What Can U.S. v. Microsoft Teach About Antitrust and Multi-Sided Platforms?

FTC Hearings, Video here

Mobile app data sharing 'out of control'

BBC News, here

Google could finally face serious competition for Android

The Verge, here

The Opportunity Costs of Socialism

US Council of Economic Advisers, here.
Don't ask.

Uber to appeal Singaporean competition watchdog decision on Grab merger

Cityam.com, here

How Senator Mark Werner Wants to Rein In Big Tech

Slate Podcast, here (from 00:13:20).

Google tax on Android makers in the EU: Fee offset if Search and Chrome included alongside Play Store, of course

The Register, here

Avec ses « skills », Amazon veut créer l'App Store des assistants vocaux

LesEchos.fr, ici

IBM introduces Open Banking platform

FinExtra, hier

DSGVO: ICANN debattiert zentrales Whois und schon den Zugriff darauf

Heise.de, hier

Is a Cashless Society Problematic?

Bank of Canada, Staff Discussion Paper here

How smartphone apps track users and share data

FT, here

From local impact to European added value: Digital Innovation Hubs

R. Viola, here

Leading academics reveal: what are we getting wrong about AI?

Researchers at Oxford University, here

The Dynamics of Technology Adoption and Vertical Restraints: An Empirical Analysis

A. Eizenberg, A. Pechy and M. Sovinsky, here


Intel, here

Third Party Tracking in the Mobile Ecosystem

R. Binns et al., here


Wired, here

A look at the Android Market (aka Google Play) on its 10th Anniversary

TechCrunch, here

Portugal's Aptoide says wins first court ruling against Google

Reuters, here.
Aptoide's statement here. Also aqui.

Don’t Break Up The Tech Oligarchs. Force Them To Share Instead

Shift.newco.co, here.

BWB veröffentlicht Fairnesskatalog für Unternehmen

BWB, hier

After Taking Berlin, Germany's Uber for Buses Targets Manhattan

Bloomberg, here

Android and that Google's Blog Post on Proposed Remedies

VergeCast, here (from 40:32)

JPMorgan to open fintech campus in Silicon Valley

FinExtra, here

CMA sends tough message to business cheats with cartel campaign

CMA, here

Sony makes no concessions to EU regulators in EMI music bid

Reuters, here

Acquisitions in the third party tracking industry: competition and data protection aspects

E. Bietti, R. Binns, here

Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World: A Talk at Google

A. Giridharadas, here ("this is going to be like therapy").

US banks and fintechs form group to tackle customer data-sharing

FinExtra, here

Calculating art

Aeon, here

Weaponizing the Digital Influence Machine: The Political Perils of Online Ad Tech

Data & Society, here


Frontier Economics for Citizens Advice, here

The Prophets of Cryptocurrency Survey the Boom and Bust

The New Yorker, here

Google app suite costs as much as $40 per phone under new EU Android deal

The Verge, here

As if the Last 30 Years Never Happened”: Towards a New Law and Economics

S. Naidu, E. Ash, here

Want to understand the future of Android in Europe? Look at China

The Verge, here

The urgent case for a new ePrivacy law

G. Buttarelli, here

The Amazon investigation and Europe’s “Big Tech” Crusade

D. Auer, here

Lawsuits Over Paparazzi Images on Instagram Raise Celebrity Questions Over Right of Publicity

The Fashion Law, here

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

Heise.de, 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

Cliqz.com, here

KI und die ewige Suche nach der richtigen Frage

Heise.de, 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

Linux-Magazin.de, 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

Telegraph.co.uk, 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.