Antitrust regulators have an eye on Big Tech’s spending spree

With M. Lemley, here

Competencia e intervención pública para la reconstrucción económica: riesgos y oportunidades

Jorge Padilla y Massimo Motta. Modera: Jerónimo Maíllo, aquì

Consumer Data Rights and Competition

W. Kerber, video here

Was the Obama Administration Too Soft on Big Tech?

Intelligencer, here.
Podcast here 🏃

Apple and Google launch exposure notification API, enabling public health authorities to release apps

TechCrunch, here

Merger moratorium takes center stage in antitrust debate

The Hill, here

Killer acquisitions

C. Cunningham, Video here

Mobiliteitsbedrijf Pon en NS mogen onder voorwaarden samen reis-app maken

ACM, hier

Australian watchdog says media could ‘boycott’ Google and Facebook to force them to pay for news

The Guardian, here

The impact of digitalization in cartel enforcement

ICN, Scoping Paper, here

Enquête sectorielle « fintechs » : l’Autorité lance une consultation publique

Autorité de la concurrence, ici

Germany’s ‘Lex Apple Pay’: Payment Service Regulation Overtakes Competition Enforcement

J.-U. Franck, D. Linardatos, here

Search Preference Menus: Google Auction Ignores Screen Size and Scrolling

DuckDuckGo, here

Facebook's new shopping AI knows what exactly you're looking for

Engadget, here

Facebook takes on Amazon with online shopping venture

FT, here

Antitrust Enforcers Should Block the Facebook-Giphy Merger, and Investigate Google for Anti-Competitive Behavior

EconomicLiberties, here

How will Europe’s coronavirus contacts-tracing apps work across borders?

TechCrunch, here

Scoop: Facebook to buy Giphy for $400 million

Axios, here

Unwinding Investigated Consummated Mergers—Inconsistent with Merger Policy Since 1976

S. Cernak, here

CMA Amazon / Deliveroo merger inquiry

Responses to provisional findings, here

M&A During the Crisis: Should the antitrust traffic light be red, yellow or green?

CPI, PYMTS Panel, Video here (and here).
More on the proposed Pandemic Anti-Monopoly Act, here.
@Vestager already said in a recent interview (which one 😑?) that she would not support the idea for the EU. 

Google and Zoom: Healthy Competition?

Timely, or too soon? Competition Bureau releases guidance on “failing firm” claims in merger reviews

Norton Rose Fulbright, here

Vernetzt im digitalen Wettbwerb

BMWI, hier

Digital platforms and responsible innovation: expanding value sensitive design to overcome ontological uncertainty

M. de Reuver et al., here

Plattformzugangsregulierung über das #LSR?

S. Louven, here

Competition in online platforms

F. Bostoen, Podcast here

Building an open and trustworthy alternative data ecosystem

Refinitiv, here

Policy Paper on fundamental rights as a limit to copyright during emergencies


The legal framework on the dissemination of disinformation through Internet services and the regulation of political advertising

IViR, here

BEUC raises concerns over the Google/Fitbit merger

T. Karanikioti, here

Senate and House Democrats introduce The Public Health Emergency Privacy Act


MIT Technology Review Covid Tracing Tracker


Preventing the Curse of Bigness Through Conglomerate Merger Legislation

R. Lande, S. Vaheesan, here

Towards a post COVID-19 Digital Deal between tech and governments?

CERRE, A conversation between Mark Zuckerberg and Thierry Breton, here

Google: The Next Big Fintech Vendor

Forbes, here

Digitales Kolloquium mit Professor Achim Wambach

Video hier

Mergers in the Digital Economy

A. Gautier, J. Lamesch, here


Renaissance Numérique, here

Uber’s attempt to buy Grubhub comes under fire

FT, here

It's time for Congress to establish a federal price gouging law

Amazon, here

Google: If you don’t want us to track your phone – just get another tracking ID!

noyb, here

Interoperability guidelines for approved contact tracing mobile applications in the EU

EC, here

Telegram abandons its TON blockchain platform

TechCrunch, here

Rethinking Digital Platforms for the Post-COVID-19 Era

J. Cobbe, E. Bietti, here

Much of Antitrust Law Today Is Based on Unsupported or Demonstrably False Economic Theories. Will Economists Take Heed?

