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European Commission files antitrust charges against Google over Android

European Commission files antitrust charges against Google over Android The European Commission alleges that Google has used its more than 90% share in search and mobile OS to unfairly limit competition.The other side of the European Commission’s case against Google is more significant as it questions the legality of Google’s basic licensing of Android; the so-called “anti-fragmentation agreement.

AT&T, Time Warner unveil massive $85 billion merger with zero benefit for consumers

AT&T, Time Warner unveil massive $85 billion merger with zero benefit for consumers AT&T and Time Warner have jointly announced a deal in which the telecommunications giant will acquire Time Warner for $85.The deal would not include Time Warner Cable, which is a subsidiary of Charter, but does cover a number of other Time Warner properties and businesses.

Qualcomm fined $865 million by South Korean FTC for abusive business practices

Qualcomm fined $865 million by South Korean FTC for abusive business practices The South Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) has fined Qualcomm $865 million dollars for violations of antitrust law.Bloomberg reports that Qualcomm only licensed its patents to mobile phone manufacturers and didn’t properly negotiate license terms.

FTC sues Qualcomm over chip licensing strategy, alleges antitrust abuses

FTC sues Qualcomm over chip licensing strategy, alleges antitrust abuses In its brief, the FTC argues that Qualcomm used its position to extort higher royalties from smartphone manufacturers.The FTC asserts that Qualcomm enforces a “No license, no chips,” policy in which it will not sell parts to a cell phone manufacturer unless the manufacturer agrees to its patent and licensing terms.

Apple sues Qualcomm for a billion dollars in unpaid rebates, alleges company attempted perjury, extortion

Apple sues Qualcomm for a billion dollars in unpaid rebates, alleges company attempted perjury, extortion China has also fined Qualcomm for its alleged monopolistic abuses and the FTC filed a lawsuit against QC earlier this week.Among Apple’s complaints, are allegations that it is forced to effectively double-pay Qualcomm, since Qualcomm requires Apple’s manufacturing partners to take out a license to work with Snapdragon hardware, then charges Apple again for a separate license.

South Korea’s antitrust watchdog concerned Google meddled with Samsung’s Tizen

South Korea’s antitrust watchdog concerned Google meddled with Samsung’s Tizen However, South Korea’s antitrust watchdog is concerned that Samsung business with the former might have negatively affected its business with the latter, with Google to blame, reports The Korea Times.The matter goes back to 2011, when Samsung signed the Mobile Application Distribution Agreement (MADA) and anti-fragmentation agreement (AFA).

Apple found guilty of price-fixing in Russia, strong-arming its retail partners

Apple found guilty of price-fixing in Russia, strong-arming its retail partners Up until now, the company has never been accused of breaking the law on iPhone prices.Furthermore, Apple monitored all 16 of its partners and would get in touch with them immediately if it discovered they were setting prices below the accepted level.

Qualcomm declares Snapdragon processors aren't 'processors' at all

Qualcomm declares Snapdragon processors aren't 'processors' at all Its argument is below: The Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platform takes our offerings beyond a single chip.When Nvidia launched its Tegra 2 smartphones, it attempted to rebrand Tegra products as “super phones” rather than the already-common “smartphone.