The US Federal Trade Commission and the attorneys general representing most of the United States’ states and territories are ganging up on Facebook to wrest away control of Instagram and WhatsApp and prevent Facebook from continuing to cement its dominant position in social networking.
The US Justice Department has launched an antitrust lawsuit against Google. In a rarity for 2020, the lawsuit has broad bipartisan support.
A US House of Representatives subcommittee investigating the tech industry has released a report calling Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google monopolies, with company breakups as a possible solution.
Apple has created a PR page for the App Store aimed at responding to criticism from competitors and politicians.
Apple has lost its attempt to dismiss an antitrust case that, if the company were to lose, could result in significant financial penalties or force changes in how we purchase iOS apps. Worse, it’s coming at a time when politicians are talking about breaking up powerful tech companies.
Apple has published a response to Spotify’s Time to Play Fair site and complaint to the European Commission, but the response has drawn criticism from Apple developers and commentators.
Senator Elizabeth Warren made headlines recently by suggesting that the tech giants have too much power and need to be broken up. While her premise isn’t entirely wrong, Ben Thompson of Stratechery explains why the proposed solutions are misguided.