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Sonos is giving some serious side-eye to Google's assertion that Assistant and Alexa can't play nicely

Sonos is giving some serious side-eye to Google's assertion that Assistant and Alexa can't play nicely

It's no secret that Sonos and Google aren't best friends right now. The companies are currently involved in several different lawsuits regarding intellectual property theft and copyright infringement, and it doesn't seem like the relationship will improve anytime soon. Sonos's Chief Legal Officer Eddie Lazarus delivered remarks to the Senate Judiciary antitrust committee yesterday, calling for action on a lack of interoperability procedures preventing them from using multiple voice assistants at once.

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Following Apple's lead, Google cuts Play Store fees in half for most developers

Following Apple's lead, Google cuts Play Store fees in half for most developers

For half a year there's been a huge storm brewing over app store platforms, the money that they make, and who gets to keep how much of it. It all came to a head when Epic dared Apple and Google to kick Fortnite off of the App Store and Play Store for working around the usual in-app purchase revenue split. Long story short: Apple and Google did just that, and the legal battle is ongoing. But the fallout is affecting other parts of the industry.

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Google's alleged monopoly may be safe until 2023 as judge suggests dates for a potential trial

Google's alleged monopoly may be safe until 2023 as judge suggests dates for a potential trial

Google has gotten bigger over the years, and that increased market share has come at the cost of increased scrutiny. The Department of Justice filed a massive antitrust lawsuit against the company in October, and last month we learned that more might be on the way. Those predictions have now come to pass, as a collection of nearly 40 states has filed a new suit against Google accusing it of "building an impenetrable moat around its kingdom." But it may be a while before this litigious jousting match goes to trial.

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The EU will allow Google to acquire Fitbit, but it's laying out some conditions

The EU will allow Google to acquire Fitbit, but it's laying out some conditions

It's been over a year since Google announced a $2.1 billion dollar deal to take over Fitbit, but it's been sitting in regulatory purgatory since then while the European Commission investigated the acquisition's affect on consumers and competitors. Now it looks like the EU has come to a conclusion that will allow the merger to move forward — providing that Google adheres to a set of specific guidelines about data privacy.

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FTC files lawsuit in an effort to split Instagram and WhatsApp away from Facebook (Update: FB response)

FTC files lawsuit in an effort to split Instagram and WhatsApp away from Facebook (Update: FB response)

Back in October, the US Justice Department went after Google in a massive antitrust lawsuit filed against the company. We heard that Facebook could be looking at similar scrutiny, and now those rumors have come to fruition. Multiple lawsuits were filed against Facebook yesterday, including one from the Federal Trade Commission that seeks to remove Instagram and WhatsApp from the company's control. For its part, Facebook has called the litigation "revisionist history."

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Google could be facing new antitrust lawsuits before the year's out

Google could be facing new antitrust lawsuits before the year's out

Google has always toed the line between respecting user privacy and making money off targeted ads, but things came to a head last month when the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the company due to antitrust allegations. Now it looks like more litigation is on the horizon from state attorneys hoping to add fuel to the fire — and Google isn't the only company under scrutiny.

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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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