Russia: Apple for locking out Kaspersky Lab

Russia: Apple for locking out Kaspersky Lab

According to Patently Apple, Apple is under investigation in Russia following a complaint from cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab to Russia’s anti-monopoly watchdog claiming Apple may be abusing its dominant market position. The original complaint was filed in March. Watchdog FAS (Federal Antitrust Service) stated it was investigating why a new version of Kaspersky Lab’s Safe Kids application had been […]

US: Apple to buy most of Intel’s smartphone modem chip business

US: Apple to buy most of Intel’s smartphone modem chip business

On Thursday, July 25, Apple stated in a press release that it has signed an agreement to buy the majority of Intel’s smartphone modem chip business. Approximately 2,200 Intel employees will join Apple, along with intellectual property, equipment and leases. The transaction, valued at US$1 billion, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of […]

“Bright Line” Apple v. Pepper Invites Further Economic Analysis

“Bright Line” Apple v. Pepper Invites Further Economic Analysis

July 2019 “Bright Line” Apple v. Pepper Invites Further Economic Analysis By Celeste Saravia & Todd Kumler (Cornerstone Research) 1 Click here for a PDF version of the article   While Apple v. Pepper may have offered clarity on which entities have standing to recover antitrust damages in cases where a platform operator facilitates transactions […]

US: Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon said to testify at Congressional antitrust hearing next week

Representatives from Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon will be appearing at a hearing with US House Committee on the Judiciary next week to discuss antitrust issues, according to a reports by Politico and The Washington Post. The Post reported that the companies will be sending legal and policy executives, including Kyle Andeer, Apple’s vice president […]

EU: EC investigates Apple’s GDPR compliance

EU: EC investigates Apple’s GDPR compliance

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) announced that it has launched a third privacy investigation into Apple. The tech giant’s main regulator in the European Union (EU) stated it is looking into whether Apple has complied with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) privacy law regarding an access request from a customer. Under GDPR, regulators […]

US: Apple says it collects fee on less than 1% of Spotify users

US: Apple says it collects fee on less than 1% of Spotify users

Music streaming service Spotify pays Apple a 15% fee on about 680,000 of its 100 million premium customers, Apple disclosed in a response to Spotify’s complaint with European antitrust regulators. Premium customers pay a monthly fee or are in a free trial of Spotify’s premium service, which is ad free. Spotify has a total of […]

US: Warren demands Delrahim recuse himself from Google, Apple Probes

US: Warren demands Delrahim recuse himself from Google, Apple Probes

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren called for the head of the Justice Department’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division to recuse himself from working on any investigations of Alphabet’s Google or Apple because of his past lobbying for both companies. Warren wrote to Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim, who oversees the Antitrust Division, in a letter dated Tuesday, […]

US: Apple reups Google Search deal

US: Apple reups Google Search deal

Apple’s former general counsel Bruce Sewell recently said the deal to make Google the default search engine for Safari on iPhones and Macs is worth billions and took about four months of daily negotiations to complete, according to a report by CNBC. “The Google negotiation for example, between Apple and Google over search, probably took […]

US: Apple faces price-fixing suit from developers

US: Apple faces price-fixing suit from developers

According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple was sued by two software developers who claim it’s violating US antitrust law by suppressing competition in the market for iPhone applications. Donald R. Cameron and Pure Sweat Basketball said Apple improperly forces them to sell through the company’s App Store, takes a 30% cut of sales and […]

US: Big Tech antitrust scrutiny extends to Facebook and Apple

US: Big Tech antitrust scrutiny extends to Facebook and Apple

The federal government is stepping up its scrutiny of the world’s biggest tech companies, leaving them vulnerable to new rules and federal lawsuits. Regulators are divvying up antitrust oversight of the Silicon Valley giants and lawmakers are investigating whether they have stifled competition and hurt consumers. After a spate of unusual negotiations, the Justice Department […]

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