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Why EU Antitrust Focus on Google and Data Portability Matters -- and Why It's Probably Not Enough

Nathan Newman | Posted 07.22.2012 | Business
Nathan Newman

The four main concerns the EU has with Google include ones regularly discussed in the media, but it also includes more specific concerns about how it deals with advertisers.

How the NY Times Bought Apple's Spin on the Feds' Antitrust Suit Allowing Amazon to Cut Prices on E-books

Peter Scheer | Posted 06.12.2012 | Media
Peter Scheer

It's not possible for Amazon to both (1) sell e-books at a loss in order to reap big profits on Kindle devices, and (2) sell Kindles at a loss to reap big profits on e-books. It may be doing 1 or it may be doing 2, but it can't be doing both at the same time.

How Privacy Has Become an Antitrust Issue

Al Franken | Posted 05.30.2012 | Technology
Al Franken

Most Americans don't think about antitrust law when they look at their cable bill, flip channels on TV, or worry about what their favorite website knows about them. But they should.

Watch FCC Stand By As Verizon and Cable Form New Cartel

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.20.2012 | Technology
Art Brodsky

Since March 2011, Bloomberg has been trying to hold the Comcast-NBCU media behemoth to the promises it made, and agreed to, in order to complete the takeover that resulted in one of the biggest media companies in history.

Hospitals Under The Gun For...

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.19.2012 | Business

Federal antitrust regulators are targeting the flood of hospital mergers that emerged in the wake of the new health care legislation. Hospital comp...

No Letup on Big Telecom and Big Media Companies Behaving Badly

Art Brodsky | Posted 04.25.2012 | Technology
Art Brodsky

The idea of big companies continuing to control their markets, and control the behavior of consumers, continues to march on. Even now, two major deals are proceeding apace, one in telecom and one in the entertainment world.

High Price of Monopoly: Why American Farmers Must Buy From Just One Seed Company

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 04.22.2012 | Green
John W. Boyd Jr.

Monsanto's monopoly limits farmers' choices and threatens our livelihoods. But America's antitrust laws were enacted to protect us from this very situation. These laws are premised on the belief that competitive markets produce the best products, and they need to be enforced.

Have Cattle Producers Been Romney-ed?

Mike Callicrate | Posted 03.26.2012 | Business
Mike Callicrate

Sale of National Beef looks a lot like a Bain Capital maneuver. Did National Beef 's cattlemen owners just get "Romney-ed"? John Miller, National...

Google Busted Steering Users, Antitrust Cops Sure to Call

Jamie Court | Posted 03.24.2012 | Technology
Jamie Court

It's been a big day for those of us who have been making the case that Google steers users not to the most relevant products and services, but to its own services.

Ensuring a Robust Marketplace of Ideas: Rethinking Antitrust Policy in the Digital Age

Bruce Judson | Posted 03.21.2012 | Business
Bruce Judson

Today, the book industry is struggling to adapt to the digital transformation. At its core, digital information has a tough time establishing value in the eyes of the consumer

Euclidean Geometry and the NCAA's Collegiate Model

Richard M. Southall | Posted 03.19.2012 | Sports
Richard M. Southall

The NCAA's collegiate model -- if it ever really existed -- died long ago and cannot be resuscitated. No matter how many times the big-time college-sport triangle is measured and re-measured, the sum of its angles is clearly not 180°.

Patent Balance Needed to Help End the Smartphone Patent Wars

Edward J. Black | Posted 02.21.2012 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Hopefully, all of the companies involved in the "patent wars" can return their focus to innovating and competing on the merits of their products.

Max J. Rosenthal

Businesses Face A 'Devastating' New Threat

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 12.15.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- With the economy still weak, businesses may face a fresh blow from insurance companies next year, according to a new report published Th...

How AT&T's Takeover of T-Mobile Went Wrong (Or Didn't)

Art Brodsky | Posted 02.01.2012 | Technology
Art Brodsky

It's obvious to most observers that AT&T's attempt to take over T-Mobile is all but dead. The post-mortems are starting and the question being asked is: what went wrong for AT&T?

Basketball: A Day Late, A Dollar Short -- Time for Mark Cuban and David Boies to Rescue the Fans

Linda Kenney Baden | Posted 01.21.2012 | Sports
Linda Kenney Baden

I have a suggestion to solve this sport's crisis. Give Mark Cuban the power to rep the owners with full authority to agree to the terms of a contract.

House Republicans Drive More Nails Into Livestock Rule Coffin

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 01.18.2012 | Food
Wenonah Hauter

While the big news among food activists has been the unsettling possibility that a secret farm bill could be snuck into the super committee's recommendations and passed with no public input, Republicans have furtively dealt a crippling blow to family farmers and consumers.

Search, Innovation, and Antitrust

Stephen D. Houck | Posted 01.11.2012 | Technology
Stephen D. Houck

Preventing Google from giving users what they want -- through features similar to those provided by its competitors -- is bad antitrust policy.

The Legal Issues Behind the NBA Players' Decertification Strategy

Gabriel A. Feldman | Posted 01.08.2012 | Sports
Gabriel A. Feldman

From an NBA fan's perspective, the hope now is that the uncertainty and risk to both sides involved with decertification and an antitrust suit are enough to push the two sides to make a deal at the bargaining table.

Could a Pharmacy Monopoly Affect Your Healthcare?

John Horton | Posted 12.31.2011 | Business
John Horton

if you're on a regimen of prescription drugs, you already know how expensive prescription drugs can be -- and you may have found yourself comparing prices among pharmacies. What would happen to this diversity, and to patients, if one company -- one pharmacy -- were to engage in monopolistic behavior?

Ryan Grim

Spreading Freedom: Google And The War For The Web

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- You can't swing a dead cat video in Washington lately without hitting a lobbyist, consultant, attorney or adviser on retainer to Google ...

Another AT&T Breakup Could Be In The Cards

Art Brodsky | Posted 11.22.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

It took AT&T stepping way over the line to get the Justice Dept. engaged, but who is to say that line won't be crossed again? And that some public officials who take the public interest and antitrust seriously won't act again?

In Search of Gold

Roger I. Abrams | Posted 11.21.2011 | Sports
Roger I. Abrams

The free market determines the price paid to colleges and conferences for televised games. If there are only four major conferences, there certainly is the possibility of something less than a free market.

Why Google Is Not Microsoft

Stephen D. Houck | Posted 01.11.2012 | Technology
Stephen D. Houck

Antitrust law is about behavior. It's not about whether a company is big and successful -- it's about whether it is big and bad.

IBM Offers Concessions In Antitrust Case

AP | By GABRIELE STEINHAUSER | Posted 11.20.2011 | Technology

BRUSSELS -- U.S. computer maker IBM Corp. on Tuesday offered to make it easier for competitors to provide maintenance services for its mainframe compu...

A Guide To The Action At Eric Schmidt's Testimony, Part 2

Eric K. Clemons | Posted 11.07.2011 | Technology
Eric K. Clemons

We want to know that Google's activities have been legal, of course. But with Google's power, and their willingness to use that power to advance their business interests, I am just as interested in ascertaining that their activities have been fair.