The Uphill Battle of Antitrust – Protocol


Good morning! The EU General Court yesterday overturned a 2018 ruling that found Qualcomm breached antitrust law, proving that antitrust enforcement – especially involving companies that deal in hardware – won’t be easy.

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Antitrust is easier said than done

A European court’s overturning of a landmark $1 billion antitrust penalty against Qualcomm casts doubt on the authorities’ ability to enforce antitrust measures.

The European Commission ruled in 2018 that Qualcomm violated EU antitrust law by paying Apple to use Qualcomm components, instead of competing products, in iPhones produced between 2011 and 2016.

Yesterday, the General Court of the European Union annulled the commission’s decision in its entirety, sayingamong other things, that the commission had not considered that there was then no competing product that Apple could have purchased instead.

The decision highlights the disparities between cases against high-tech vendors and those trying to attack hardware and device makers.

  • Last year, the court upheld an EU ruling, which was one of several the European Commission has issued against Google since 2017 regarding the company’s search, shopping and Android services. The company was ordered to pay more than 8 billion euros in cumulative fines in these cases.
  • European regulators have been busy developing ambitious new rules for the platforms, saying they hope EU action will also inspire similar changes in the United States.

But as with Qualcomm, the world of crackdowns on companies selling hardware is a different story altogether, moving both more slowly and less surely. In January, the General Court of the EU thrown a 2009 ruling that fined Intel around €1 billion. The FTC colonized a similar claim with Intel in 2010, but no fines were imposed under that agreement. In November, Broadcom also reached a settlement with the FTC. This settlement also did not include a fine.

— Kate Cox (email | Twitter)

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Data in a post-Roe world

If SCOTUS cancels Roe v. Wade, companies could be forced to hand over the location and health data of people living in states where abortions are banned. Elizabeth Warren and a handful of other Democrats this week proposed the Health and Welfare Act to block that possibility.

The law would penalize data brokers who “sell, resell, license, trade, transfer, share or otherwise provide or make available” health and location data with certain exceptions. This would give the FTC, state AGs, and anyone victimized by data sales or transfers the jurisdiction to sue brokers who violate it.

A new investigation illustrates the risks in abortion data.The Center for Investigative Reporting’s Markup and Reveal found that Facebook’s automated Meta Pixel tool collected data on people who book appointments or visit crisis pregnancy centers, whether or not the person uses Facebook.

  • This data could then be used by anti-abortion organizations for targeted advertising, spreading false information, or potentially as evidence against abortion seekers in states where abortions are banned.

If the bill passes, it’s unclear what the consequences would be for Facebook, although a privacy researcher said Motherboard that this law would also apply to large technology companies that share data “in an insecure way”. The Health and Welfare Act is one of the most far-reaching and far-reaching pieces of legislation — and with others proposing laws aimed at preventing the sale or transfer of such data – lawmakers are taking consumer data protection seriously as abortion rights are under threat.

—Nat Rubio-Licht (E-mail | Twitter)


Less than half of executives (44%) see better communication with customers as a benefit of augmented reality digitization. Meanwhile, 72% say their AR service is not customer-centric enough, implying that leaders understand the need for customer-facing AR services, but don’t know they can close this gap as part of their business. AR scanning project.

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People are talking

Kraken’s Christina Yee told employees that the company culture won’t change:

  • “If anyone doesn’t like or hate working here or thinks it’s hateful or has a bad temper, work somewhere you don’t mind.”

Bill Gurley said companies have to make cuts to achieve profitability:

  • “Layoffs are now rampant…the most dangerous decision you can make is to be a late addition to this list.”

make moves

Tracy Chan has joined SoundCloud as SVP of Creator. Chan was previously head of music at Twitch and worked at Spotify before that.

Ella Irwin joined twitter as Vice President of Health Products and Twitter Service. Irwin last worked at Twilio as Vice President of Products, Consumer Trust.

Priscilla Koranteng is Indeed’s new Chief People Officer. Koranteng is the former chief talent officer and chief diversity officer at Kellogg.

Pinterest has joined TechNet as a member, becoming the 13th company to do so this year.

Vicky Thomas is the new Clockwise Vice President of Product. Thomas has held leadership positions at Rivet, Lucid Software and Vivint Smart Home.

In other news

Twitter bare hands with Elon Musk it’s today. This is the first time Musk has addressed employees since announcing his takeover bid. Meanwhile, Musk filed another call to get out of his “Twitter Sitter” deal.

Tesla technology was responsible for most crashes involving self-driving technologies over the past 10 months. Nearly 400 crashes involving driver assist technologies have occurred since last July, according to a report from NHTSA.

Spotify is slowdown in hiring shots of about 25%. Staff continue to grow but will adjust their plans due to macroeconomic factors, Daniel Ek said in a note to staff.

Block is abandonment its San Francisco office, This is where the company has been headquartered for over a decade.

You’re here price increase Again. He did not give a reason for the new increases, but Electrek blames an increase in the cost of raw materials and logistics.

YouTube has reached 1.5 billion monthly viewers by Shorts. The company says it is part of “the rise of the multi-format creator”.

Mapbox has been the subject of a National Labor Relations Board complaint, alleging that the management of the company threatened to lose his job in retaliation to the union organization.

Has anyone had time to build a tombstone from Internet Explorer in Korea. It reads: “It was a good tool to download other browsers.”

Your data point for the day: According to, Truth Social saw a 185% increase in downloads over the previous week. The peak comes just at the start of the January 6 hearings.

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96% of respondents said there was work to be done in digitizing their AR departments, but 60% agreed that their AR departments had not been prioritized as much as other departments for digitization. At a time when securing cash flow is more important than ever, many companies don’t give it enough importance.

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