Articles about Anti-Competitive

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Telefónica slapped with €67m anti-competitive fine from EU

Spanish communications giant Telefónica has been fined €66.8m by the European Commission for agreeing not to compete with Portugal Telecom, which was slapped with a lighter €12m penalty by Brussels officials. The two companies were found to be in breach of Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jan 2013
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Some aspects of NBN anti-competitive, says PC

In the kind of decision that will go down in the annals of the astonishingly obvious, Australia’s Productivity Commission has found that some aspects of the National Broadband Network might be considered anti-competitive. The report, by the PC’s Australian Government Competitive Neutrality Complaints Office, was sparked by …
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Canadian watchdog goes to court to probe Apple's iPhone deals with mobe networks

Watchdogs in Canada are investigating Apple over concerns the iPhone giant violated antitrust laws in its dealings with Canadian telcos. A spokesperson for Canada's Competition Bureau confirmed the Cupertino goliath is the subject of a probe into possible violations of the nation's Competition Act. "I can confirm that the …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Dec 2014

European Commish asks for rivals' moans about Booking.com

Rivals of Booking.com have been invited to have their say over alleged anti-competitive contracts imposed by the online travel agent. Following complaints in France, Italy and Sweden, the European Commission is co-ordinating a public consultation on the matter. Booking.com imposes so-called “parity clauses” in contracts with …
Jennifer Baker, 16 Dec 2014
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EC probes Apple for anti-competitive antics

It's not just the Federal Trade Commission that thinks Apple might be going all monopolistic - the European Commission is also taking a careful look into Cupertino's business. The New York Post reports that the European Commission is working with its US equivalent, the FTC, to see if the practice of banning companies from iOS on …
Bill Ray, 11 Aug 2010
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Harper review says ACCC telco functions need new regulator

The federal government is considering a competition review that suggests ditching the current telco competition regulator in favour of a new body. Key to the telecommunications reforms is the ACCC's more general role in regulating access to monopoly infrastructure, which also covers rail, ports and the like. In the …
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Intel pleads for €1bn EU fine to be overturned, is DENIED

Remember when Intel gave rebates to PC makers who bought its chips? The world’s largest computer chip maker has now lost its attempt to overturn the ancient €1bn fine from the European Union over its anticompetitive war with rival AMD. The record €1.06bn fine was handed down by the European Commission’s antitrust division …

Dead Steve Jobs to give iPod MP3 evidence from beyond the grave

Steve Jobs will descend from the Genius Bar in the sky to appear as a witness in an antitrust case brought against Apple. The iPhone giant's late cofounder will star in a video deposition in a class-action case relating to the iTunes store. Proceedings will hinge around the fact early iPods only allowed fanbois and gurlz to …
Jasper Hamill, 01 Dec 2014
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Report: Beijing watchdog reckons chip-slinger Qualcomm has monopoly in China

Beijing’s anti-competition authority, currently midway through a probe of Qualcomm, has reportedly said it believes the chipmaker does have a monopoly in China. The chip giant has been under investigation by the National Development and Reform Commission for allegedly overcharging and abusing its market position in China, a …
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OUCH... right in the Androids! Google hit by another antitrust sueball

Google is facing a new antitrust class action lawsuit in the US over its "illegal monopoly" on internet and mobile search. Consumer rights law firm Hagens Berman said in a statement that the Chocolate Factory had "financially and creatively stagnated the American market of internet and mobile search" with its alleged monopoly …
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Google will have to WAIT and SEE if I fine them - EU antitrust chief

New EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager has said that she won’t be rushed into a decision on Google's alleged abuse of its dominance of the search engine market. Vestager described the investigations into Google as “multifaceted and complex” and said she would need some time to decide on the next steps. The case against the …
Jennifer Baker, 12 Nov 2014
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ACCC should be regulated: Vertigan NBN review

The first slab work by the Vertigan panel, the group assembled to conduct a cost/benefit analysis of Australia's National Broadband Network (NNB), has landed and suggests the industry is happier with dealing with NBN Co than it is with the Australian Competition and Consumer Comission'ss (ACCC's) regulatory processes. Broadly, …
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Online trading not anti-competitive for small biz

Small and medium sized (SME) companies do not face major anti-competitive barriers when trying to sell goods or services online, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has said. The OFT has published research (pdf) it commissioned into the services that SMEs need to use if they are to trade online. It said that internet technologies …
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Jul 2010
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EU antitrust bods: Motorola, Samsung too dominant to take on poor little Apple

