As calls for increased regulation on the all-consuming power of Google grow louder, the founder of the Opera browser is stepping into the fray. Jon von Tetzchner claims that Google has grown into a monopoly that's making life hell for his development team by using "anti-competitive practices" and making "unreasonable demands" for inclusion in its ad network.
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If you bought a PC with a disk drive between 2003 and 2008 -- the golden age of Livestrong bracelets and trucker hats -- you might be eligible for $US10 ($13) thanks to an antitrust class action suit. In December, Sony, NEC, Panasonic and Hitachi-LG settled a seven-year suit which alleged the companies colluded "to inflate the prices of optical drives sold to big computer companies and retailers."
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.
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.
When ginormous companies try to buy gigantic companies, there's always cries about monopolies, anti-trustiness and all those nasty words. So it's really no surprise that the Department of Justice is now making a "second request" for more information about Google swallowing Motorola.
Google is about to undergo yet another antitrust investigation for its alleged monopolistic business practices, this time in Seoul, Korea. Regulators from the Korean Fair Trade Commission raided their Seoul offices yesterday as the first salvo in the probe.
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.
Android boss Andy Rubin apparently tells handset partners what they can and can't put into their phones. This is the latest bit of news to surface in Android's struggle to decide whether it wants to be open source or economically viable.
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.