ProMarket, here

Some improvements required to the COVIDSafe Bill before Parliament

G. Greenleaf, K. Kemp, here


BEUC, here

Kartellamt rechnet mit Übernahmewelle

SZ, hier

Entering the Minefield of Digital Contact Tracing

J. Zittrain, here

Some Crisis Impacts in Antitrust Will Reverberate

E. Tyler, here.

Italy antitrust watchdog digs deeper into Intesa's UBI bid

Reuters, here

L'Europe envisage de soutenir directement ses entreprises stratégiques

Les Echos, ici

5G's new twist: Build with software instead of hardware

Axios, here

Merricks v. Mastercard: “Passing on” the U.S. Experience

M. Delrahim, here

Tracking mobile devices to fight coronavirus

EPRS, here

Supplementary Written Evidence on COVID-19 Tracing Apps to the Joint Committee on Human Rights

O. Lynskey, M. Veale, here

FTC Imposes Conditions on AbbVie Inc.’s Acquisition of Allergan plc

FTC, here

COVID-19: Competition policy actions for governments and competition authorities

OECD, here


Executive Summary, here

CMA blocks sports-fashion merger

CMA, here

European Union Justice Commissioner Commits to Regulation on Corporate Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence

Covington, here

3D printing finally found its market, and all it took was a pandemic

Protocol, here

Epidemics and capitalism

S. Baksi, here

Covid-19: materiali per una mappa dell’immaginario

MicroMega, here

COVID-19 and Deglobalisation

LSE, Podcast here

Ethics of instantaneous contract tracing using mobile phone apps in the control of the COVID-19 pandemic

M. Parker, here

„Apple ist rigoros“

FAZ, hier

Consumer Data Rights and Competition

OECD Secretariat, here

Conglomerate Effects of Mergers

OECD Secretariat, here

Lines of Business Restrictions (or "competition adjustments")

OECD Secretariat, here.

LOBR pronunciation help here

Supreme Court Says States Cannot Copyright Official Code Annotations

EPIC, here

The ethics of artificial intelligence: Issues and initiatives

Study for the EP, here

HHS Finalizes Historic Rules to Provide Patients More Control of Their Health Data


Chinese company CRRC can acquire Vossloh’s shunter division

Bundeskartellamt, here


ABA, with Andreas Mundt et al., here (at 00:19:12);
-- Mundt: German essential facilities doctrine's restyling at 00:38:39 (the Scandlines saga escalated to the Federal Supreme Court, see here);
--Swire: data sharing defined as "wholesale portability" 00:43:25; HHS interoperability here.

Common Issues Relating to the Digital Economy and Competition

IDCTF, here

Avis sur le développement de l'application StopCOVID

Conseil national du numérique, ici


ABA Virtual Spring Meeting, here.

- "all of the remedies have side effects" 0:16:33
- lots of hybrids and blurred boundaries between structural and behavioural remedies 0:17:22 -
- in praise of the UK market investigation regime (heard already from @Vestager)
- "market power by itself" (55:36) - or going back to the roots, if I may add.
- humbling: in some instances, you don't know what the effects of the case and remedies are going to be for many years to come (decades!) (1:05:30) "I'm not sure and I'm not sure when" (1:06);
- Judge Jackson (Microsoft case) on remedies: 1 morning (1:10:02);
- "We suffered from a badly cramped and distorted debate about what consumer welfare means" (1:20:27) ;

Banasevic (*interesting*question, he repeats)
- in some instances, "the harm can materialize in such a way that there is no way back once the harm has reached a certain point" (36:50)
- not a fan of the attention market concept (50:00)
- burden of proof or standard of proof, this is the question (51:00) - academic perfection ain't the goal
- The US at times goes further than the EU (examples: Intel, Qualcomm) (1:13: 50)
- complementary regulatory agenda"- "systemic or structural issues...beyond the realm of individual, case by case antitrust enforcement" (1:14:30) -  his Commissioner sounded slightly more resolute and engaged, if I may ;-), here (1:00:48);
- "...days, weeks, and months" (1:15:26) - not YEARS, hopefully @EU_Competition;
- mentioning a "thread" from Microsoft to Google re remedies (1:17:10) - or is it more of a pernicious form of "path dependency"?
- ongoing Amazon case: "the data advantage that Amazon Retail has compared to rivals to compete on Amazon Marketplace is an example perhaps of the issue that given the greater importance of data might be more prevalent in platform markets in the future...Linked to that is artificial intelligence." *Interesting" would be to call AI a buzzword.