Motorola and Samsung have escaped with a stern finger-wagging from the EU after using standards-essential patents (SEP) to stop the sale of Apple devices in Europe. The European Commission’s antitrust division said that Moto’s attempt to enforce an injunction on Apple gear based on a smartphone SEP was “an abuse of a dominant …
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ISPs' post-net-neutrality world is built on 'bribes' says Tim Berners-Lee

Sir Tim Berners-Lee has never been one to hide his opinions. Now the father of the World Wide Web is up in arms about the state of net neutrality in the United States. In a chat with the Washington Post Sir Tim railed against the telecommunications companies' push to introduce differential pricing for internet content – such as …
Iain Thomson, 20 Sep 2014
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Almunia faces GRILLING from MEPs over FAILED Google settlement deal

Europe’s competition chief will face tough questions from MEPs next week over his failed attempts to reach an antitrust settlement deal with Google, which fell far short of sanctions being meted out to the ad giant. Joaquin Almunia - who will leave his post by the end of October - said in Florence, Italy, on Friday that Google …
Jennifer Baker, 20 Sep 2014

iiNet to buy Adam Internet

iiNet has announced it will acquire Adam Internet for $AUD60m. The announcement comes just weeks after Telstra abandoned its quest to acquire the ISP. Telstra's ambitions were roundly criticised as anti-competitive when it announced its intentions in October 2012, with Vodafone Hutchinson Australia, iiNet and Macquarie Telecom …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Aug 2013

Apple ticks off trigger-happy Bitcoiners with App Store snub

Apple has issued a series of takedowns on Bitcoin trading apps, prompting outraged users to destroy iPhones in protest. The company has removed a number of Apps that allow users to trade Bitcoins on their iOS devices. Most recently, Apple pulled the popular Blockchain tool from the App Store, prompting a user backlash amongst …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Feb 2014

Something will happen in Google 'dominance' probe. Just don't ask me what - EU antitrust chief

Europe’s new Competition chief has vowed that there will be next steps in the antitrust probe into Google's alleged "abuse of dominance" – she just doesn’t know what they are yet. Margrethe Vestager was up in front of the European Parliament in Thursday’s round of Commissioner-designate grilling. In response to a question from …
Jennifer Baker, 03 Oct 2014
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Novell bags anti-trust appeal against Microsoft

A US appeals court has pumped fresh blood into an anti-trust lawsuit brought by Novell against Microsoft that was first filed in 2004. In a ruling yesterday, the court reversed a lower court's summary judgment that Microsoft had won last year, paving the way for Novell to take one final anti-trust stab at Redmond. Novell sued …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 May 2011

Congresscritters sound off to FCC's Wheeler on net neutrality plans

Days after announcing new plans for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), chairman Tom Wheeler faced members of Congress to hear feedback on net neutrality. Speaking to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, Wheeler faced criticism and concern from both sides of the political aisle as …
Shaun Nichols, 20 May 2014
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ACCC to target price comparison websites

Consumer affairs regulator the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says it's stepping up its consumer oversight in the telecommunications sector and on the Internet, while outlining its priorities for 2014. Of particular interest to Australian Internet users will be a continuing watch over misleading …
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Softbank gobbles T-Mobile ... 1 year after AT&T tried it on – report

Network integration seems to be the order of the day with mergers rumoured between T-Mobile US Inc and mega US wireless carrier Sprint, and – across the seas – Orange France and Bouygues Telecom. Reuters is reporting that T-Mobile US owner Deutsche Telekom has agreed a deal to sell the network to Sprint’s owner, Softbank Corp of …
Simon Rockman, 30 May 2014
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France sets antitrust watchdog loose on Apple, raids premises

Anti-trust investigators have raided Apple's local operations in France amid claims it the fruity firm has hobbled resellers in a bid to boost the performance of its own stores. French newspaper Les Echos reported that officials from the French competition watchdog searched Apple's premises last week, confiscating documents and …
Jasper Hamill, 02 Jul 2013
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Rival French mobe firms sue Orange and Vivendi's SFR for €1.4bn

Dominant French mobile operators Orange and SFR have been hit with a compensation claim from their diminutive rivals after a court ruled their offer of free calls was anti-competitive. Between 2005 and 2008 Orange and SFR offered customers free calls within the same network, forcing third-position operator Bouygues to offer loss …
Bill Ray, 07 Aug 2013

