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Your Weekly Digest | 14/2022

Valur Thrainsson
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The outcome could affect other cases, including the Google Android case. The European Commission said Wednesday that it appealed the EU General Court's annulment of its €1.06 billion antitrust fine on U.S. chip maker Intel to the bloc's highest court. "The Commission has decided to appeal to the European Court of Justice the General Court judgment of 26 January 2022," an EU spokesperson said on Wednesday. Read more.
The country's competition watchdog is probing allegations that the firms charge exorbitant commissions. Zomato and Swiggy dominate the fast-growing market in India with a combined share of 95%. The order to investigate the firms has come months after the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) filed a complaint. Read more.
The German subsidiary of Russian gas company Gazprom will be put under trusteeship with immediate effect, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said Monday. "With this order, my ministry … is temporarily appointing the Federal Network Agency as trustee for Gazprom Germania," Habeck said during a brief press statement in Berlin. Read more.
The Department of Justice’s first-ever criminal trials over companies’ alleged violations of labor-related antitrust laws are set to kick off. Read more.
The Justice Department’s Antitrust Division today announced updates to its Leniency Policy and issued a revised set of frequently asked questions (FAQs). Read more.
When you last shopped online, did you find it difficult to get what you wanted – with lots of other options you had to navigate through? Have you ever wondered why cancelling a subscription is so difficult when all it took was a click of a button to sign up? And have you noticed how some options come pre-selected while others require a lot more effort to choose? Read more. Read more.
If you want to know how worried an industry is about a piece of pending legislation, a decent metric is how apocalyptic its predictions are about what the bill would do. By that standard, Big Tech is deeply troubled by the American Innovation and Choice Online Act. Read more.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren loves talking about antitrust. In fact, she says, she can’t think of anything more fun to talk about. "Shame on Congress for not sucking it up and doing what needs to be done," the senator told Recode. Read more.
On 24 February 2022, Russia invaded the territory of Ukraine and triggered the largest European war since 1945. The war has led to unprecedented loss of human lives and the biggest refugee crisis since World Word II, according to the UNHCR. At this stage, the economic impact of the war is difficult to predict. Some... Read more.
The European Commission recently published its final report into the Internet of Things, with Executive Vice-President Vestager stating: “The consumer Internet of Things sector is increasingly beco… Read more.
A new paper analyzes antitrust investigations and private litigation initiated against the Google and Apple app stores, exploring how the main anticompetitive practices within app stores can be scrutinized under current antitrust rules and the potential role played of regulation in bridging enforcement gaps.  The antitrust debate on app store practices is all over the... Read more.
Daniel P. O'Brien
In January 2022, the Antitrust Division and Federal Trade Commission issued a Request for Information on Merger Enforcement, seeking comment on how the agencies can modernize enforcement of antitrust laws regarding mergers. A theme in the RFI is whether current guidance underemphasizes or neglects labor market and non-price effects. This note discusses what economics tells us about these issues. Read more.
Konrad Kollnig, Anastasia Shuba, Max Van Kleek, Reuben Binns, and Nigel Shadbolt 
Tracking is a highly privacy-invasive data collection practice that has been ubiquitous in mobile apps for many years due to its role in supporting advertising-based revenue models. In defence of user privacy, Apple introduced two significant changes with iOS 14: App Tracking Transparency (ATT), a mandatory opt-in system for enabling tracking on iOS, and Privacy Nutrition Labels, which disclose what kinds of data each app processes. So far, the impact of these changes on individual privacy and control has not been well understood. This paper addresses this gap by analysing two versions of 1,759 iOS apps from the UK App Store: one version from before iOS 14 and one that has been updated to comply with the new rules.  Read more.
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