US competition body FTC seeks to block Microsoft/Activision deal

The USA’s Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking to block technology giant Microsoft from acquiring leading video game developer Activision Blizzard and its blockbuster gaming franchises such as Call of Duty. The FTC alleges that the $69 billion deal would enable Microsoft to “suppress competitors to its Xbox gaming consoles and its rapidly growing subscription content […]

FTC set to review Microsoft-Activision Blizzard deal

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is set to review Microsoft’s US$68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard. According to Bloomberg, the FTC has been handed the antitrust review of the deal. The decision is noteworthy due to the FTC’s recent more aggressive stance towards mega mergers in the media and tech sectors under chair Lina […]

Unions call on FTC to derail US$8.45 billion Amazon-MGM deal

Four major US unions have urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to block Amazon’s deal to buy movie studio MGM. Amazon agreed an US$8.45 billion deal to acquire MGM earlier this year. The deal would represent Amazon’s second biggest-ever acquisition, and would see the studio behind shows such as The Handmaid’s Tale and Vikings fall […]

Broadcom has a monopoly in TV semiconductor industry, FTC concludes 

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved an order settling charges against Broadcom. A complaint brought against the semiconductor firm alleged that Broadcom “illegally monopolised markets for semiconductor components used to deliver television and broadband internet services through exclusive dealing and related conduct.” The FTC found that Broadcom secured restrictive contracts which stopped rival […]

US FTC reportedly to probe Amazon’s acquisition of MGM

The US Federal Trade Commission is reportedly launching a probe into Amazon’s planned acquisition of MGM. According to The Information, citing unnamed sources, the FTC has opened an in-depth investigation into the merger that could last for six months or more. News of the possible probe follows the June appointment of Lina Khan, seen as […]

Broadcom settles TV chip monopoly case

The US Federal Trade Commission has settled an antitrust complaint with Broadcom, charging the vendor with illegal monopolisation. In particular, Broadcom has been charged with illegally monopolising markets for semiconductor components used to deliver television and broadband internet services through exclusive dealing and related conduct. The regulator however has issued a proposed consent order to […]

Elizabeth Warren calls on FTC to review ‘anticompetitive’ Amazon-MGM deal

US senator Elizabeth Warren has said that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) should carry out a thorough review of Amazon’s takeover of MGM. Amazon announced a US$8.5 billion deal to acquire the James Bond studio in late May, and has said that it will focus on its ‘reimagining and developing’ IP from MGM’s library. Warren […]

YouTube rethinks kids in wake of US$170 legal settlement

YouTube is rethinking its approach to kids content after parent company Google agreed to pay US$170 million to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission and the New York attorney general that the video sharing service illegally collected personal information from children without their parents’ consent. The settlement requires Google and YouTube to pay US$136 […]

Vizio pays US$2.2m to settle TV data collection complaint

TV maker Vizio has agreed to pay US$2.2 million to settle an FTC lawsuit challenging its collection of TV viewing data without consumers’ knowledge or consent. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General charged Vizio with installing software on its TVs to covertly collect viewing data on […]