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Apple cuts App Store fees in half for most developers amidst ongoing antitrust fight with Epic

Apple cuts App Store fees in half for most developers amidst ongoing antitrust fight with Epic

Earlier this year, Apple got into a bit of a kerfuffle over the cut it takes from the revenue of apps like Fortnite. Epic sued the company, and Apple has faced increased scrutiny in the wake of the lawsuit. Now, Apple has announced that it is cutting some App Store fees in half in a move that will see most developers get a significant raise in revenue.

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Apple is reportedly stepping up efforts to build a Google Search replacement

Apple is reportedly stepping up efforts to build a Google Search replacement

Earlier this year, it came out that Google paid around $1.5 billion in 2019 to be the default search engine on various devices in the UK alone, most of which naturally goes to Apple. Factor in other countries, and it's likely to be a multi-billion dollar deal between the two tech behemoths (the DoJ estimates it at around $8-12 billion). It's a convenient arrangement that goes back more than a decade. Apple gets to serve the best search results to iPhone and iPad users, who in turn get served with Google's ads — everyone wins. Except for consumers, according to US antitrust authorities, and it's this increasing scrutiny that is pushing Apple to develop a competitive search engine of its own.

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Department of Justice sues Google over search and advertising monopoly, following year-long investigation

Department of Justice sues Google over search and advertising monopoly, following year-long investigation

Google is no stranger to legal trouble, but 2020 may be bringing the most pressure the company has faced yet. The US Justice Department has been investigating Google's business practices for a while now, and we learned that a lawsuit was in the works last month. Today, the DOJ and eleven state attorneys filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google, accusing the company of anticompetitive behavior to maintain its monopoly.

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Google could be forced to sell Chrome if the Justice Department gets its way

Google could be forced to sell Chrome if the Justice Department gets its way

Google has been in hot water with government authorities time and time again, most recently when it comes to its acquisition of Fitbit in the EU. Now it looks like Google might have more tough times ahead in its home territory as the US Justice Department is reportedly considering forcing Google to sell the Chrome browser along with parts of its advertising business.

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Google faces antitrust case for monopolizing India’s smart TV market

Google faces antitrust case for monopolizing India’s smart TV market

Google’s been facing antitrust cases left, right, and center in nearly all its major global markets, and it looks like those legal woes aren’t going away anytime soon. While the search giant’s Indian arm has already been contesting a couple of existing anti-competitive lawsuits (it was even fined $21 million in one of them), a new case alleges similar behavior in the smart TV market and makes some serious accusations about Google abusing its dominance.

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Google says Americans don’t want it broken up in reaction to proposed new anti-trust rules

Google says Americans don’t want it broken up in reaction to proposed new anti-trust rules

Google, Amazon, Facebook, and other tech giants are increasingly coming under antitrust scrutiny, with high-profile sentences in the EU, cries for alternative app distribution platforms in India, and today's Google vs. Oracle Supreme Court hearing in the U.S. In the latest turn of events, the House Judiciary Committee has released a report on its investigation of competition in digital markets. Following the public hearing in July, it concludes that big companies are using their dominance to stifle the competition and proposes changes to antitrust laws. Naturally, Google isn't happy about these ideas.

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The EU wants to let users finally remove preinstalled apps they don't like

The EU wants to let users finally remove preinstalled apps they don't like

Google has faced a lot of scrutiny in Europe. Whether it's finding fault with Google being the default search provider on Android phones to considering a ban on face recognition in public spaces, the EU generally takes a very pro-consumer focus on things. Now a series of working documents have surfaced that indicate the European Commission is considering a number of proposals that affect big tech — including a requirement that users be allowed to remove any pre-installed applications on a device.

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Google will file a motion to dismiss Epic's Fortnite antitrust complaint

Google will file a motion to dismiss Epic's Fortnite antitrust complaint

Last month was a great one for non-gaming drama lovers like me. Not content with its cut of the pie on mobile, Epic launched an assault on the Android and iOS app stores, leading to Apple removing Fortnite. Soon after, Google followed suit. Epic filed lawsuits alleging unfair treatment by both companies. Now Google is making a new move in the high-stakes game of corporate warfare: the company is looking to have Epic's suit dismissed.

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Department of Justice set to begin antitrust proceedings against Google as early as this month

Department of Justice set to begin antitrust proceedings against Google as early as this month

The Department of Justice is preparing to conduct a wide-ranging antitrust investigation into Google's business practices, multiple sources have said to news agencies. The scope of the sweep looks to include the company's primary search and online advertising operations. The speculation comes in the wake of a series of penalties and further awaiting trials in other parts of the world on Google's anti-competitive behavior.

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EU opens in-depth investigation into Google's Fitbit acquisition

EU opens in-depth investigation into Google's Fitbit acquisition

Google may have announced its intention to purchase Fitbit last year, but deals between large corporations like this move slowly. Regulators in both the US and EU have expressed concern about the world's largest ad company gaining access to potentially sensitive health data gathered by Fitbit's wearable devices, and Google's reassurances haven't helped. After an initial review by the European Commission, it has decided to press ahead with an in-depth investigation into the merger that is expected to be completed by December 9.

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