Breaking up tech giants could get ‘messy,’ warns FTC boss

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But that's not to say it won't happen!
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The chairman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission isn’t opposed to the breakup of America’s tech giants. However, he acknowledges it would be very, very challenging.

“If you have to, you do it,” Joe Simons told Bloomberg. “It’s not ideal because it’s very messy. But if you have to you have to.”

Qualcomm criticized for using internal Apple documents in court

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FTC argues that Qualcomm should have introduced documents earlier.
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The legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm may be settled. But that hasn’t stopped Qualcomm from bringing up Apple’s name in court.

As part of a hearing to stop the enforcement of an antitrust ruling, Qualcomm used internal Apple documents as evidence. And the U.S. Federal Trade Commission wasn’t too happy about it.

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Apple could be the potential recipient of an antitrust investigation.
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FTC wins its antitrust case against Qualcomm

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Case could make 5G landscape more competitive.
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Qualcomm emerged victorious from its recent battle with Apple. But things look a whole lot less rosy for the company in its antitrust case with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Judge Lucy Koh this week filed her ruling in the FTC’s first round of litigation against Qualcomm. She concluded that Qualcomm has been engaging in anticompetitive business practices.

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Lawsuit could change Apple's relationship with App Store customers.
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Antitrust regulator hasn’t decided whether to approve T-Mobile and Sprint merger

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Date for completing the deal has been pushed back three months.
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T-Mobile and Sprint have pushed back the date for completing their proposed controversial merger to July 29. The reason? Because the U.S. Justice Department’s Antitrust Division chief says that he has not yet decided whether or not to approve the deal.

Previously, the deal was supposed to be completed this week. If it takes place, it will combine the no. 3 and no. 4 wireless providers in the United States.

After Google’s massive EU fine, could Apple be next?

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This wouldn't be the first time the EU has handed Apple a giant bill.
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Yesterday, the EU announced a massive $5 billion fine for Google due to its strategy of pushing Google search on Android devices.

However, according to a new op-ed published by Bloomberg, Apple deserves a big fine of its own. Here’s the argument behind that statement.

AT&T’s merger with Time Warner hits major roadblock

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U.S. government says AT&T/Time Warner merger would hurt customers
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The U.S. Justice Department has filed an antitrust lawsuit to block a planned AT&T and Time Warner deal — marking the first time in several decades the government has tried to block a merger between two companies that don’t directly compete with each other.

The AT&T chief says the suit, “defies logic and is unprecedented,” but the Justice Department claims that AT&T’s $85.4 billion bid to buy Time Warner would mean higher fees and fewer choices for customers.

Qualcomm’s massive antitrust fine is good news for Apple

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Apple and Qualcomm have been battling throughout 2017.
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Qualcomm has suffered another blow in its battle with Apple after being fined a record $773 million by Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission for alleged antitrust violations over a period of at least seven years.

Specifically, the fine involves Qualcomm’s collection of NT$400 billion ($13.2 billion) in licensing fees from local companies. The Taiwanese regulator hammered Qualcomm’s monopolistic market status for not providing products to clients who won’t agree to its terms and conditions.