Boehringer ordered to turn over documents in antitrust probe

Reuters, here.

55 percent of online shoppers start their product searches on Amazon

Recode, here

Movie Piracy and Displaced Sales in Europe: Evidence from Six Countries

B. Herz, K. Kiljański, here

Schär­fere Fusi­ons­kon­trolle für Internet-Unter­nehmen geplant, hier

Wer im Netz Milliarden mit unseren Daten macht, hier

A robot could get you the cheapest energy deal - forever

Aol, here


A. Hobson, here

Cartel bosses must be prosecuted, here

Networks of Control: A Report on Corporate Surveillance, Digital Tracking, Big Data & Privacy

W. Christl, S. Spiekermann, here

Facebook’s privacy head attacks ‘negative’ views around its use of WhatsApp data

MarketingWeek, here

Geo-blocking: BEUC Position Paper

Wer haftet, wenn selbstfahrende Autos Unfälle bauen?

FAZ, hier

Commissioner: UK 'must avoid data protection Brexit'

BBC, here.

Can a competition policy Brexit be avoided?

HP issues non-apology for blocking third-party ink cartridges

TechCrunch, here

Novel But a Long Time Coming: The Bundeskartellamt Takes on Facebook

R. McLeod, here

Vestager says EU may review small but data-rich M&A deals

Reuters, here

An Algorithm Gives This 3D-Printed Table Countless Permutations

FastCompany, here

Why almost everyone who tries to build an MSP business fails

R. Schmalensee, Audio here

Salesforce Is Said to Question Microsoft-LinkedIn Deal in Europe

NYTimes, here.

Learning to trust artificial intelligence systems

IBM, here.

Connect Peers

Deloitte, here

'Partnership on AI' formed by Google, Facebook, Amazon, IBM and Microsoft

TheGuardian, here

What Facebook Knows About You

ProPublica, here

Opinion on coherent enforcement of fundamental rights in the age of big data

EDPS, here

Big Data individual rights and enforcement

G. Buttarelli, here.

Pokémon Go menacé par les sculpteurs et architectes

Numerama, ici.

Tech Giants Team Up To Devise An Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

FastCompany, here.

Principal syndicat professionnel du secteur du mannequinat et 37 agences: entente

Autorité de la concurrence, Décision ici.

EU’s Vestager ‘Exploring’ Need to Probe Deals With Valuable Data

Bloomberg, here.

Big Data and Competition

M. Vestager, here.

CMA launches study into digital comparison tools

CMA, here. Statement of scope, here.

Market Definition in Online Markets: Mission Impossible?

P. Akman, Presentation here

Vertical Restraints and e-Commerce: The Divergence of Economic Analysis and Competition Enforcement

K.-U. Kuehn, here

Uber, competition and regulation

D. Geradin, Presentation here

The European Commission extends its settlement procedure to abuse of dominance cases under Article 102 TFEU

White & Case, here

Why data is the new coal

TheGuardian, here

Fintech: The Regulatory Risks & Opportunities, here

Neuer Ordnungsrahmen für den Wettbewerb in einer digitalisierten Welt, hier,

How I Changed My Mind on Intellectual Property, here

Taxi and private hire regulation: CMA letter to City of Sheffield

CMA, here.

Using Behavioral Economics and Field Experiments To Make The World A Better Place

Vienna Behavioral Economics Network, here

Facebook and Google: most powerful and secretive empires we've ever known

TheGuardian, here.   

Italian Privacy watchdog probing WhatsApp

Ansa, here.

The Global Competitiveness Report 2016-2017

WEF, here.

Facebook darf WhatsApp-Daten nicht nutzen

Tagesspiegel, hier.

Amazon Says It Puts Customers First. But Its Pricing Algorithm Doesn’t.

ProPublica, here

Consolidation and Competition in the U.S. Seed and Agrochemical Industry

US Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, written testimonies here.

U.S. – E.U. Convergence: Can We Bridge the Atlantic?

M. Ohlhausen, here

Competition as Fair Process – the shared language of popular and expert antitrust

R. Hesse, here

Federalberghi: Booking "vìola palesemente le regole", qui.

Competition for a Fairer Society

M. Vestager, here.

"Here in the United States, the Council of Economic Advisors has warned about the risks of markets that are increasingly dominated by a few large companies".

Commissioner Vestager on Recode Decode

Podcast, here.

Monopolkommission: Hauptgutachten XXI - Wettbewerb 2016


Zentralvermarktung in der Fußball-Bundesliga S. 80 ff.
Digitale Märkte: Sharing Economy und FinTechs S. 363 ff.

Libre installation des notaires

Autorité de la concurrence, ici

Google Steps Up Travel Presence With Trip-Planning App

Bloomberg, here

Monopolkommission: Airbnb und Fintechs nicht überregulieren

FAZ, hier

Commission fines ARA €6 million for hindering competition on Austrian waste management market

EC, here

Daten ohne Schutz: WhatsApp überschreitet rote Linie

vzbv, hier

Bundeskartellamt hat keine Einwände gegen App-basiertes Girokonto der Sparkassen

Bundeskartellamt, hier.

