The Big Tech Hearing Proved Congress Isn't Messing Around

The Big Tech Hearing Proved Congress Isn't Messing Around

The subcommittee presented internal emails showing that, in 2009, the company deliberately began selling diapers at a loss in order to price out of the market and force the company to accept a takeover—after which Amazon raised diaper prices back up.

French Regulator Says Google Must Pay to Link to News Sites

French Regulator Says Google Must Pay to Link to News Sites

France's competition authority says that Google must go back to the bargaining table to negotiate a rate that the search giant will pay to link to articles on French news sites.

Amazon Doesn’t Favor Its Own Brands—Except When It Does

Amazon Doesn’t Favor Its Own Brands—Except When It Does

“Even if another seller is selling a counterfeit, or an empty envelope, if they’re selling at a lower price, Amazon’s going to give them the Buy Box until such time as enough complaints come in so the brand can show Amazon this other seller is a total fake,” said Thomson.

Google Is Basically Daring the US to Block Its Fitbit Deal

Google Is Basically Daring the US to Block Its Fitbit Deal

Bringing user data concerns into antitrust, as Delrahim suggested, would require asking a similar question: Will the reduction in competition lead to consumers having to accept inferior privacy protections?.

How Eliud Kipchoge Pulled Off His Epic, Sub-2-Hour Marathon

How Eliud Kipchoge Pulled Off His Epic, Sub-2-Hour Marathon

On Saturday morning in Vienna, Austria, Eliud Kipchoge, the world's finest marathoner , became the first person in history to run 26.2 miles in under two hours .

Inside Pioneer: May the Best Silicon Valley Hustler Win

Inside Pioneer: May the Best Silicon Valley Hustler Win

Since then, tens of thousands of people from around the globe have entered Pioneer’s eponymous tournament—a convoluted, semi-anonymous online competition that uses software and game mechanics like points, quests, and leaderboards to quantify participants’ real-world productivity and incentivize behaviors Gross and his team believe are key to success.

While Washington Talks Antitrust, Europe Takes Action

While Washington Talks Antitrust, Europe Takes Action

European Union regulators have recently revealed a flurry of actions against US tech companies, starting last month with an investigation into chipmaker Broadcom over whether it used exclusivity agreements to fend off competitors.

Elon's Brain Computer, Big Tech's Big Day in Congress, and More News

Elon's Brain Computer, Big Tech's Big Day in Congress, and More News

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Tech Giants Claim Competition Exists. House Dems Don't Buy It

Tech Giants Claim Competition Exists. House Dems Don't Buy It

“The notion that they all see themselves in fierce competition I think strains credulity,” said representative David Cicilline a House antitrust hearing featuring executives from major tech companies.

State Attorneys General Sue to Block T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

State Attorneys General Sue to Block T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

New York State Attorney General Letitia James is among the officials suing to block the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger. Nine states and the District of Columbia filed suit Tuesday to block T-Mobile and Sprint's planned $26.5 billion merger, complicating the companies’ path to completing the deal.

Break Up Big Tech? Some Say Not So Fast

Break Up Big Tech? Some Say Not So Fast

Another issue is that antitrust laws are intended to address competition problems, not some of the other concerning practices of big tech companies, like how they handle consumer data . To comprehensively regulate companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon, the government needs to pass new laws.

How to Solve a Rubik's Cube in 5 Seconds—or Less

How to Solve a Rubik's Cube in 5 Seconds—or Less

Last month, at a speedcubing competition in Brisbane, he set a new world record of 5.69 seconds in the Average of 5 event, wherein contestants each solve five cubes that have been scrambled according to computer-generated instructions.

Why a T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Would Be Bad for the Public

Why a T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Would Be Bad for the Public

Given that at a minimum 6 percent of all Americans and nearly 25 percent of rural residents don’t have either fixed or mobile broadband coverage today, these numbers appear to be nothing more than an enticement for the Trump FCC to declare a fake victory in the so-called race to 5G.Pai also points favorably to the companies’ vow not to raise prices on its services for three years after the merger is consummated.

Spotify's Apple Complaint Cuts to a Core Antitrust Issue

Spotify's Apple Complaint Cuts to a Core Antitrust Issue

If Spotify were to pay Apple's commission, he says, it "would force us to artificially inflate the price of our Premium membership well above the price of Apple Music." That's important because antitrust law in the United States places a major emphasis on how competition affects consumer pricing.

The Last Place Big Tech Wants to Be Is on the Defense

The Last Place Big Tech Wants to Be Is on the Defense

Congressman Jerry Nadler of New York has already begun to prepare his Judiciary Committee, under the leadership of David Cicilline of Rhode Island, to probe anti-competitive consolidation in the tech industry, building on Nadler’s earlier observation that companies like Facebook “cannot be trusted” to regulate themselves.

Elizabeth Warren Fires a Warning Shot at Big Tech

Elizabeth Warren Fires a Warning Shot at Big Tech

If you don't have a plank on tech platforms, it will be very notable." Warren's plan envisions a new category of company called a "platform utility." This would include companies "that offer to the public an online marketplace, an exchange, or a platform for connecting third parties." That includes, of course, Facebook, Google, and Amazon.

The Piracy Wars Are Over. Let's Talk about Data Incumbency

The Piracy Wars Are Over. Let's Talk about Data Incumbency

The EU copyright proposals reflect the view that the main problem for artists is still Internet “piracy” in different forms, such as the notional “ value gap ” between what the recording industry gets paid for licensed music by YouTube and other platforms, and what it thinks it should get paid.

Europe’s New Rules Aim to Make Online Marketplaces More Fair

Europe’s New Rules Aim to Make Online Marketplaces More Fair

FREDERICK FLORIN/Getty Images European lawmakers took a swing at Amazon, Google, Apple, and other tech giants Thursday, endorsing new rules to crack down on unfair practices that stifle competition by online platforms and app stores.

AG Nominee William Barr Is No Friend of Telecom Competition

AG Nominee William Barr Is No Friend of Telecom Competition

Second, close off consumer access to any other provider of services—forcing the consumer to do business only with companies affiliated with the owner of the pipeline into the home.” In other words, Barr opposed any rules that he believed amounted to allowing, as he put it in 1999, "the scam of taking a free ride on our [phone] network," but favored rules that would require rivals—ie, cable companies—to be burdened with that same kind of obligation.

How Google and Amazon Got So Big Without Being Regulated

How Google and Amazon Got So Big Without Being Regulated

The new firms were instead devoted to spreading sweetness and light, goodwill toward all men—whether access to information (Google), good books for cheap (Amazon), or the building of a global community (Facebook).Not only did they not charge high prices, sometimes they didn’t even charge at all.

Achieve Audiophile Superiority With These Streaming Amps

Achieve Audiophile Superiority With These Streaming Amps

Naim Audio Uniti StarBest for: Streamcurious audiophilesWith a built-in CD player that rips tracks to a local drive, the Uniti Star eases the pain of parting with your CDs. Naim’s app summons your newly captured tunes and streams hi-res songs from cloud services.