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Your Weekly Digest | Issue 251

Valur Thrainsson
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US files antitrust suit to stop major book publisher merger | ABC News
The Justice Department is suing to block a $2.2 billion book publishing deal that would have reshaped the industry.
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Why Facebook Is More Worried About Europe Than the U.S. | POLITICO
Whistleblower Frances Haugen’s revelations aren’t sparking a European move to regulate the social media giant — they’re sealing it. 
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A former upstart Instagram rival is suing Meta, formerly known as Facebook, over allegations that the company violated antitrust laws by cloning a competing product and ultimately killing its business. The app, Phhhoto, launched in 2014, inviting users to create and share short GIF-like videos. If … Read more.
Apple antitrust fine was politically motivated, claims company | 9to5Mac
A $1.3B Apple antitrust fine levied by the French petition regulator was politically motivated, claims a lawyer for the Cupertino company ...
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JD Sports furious after being forced to sell Footasylum | BBC News
The sportswear retailer's chairman said the UK competition watchdog's ruling was "beyond logic".
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The U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil antitrust lawsuit today to block Penguin Random House’s proposed acquisition of its close competitor, Simon & Schuster. As alleged in the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, this acquisition would enable Penguin Random House, which is already the largest book publisher in the world, to exert outsized influence over which books are published in the United States and how much authors are paid for their work. Read more.
Currently many users are concerned about how safe their personal data are in messenger and video services. Should legislators and authorities ensure the possibility for users to easily communicate with each other while using the services of different providers? Read more.
A speech delivered at The Meaning of Competition: Assertive Antitrust Enforcement and the Digital Economy conference, organised by the IEA and ITIF... Read more.
The Bundeskartellamt has today published guidelines on the conformity of cooperatives with competition law. Read more.
‘The Every is about an all-powerful monopoly that seeks to eliminate competition’: why Dave Eggers won’t sell his new hardback on US Amazon | Dave Eggers | The Guardian

The author on returning to the dystopian world of big tech in his sequel to The Circle, and how he’s taking a stand against Bezos’s empire

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