- "doing better than the other guy is now suspect" (54:19); "companies that looked unassailable at one point have fallen off from that pinnacle" (1.19:25), etc.: The strange case of the US antitrust regime.


ABA Spring Meeting, here


Our Curious Amalgam Podcast, here.

- Illumina/PacBio mentioned by Shapiro, here (CMA's file here);
- Carl Shapiro combining an ex ante regulatory approach with a stricter M&A regime (59:26) - the latter not at all pandemic related, in case you were wondering;
- Results from FTC Issues 6(b) Orders (here), soon. 

Google Ads by Adlc in English


Covid-19 has blown apart the myth of Silicon Valley innovation

MIT Technology Review, here.

Embedded supervision: How to regulate Libra 2.0 and the token economy

R. Auer, here.

Avis sur un projet d’application mobile dénommée « StopCovid

CNIL, ici

Apple and Google update joint coronavirus tracing tech to improve user privacy and developer flexibility

TechCrunch, here

Congress Can Move Now to Stop Amazon’s Cloning Factory. Here’s How

H. Singer, here

A tiny selection of things it might be interesting to be part of, all CET (tbc)

Monday 4
14:00  MEPs to quiz Margrethe Vestager on the EU’s response to the pandemic, here.

Wednesday 6 
13:00 Ascola UK, Angus McCulloch, The 'public' wrong of cartels and the Article 101 TFEU 'object box'; you need to register here.
18:15 GAFA, 5G : Peut-on faire du numérique un bien commun ?, avec Sébastien Soriano, s'inscrire ici

Thursday 7 
13:00  Thriving: the role of culture in defining and advancing well-being, here
15:00  Virtual IO Seminar is Michael Kummer (University of East Anglia). He will present his paper "GDPR and the Lost Generation of Innovative Apps", joint work with Rebecca Janssen, Reinhold Kesler, and Joel Waldfogel, register here

Friday 8
Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Changed the Way We Should Think About Antitrust Law? here.

Saturday 9 
9:30 ASCOLA-India e-colloquium on "The Future of Hub-and-Spoke Cartels in India", to participate drop a line at

Comunicazione sugli accordi di cooperazione e l’emergenza COVID-19

AGCM, qui

Here are the innovations we need to reopen the economy

B. Gates, here.

My almost daily dose of Margrethe's meditations (so important in times like these IMHO)

Madame de Vestager, une femme des Lumières en ces temps sombres.


Contact tracing and tech

Very informative Webinar organized by Renew Europe, Here.

👈 Google.

Deliveroo and Just Eat deals show politics rules trustbuster

FT, here.

Amazon Scooped Up Data From Its Own Sellers to Launch Competing Products

WSJ, here

Competition Overdose

Ariel Ezrachi and Maurice Stucke present and discuss their new book, video here

Shock-proof: Building Resilient Systems in the 21st Century

Open Markets, NAEC OMI Roundtable live here NOW.

China's digital currency pilots pick up pace

Finextra, here

Will Libra Live Up To Its Initial Ambitions?

Binance Research, here

Nous devons rester maîtres de la politique sanitaire de l’Europe et de la France

LaCroix, ici

L'app Immuni cambia. Seguirà il modello decentralizzato di Apple e Google

Ilsole24ore, qui

The antitrust case against the Apple App Store

D. Geradin, D. Katsifis, here

CMA gives Just Eat and deal the green light

CMA, here. 

„Tödlich für die Akzeptanz“ – Spahn entscheidet sich für umstrittenes Corona-App-Modell

Handelsblatt, hier

Facebook and Jio deal creates huge lake of Indian data

FT, here

Covid-19 is resetting the way we talk about the economy

W. Carlin, here

Time-limited availability of our modest contribution to the blockchain/antitrust discussion

Rob and I, here.

