Germany sets up body to lead modernisation of competition law

Posted by Out-Law Germany sets up body to lead modernisation of competition law By Michael Reich A new body tasked with proposing reforms to competition law to better support digital companies based in Europe has been set up by the German government. The Commission Competition Law 4.0 was set up by the Ministry for Economic Affairs. […]

A very antitrust situation

Posted by The Financial Times A very antitrust situation By Rana Foroohar  Last week, my colleague Ed asked readers to “think bigly” about a grand strategy around foreign policy. This week, I’ll borrow another unique piece of locution from Our Leader and ask Swampians to consider how the president is politicising a “very antitrust situation” […]

Economists Gear Up to Challenge the Monopolies

Posted by Bloomberg Opinion Economists Gear Up to Challenge the Monopolies By Noah Smith The antitrust movement is making a comeback. Zephyr Teachout, candidate for New York state attorney general, is promising to fight monopolies. Activists such as Matt Stoller of the Open Market Institute are beginning to draw attention to the problem of concentrated […]

Taking on big tech: where does Australia stand?

Posted by The Conversation Taking on big tech: where does Australia stand? By Caron Beaton-Wells Big tech is under fire in Europe. In its latest sting, the European Commission has slapped Google with an eye-watering €4.3 billion (US$5 billion) fine for anti-competitive tying of its Android operating system to its in-house search engine and web browser. […]

No One Is Innocent In The Global Game of Monopoly

Posted by Bloomberg No One Is Innocent In The Global Game of Monopoly By Ferdinando Giugliano  Europe shouldn’t be smug about market dominance. It’s not just a Silicon Valley thing. Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition commissioner, has a reputation for being one of the world’s most committed trustbusters. From Apple Inc, to Alphabet Inc, the […]

US: Trump administration to block Chinese tech Investments

US: Trump administration to block Chinese tech Investments

The US Treasury Department is reportedly gearing up to announce rules that would prevent companies with 25% or more Chinese ownership from purchasing a US company that has “industrially significant technology,” Reuters reported. Reuters, citing a government official briefed on the matter, reported that the threshold could change before an official announcement is made, which […]

US: Microsoft President: “If you create tech that changes the world, the world is going to want to regulate you”

US: Microsoft President: “If you create tech that changes the world, the world is going to want to regulate you”

Speaking at Recode’s Code Conference in Palos Verdes, California, Microsoft President Brad Smith drew lessons from the software giant’s “gut wrenching” antitrust battles of the late 1990s that seem to resonate today, as Facebook faces scrutiny of its data privacy practices by regulators in the US and Europe. “If you create technology that changes the […]

Antitrust and the Design of Production

Posted by Social Science Research Network Antitrust and the Design of Production By Herbert J. Hovenkamp (University of Pennsylvania) Abstract:      Both economics and antitrust policy have traditionally distinguished “production” from “distribution.” The former is concerned with how products are designed and built, the latter with how they are placed into the hands of […]

US: Mastercard gains AI acquisition

US: Mastercard gains AI acquisition

MasterCard announced on Monday that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Brighterion, Inc., a leading software company specializing in artificial intelligence (AI) with which it has a long-running relationship. This acquisition will further expand its suite of capabilities that deliver an enhanced customer experience and security. AI plays a critical role in enabling […]

Exclusion in Digital Markets

Posted by Social Science Research Network Exclusion in Digital Markets By Konstantinos Stylianou (University of Leeds) Abstract:     Exclusionary practices and effects are at the core of antitrust enforcement and sector-specific regulation, as they serve as one of the main determinants of the competitive conditions in the market. The antitrust treatment and regulation of exclusion […]

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