Android: more freedom to offer alternative services (not the original title, I know ;-))

NYTimes, here

Did Uber Steal Google’s Intellectual Property?

The New Yorker, here

Google-Chef: Tests für zensierte chinesische Suchmaschine vielversprechend, hier

Google to charge smartphone makers for Google Play in Europe

Reuters, here.
See also Google, Complying with the EC’s Android decision, here. Question: is it enough?
Deeper one: Dragonfly, privacy leaks, sidestepping, the demise of Google+, changes in app developers’ “access” to personal data, Android remedies...Is there a connection somewhere? Microsoft CEO Nadella has correctly pointed out that strategies in these "markets" are far more complex than just bundling...

Microsoft CEO: antitrust law doesn't really understand tech

Wired 25, Video here

Daimler, BMW offer concessions to ease EU concerns on car-sharing deal

Reuters, here

Radiotaxi Torino, aperta istruttoria per abuso di posizione dominante

AGCM, qui.
Provvedimenti precedenti sanzionano clausole di esclusiva come restrizioni verticali, qui (101 TFEU).

The EU Observatory on the Online Platform Economy: a talking shop or the beginnings of a new regulator?

Inline Policy, here.

BEREC Public Consultation on the data economy


German court orders deletion of customer lists in Facebook Custom Audiences

Spirit Legal, here

Quality considerations in digital zero-price markets

OECD, Background Note, here

Personalised Pricing in the Digital Era

OECD, Background Note, here

Excessive Prices in Pharmaceutical Markets

OECD, Background Note, here

The value of data, big data, is only beginning to become apparent

R. Sims, here

A Future Where Everything Becomes a Computer Is as Creepy as You Feared

NYTimes, here

Amazon's new recruiting machine learning algo did not like women.

Reuters, here

Nos plaintes contres les GAFAM avancent !

La Quadrature Du Net, ici

Mastercard brings real-time bill payments to mobile banking apps

Finextra, here

Study: Google is the biggest beneficiary of the GDPR, here

KI und die ewige Suche nach der richtigen Frage, hier

Expediente sancionador contra Acciona Construcción, Corsán-Corviam, Dragados, FCC Construcción, Ferrovial Agromán, OHL y Sacyr Construcción

CNMC, aquì.

The Facebook breach – a GDPR test-case

EDRi, here

Investigation of the Atlantic Joint Business Agreement

CMA, here

In the EU Blockchain Resolution we Trust

Daily Fintech, here

Microsoft tritt Open Invention Network bei, hier

Judicial Infringements at the Court of Justice – A brief comment on the phenomenal Commission/France (C-416/17)

Despiteourdifferencesblog, here

Amazon patents new Alexa feature that knows when you're ill and offers you medicine, here


ABIDA, hier

Walmart Patented a Cart That Reads Your Pulse and Temperature

MotherBoard, here

Plateformes de commerce en ligne et abus de position dominante Réflexions sur les possibilités d’abus d’exploitation et de dépendance économique

F. Marty, ici

Intelligence Artificielle et Organisation Industrielle : quels enjeux pour l’économie numérique

F. Marty, ici

Alipay Says Hackers Used Stolen Apple IDs to Siphon Off Money

Bloomberg, here.

The Indian Supreme Court's Aadhaar judgment — A privacy analysis

iapp, here

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Privacy and Freedom of Speech

Vice, Video, here (if you can stand the annoying "music" in the background and the rather empty questions).

Google+ Flaw Sparks German Privacy Probe

Bloomberg, here

Bayer-Monsanto-Fusion in Anhörung zur Agrarmarkt­konzentration

Video hier

Competition Commissioner Vestager discusses with MEPs. "These are formative years when it comes to data"

Video, here (from 10:37:23).
- Car emissions technologies cartel at 10:43:22; 11:24:35;
- Android 10:48:52;
- Google Shopping remedies Q 10:55:30; A 10:57:30 (looking into allegations of cooked up PCWs); 11:08:52 "we have no position yet";
- Merger control and data 11:04:16;
- Competition and innovation 11:17:09
- Tying and Android 11:18:24
- Apple Pay NFC 11:43:21; Amazon Alexa 11:43:47: "follow this quite closely" but also restricting possible intervention to 102; no room for 101, here?
- Digitization of Competition Enforcement 11:46:30.

