French competition authority levies $167M fine on Google

France’s competition watchdog has levied a fine of $167 million on Google citing Google’s non-transparent advertising rules and the fact that it changes them at will. Google is facing a growing number of investigations into its advertisement business practices, on both sides of the Atlantic. The ruling is the first penalty by the French authorities…

Justice Department opens antitrust probe on all major digital tech firms

Given bi-partisan concerns over the market power of these major digital technology companies, which include Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple, their potential downsizing is very much a possibility. In a significant development that marks the latest sign of the Trump government stepping up is scrutiny over big tech firms, the U.S. Justice Department disclosed that…

Facebook’s data deals with Microsoft, Apple and Amazon under grand jury scrutiny

Facebook’s 150 personal information sharing contracts with tech companies is now under a grand jury scrutiny. Question is can you ever trust Facebook? As per a report by the New York Times, U.S. federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal probe into data deals that Facebook Inc entered into with some of the world’s largest tech…

Broadcom facing antitrust scrutiny from the EU over its trade practices

The EU is not alone in questioning Broadcom’s trade practices: the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is also scrutinizing its business practices. The European Commission is scrutinizing Broadcom Inc’s trade practices over the possible usage of its market dominance to pressure customers to purchase its semiconductors. According to a report from Bloomberg, which cites people familiar…

Silicon Valley proposes a more pragmatic approach to suitably modify China’s trade policies

Although tech companies are on the same page as the Trump Administration on it’s findings on the Section 301 investigation, it is of the view that the current strategy is not sustainable and results could be better achieved through an international coalition that challenges China at the World Trade Organization. On Monday, a trade group…