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Apple will now ask iOS 15 users if they want to enable personalized ads in first party apps

Apple has just added a prompt that asks iOS 15 users if they want to enable personalized ads in first-party apps. The company, which often boasts of its privacy-first approach and transparency, has kept that option on by default for users on older versions of iOS in a not-so-transparent manner. The prompt is related to a...

India opens antitrust investigation into Google over its smart TV dominance

After reviewing a case filed by two lawyers against Google's anti-competitive practices in the smart TV segment, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) has now ordered an investigation into the matter. While Google has denied any wrongdoing, the antitrust watchdog is "convinced that a case is made out for directing an investigation," based on its...

Apple can’t stop users from removing preinstalled apps under proposed antitrust bill

Last week, US lawmakers introduced five bipartisan antitrust bills targeted at Big Tech, namely Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook. These proposed antitrust bills aim to impose new constraints on how the Silicon Valley giants operate, end their anti-competitive business practices and restrict acquisitions and mergers. Among the proposed bills is the American Innovation and Choice...

Google is expanding Android’s search engine choice screen in Europe

Google is bringing new updates to its Search engine selection screen that was introduced in Europe in 2019, as per directions by the European Union. Later this year, users in the European Economic Area (EEA) and the UK will see up to 12 options for their preferred search engine for the pre-installed Google app and...

France fines Google $267 million for favoring its own ads over others

Google has agreed to pay French authorities a fine of $267 million to settle a landmark antitrust case. The French watchdog, Autorité de la concurrence, said in a press release that Google isn’t disputing the facts and has proposed several commitments to change the way its advertising services operate, which the authority has accepted. French competition...

Qualcomm, Microsoft and Google raise concerns about NVIDIA’s acquisition of ARM

Following the launch of the RTX 30 series GPUs last year, NVIDIA announced that it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire UK-based chip designer ARM. With the acquisition, NVIDIA plans to create "the leading computing company for the age of AI," but the deal doesn't seem to be going down well with companies like...

US Antitrust Subcommittee concludes that Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google abuse their monopolies and dominance

Our lives are massively influenced by a handful of technology companies, and their monopoly is no secret. The likes of these tech companies also have a market acronym to them: FAANG (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google) and GAFAM (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft), referring to them in the context of consistent stock performance. But how...

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...