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 […]

US: DOJ reportedly authorized to investigate Apple

US: DOJ reportedly authorized to investigate Apple

The US Department of Justice has been granted authority to investigate Apple for potential antitrust violations, according to Reuters. The news comes after reports that Google is under scrutiny from Justice Department antitrust investigators, with the DOJ reportedly focusing on its advertising and search businesses. Meanwhile, the Federal Trade Commission has been authorized to investigate […]

EU: Commission wants to hear from Apple over Spotify complaint

EU: Commission wants to hear from Apple over Spotify complaint

EU regulators will decide what steps to take regarding Spotify’s complaint about Apple once they get a response from the iPhone maker, Europe’s antitrust chief said on Monday. World No.1 music streaming service Spotify complained to the European Commission in March that Apple unfairly limits competitors to its Apple Music streaming service. It also criticized […]

Global: Apple defends App Store amid mounting criticism

Global: Apple defends App Store amid mounting criticism

Apple has debuted a new website to quell antitrust concerns, amid calls for the tech giant to be broken up, according to a report by CNBC. Apple lost a Supreme Court case recently about competition on the App Store, but Apple’s site says the App Store is open to competition. “We created the App Store […]

US: SCOTUS allows antitrust suit against Apple to proceed

US: SCOTUS allows antitrust suit against Apple to proceed

The Supreme Court on Monday, May 13, ruled 5-4 against Apple, saying iPhone users can pursue their antitrust lawsuit involving the tech giant’s signature electronic marketplace, the App Store Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote the majority opinion, which was joined by the court’s liberal justices. The iPhone users argued that Apple’s 30% commission on sales through […]

US: Apple to pay Qualcomm over US$4.5B in past licensing fees

US: Apple to pay Qualcomm over US$4.5B in past licensing fees

According to Qualcomm’s latest earnings report released this week, Apple will pay the company between $4.5 and $4.7 billion as part of the settlement the two firms made last month. Last month, Qualcomm and Apple put to bed a massive, long-running patent and antitrust case that started when Apple sued the other company for alleged unfair […]

EU: Apple fights third-party screen time apps

EU: Apple fights third-party screen time apps

A new report from The New York Times notes of Apple’s continued efforts to push users towards its first-party time tracking feature. The report details that over the past year, Apple has “removed or restricted” at least 11 of the 17 most popular screen time and parental control applications on the App Store. In some […]

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