#pandemicantitrust: Dawn raids in the food sector

Hellenic Competition Commission, here

Pune’s mobile App Saiyam tracks Home Quarantined Citizens

India Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, here

Pourquoi Facebook investit 7,5 milliards de dollars en Inde

Le Monde, ici

Digital sovereignty in the age of pandemics

Live(ly) debate with Margrethe Vestager et al., 24/04/2020 - 14:00 to 15:00, live streaming here

Price-gouging suit filed against Amazon on behalf of California consumers


Commission approves the merger of Mylan and Pfizer's Upjohn division, subject to conditions

EC, here

Feds Seize PPE Using Unlitigated Hoarding Statute

E. Tyler, here

Facebook invests $5.7B in India’s Reliance Jio Platforms

TechCrunch, here

Price regulation in times of crisis can be tricky

M. Motta, here

Coronavirus: Commission launches data sharing platform for researchers

EC, here.

Decisione FISE: inottemperanza agli impegni

AGCM, qui

Stopp Corona-App des Österreichischen Roten Kreuzes: Bericht über die Datenschutz-Folgenabschätzung für die Anwendung


Summary of CMA’s position on mergers involving ‘failing firms

CMA, here

First fuctioning European "Corona App" reviewed by noyb, and BSA Research

noyb, here

Setzt die Corona-App aus der Schweiz europaweit Standards?, hier

First #AntitrustTeaBreak: password needed by default (?) 👇


@wavesblog is inviting you to the first (and last?) #AntitrustTeaBreak discussing blockchain, Libra and antitrust with Thibault Schrepel

As I wrote to Thibault:
"Hi! Thank you again, looking forward to our chat tomorrow [...] I would like us to discuss the *topic* of your paper and, of course, your perspective on it - as well as to investigate parallel perspectives, why not? -It’s really early days and curious to understand also how it could evolve. Perhaps I could get us started by briefly making a couple of general observations to which you could react and then everyone could jump in (by raising their hands) - to which you could react first but also others could have something to say...Too chaotic? Any suggestions? Thank you!"
Thibault agreed - settled.

Topic: #AntitrustTeaBreak
Time: Apr 23, 2020 05:00 PM CET

Door opens at 16.55 and closes at 17.05 (chi c'è, c'è) 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 927 9348 0270
Password: 003340

I don't expect it to be an issue AT ALL (also due to the reading pledge=barrier to entry), but I've a basic Zoom account (100 max).

Epic Games launches Fortnite on the Google Play Store and they’re not happy about it

TechCrunch, here

Privacy and Security Risk Evaluation of Digital Proximity Tracing Systems

The DP-3T Project, here

Machine learning could check if you’re social distancing properly at work

MIT Technology Review, here

AmerisourceBergen Corporation Business Review Request Pursuant to COVID-19 Expedited Procedure

DOJ, here

Amazon-owned Whole Foods is quietly tracking its employees with a heat map tool that ranks which stores are most at risk of unionizing

Business Insider, here.

Promote Tradition of Separating Banking and Commerce Regarding Dominant Platforms

AFR, here

Facebook just released its coronavirus symptom tracking map

CNBC, here

Scientists and researchers from across the globe: Joint Statement on Contact Tracing


Amazons neue Systemrelevanz wird für Deutschland gefährlich

Welt, hier

Toward Trustworthy AI Development: Mechanisms for Supporting Verifiable Claims

M. Brundage et al., here


 Expert Group on Liability and New Technologies, here




H. Benbya et al., here

Exit through the App Store?

Ada Lovelace Institute, here

Will Covid-19 set the stage for new mergers in the digital world? Time for antitrust authorities to lend special attention to the role of data.

