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Apple may be in trouble again, being accused of running a monopoly regarding the sales of their apps. The United States Supreme Court seemed ready to allow an antitrust lawsuit to move forward, claiming Apple has unfairly monopolised the market for the sale of iPhone apps. Justices asked skeptical questions about the control that Apple exerts over their iPhone users, who must purchase software for their smartphones exclusively through its App Store.

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The government in the United Kingdom has announced a new tax for digital services that it plans to start levying on tech giants like Amazon, Google and Apple. The tax will be based on the money they make from their digital services like advertising and streaming entertainment, but not on their online sales.

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She brought antitrust investigations against Google and fined Apple $15 billion for tax avoidance. She is also starting to take an interest in Amazon. Margrethe Vestager, the European commissioner for competition, is the only person in the world seriously trying to create and maintain an even playing field for business against the tech giants of the west.

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Posting a meme which includes characters from Futurama may very well be a thing of the past now that the European Union Parliament has voted YES on Articles 11 (link tax) and 13 (upload filter) – sweeping copyright infringement laws that will block any content one tries to upload that includes copyrighted material. Those that support the articles feel they will clean up the Internet a bit, making it more possible to control what is shared. However, those that oppose them see it as the end of a free Internet, an Internet that has kept our lives vibrant and interesting. They feel this falls very much into line with the United States’ decision to end net neutrality.

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Google, Amazon and the like are showing record profits despite protests, boycotts and, especially in the case of Google, being taken to task by the EU for abusing their power as market leader, a situation which manifested itself in a record-breaking penalty. Andrea Nahles (SPD) is backing a law that, if it can gain support and be put into effect, could strip the Californians of their place in digital capitalism.

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European antitrust regulators have fined Google a record breaking €4.34 billion for abusing the Android mobile operating system’s dominance. This fine comes from the fact that Google has imposed three types of restrictions on Android device manufacturers and network operators to ensure that traffic on Android devices goes to the Google search engine. These practises deny rivals the chance to innovate and compete. European consumers are thusly denied the benefits of effective competition in the mobile sphere. Under EU antitrust rules, this is illegal.

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