"Die gemeinsame Vereinbarung der Sparkassen darüber, die Basisversion des App-Kontos kostenlos anzubieten, könnte eine wettbewerbsbeschränkende Vereinbarung darstellen...Im Rahmen seines Aufgreifermessens hat das Bundeskartellamt entschieden, kein Verfahren gegen die teilnehmenden Sparkassen einzuleiten. Das gemeinsame Vorgehen der Sparkassen erscheint in diesem Fall gerechtfertigt, da so insbesondere auch kleinere Institute die Möglichkeit haben, über die App Neukunden zu gewinnen. Darüber hinaus erscheint es in dem derzeitigen Marktumfeld unumgänglich, die Basisversion eines App-Kontos kostenfrei anzubieten, so dass die Vereinbarung – wenn überhaupt – den Wettbewerb nur geringfügig beschränkt."

Salesforce Einstein delivers artificial intelligence across the Salesforce platform

TechCrunch, here

More on Lundbeck v Commission: some comments on the comments #ourreadersask

P. Ibanez Colomo, here

Do no harm, don't discriminate: official guidance issued on robot ethics

TheGuardian, here.

Japan report finds Apple, Google hinder app sales competition

Nikkei, here

Grenzüberschreitende Nutzung von digitalen Inhalten erleichtern

vzbv, hier

La blockchain dans les industries créatives : peut-on accroître la transparence tout en préservant la vie privée des utilisateurs ?

LINC, ici

Opérations de visite et saisie inopinées dans le secteur de la fabrication et la distribution des sandwichs

Autorité de la concurrence, ici

Experiments in Intellectual Property

C. Buccafusco, C. Sprigman, here.

"Inventing a new pharmaceutical or producing a movie takes years of intellectual effort. The creativity that researchers can study in the laboratory, however, may involve minutes or even seconds".

General Court’s pay for delay judgment in Lundbeck – some guidance, but worries remain

S. Gallasch, here

Artificial Intelligence: The Economic and Policy Implications

S. Athey, Video here

The Commission’s proposed TDM exception: Who’s to benefit?

M. Caspers, here

Data Ownership and Access to Data

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Position Statement, here

Using Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the American People: Implementation Guidance

The White House, here.

EU court confirms Thomson Reuters coding settlement

...Reuters, here.

T-76/14, here.

An Antitrust Review of a Bayer-Monsanto Merger

A. Grunes, M. Stucke, here.

FTC Approves Final Order Preserving Competition in Markets for 79 Pharmaceutical Products

FTC, here.

Fusion hängt von Bayers Bereitschaft zu Zugeständnissen ab

WiWo, hier

Using Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the American People

The White House, Executive Order, here.
Also "White House Summit on Behavioral Science Insights", here (live soon)

Anti-Surge Pricing

UN High-Level Panel On Access To Medicines Issues “Landmark” Report

IP-watch, here.

Report of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel On Access To Medicines

New EU Telco Rules

Arstechnica, here.

Competition and the Digital Single Market

M. Vestager, here.

E-Commerce Sector Inquiry: Preliminary Report

Press Release, here. Fact sheet here. Preliminary Report here.

Digital content:
- "the information provided during the sector inquiry... shows that multiple business models and a great diversity of licensing practices are available and indeed used, which can cater for the needs of both right holders and digital content providers";
-"Little substantive evidence was provided on the importance of pre-sale arrangements to fund new products by respondents, in relation to the products included in the sector inquiry."

E-Commerce Sector Inquiry: Second Batch of Results

EC press conference by Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, 15 September 16.30h, here (not live bc of satellite technical problems...).

"If it is agreements between companies that are restricting e-commerce across Europe’s national borders, then you can expect competition enforcement to follow", speech11.09.2015.

My personal "highlights" (from today's press conference):

- investigation into online video games and geo-blocking still ongoing;
- E-commerce sector inquiry and pay-tv case "very, very distant relatives": former much broader (more "generic"), considering also consumer goods where there are ("obviously") the same restrictions but many more (I´d add that, with regard to digital content, restrictions in the licensing agreements well beyond geo-blocking have been identified by the EC);
- E-commerce sector inquiry as a source of information for the legislator (possibly, copyright - and geo-blocking regulation).

Bookatable-Reaktion auf Kartellrechtsbeschwerde, hier.

GC: Lundbeck confirmed

T‑472/13, here.
"The ‘scope of the patent’ test is...based on a subjective assessment, by the applicants, of the scope of their patents and of their validity, whereas a national court or competent authority may have taken a different view" (491).

CJEU GS Media on hyperlinking

C 160/15, here.

AG Øe on art. 9 infoSoc

Case C‑275/15, here.

AG Wahl on EU competence re Marrakech Treaty

Opinion procedure 3/15, here.

Protection des données dès la conception : le cas de la géolocalisation des appareils

Linc, ici.

Allergan CEO disavows 'predatory pricing'

BioPharmaDive, here.

Why Uber Is an Economist’s Dream

Freakeconomics Podcast, here.

Algorithms and competition

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