• Tech giants can expect ‘mandate of action’ in next EU Commission, Vestager says
    14 March 2019
    Facebook, Google, Amazon and other big technology companies can expect the next European Commission to make changes to tackle the challenges of enforcement in digital markets, the EU's antitrust chief said.

    Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said many problems in online markets would become “a matter of urgency” and that in the remaining months of her mandate, she wanted to “pave the way for changes.”

    While Vestager still harbors hope she will be part of the new EU executive when it takes office in November, she pointed toward work under way to review whether EU law was fit for an age where large companies dominate data markets.

    By Lewis Crofts.

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  • Spotify escalates Apple dispute with formal EU antitrust complaint
    13 March 2019
    Spotify has complained against Apple to EU antitrust officials, accusing it of restricting competition on its iPhones in favor of its own streaming service, Apple Music.

    The Swedish streaming platform says Apple has abused its “complete control” over the iOS mobile operating system and its App Store to impose unlawful conditions on rivals. It wants to ensure that all users of the App Store — including Apple Music — are “subject to the same set of rules and restrictions.”

    “After trying unsuccessfully to resolve the issues directly with Apple, we’re now requesting that the EU take action to ensure fair competition,” Daniel Ek, the co-founder and CEO of Spotify, said in a statement.

    By Natalie McNelis.

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  • Facebook abuses market power with data collection from multiple sites, Germany says
    07 February 2019
    Facebook has abused its market power by making the use of its social network conditional on the collection of user data from multiple sources, the German competition authority said today.

    While Facebook won’t have to pay a fine, it will have to change the way it collects data from users in Germany. The authority said that Facebook can only use data from other sources if it has users' "voluntary consent."

    If consent is not given, "Facebook will have to substantially restrict its collection and combining of data," the authority said. Facebook was ordered to develop plans to make this possible.

    By Matthew Newman.

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  • Qualcomm licensing chief defends practices as FTC antitrust trial continues
    26 January 2019
    The president of Qualcomm’s patent-licensing business testified today that the company never threatened to cut off the supply of modem chips to smartphone makers, even those that stopped paying royalties to the chipmaker.

    As Qualcomm’s trial defense against antitrust claims by the Federal Trade Commission continued into the ninth day of the trial, Alex Rogers, the president of Qualcomm Technology Licensing, or QTL, also defended QTL’s long-running practice of licensing its patents based on the value of a full device, rather than charging rates as a percentage of specific components covered by the company’s patents.

    Rogers testified Qualcomm’s policy allows phonemakers to access technology that would otherwise be restricted, by allowing it to be easily incorporated into technology standards. “Basically, everybody in the industry has access to that,” Rogers said during testimony in San Jose, California. Qualcomm also presented video depositions from executives at Ericsson and InterDigital confirming those companies also license at the device level, not the component level.

    By Mike Swift.

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  • Apple's suit against South Korean antitrust regulator sent to Supreme Court
    08 January 2019
    Apple Korea’s lawsuit against South Korea’s antitrust regulator over its alleged failure to reveal information related to an investigation into abuse of market dominance against the US smartphone maker has been sent to the country’s Supreme Court, MLex has learned.

    It is understood that Apple lost its suit against the Korea Fair Trade Commission, or KFTC, at the Seoul High Court and is appealing the ruling to the Supreme Court.

    MLex previously reported that Apple Korea filed a suit in June at the Seoul High Court to challenge the KFTC’s practice of not revealing all the information it has collected against companies and withholding parts of its findings.

    By Choi Hyung-jo

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