companies and the author of a landmark paper making an antitrust case against Amazon.

Chopra's move is a sign that the newly-minted commissioner is preparing to take a tough stand against Silicon Valley. He's doing so as political figures on both the left and right, including President Donald Trump, call for greater checks on the tech industry.

A 2017 graduate of Yale Law School, Khan made her name with an academic paper called "<a href="https://www.yalelawjournal.org/note/amazons-antitrust-paradox">Amazon's Antitrust Paradox</a>" that argues that the current U.S. approach to antitrust law hasn't kept pace with technology and fails to accurately measure the anti-competitive threat posed by companies like Amazon.

She maintained that simply because companies offer Americans obvious benefits like lower prices — criteria under the so-called consumer welfare test — that doesn't mean they should be exempt from antitrust scrutiny. In the paper, she floated the idea of either breaking up Amazon or regulating it like a public utility.

Khan has more recently served as the director of legal policy at the Open Markets Institute, an advocacy group that has become perhaps Washington's highest-profile champion for the idea that the U.S. approach to antitrust has failed to counter the negative effects of technology behemoths like Amazon, Google and Facebook.</p>


That's an interesting hire. The FTC decided against taking antitrust action against Google in 2012, based on that "consumer welfare" test. Will things change?
ftc  antitrust  amazon 
10 days ago by charlesarthur

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