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Justice's antitrust chief sketches how he'll assess big tech

Jun. 11, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department's antitrust chief suggested Tuesday he'll take a broad view of how competition is harmed when assessing whether big tech firms should be broken up. Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim also was clear in a speech in Israel that he is well aware that just...

Tech on trial: House mulls antitrust help for news industry

Jun. 11, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of both parties on Tuesday suggested legislation may be necessary for the financially-struggling U.S. news industry as lawmakers began a bipartisan investigation into the market dominance of Silicon Valley companies. At a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel,...

UN panel: Connect half the world, and $20 phones can help

Jun. 10, 2019 10:55 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An independent U.N. panel called Monday for much greater cooperation to bring digital technology to roughly half the world's people, and a senior Google executive said mobile phones with internet access are being created to sell for about $20 that can help make this possible. Google...

Facebook stops Huawei from pre-installing apps on phones

Jun. 7, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Facebook said Friday it has stopped letting its apps come pre-installed on smartphones sold by Huawei in order to comply with U.S. restrictions, a move that deals a fresh blow to the Chinese tech giant. The social network said it has suspended providing software for Huawei to put on its...

Europe shows challenges for US regulators targeting Big Tech

Jun. 7, 2019 6:42 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — As U.S. authorities prepare to investigate Silicon Valley's digital giants, they'll look for inspiration — and warnings — from Europe, where regulators have led global efforts to rein in Big Tech with only mixed results. The European Union's executive commission has slapped...

Google's challenge to game consoles to kick off in November

Jun. 6, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Google will kick off its Stadia streaming service to challenge the video game industry in November — but initially only as part of a $130 bundle that includes hardware and a pass for a friend. Google announced the game service in March with few details. On Thursday, Google said it...

Is 'Big Tech' too big? A look at growing antitrust scrutiny

Jun. 4, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Is Big Tech headed for a big breakup? The U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission are moving to investigate Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple over their aggressive business practices, and the House Judiciary Committee has announced an unprecedented antitrust probe ,...

Congress launches Big Tech antitrust probe

Jun. 4, 2019 5:36 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The federal government may be warming up its antitrust enforcement machine and pointing it at Big Tech. On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee announced a sweeping antitrust probe of unspecified technology companies . In a statement, it promised "a top-to-bottom review of the market...

Apple previews new software as it diversifies beyond iPhones

Jun. 3, 2019 7:52 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Apple, beset by falling iPhone sales, announced upcoming changes to its phone and computer software intended to highlight its increasing emphasis on digital services and to further position it as a fierce guardian of personal privacy. The revisions previewed Monday during a...

The Latest: Apple unveils privacy tools, iTunes changes

Jun. 3, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Apple's developers conference (all times local): 12:20 p.m. New privacy tools and changes to Apple's iTunes software are among the highlights at Apple's annual developers conference. The event Monday is Apple's chance to preview features expected this fall. They...