In Qualcomm anti-trust battles, Korean FTC could be its ticking time bomb

As part of antitrust mitigation measures it’s obligated to fulfill, Qulacomm has to renegotiate a bunch of patent licensing deals. It hasn’t happened.

Apple admits Qualcomm was the only real 4G choice in 2012

The FTC’s lawsuit against the chipmaker took a hit when Apple admitted that Qualcomm’s merits in LTE technology led to its modems being in iPhones.

Apple-Shazam deal to get unconditional EU antitrust approval

The Apple-Shazam acquisition, confirmed in December of 2017, might come to a close within a month as EU antitrust regulators reportedly nod.
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Google faces record fine (again) for gaming Android’s dominance in Europe [UPDATE]

Google has been fined more than €4 billion for tying up Android with its search and web services. We’ve updated this story with a statement from Google.

Supreme Court to decide if App Store class action against Apple should be tossed

In its latest round of actions, the SCOTUS has pushed into a review phase for whether allegations of Apple’s anticompetitive behavior should be cast aside.

ITC decision on iPhone 7 sales ban will kick off Apple v. Qualcomm rollercoaster

There’s plenty of legal action between Apple and Qualcomm over many topics, but does one owe the other $4.5 billion in royalties?

In AT&T-Time Warner merger trial, US government wants CNN parent to be spun off

The Department of Justice wants to separate Turner Broadcasting, which owns several basic and premium cable channels, from satellite TV provider DIRECTV, owned by AT&T.

Qualcomm extending lower licensing rates to appease regulators and OEMs

The San Diego-based semiconductors company is conceding some ground to smartphone manufacturers by offering a patents package at a lower price. But it doesn’t mean that flagship phones will cost less soon.

Class action building against Samsung, SK Hynix over RAM price hikes

Prices for RAM chips fell by 60 percent between 2014 and 2016. And then the prices started to go back up. And everyone’s smartphones and laptops were just a bit more expensive.

AT&T can defend Time Warner deal from US government with arbitration clause

If AT&T were to subsume Time Warner, it would commit to binding arbitration over the license fees of channels like CNN and HBO with its distributor counterparts.

EU finds Qualcomm guilty of market dominance abuse, $1.2 billion fine issued for exclusive Apple deal

Qualcomm will need to pay over $1.2 billion after the European Commission ruled the semiconductor giant’s exclusive LTE modem supply deal for iPhones and iPads broke antitrust rules.

Samsung vehemently rejects any and all ‘planned obsolescence’ accusations

There’s no “planned obsolescence” going on in Samsung’s software update-developing labs, and the chaebol will fully cooperate with Italian antitrust authorities to prove its innocence.
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Both Apple and Samsung targeted by Italian antitrust probe into planned obsolescence

Planned obsolescence is starting to feel like company policy for Apple, and the main Italian antitrust authority may want to punish both Cupertino and Samsung for that.

Apple late producing evidence in FTC v. Qualcomm case

The company claims that it really needs more time to bring in all the millions of documents the FTC needs in its case. It plans on appealing daily fines it is receiving.

European Commission finally rules on Google Shopping shenanigans, imposing €2.4 billion fine

Google has been hit with a record €2.4 billion EU fine for anti-competitive practices researched and documented for nearly a decade.

Qualcomm puts down FTC’s case to continue, amici filings

The Federal Trade Commission and many of Qualcomm’s customers want to take the chipmaker to task. Qualcomm’s response? ‘Defective’

Intel, Samsung back FTC in continuing Qualcomm antitrust suit

The two chipmakers have reinforced allegations that their market-leading rival has disengaged with the competition and left device-makers stranded.

Korean regulators looking into whether Google’s Android hurt Samsung’s Tizen

If you want to use Google Play Services, you go by Google’s terms. But did those terms hurt Samsung in developing a competent competing OS, Tizen?

Google is looking at record $3.3 billion EU antitrust fine, sources say

The conclusion of a long, drawn-out antitrust case could be finally nigh, as the European Union appears intent to fine Google a record €3 billion.
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Alphabet defends Google against European Commission anti-trust charges

Google is spread far and wide. From hardware to software to services,…