China Investigating Higher NAND Prices, Potential Price Fixing

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China’s antitrust and regulatory watchdog has announced its tracking NAND flash prices, due to potential collusion between manufacturers and possible price fixing.

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Google Insists Android Plays on Level Field in Europe


Google on Thursday fired back at the European Commission’s charges that it violated antitrust law by imposing coercive rules on mobile operators and developers who use or write applications for its Android operating system. The EC this spring charged that Google’s requirements to use its search engine and its Chrome browser on mobile devices running Android were coercive tactics. The EC also charged that Google prevented manufacturers from offering smart devices using rival operating systems based on the Android open source code.

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Google Cites Amazon Competition in Response to EU


Google last week filed a response in a 6-year-old antitrust battle with the EU, which has charged that its search ads unfairly promoted its own shopping service and blocked rivals. The response addresses a supplementary statement of objections the European Commission sent to Google this summer. The commission’s original statement of objections narrowly defined online shopping services to exclude services like Amazon, and it failed to take into account the broader dynamics of online shopping, which is “robustly competitive,” Google noted.

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European Commission files antitrust charges against Google over Android

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The European Commission has finally filed antitrust charges against Android, but Google was ready for this with a rebuttal. Now for years and years of legal wrangling.

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Apple faces $55M antitrust lawsuit in France over aggressive mobile carrier contracts

Article Image A French antitrust body this week filed suit against Apple for allegedly forcing regional wireless carriers into “unbalanced” contracts, a violation of consumer laws that could see the company pay out 48.5 million euros (about $55.3 million) in damages and fines.

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Apple faces $55M antitrust lawsuit in France over aggressive mobile carrier contracts

Article Image A French antitrust body this week filed suit against Apple for allegedly forcing regional wireless carriers into “unbalanced” contracts, a violation of consumer laws that could see the company pay out 48.5 million euros (about $55.3 million) in damages and fines.

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Court upholds $450M settlement in Apple's e-books case, but Supreme Court appeal still awaits

Article Image Apple’s $450 million settlement in its iBooks antitrust complaint was upheld by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday, but the payout remains dependent on a pending appeal to the Supreme Court.

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Apple likely free of e-book antitrust monitor after 'rocky' two-year term

Article Image The U.S. Department of Justice has recommended against extending the term of Apple antitrust monitor Michael Bromwich after two years of oversight, citing satisfaction with the company’s new compliance program and willingness to meet mandated obligations.

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Consumer advocacy group, Sen. Al Franken add to Apple Music antitrust clamor

Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog leveled antitrust accusations against Apple Music in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice on Wednesday, saying Apple is leveraging access to consumer credit cards, user music preferences and cutthroat business tactics to tamp down competition. Senator Al Franken shared similar concerns and urged for an examination in a separate letter to the same governmental bodies.

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European Commission probes Amazon over e-book publishing contracts

The European Commission on Thursday began an antitrust investigation into Amazon’s e-book business, addressing concerns the company is unfairly using publisher deals to undercut competition — mirroring earlier cases brought against Apple.



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Apple, record labels under scrutiny for collusion in New York and Connecticut

Attorneys general in New York and Connecticut are conducting a joint antitrust investigation concerning Apple’s negotiations with record labels over its new Apple Music streaming service.



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Appeals court denies Apple's bid to remove antitrust monitor in e-books case

Apple’s efforts to have antitrust compliance monitor Michael Bromwich removed from oversight of its business were denied on Wednesday, as an appeals court said the iBooks operator lacked sufficient reasoning to have him replaced.



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US tech companies not disproportionately targeted for regulation, EU says

Despite a recent proliferation of high-profile antitrust allegations brought against American technology companies by the European Commission, the Old Continent’s top legislative body has sought to reassure U.S. firms that they are not being singled out.



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Apple's feud with antitrust monitor continues; company accused of not cooperating in iBooks oversight

Tension between Apple and its court-appointed antitrust monitor continues to mount, as Michael Bromwich has accused the iPad maker of reducing its cooperating with his reviews of the company.



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EC Officially Tosses Google Into Hot Soup


The European Commission on Wednesday began official antitrust proceedings against Google, alleging abuses of its dominance in Internet search. The EC further opened a probe into Google’s Android mobile operating system. In a Statement of Objections sent to Google, the EC notes that its preliminary investigation indicates the company has infringed European antitrust rules by stifling competition and harming consumers. However, issuing the statement does not preclude other possible outcomes of the full investigation.

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Yandex Asks Russian Authorities to Drop the Hammer on Google


Yandex has asked Russia’s antitrust authorities to look into whether Google is breaking the country’s laws by not allowing preinstallation of third-party services on Android devices. Three smartphone vendors told Yandex last year that they couldn’t install its search engine as the default, the company claimed. Yandex is seeking to have the Android OS unbundled from Google Search and other end-user services. The EU began looking into this issue last year. “What goes around comes around,” said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.

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Class representative in Apple 'anti-poaching' suit wants bigger cut of $415M payout

The class representative in a California anti-trust lawsuit regarding alleged anti-poaching measures employed by Apple, Google and other Silicon Valley tech companies, is seeking a larger-than-normal chunk of a proposed $415 million payout for his work in securing more lucrative settlement terms.



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Ireland expected to dissolve 'Double Irish' tax loophole benefitting Apple, others

After pressure from the European Union’s antitrust watchdog, Ireland’s government is expected to announce changes to its tax residency, phasing out the popular multinational tax loophole employed by Apple to save billions of dollars.



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European Commission finds Ireland's tax deal with Apple amounts to illegal state aid

In an official preliminary finding published on Tuesday, the European Union’s antitrust watchdog said it believes Apple is receiving special treatment from Ireland in the form of tax agreements, a situation that constitutes state aid and could therefore be viewed as illegal.



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German Publishing Group Levels Charges Against Amazon


The German Publishers and Booksellers Association has complained to German antitrust authorities that Amazon has been anticompetitive. Amazon delayed the shipment of books from publisher Bonnier following a disagreement over dividing the revenue from e-book sales, it said. Although Amazon was receiving a 30 percent commission on e-book sales, it wanted to receive more like a 40 or 50 percent cut, which would cut into publisher and author revenues, and endanger any company attempting to sell e-books in Germany, the group alleged.

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