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The EU has opened an antitrust investigation into Qualcomm for its radio-frequency chips

Qualcomm is a major company in the Android smartphone market. Not only does the company design the SoCs that make their way in flagship, mid-range, and budget smartphones, but it also designs and sells modem chips, which make it possible for smartphones to connect to wireless cellular data networks. It's been noted before that Qualcomm...

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee officially launches an antitrust investigation into tech companies like Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook

Over the weekend, the White House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline announced a bipartisan investigation into competition in digital markets. The news follows the announcement that the Irish Data Protection Commissioner would be conducting an investigation into Google over potential GDPR breaches. This investigation, however, is more wide-reaching. In a statement on his website,...

US Justice Department reportedly plans to investigate Google for antitrust violations

Following a $5 billion fine imposed by the European Commission, Google changed how it packaged search applications and browser choices on Android devices sold in the EU. That came only a few years after Google was forced to pay $2.7 billion for manipulating search results to prioritize its own shopping services. The company is also...

Android devices sold in Europe will ask the user which browser and search provider they want to use

If you didn't already know, Europe is much more serious about privacy than the United States. That why big companies like Google have been haunted by the European Commission for a long time now. Google and the EC have a decade-long history of discussing how Google and Android should handle the open competitive strategy. Back...

Google fined $5 billion by the EU for antitrust violations

In the ongoing feud between Google and the EU, the EU has fined Google $5 billion for antitrust violations. This marks the second time the company has come under fire from the EU in recent months. We knew it was coming because of an earlier report, but the fine has now been confirmed. The EU...

Competition Commission of India Fines Google $21.7 Million for “Search Bias”

When companies reach a certain size in an industry, they run the risk of breaking antitrust laws. It's been an issue for chipmaker Qualcomm in multiple countries, and Google, too. The Mountain View tech giant recently had a run-in with the European Commission over alleged shopping search results manipulation, and now faces a fine from...

EU Antitrust Regulators Appoint Expert Panel on the Case Against Android

European Antitrust Regulators have been investigating multiple antitrust claims against Google. One such case led to a record fine of $2.7 billion (€2.42 billion) being levied on Google for violating European antitrust regulations as it was determined the company was manipulating search results to favor its own shopping service. For one of its other cases, EU antitrust...

Report: European Commission Likely to Hit Google with Fine of over €1 Billion over Antitrust Issues

According to a new report from The Financial Times, the European Commission is likely to hit Google with a record fine of  €1 billion (£874 million) over antitrust issues. An announcement on one of the antitrust investigations will be made "in the coming weeks". Google is accused of promoting its own shopping service (Google Shopping) in...

Qualcomm Accused of Antitrust Violations in South Korea, Faces a $853 Million Fine

Qualcomm has faced antitrust accusations in multiple countries over the last few years. The company recently settled a big one within the country of China, and they were accused of similar allegations in the EU back in 2015 as well. Today, it's been announced that a regulator within South Korea wants to fine Qualcomm $853...

The Gloves Are Off: Google Responds to the EU’s Antitrust Charges

Earlier this week, we reported on a source that indicated that Google was on the verge of being handed an antitrust suit by the European Commission. Today, the rumors came to fruition: the European Commission officially handed Google a "statement of objections" due to their belief that Google was in violation of EU antitrust statutes by...

Google vs. EU: Android Antitrust Charges in the Horizon

A new report originating from Reuters claims that Google is about to get charged in the European Union over abusing Android for unfair promotion of its own apps and services on the OS. Antitrust allegations over Google have been an ongoing topic of hot debate, with governments and judicial machinery of several nations alleging Google for...

Open War for Open Android: Antitrust for Cyanogen?

Android and openness is something we talk about all the time, but the recent developments in the industry point towards inherent flaws with this very premise. Be it from bloggers, political institutions or corporations, Android is seemingly not open enough. The “War on Openness” is ironically becoming an open war, where many players are increasing...