Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Prepare for Their ‘Big Tobacco Moment’

Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Prepare for Their ‘Big Tobacco Moment’

Last week, Apple publicized a study by a consulting firm called Analysis Group showing that the 30 percent commission it charges many apps for the right to appear on iPhones is close to what other platforms charge for distribution.

SCHILLING: If You Value Freedom On The Internet, Stop Using Google Chrome

SCHILLING: If You Value Freedom On The Internet, Stop Using Google Chrome

Here’s the background: Google has announced that they will soon start changing the way users are connected to websites through its Chrome browser, using a new protocol called DNS over HTTPS (DoH).

Rivals aim to document Facebook, Google strong-arming

Rivals aim to document Facebook, Google strong-arming

The big picture: The news comes a day ahead of a critical Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington that will examine the market dominance of companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple.

Facebook, Google didn't plan on being monopolies, but now they're 'too pervasive,' tech investor says

Facebook, Google didn't plan on being monopolies, but now they're 'too pervasive,' tech investor says

Patricof said antitrust laws need to be revised, joining calls from scholars and academics who have argued for a paradigm shift in how monopolies are regulated.The amount of data available to Facebook and Google, which only increases each time the companies acquire smaller competitors, puts them in an unfair position, Patricof said.

Opinion | It’s Time to Break Up Facebook

Opinion | It’s Time to Break Up Facebook

When it hasn’t acquired its way to dominance, Facebook has used its monopoly position to shut out competing companies or has copied their technology. And unlike Vine, Snapchat wasn’t interfacing with the Facebook ecosystem; there was no obvious way to handicap the company or shut it out.

Google fined $1.7 billion over a 3rd breach of EU antitrust rules in 3 years

Google fined $1.7 billion over a 3rd breach of EU antitrust rules in 3 years

She said Google was being punished for "illegal practices in search advertising brokering to cement its dominant market position." She added: "They shouldn't do that — it denied consumers choice, innovative products, and fair prices." Specifically, Vestager's team concluded that third-party websites — such as newspapers and travel sites — that used Google to power their search and advertising features had "restrictive clauses in contracts" preventing them from hosting ads from rival search engines, according to a press release .

Antitrust is beginning to bite the big tech companies

Antitrust is beginning to bite the big tech companies

Image source Today the German Antitrust authority (Bunderskartellamt), whose job it is to keep companies’ power in check, found that Facebook abused its dominance of the social network market to track and collect users’ personal data in ways users do not know about.