This winter, the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Apple violated US federal antitrust law by conspiring to fix the price of ebooks. The court called Apple's price fixing the "supreme evil of antitrust". Today, the Supreme Court has rejected Apple's appeal.
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Tim Wu, the guy who coined the phrase "net neutrality", went nose-to-nose with the House Judiciary subcommittee on Friday morning to fight for the future of the internet. Congress wants to know if somebody other than the FCC should decide the fate of net neutrality. Wu, for one, thinks that's a pretty silly idea.
Apple is not happy with the US Department of Justice and friends. On Friday afternoon, just a few hours after the DOJ and 33 state attorneys-general proposed a series of remedies for Apple's anticompetitive behaviour over ebook pricing, the company struck back with some proposals of its own.
After a US District Court judged found Apple guilty of colluding with book publishers to fix the prices of ebooks last month, it was unclear what the actual consequences would be for the iPad-maker. Well with little pomp or circumstance, the US Department of Justice has just cleared that up, and it's not good for Apple.
The US Federal Trade Commission's reported closing of its Google search bias investigation, with no real enforceable settlement mechanism and a special new self-enforcement antitrust precedent apparently only available to Google, raises serious questions about the integrity of the FTC's law enforcement process and whether the FTC accords Google with special treatment not available to other companies.
According to Bloomberg, the US Department of Justice just filed an antitrust lawsuit against Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Apple over the pricing of ebooks.
The US Federal Trade Commission has subpoenaed Apple as part of an antitrust probe of Google, in order to determine how search is incorporated into iOS devices. The request for information specifically asks for details about agreements that made Google the default search engine on Apple's mobile devices.
The European Commission is the latest governing body to jump on the Google antitrust dogpile. According to the FT, it's about to serve Google with a 400-page statement of objections, containing a litany of by-now familiar complaints.
It took the FTC a month and a half to look into Microsoft's proposed purchase of Skype, but finally they've given the project a thumb's up, deciding it doesn't breach antitrust laws.
According to Bloomberg, Google could be the target of a "broad antitrust investigation" by the US Federal Trade Commission. FTC officials are said to be waiting on a Justice Department ruling that will determine if Google's attempted acquisition of travel software company ITA is anticompetitive before they proceed with the investigation. Mo money mo problems.
Microsoft is getting involved with the European Union's antitrust investigation regarding Google, mostly regarding the lack of information Google provides search engine competitors for indexing YouTube videos. But even more interesting is Microsoft's claim that their app is lacking because Google won't provide the Windows Phone 7 team with the necessary data for the YouTube app that the versions on Android and iOS have.
How's this for the pot calling the kettle black? Microsoft has made an official complaint to the European Commission, claiming that Google is behaving in an anti-competitive way when it comes to search. Namely, their acquisition of YouTube back in 2006 meant that competing search engines were restricted from "properly accessing it for their search results".