M. Schäfer, here

Facebook and Google to face mandatory code of conduct to 'level playing field' with traditional news media

ABC, here

Facebook and Google to be forced to share advertising revenue with Australian media companies

The Guardian, here

Life in the era of COVID-19

N. Modi, here

Apple and Google joint initiative on COVID-19 contact tracing technology

ICO, here


Banca d'Italia, qui

Privacy-Protective Contact Tracing Depends on More Than an API

PublicKnowledge, here

Vestager: It’s not a choice between fighting the virus and protecting privacy

Euractiv, here

Facebook ändert Pläne für Libra

FAZ, hier

A Post-COVID-19 Digital Bretton Woods

R. Medhora, T. Owen, here

CMA provisionally clears Amazon’s investment in Deliveroo

CMA, here. Decision here

Lecturers condemn Durham University's plan to shift degrees online

The Guardian, here

Widerstandsfähiger durch mehr Technik!

Digitec, Podcast hier.

An Investigation Into PEPP-PT

N. Kobeissi, here

Ola opens its tech platform to Indian government to combat coronavirus crisis #BigTrackTech

TechCrunch, here

Les réseaux comme bien commun

S. Soriano, ici

Immuni: Ordinanza relativa alla stipula del contratto


Guidance on Apps supporting the fight against COVID 19 pandemic in relation to data protection

EC, here

Principles for Technology-Assisted Contact-Tracing

ACLU, here

National Artificial Intelligence Strategies and Human Rights: A Review

Global Partners Digital, here

Antitrust Remedies and Dynamic Industries

P. Weiser, Zoom recording here (pw T4?!?=#c ) 

Facebook-Backed Libra Cryptocurrency Project Is Scaled Back

NYTimes, hier.
libra White Paper • v2.0 • From the Libra Association Members, here


CC, here

Institutional Design Issues and Policy Challenges

M. Berry, here (home made pdf here). 

Innovation Considerations in Horizontal Merger Control

I. Kokkoris, T. Valletti, here

Our Beloved EU Queen: "I think that it is very, very important that we're vigilant"

Bloomberg, here

Mobile applications to support contact tracing in the EU’s fight against COVID-19

EU eHealth Network, here

The Impact of Unfair Commercial Practices on Competition in the EU Passenger Transport Sector, in particular Air Transport

Study for the EP, here

Berliner Datenschutzaufsicht: Stellungnahme und Checkliste zum Datenschutz bei Videokonferenzen

Reuschlaw, hier

Ordoliberalism 2.0: Towards a New Regulatory Policy for the Information Age

M. Wörsdörfer, here.

(I actually forgot how viscerally ordoliberal I'm) ⇒ the 4th Chapter is so refreshing.

AI Breakfasts: Covid-19 - Myths and realities of tracking applications

Now, here

First #AntitrustTeaBreak

Thibault's paper here.
Zoom's invite here.

🦠 digcomp silver linings

Interoperability between OSs           ✅

Android forking issues                     ✅

Murky Amazon's dual role               ✅ (F)

App stores' regulatory oversight      ✅

When Google and Apple get privacy right, is there still something wrong?

T. Sharon, here


DatenDialog mit Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, am 16. April 2020 von 16:00 - 17:00 Uhr, hier

GSK and Sanofi join forces to work on coronavirus vaccine

The Guardian, here

Apple & Google Partner to Promote Coronavirus Contact Tracing. Should You be Worried?

The Radical AI Podcast, here (from 4:25).
The quoted "Long tail of contact tracing" here

Will the Pandemic Usher in an Era of Mass Surveillance in Higher Education?

Chronicle, here


AAI, here. 

Letter concerning the European Commission's draft Guidance on apps supporting the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic

EDPB, here

Proceeding against Sky and DAZN discontinued – Award procedure relating to Champions League broadcasting rights

Corona Dump "Valley of Ashes" (Great Gatsby)
Bundeskartellamt, hier


FTC, DOJ, here

Europe Must Take Urgent Copyright Law Action To Support Distance Learning & Research During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Liber, here

Amazon condamné à ne plus livrer que les produits alimentaires, médicaux et d’hygiène

Le Parisien, ici

Grubhub, DoorDash, Postmates, Uber Eats are sued over restaurant prices amid pandemic

Reuters, here

Wie weit dürfen Wettbewerber in der Krise kooperieren? – Kartellamtschef warnt vor Preisabsprachen

Handelsblatt, hier.

