Tag: Dispute

EU Signals More Antitrust Scrutiny of Tech After Broadcom Settles Dispute

Europe’s top competition official said she would make more use of injunctions, including in pending cases against big technology companies, after successfully forcing U.S. chip maker

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to change its alleged anticompetitive practices.

The European Commission, the bloc’s top antitrust watchdog, on Wednesday said it was closing its probe and accepted Broadcom’s legally binding commitments to refrain from any exclusivity arrangements for chips used in television set-top boxes and internet modems over the next seven years.

Broadcom didn’t immediately comment on the settlement.

The decision comes a year after EU competition czar Margrethe Vestager revived so-called interim measures, an injunction that hadn’t been used since 2001, to order Broadcom to suspend the contested agreements while she was still investigating the case.

Ms. Vestager said she would make more use of this power as she investigates other companies for alleged antitrust violations, including

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Google,

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Roku to lose some NBC channels as dispute over Peacock streaming deal heats up

Roku is slamming Comcast’s decision to pull NBC’s TV Everywhere channels from the streaming service as negotiations over distribution for NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service continue.

Those channels allow Comcast customers to use Roku as a platform for streaming NBC’s various shows and other programming under its NBCUniversal umbrella. That includes content from channels like Bravo, E!, Syfy, USA, and NBC itself. It’s unclear what channels are going to be pulled from the service at this time, as Comcast has control over what gets pulled and what doesn’t. The Verge has learned that 11 network apps, 12 NBC-owned stationed apps, and 23 Telemundo apps will be removed from Roku, but no other specifics were given.

Roku executives offered to extend the existing agreement between Roku and Comcast for Comcast’s TV Everywhere channels “so that they remain accessible while we continue to work towards a Peacock agreement,” according to a statement from

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Apple says Epic Games dispute is a ‘marketing campaign’ to boost ‘Fortnite’

Apple has filed its legal declaration against Epic Games ahead of a court hearing and claims that the dispute was started following a decline in the popularity of “Fortnite.”

Ahead of a hearing now scheduled in the US District Court for the Northern District of California on September 28, Apple has filed its legal documents outlining its response to the dispute with Epic Games. At the same time, Apple’s Head of Games Business Development for the App Store, Mike Schmid has filed a supporting declaration saying that Epic Games has regularly threatened to withdraw its games from iOS.

“For reasons having nothing to do with Epic’s claims against Apple, Fortnite’s popularity is on the wane,” says Apple’s filing. “By July 2020, interest in Fortnite had decreased by nearly 70% as compared to 4 October 2019. This lawsuit (and the front-page headlines it has generated) appears to be part of a

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Microsoft And Tech Assembler Foxconn Settle Royalty Dispute To Plot Closer Business Relations

Microsoft and Foxconn Technology, the world’s biggest contract assembler of consumer electronics, said this week they had settled litigation over patent royalties in the United States and pledged new relations that suggest the American software giant plans to scale up its hardware business.

Both companies said for this post hey had buried legal claims that were pending in a a court in the U.S. state of California. The court, a federal district branch, had ruled last week in favor of Microsoft.

“Microsoft Corp. and Foxconn today jointly announce that both companies are going to forge a constructive new relationship based on mutual and reciprocal business interests,” the two litigants said in a statement e-mailed late on Wednesday. “As part of this new

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TikTok Deal Talks Stall Over Algorithm Dispute: Report

Deal talks between U.S. companies and TikTok hit a snag late last week, when uncertainty arose over whether TikTok’s algorithms would be included in any package. 

According to the Wall Street Journal, restrictions issued by the Chinese government last Friday, which place new rules on the export of artificial intelligence technology, threw into question whether TikTok’s algorithms could be included in a sale to a U.S. buyer.

Participants in the talks are trying to figure out what, if any, approvals they would need from the Chinese government for a sale to go through. And that has diminished the chance that a deal will be completed soon, according to the people familiar with the discussions, because the algorithms are considered a vital part of the app’s value. 

TikTok’s owner, Bytedance, is asking for $30 billion for the app’s U.S. operations, according to the WSJ. 

There are two main parties vying for

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