Approach to final Regulatory Technical Standards and EBA guidelines under the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2)

FCA, Consultation Paper, here

TicketOne: AGCM spiega (brevemente) l'indagine

Bollettino dell'Antitrust, Audio qui.
Buona Giornata dall'Autorità Antitrust...

Deroghe ai principi e alle regole in materia di concorrenza e crollo del ponte di Genova

AGCM, qui.

Google will not bid for the Pentagon’s $10B cloud computing contract, citing its “AI Principles”

TechCrunch, here.


 J. Ito, here. 

Statutory audit market: Invitation to Comment

CMA, here

Tencent buys minority stake in Brazil's Nubank

FinExtra, here

Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?

The Register, here

Shaping competition policy in the era of digitisation: predatory innovation & blockchain

T. Schrepel, here

Google Exposed User Data, Feared Repercussions of Disclosing to Public

WSJ, here. Google's reaction and further news here.

March 2018...Just in time for (avoiding) the GDPR (no data audit before? What about a settlement with the FTC? See here).

What should EU competition policy do to address the concerns raised by the Digital Platforms’ market power?

D. Geradin, here

In letter to Congress, Apple sends strongest denial over ‘spy chip’ story

TechCrunch, here

FTC Hearing #3: Multi-Sided Platforms, Antitrust in Labor Markets, and Acquisitions of Nascent and Potential Competitors in Digital Technology Markets

16-18 October 2018, Terrific Agenda here

Forex scandal comes down to case against the ‘Cartel’

FT, here

Digital Platforms and Antitrust: Towards a More Techno-Economic Approach (TEA)

Me, very first draft, here.

Please let me know if you have any comments!

Consumer Data Privacy: Examining Lessons From the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and the California Consumer Privacy Act

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 4 pm Trento Time.

US Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, here

An Internet Bill of Rights? One California representative says the time has come

Los Angeles Times, here.
Read/listen to also here and here

Now science was firmly seen as an engine of economic growth

J. Gans, here.
Telephone Interview with Paul Romer, hereScientific Background here

Reasserting cyber sovereignty: how states are taking back control

E. Morozov, here

Vorprüfung Preishöhenmissbrauch – Flugpreise Lufthansa

S. Hossenfelder, hier

Microsoft's $7.5 billion GitHub deal set for EU approval - sources

Reuters, here

Die Google Android Entscheidung der Kommission

G. Wolf, Präsentation hier

Modernisierung der Missbrauchsaufsicht

J. Haucap, Präsentation hier

Was kann und soll die kartellrechtliche Missbrauchsaufsicht?

Tagung des Arbeitskreises Kartellrecht, Hintergrundpapier, hier.

Pricing algorithms

CMA, here.
See also this recent CMA's Presentation, here

Europe’s Android Ruling Gives Google Rivals a Glimmer of Hope

Bloomberg, here

UK court blocks Google class action lawsuit over iPhone data

FT, here. Judgment here.
"Regulatory action was then taken against Google in the USA. In August 2012 the company agreed to pay a US$22.5 million civil penalty to settle charges brought by the United States Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) that it misrepresented to users of the Safari browser that it would not place tracking cookies or serve targeted advertisements to those users...In this jurisdiction, these matters would fall under the regulatory jurisdiction of the Information Commissioner, but it appears that there has been no regulatory action taken here. The Safari Workaround has however been the subject of high profile civil litigation against Google in this jurisdiction."

Blockchain Technology Overview

NIST, here.

Top antitrust cops speak with Axios (but not with each other?)

Video  here.

On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others

Register, here (at least two antitrust related).

