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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 […]