Followups: Antitrust is tech’s endgame
Apple’s Chinese Wall of Worry: App Store Impunity and Vertical Foreclosure
by Adventures in Consumer Technology 2018.12.03
India announces new rule to limit anticompetitive practices by e-commerce companies
by Reuters 2018.12.26
India will ban e-commerce companies such as Amazon.com and Walmart-owned Flipkart Group from selling products from companies in which they have an equity interest… the government also said that the companies will be prevented from entering into exclusive agreements with sellers. The new rules will be applicable from February 1…
The new regulations follow complaints from Indian retailers and traders, who say the giant e-commerce companies are using their control over inventory from their affiliates, and through exclusive sales agreements, to create an unfair marketplace that allows them to sell some products at very low prices.
How Big Tech is Breaking Antitrust Laws
Google, Amazon and Facebook are following the same playbook [as Microsoft did when it lost its antitrust case with Internet Explorer vs Netscape]. The tech giants have “platform privilege” — the incentive and ability to prioritize their own goods and services over those of competitors that depend on their platforms. By doing so, they contend they are improving their products and benefiting customers. An entrepreneur can create a superior product or service and still get crushed because Big Tech is controlling the game and playing it, too.
India’s new regulations prevent ecommerce platforms from selling private label brands and proprietary products through subsidiaries
by BBC 2019.02.01
The rules prevent online retailers from selling products through vendors in which they hold an equity stake…
The changes to foreign direct investment rules, which come into force on 1 February, also stop online retailers from making deals to sell exclusively on their platforms.
Amazon quietly removes promotional spots that gave special treatment to its own private label products
by CNBC 2019.04.03
US regulators DOJ and FTC launch investigations into Big Tech
by Reuters 2019.06.03
The U.S. Justice Department has jurisdiction for a potential probe of Apple Inc as part of a broader review of whether technology giants are using their size to act in an anti-competitive manner, two sources told Reuters.
The Justice Department’s Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) met in recent weeks and agreed to give the Justice Department the jurisdiction to undertake potential antitrust probes of Apple and Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, the sources said. The FTC was given jurisdiction to look at Amazon.com Inc and Facebook Inc, the sources said.
FTC is questioning Amazon’s competitors about Amazon Prime’s bundling of services and how Amazon competes with its own marketplace sellers
by Vox 2019.06.04