The UK Supreme Court makes clear its belief that competition law should be interpreted in terms of its economic substance

P. Davis, here.

EU Data-Privacy Law Raises Daunting Prospects for U.S. Companies

WSJ, here.

The next opportunity for app developers: Turning anonymous data into ad sales

VentureBeat, here

Purchase details leaked to PayPal

S. Preibusch, T. Peetz, G. Acar, B. Berendt, here

Computer learns like a human and (sort of) beat the Turing Test, here

3D Printing: Looking Through the Hype

Deloitte, here

Why Ebooks Will Eventually Replace Print

Bookbusinessmag, here

Compensation and the Damages Directive

S. Peyer, here

Einsatz von Uber Black wettbewerbswidrig

Kammergericht, Urteil vom 11. Dezember 2015 - 5 U 31/15, hier.

Mobile Identity – The Fusion of Financial Services, Mobility and Identity

Telstra, here

Patterns of disruption

Deloitte, here

BBC Uses Artificial Intelligence to Track Down New Audiences for ‘Sherlock’, here

Online platforms and data protection

EDPS, here.

"Despite the essential role cloud services play for the deployment of online services, EU consumers still do not seem to fully trust cloud-based services...As a result, finding privacy-friendly solutions for cloud computing services represents one of the main challenges for online platforms... Boosting research and marketing of solutions increasing transparency and user's control over their data (such as “personal data management systems”) is essential to offer a higher level of protection and thus increasing users' trust.

Mergers in the Dutch grocery sector: an ex-post evaluation

Lear for the ACM, here

Agreement on Commission's EU data protection reform will boost Digital Single Market

EC, Press Release, here

Personal Data Management Systems

R. Oostrum, here

Auto Distribution: Current Issues and Future Trends

FTC, here

Internet of Things: Another Industry Patent War?

K. Ho, here

Einheitliche Glühweinpreise: Kartellamt ermittelt, hier

Web Privacy Census 2015

I. Altaweel, N. Good, and C. Hoofnagle, here

Software-Enabled Consumer Products Study: Notice and Request for Public Comment

U.S. Copyright Office, here

Competition Tribunal Gives Go Ahead for Price Maintenance Claim Against Music Industry Giants

M. Geist, here

Is Privacy The Future of Online Marketing?

 S. Milyaeva and D. Neyland, here

Your Algorithmic Self Meets Super-Intelligent AI

TechCrunch, here

Web Scraping: Applications and Tools

EPSI, here

The European hospitality industry launches a campaign: ‘Book Direct’, here

'Internetstandards' sollen nicht für internetbasierte Vermittlungsportale gelten

Bundeskartellamt, hier

Le partenariat entre la SNCF et Airbnb ulcère les hôteliers

Numérama, ici

Digital Regulation

B. Lasserre, Video here.

Growth Through Trust

The CMA, the slave trade and the commercial use of consumer data

MyDex, here.

"At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, let us draw an analogy. Imagine an 18th century Competition and Markets Authority calling for information about the slave trade. If this 18th century CMA accepted the status quo – that the ‘market’ in question is people being traded rather than people being able to trade in the market in their own right – it might have asked how slaves may generate benefit for their owners, how slaves are collected, bought and sold, what contractual arrangements apply to the trading of slaves (including pricing), what restrictions firms have in acquiring slaves, and so on. In other words, it might have asked the sorts of questions that the CMA is currently asking about personal data – assuming that individuals have no right or ability to use/trade their own data for their own purposes in their own right."

Watch also MyDex's testimony to the House of Lords' EU Internal Market Sub-Committee (Online Platforms and the EU Digital Single Market Inquiry), Video here (from 17:35:15).

Uitgeverijen willen verkoop tweedehands e-book tegengaan

NOS, hier

Uber is still blocked on WeChat in China — and the situation is getting worse

VentureBeat, here

The Internet of Me: An infographic

TheMedium, here

The Data Driven Economy: Toward Sustainable Growth

Ctrl-shift, here

EC sends two Statements of Objections on exclusivity payments and predatory pricing to Qualcomm

Press Release, here.

And Qualcomm's comment, here

Facebook’s least favourite Austrian takes further action

TechCrunch,  here.

Authors side with Apple in e-book price-fixing Supreme Court appeal

ArsTechnica, here

Is Amazon The Next Google?

O. Budzinski & K. Köhler, here

Copyright Principles and Priorities to Foster a Creative Digital Marketplace

S. Aistars, D. Hartline, & M. Schultz, here

6th Report on the Monitoring of Patent Settlements

EC, here

Accusations Fly in Response to NX1 3D Printer Kickstarter, here.

Qualcomm Inks Critical Licensing Deal with China's Xiaomi, here

Facebook bows to Belgian privacy ruling over cookies

BBC, here.

Decision here

Google on Online Platforms and the EU Digital Single Market

House of Lords, transcript of evidence taken, here; Video, here

The mobile adblocking apocalypse hasn’t arrived (at least not yet)

NiemanLab, here

Patent Troll Sues Everyone For Infringing On Encryption-Related Patent By Encrypting Their Websites, here

New Proposal At WIPO SCCR To Explore Use Of Copyrighted Works In Digital Environment, here

Freedom to Innovate (and the Internet of Cranes)

J. Zittrain, Video here

ICLE and leading antitrust scholars urge Supreme Court to review 2nd Circuit ruling in Apple e-books case, here

Qualcomm Said to Face EU Antitrust Complaint on Predatory Pricing, here

Competition Advocacy and Disruptive Innovation: The CMA Writes to the FT


"...the proposed rules would undo much of what is novel about these businesses.New taxi business models have the potential to increase choice and deliver what passengers want: shorter waiting times, lower prices and increased responsiveness...

Of course there is a role for regulation, especially where safety is an issue. But technologies, such as satellite navigation, cashless payment systems and user ratings platforms, have the potential to overtake the role of regulation, and safeguard consumers by empowering them with information.The guiding principle of a competitive market is that the consumer is in the driving seat. The job of a competition authority, therefore, is to consider the potential benefit to customers from innovations that enable them to exercise choice — and allow businesses, both new and established, to decide how best to meet demand.
Consumers, who often benefit from technological disruption, can struggle to make their voices heard. But watch what they do, and their actions speak loud and clear.
By March this year, 25,000 people in Liverpool had reportedly downloaded the Uber app. The fact that the service had to wait until August to gain the local authority approval that it needed to begin operating might lead you to question how closely consumers’ preferences had been listened to.

This is not just about one company, one technology or one sector of the economy. New companies in every market will stand or fall on their ability to meet consumer demand — and those that succeed will, in turn, eventually be challenged by new business models.
This is how innovation leads to progress. We do not serve the interests of the public or the wider economy if we slam on the brakes."

WhatsApp Is Blocking Links To Rival App Telegram On Android, here.
See also here

Allergan and New York settle suit over Alzheimer’s drug switching, here

Algorithms and competition

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