Will Google’s and Apple’s COVID Tracking Plan Protect Privacy?

J. Angwin, here

Payment aspects of financial inclusion in the fintech era

BIS, World Bank Group, here

Web of Things ist offizieller W3C-Standard, hier

Datenschutz-Folgenabschätzung für die Corona-App

FIfF, hier

Libra: A Concentrate of "Blockchain Antitrust"

T. Schrepel, here

There will be no 'back to normal'

Nesta, here

A letter to Prime Minister Rutte & Co on COVID-19 tracking- and tracing app and healt happ


Give more data, awareness and control to individual citizens, and they will help COVID-19 containment

M. Nanni et al., here

The Pandemic Feeds Tech Companies’ Power

NYTimes, here.

Competition during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic

ICN, here

Answering 8 Privacy Questions About SafeTrace

Enigma, here

Privacy Cannot Be a Casualty of the Coronavirus

NYTimes Editorial Board, here. 

In many ways, we [in the US] have the worst of all possible worlds

S. Waller, here

Uso delle nuove tecnologie e della rete per contrastare l'emergenza epidemiologica da Coronavirus

Garante per la protezione dei dati personali , qui

Europäische Corona-Warn-App soll in zehn Tagen fertig sein

Der Spiegel, hier

Coronavirus and the Future of Surveillance

Foreign Affairs, here


A. Santos Rutschman, here

Corona-Datenspende App: Datenschutzrechtliche Bedenken

EP Mitglied, hier.

Bank of England Discussion Paper on Central Bank Digital Currency

Bank of England, Webinar video here

Alipay offers boost to Covid-19-hit Wuhan merchants

FinExtra, here

Comment penser l’alternative au capitalisme de plateforme dans une logique de réencastrement polanyien ?

L. Aufrère et al. ici

Generic drugmakers win EU okay to cooperate in coronavirus fight

Reuters, here

Fair data economy standardisation is proceeding

Sitra, here

Intellectual Property Justification for Artificial Intelligence

R. Hilty, J. Hoffmann, S. Scheuerer, here

Lax Antitrust Enforcement Has Made America’s Medical Supply Shortages So Much Worse

Slate, here

Competition and Risk

D. Bloomfield, here

How Tech’s Lobbyists Are Using the Pandemic to Make Gains

NYTimes, here

Open letter asking 37 WTO Members to declare themselves eligible to import medicines manufactured under compulsory license in another country, under 31bis of TRIPS Agreement

KEIOnline, here

Sabre wins court fight with Justice Dept over Farelogix acquisition

Reuters, here.
Decision here.

ABA Antitrust: Virtual Spring Meeting 💗


Commission Recommendation on a common Union toolbox for the use of technology and data to combat and exit from the COVID-19 crisis

EC, here

Guidance on allowing limited cooperation among businesses during the coronavirus outbreak

EC, here.
The comfort letter's blessed recipient, here

Responses to the CMA interim report


Antitrust review at the FTC: staying the course during uncertain times

FTC, here

Patents Cannot Impede Canada’s Response to COVID-19 Crisis

CIGI, here

10 requirements for the evaluation of "Contact Tracing" apps

CCC, here

How Dutch activists got an invasive fraud detection algorithm banned

AlgorithmWatch, here

Gurry COVID Letter


LEAK: EU in push for digital transformation after COVID-19 crisis

Euractiv, here

Here are the side projects fintechs are launching to ease strain of coronavirus

Altfi, here

La libre competencia y la peste

F. Irarrázabal, here

COVID-19 – implications for consumers and BEUC recommendations for policy responses

BEUC, here

EU Digital Solidarity: a call for a pan-European approach against the pandemic

EDPS, Video here

EU focuses antitrust probe on Facebook’s online classifieds service

FT, here


If we don’t protect small businesses during and after the pandemic, corporate America will swallow them whole

Business Insider, here

POWER: Trust and Distrust

E. Fox, here

Feds ramp up probe of $2.1B Google-Fitbit deal amid privacy worries

New York Post, here

Business Review Letter Under Expedited Procedure for COVID-19 Pandemic Response

DOJ, here.