Google shows progress in addressing competition concerns, says EU's Vestager

Reuters, here.

The Big Disruption

J. Powell, here.

Google 'trying to circumvent EU ruling' with price comparison sites run by ad agencies

Sky News, here. Video here

Instagram is testing the ability to share your precise location history with Facebook

The Verge, here.

Spotify Integrates With Google Maps for Music on Every Mile of Your Journey

Spotify, here.

See also here “The update also includes the ability to control Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music through the Maps app so that users don’t have to switch between screens if they’re driving or checking your ETA on the bus.
To be able to use the features, users must set their home and work address as well as activating “web and app activity,” which gathers much more personal data including Chrome browsing history, location, credit card purchase history, and more.”

First Ever Antitrust Condemnation For Excessive Pricing In Online Platform Services: Turkish Competition Authority Fines In Markets For Online Ads In Real Estate And Vehicle

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law, here

Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics - Canada

M, Stucke, testimony here (from 11:13:50)

Britain is coming for Silicon Valley’s unruly tech giants

Business Insider, here

Private Businesses Built Modern China. Now the Government Is Pushing Back.

NYTimes, here

How Humans Get Hacked

Wired, Video here

Tencent backs fintech firm Voyager to set up battle with Alibaba in the Philippines

TechCrunch, here

First GDPR fines coming this year is just the start, says data protection supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli

Techcrunch, here

Brazil: Antitrust Watchdog Sends Questions to Crypto Exchanges After Bank Account Closures

Cointelegraph, here

Are EU Markets More Competitive than Those in the U.S.?

NBER Digest, here

Alibaba investiert stark in Künstliche Intelligenz

FAZ, hier

Shaping competition policy in the era of digitization

TILEC, here

Publishers Escalate Legal Battle Against ResearchGate

Inside Higher Education, here

Antitrust Standing – Is There An App for That?

National Law Review, here

EU rules facilitating the free flow of non-personal data

EC, Press Release here

Collective redress in the Member States of the European Union

JURI Committee, here

The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

Bloomberg, here.

Platforms, ad industry unveil self-regulatory code to fight online disinformation

IAPP, here

Supreme Court upholds validity of Aadhaar, BJP calls it a historic judgement

Scroll-in, here. Ruling here

High time for rhyme and reason

P. Marsden, here

A bit "banalization of hipster," IMHO, but I can totally subscribe to this one:

and I'm also a bit of an"open movement" devotee myself:

Google announces an opt-out feature to ‘forced login’ on Chrome coming in mid-Oct

TechCrunch, here

Twitter’s approach to privacy

D. Kieran, here.

Amazon’s Approach to Privacy

Andrew DeVore, here.

Vendita biglietti per i concerti di musica dal vivo: avviata istruttoria nei confronti di Ticketone

A523, Provvedimento qui

Margrethe Vestager at Bloomberg Global Business Forum 2018

Video here, here.

Australian agency claims blockchain breakthrough

FinExtra, here

Regulator calls in Paypal's $2.2bn iZettle merger on day it completes, here.

See CMA, here.

Cartel in the smart card chip market: Philips’ appeal dismissed and Infineon’s fine needs a second look

Judgments in Cases C-98/17 P Koninklijke Philips NV and Philips France v Commission and C-99/17 P Infineon Technologies AG v Commission, Press Release here.

The Effective Competition Standard: A New Standard for Antitrust

M. Steinbaum, M. Stucke, here

Exhaustion of intellectual property rights if there’s no Brexit deal

Gov.UK, here

UK Competition Appeal Tribunal Confirms Ban on Online Sales Is Inherently Restrictive of Competition

Cooley, here

Trust in blockchain based decentralized data infrastructures

B. Bodó et al., here

Nudge Turns 10: A Q&A With Cass Sunstein

Behavioral Scientist, here

ICO consults on privacy “regulatory sandbox”

Covington, here

Salesforce, AWS expand partnership with secure data sharing between platforms

TechCrunch, here

Public Consultation on Digital Ethics: Summary of outcomes

EDPS, here

European tech companies call on EU to toughen regulations

FT, here

John Oliver explains how Facebook is wreaking havoc overseas

Vox, here

The Alphabet Soup of Regulators in the Crypto Space Just Added a Few More Letters

Texas Lawyer, here

Intelligence artificielle : les banques françaises tâtonnent encore

La Tribune, ici

Analysing Apple Pay Transactions

Elcomsoft, here

Have ‘Big Tech’ Platforms Got Too Much Power?