Congressman pitches bill to disarm FCC in net neutrality warfare

An Ohio congressman is seeking to strip the FCC of its biggest weapon in the battle over net-neutrality protections. Republican representative Bob Latta says that his HR 4752 would amend the Communications Act of 1934 in order to remove the portion of the act which would allow the FCC to reclassify broadband services. That …
Shaun Nichols, 30 May 2014
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MS freebie anti-virus scanner auto-downloads provoke more anger

Panda Security has joined with Trend Micro in attacking Microsoft for offering its Security Essentials freebie security scanner as an automatic download. Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) has been available for more than a year, but it only began offering the software via its software update mechanism last month. The download …
John Leyden, 10 Nov 2010

New FCC headman brandishes net neutrality carrot and stick

CES 2014 Emulating the middle-of-the-road manner of the president who appointed him, new US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler says that under his direction the Commission will take a hands-off approach to regulation, but will be poised to intervene when it sees telecom corporations acting against the best …
Rik Myslewski, 09 Jan 2014
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Official: BT not anti-competitive

BT has been found not guilty of anti-competitive behaviour following its introduction of bundled voice and Net products at the end of last year. In November Oftel initiated the launch of its own investigation under the Competition Act into the BT Surf Together and BT Talk & Surf Together tariffs among fears that BT was abusing …
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EC competition chief points troll-hunting guns at Nokia

The EU is erecting the “troll-free zone” signs around the tech sector, with European Commission competition chief Joaquín Almunia saying the EC will guard against US-style patent trolling. Speaking to the IP Summit 2013 in Paris, Almunia said the EC approved Microsoft's $US7.2 billion acquisition partly because it did not …
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Swisscom chief dead in apparent suicide

Swisscom has appointed an interim CEO, after announcing that 49-year-old Carsten Schloter was found dead in his flat in Fribourg on July 23. While a police investigation is ongoing, police has describing his death as “an apparent suicide”, according to Reuters. Urs Schaeppi has been appointed interim CEO. Prior to joining …

Yes, Obama has got some things wrong on the internet. But so has the GOP

Analysis Last month, Texan Congressman and lead voice in the Republican party in the US, Ted Cruz, wrote an opinion piece about the internet. Last week, Wall Street Journal columnist and media-Republican L Gordon Crovitz did the same. Both dig into critical decisions that will be made in 2015 and cast a critical eye over them. Both make …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Dec 2014

BBC defends iPlayer against Murdoch Jr's 'anti-competitive' claims

The BBC Trust, Auntie's independent oversight body, has today defended the iPlayer against claims by James Murdoch that it squashes competition and innovation in online TV. Murdoch, who's currently chief executive of News Corp in Europe and Asia, and is now reckoned as the Digger-sprog to most likely to inherit control of daddy' …
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Intel facing more anti-trust action

Intel, having just paid over a billion euros to European regulators, is now facing imminent action from the US Federal Trade Commission. The FTC began investigating the chip maker in June 2008, but three out of the four commissioners now favour making a complaint against the company. "They're close. They said it could be a …
John Oates, 26 Oct 2009
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Brussels' antitrust boss not budging on planned Google competition deal

Brussels' antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia is refusing to reverse the planned settlement deal he has agreed with Google over the company's alleged abuse of its dominant market position on search. His seemingly stubborn refusal to change direction on the proposed agreement was highlighted this week during secret, two-hour-long …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Mar 2014
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Foundem urges Brussels: REJECT Google's search biz offer

UK-based price-comparison site Foundem has urged competition officials in Brussels to reject Google's formal offer of concessions, which is intended to address the ad giant's alleged abuse of dominance in Europe's search market. Google commands a hefty 90 per cent share of the search business in the European Union. In April, its …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 May 2013

Mexican watchdog sinks teeth into Carlos Slim over 'market fixing'

Comment The world’s second richest human, Carlos Slim, is being confronted by Mexico’s recently reformed and renamed telecoms regulator Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Ifetel). His fixed line incumbent operator, Telmex, stands accused of breaching local monopoly rules through close collaboration with pay TV operator Dish Mexico …
Faultline, 08 Jul 2014
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Storage giant EMC, rival upstart Pure Storage trade new charges

