Sector: Technology

A court in the US has fined Taiwanese LCD manufacturer AU Optronics (“AUO”) $US 500 million for its involvement in a price fixing cartel. Two former company executives, Vice-Chairman Hsuan Bin Cheng and Executive Vice...

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Google is attracting even more antitrust scrutiny after its announcement on 13 August that it was acquiring Frommer’s, the travel guide publisher.  Various consumer and internet groups including, Fairsearch.org, an organisation composed of Google’s competitors...

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In recent weeks, we’ve had two indications of the way in which misleading and deceptive conduct provisions apply to third party content on social platforms like Facebook. While we’ve known for a long time that...

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Facebook’s billion dollar baby

August 16, 2012 | 1 Comments

The reasonably new “market” that is social networking has seen its first headline-making acquisition cleared by the UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT).   The OFT has decided not to refer the acquisition by Facebook of Instagram to...

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Google faces further scrutiny in India

August 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

India’s Minister of State for Corporate Affairs, R.P.N. Singh, has confirmed that Google faces further competition scrutiny in India. In response to a question from Parliament, Mr Singh said that the Competition Commission of India...

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Just as we promised… a quick post to let you know that the New Zealand Commerce Commission (NZCC) has now published its full reasons for decision in the epay / Ezi-Pay merger.  This is the...

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On 15 June 2012, the New Zealand Commerce Commission declined the application by epay (owned by US payment processor Euronet Worldwide) for clearance to buy New Zealand-owned company Ezi-Pay. Ezi-Pay and epay each distribute a...

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KFTC investigates Google’s practices

May 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

South Korea’s competition authority, the Korea Fair Trade Commission, is investigating claims that Google has been abusing its dominant position in the market by blocking alternative search engines on its Android-powered mobile telephones.  The investigation...

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Korean IT companies hit by dawn raids

May 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

In April 2012, Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) conducted a series of dawn raids targeting four multinational information technology companies. The premises of Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Oracle and SAP were raided due to concerns of anti-competitive behaviour...

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