S. King, here

Data, Innovation and Transatlantic Competition in Finance: The Case of the Access to Account Rule

G. Colangelo, O. Borgogno, here

The uncertain future for banking and regulation

S. King, here

Amazon Is Invading Your Home With Micro-Convenience

The Atlantic, here

Big Tech is overselling AI as the solution to online extremism

The Conversation, here

Google’s Forced Sign-in to Chrome Raises Privacy Red Flags, here. See also here


UN Secretary General, here

How Platform Strategies Continue to Create Value

G. Parker, M. Van Alstyne, and P. Evans, here

AB InBev faces EU antitrust fine in Belgian beer case - sources

Reuters, here

Apple completes acquisition of Shazam, will remove ads from free version

Android Police, here

The Cryptocurrency Market

Source: @OxfordCompEcon

Why Instagram’s founders are leaving: dwindling independence from Facebook

TechCrunch, here

Turkish Android Infringement Decision

Tough choice, but still my fav
Here, Google Translate from Turkish. Two lovely ❤️ students of mine who speak this beautiful language will soon provide a better translation. 

Smart technology regulation is essential for innovation

J. Ryan, Video here

Brussels bids to get ahead of the curve with Amazon investigation

FT, here

An open governance model for the AMP Project

AMP, here

EU-Wettbewerbshüter untersuchen Amazon

FAZ, hier


J. Zittrain, here

Amazon Probed by EU on Data Collection From Rival Retailers

Bloomberg, here.  More info hier and here.

Mentioned this possibility in my "old" big data paper, here (written 2015! - amazing how the years just fly by)

Tesla Faces U.S. Criminal Probe Over Musk Statements

Bloomberg, here

Android and Forking Restrictions: On the Hidden Closedness of “Open” (new, extended, more relaxed version)

S. Vezzoso (me), here.

French bookshops revolt after prize selects novel self-published on Amazon

The Guardian, here

Google admits changing phone settings remotely

BBC, here

Commission opens formal investigation into possible collusion between BMW, Daimler and the VW group on clean emission technology

EC, here


A. Massolo, here


F. Manca, here


V. Falce, here


M. Patterson, here

Resale Price Maintenance and Artificial Intelligence

Hausfeld, here

Google-Deal lässt Aktienkurs von Tomtom um 30 Prozent fallen

FAZ, hier

Wirtschaftsvereinigung Stahl: Reformierte Verbandsarbeit

Bundeskartellamt, Fallbericht, hier

Germany high court postpones YouTube intellectual property case for EU interpretation, here

What is blocking blockchains? A common sense, legal evaluation

E. Mik, here

Google partners with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi to put Android into millions of vehicles

TechCrunch, here

"La régulation des télécoms doit s'étendre aux terminaux"

La Tribune, ici. Rapport ici.

How Game Apps That Captivate Kids Have Been Collecting Their Data

NYTimes, here


The Intercept, here.

Here is Google's official response:
"We've been investing for many years to help Chinese users, from developing Android, through mobile apps such as Google Translate and Files Go, and our developer tools. But our work on search has been exploratory, and we are not close to launching a search product in China."

(Big) Data and the North-in-South: Australia’s Informational Imperialism and Digital Colonialism

M. Mann, A. Daly, here


G. Noto La Diega, Presentation here

Algorithms and competition

M. Vestager, here . Large friendly letters? "It's true that the idea of automated systems getting together and reaching a...