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Appeals court rules in favor of Meta in antitrust case from state AGs

Meta has won an antitrust lawsuit, under appeal, that pitted the tech giant against dozens of state attorneys general, led by New York. The states alleged Meta had illegally maintained monopoly power

Apple wins antitrust court battle with Epic Games, appeals court rules

Apple has won its antitrust-focused appeals court battle with Fortnite maker Epic Games over its App Store policies, according to the opinion issued today by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. T

Google asks court to dismiss multiple claims in Epic Games antitrust trial

Google is hoping to speed along the resolution of its antitrust legal battle with Fortnite maker Epic Games, Match Group and state attorneys general. In a new filing, Google’s legal team is now

Epic Games produces documents in antitrust case showing Googlers avoiding its litigation hold [Update: judge agrees]

In a new filing in Epic Games’ antitrust case against Google, lawyers for the plaintiffs have submitted a number of exhibits that attempt to demonstrate Google employees’ tendency to switc

Big Tech on notice as regulators in Africa group to investigate their market conduct

Several competition watchdogs in Africa plan to collectively interrogate the market conduct of global digital firms, putting big techs firms like Google and Meta, which have faced investigations and r

DoJ accuses Google of deleting chats in its antitrust investigation, similar to Fortnite’s case

In a new filing late last week, the U.S. Department of Justice alleged that Google “routinely destroyed” an entire category of written communications in its antitrust investigation against

Meta acquires Within despite FTC concerns

After an antitrust lawsuit with the FTC, Meta has officially closed the deal to acquire Within, the VR developer behind fitness app Supernatural. It has taken more than a year for the deal to secure n

Report: Meta wins ruling against FTC to move forward with purchase of VR startup Within

Meta can move forward with its acquisition of virtual reality startup Within, a report from Bloomberg says. According to the report, Judge Edward Davila submitted a sealed decision that denied the FTC

You could be Wasted and not even know it

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This week, Natasha Mascarenhas, Mary Ann Azevedo and Rebec

US sues Google over ‘anticompetitive, exclusionary, and unlawful’ ad tech monopoly

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed suit against Google over alleged antitrust issues, claiming the search giant has monopoly control of the digital ad market. The DOJ is joined by eight states i

Epic and Match’s antitrust case against Google heads to jury trial on November 6

A date has been set for a trial by jury in a significant antitrust case against Google involving its alleged abuses of power in the Android app market. Fortnite maker Epic Games and dating app giant M

Google says India antitrust order poses threat to national security

Google warned on Friday that if the Indian antitrust watchdog’s ruling is allowed to progress it would result in devices getting expensive in the South Asian market and lead to proliferation of unch

Meta abused its dominant market position to benefit Facebook Marketplace, EU’s initial findings show

The European Commission (EC) has confirmed that it’s proceeding with an antitrust investigation into Facebook’s parent company Meta Platforms Inc. (Meta), over the way it ties together its

Mexican regulators are fining Ticketmaster after Bad Bunny concert fiasco

Ticketmaster has now enraged the passionate fans of two of the world’s biggest acts: Taylor Swift and Bad Bunny. Last weekend in Mexico City, the Puerto Rican rapper performed two sold-out shows

Apple loosens grip on App Store pricing with 700 new price points, support for prices that don’t end in $.99

Apple is loosening its requirements around how developers have to price their apps as legal and regulatory pressure over its tight control of the App Store intensifies. The company announced today it&

Meta’s VR remains under antitrust abuse watch in Germany

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office (FCO) is claiming credit for Meta untying its virtual reality headsets from its social accounts — a change of direction the company announced back in August

Ticketmaster faces antitrust scrutiny after Taylor Swift ticket chaos

Ticketmaster is facing more scrutiny from politicians after its chaotic presales for tickets to Taylor Swift’s tour. Tennessee attorney general Jonathan Skrmetti said he is looking into whether Tick

The Epic Games-Apple antitrust battle resumes today in appeals court

Apple’s antitrust battle against Fortnite maker Epic Games is returning to the courtroom after both sides appealed last year’s ruling in a potentially precedent-setting case over Apple&#82
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