Play hard? We’ll show you playing hard. First EMC sued flash storage upstart Pure Storage for alleged improper staff recruitment and use of EMC proprietary data (PDF), charges which Pure denied. Even as the startup has hit back with some serious allegations of its own, EMC lobbed another sueball at Pure the very same day, …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2013
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EU competition inspectors RAID European telcos

The competition wing of the European Commission confirmed today that it was investigating alleged antitrust practices among a number of telecoms giants operating in the 28-member-state bloc. It declined to comment on which countries and companies were subjected to unannounced inspections on their premises at the beginning of …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Jul 2013
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Sky's ITV stake anti-competitive, says regulator

Sky's purchase of 17.9 per cent of ITV was anti-competitive and against the public interest, the Competition Commission has ruled. It could force the broadcaster to sell the shares which are now worth over £200m less than Sky paid in 2006. A competition law expert said a crucial factor in the Competition Commission's …
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WTF is ... Virtual Customer Premises Equipment?

As software-defined networking takes off, it's become the basis of a parallel development: network function virtualisation. NFV is a boon to the data centre. For decades now, giants and minnows of the networking industry alike – Cisco and all of its competitors, along with anybody offering firewalls, WAN optimisation devices and …
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Google's Euro antitrust offer: Fine! We'll link to our search rivals

Google's rivals have been given one month to weigh up the advertising giant's now-public proposed changes to how it runs its European search business. The deadline to "test" Google's offer of commitments was set by Brussels' competition chief Joaquin Almunia, who is investigating allegations that Google unfairly promotes its …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Apr 2013
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OFT probes Expedia and pals over hotel room price-fixing

Expedia, Booking.com and InterContinential Hotels Group may have broken EU competition law by restricting the ability of travel agents to discount the prices of room-only hotel accommodation, thereby squeezing out their competition. That’s according to an Office of Fair Trading statement of objections issued Tuesday that follows …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Jul 2012
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America's mobile phone unlock block coming unstuck

The USA's curious decision to prohibit unlocking phones is a step closer to reversal, after the Committee on The Judiciary's Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet heard evidence about just what a silly, anti-competitive idea the ban represents. The committee's chair, congressman Bob Goodlatte, has …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Jun 2013
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Ebook price-fixing: Macmillan settles with DoJ, Apple fights on

EBooks published by Macmillan will become cheaper as of today, said the US Department of Justice (DOJ), announcing that the publisher has agreed to settle a price-fixing lawsuit. MacMillan and the DOJ came to a settlement today, nine months after the department launched the lawsuit for price-fixing against Macmillan, four other …
Anna Leach, 08 Feb 2013
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Google's paid link settlement plan will lead to fresh wave of abuses, claims Euro rival

Analysis England football managers, who have dynamite news to expose, sometimes wait until late on a Friday afternoon to release juicy details to the press before speeding away from any supposed scandal in their 4x4s. Google attempted a similar PR stunt late last week when it surprised complainants in the European Commission's lengthy …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Feb 2014

Ask yourself, AT&T: Do you really want a Latin American adventure?

Opinion The recent $48.5bn merger agreement between US telecoms giant AT&T and leading US satellite TV provider DirecTV is being seen as a trigger for yet more consolidation in the US, with everyone looking for natural fits between each of the lonely remaining players. As usual, everyone seems to be looking in the wrong places for …
Faultline, 27 May 2014

BROADBAND will SAVE THE ECONOMY, shriek UK.gov bods

The government claimed today that a £1.2bn investment of taxpayer money in the deployment of fast broadband networks would return £20 for every £1 spent from the public purse. Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Maria Miller has come under fire in recent months. The Broadband Delivery UK contracts looked set to fall …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Nov 2013
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Steelie Neelie: Crack down on wicked ISPs so we can Skype

Brussels' vice president Neelie Kroes hopes to stop European ISPs from supposedly being anti-competitive by blocking or throttling rival services. The commissioner, whose brief includes the digital agenda in the EU, lobbied the European Parliament today with her "net neutrality" proposals. Kroes claimed that "many Europeans" …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Jun 2013
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Samsung: Psst, EU regulator. About that $17.3bn fine... let's talk

Samsung is in discussions with the EU about settling charges of anti-competitive behaviour against Apple, in order to slip the potential $17.3bn fine it faces if found guilty. The news comes from Reuters, which has been chatting to a couple of "people familiar with the matter" and discovered Samsung has opened negotiations …
Bill Ray, 26 Jun 2013