US Department of Justice (DoJ)
The United States Justice Department (DOJ) has filed a sweeping antitrust lawsuit against Apple, accusing the company of engineering an illegal monopoly in smartphones that boxes out competitors, stifles innovation and keeps prices artificially high.
Spotify
Apple has hit back at Spotify over the long-running competition complaint filed with the EU that could see Apple face a huge fine if found guilty.
Lawsuit
Apple is to pay out $25 million to settle a class action lawsuit over its Family Sharing feature. The feature allows users and up to five family members to share access to apps, music, movies, TV shows, and books that they purchase.
Apple
The former corporate secretary and director of corporate law at Apple today admitted engaging in an insider trading scheme that spanned five years, Attorney for the United States Vikas Khanna announced.
Digital Markets Act (DMA)
In an agreement brokered Thursday evening, negotiators from the European Parliament and the Council reached a political agreement on the Digital Markets Act, which establishes a series of prohibitions and obligations for companies including Apple, Google, Meta and Amazon, and a number of smaller platforms.
Competition and Markets Authority
Facebook parent company Meta has been ordered by the UK competition watchdog , the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), to sell the gif creation website Giphy
Meng Wanzhou
Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou returned to China Saturday shortly after two Canadians released from prison in China arrived in Calgary, ending a diplomatic row that has dragged on for three years.
USB-C Connector
The European Commission wants to make it mandatory for smartphone manufacturers and manufacturers of other electronics to include a USB-C charging port on their devices and is putting forward legislation to establish a common charging solution
Patent Fight
Verizon and Huawei have reached a settlement in a patent litigation lawsuit. dating back to 2019 when Huawei said it approached Verizon about licensing some of its technologies. After nearly a year of negotiations, talks between the two companies broke down on January 21st, 2020, and Huawei went on to file multiple lawsuits....
Huawei
A U.S. federal appeals court has Friday to hear Huawei's request to throw out a rule used to bar rural phone carriers on national security grounds from using government funds to purchase its equipment. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Federal Communications Commission was fully within its power and competence to issue the rule barring “Universal Service Fund” subsidies recipients from buying equipment or services from companies deemed national security risks.
Page Blocked
One of Canada’s leading internet advocates has submitted comments into the government’s consultation on the role of online intermediaries in combatting copyright infringement. In its submission, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) outlined a set of principles that would help policy-makers design a framework to ensure that internet service provider-level (ISP) website blocking would only be used as a measure of absolute last resort.
Page Blocked
The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled to uphold Canada’s first-ever website blocking framework in the case of TekSavvy Solutions v. Bell Media Inc. et al. In 2019, a lower court granted a request by three television distributors affiliated with major telcos to order internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to online streaming services doing business as “GoldTV,” including sites associated with GoldTV.ca. In late March, the Federal Court of Appeal heard oral arguments in the case, including CIRA’s, and today affirmed the lower court’s decision.
Online Safety Bill
The UK Government has today published its draft Online Safety Bill, granting Ofcom new responsibilities that will help to keep people safe when they are online. Under the draft bill, search services, social media platforms, and other online services that enable user-generated content to be shared between users must mitigate the risk of harm arising from illegal content.
Lawsuit
ValueLicensing is suing Microsoft for £270 million over the the company’s alleged stifling of competition in the software market. ValueLicensing, a certified provider of pre-owned Microsoft software licences based in Derbyshire.
Competition and Markets Authority
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) investigating Apple’s conduct in relation to the distribution of apps on iOS and iPadOS devices in the UK, in particular, the terms and conditions governing app developers’ access to Apple’s App Store.
Competition and Markets Authority
The UK competition regulator, the CMA, is to investigate whether Virgin Media’s proposed £31bn tie-up with telecoms operator O2 could lead to higher prices for mobile and broadband customers or poorer 5G connectivity for rival operators.
Telegram
A Washington-based non-profit group called the Coalition for a Safer Web has sued Apple for not removing the Telegram app from the App Store. The group alleges that the platform is being used by hate groups and extremists to attack the Capitol.