Blocking the AT&T-Time Warner merger is good antitrust economics and law

S. Salop, here


Fink, hier

CJEU on commitment decisions

C‑547/16, here.

28      It follows that a decision taken on the basis of Article 9(1) of Regulation No 1/2003 cannot create a legitimate expectation in respect of the undertakings concerned as to whether their conduct complies with Article 101 TFEU. As the Advocate General observed in point 39 of her Opinion, the commitment decision cannot ‘legalise’ the market behaviour of the undertaking concerned, and certainly not retroactively.
29      Nonetheless, national courts cannot overlook that type of decision. Such acts are, in any event, in the nature of a decision. In addition, both the principle of sincere cooperation laid down in Article 4(3) TEU and the objective of applying EU competition law effectively and uniformly require the national court to take into account the preliminary assessment carried out by the Commission and regard it as an indication, if not prima facie evidence, of the anticompetitive nature of the agreement at issue in the light of Article 101(1) TFEU.
30      In those circumstances, the answer to the first question is that Article 16(1) of Regulation No 1/2003 must be interpreted as meaning that a commitment decision concerning certain agreements between undertakings, adopted by the Commission under Article 9(1) of that regulation, does not preclude national courts from examining whether those agreements comply with the competition rules and, if necessary, declaring those agreements void pursuant to Article 101(2) TFEU.

In charts: how US retailers fared as Amazon powered ahead

FT, here

Making globalisation work for Europeans

M. Vestager, here

Challenges For Me of Discussing the Google Comparison Shopping Decision With My Students Without the Decision

Challenges for Competition Law Enforcement and Policy in the Digital Economy

A. Capobianco, A. Nyeso, here (and here). 

Facebook will help some users figure out if they saw Russian propaganda during the 2016 U.S. presidential election

Recode, here

ICO backs development of medical data sharing tool

UKAuthority, here

Tracking Walls, Take-It-Or-Leave-It Choices, the GDPR, and the ePrivacy Regulation

F. Borgesius, S. Kruikemeier, S. Boerman, N. Helberger, here

ESMA Provides Further Clarity on Initial Coin Offerings in Europe

Latham Watkins, here

Germany’s Cyber Valley aims to become leading AI hub

FT, here

What’s Next for SWIFT? APIs, Realtime Payments, and Cryptocurrency

BankInnovation, here.

Will online platforms be able to access your bank data?, here

Uber's data breach handling provides lessons for others ahead of GDPR, here

Economic Analysis of Network Effects and Intellectual Property

P. Menell, here

EU-Abgeordnete stimmen für Rückgaberecht auch bei "kostenlosen" Apps und Online-Diensten, hier

E-Books: Börsenverein begrüßt Einigung zum Geoblocking

Presse-Information, hier

Uber Concealed Cyberattack That Exposed 57 Million People’s Data

Bloomberg, here.

A state Supreme Court justice’s open letter to AI

Quartz, here.

Algorithms as culture: Some tactics for the ethnography of algorithmic systems

N. Seaver, here

Google collects Android users’ locations even when location services are disabled

Quartz, here. 

Linky, Gazpar : quelles données sont collectées et transmises par les compteurs communicants ?

CNIL, ici

Enquête sectorielle sur le fonctionnement de la concurrence dans le secteur du médicament et de la biologie médicale

Autorité de la concurrence, ici. Saisine d’office pour avis ici

China: Police ‘Big Data’ Systems Violate Privacy, Target Dissent

Human Rights Watch, here

Tech Leaders Dismayed by Weaponization of Social Media, here

The Department of Justice's Long-Awaited and Much Needed Course-Correction on FRAND-Assured Standard-Essential Patents

D. Ginsburg, K. Wong-Ervin, here

U.S. Sues to Block AT&T-Time Warner Merger

NYTimes, here

Over 400 of the World's Most Popular Websites Record Your Every Keystroke, Princeton Researchers Find

MotherBoard, here

This AI Can Spot Art Forgeries by Looking at One Brushstroke

MIT Technology Review, here

Senate Once Again Passes Antitrust Whistleblower Bill

Biglawbusiness, here

Use GDPR to future-proof business models

ComputerWeekly, here

UK regulator accuses Concordia of abusing position with 5700% drug price hike

FT, here

Digital Single Market: EU negotiators agreed to end unjustified geoblocking

EC, here

Helping people cope with technological change

M. Vestager, here

Legal and Regulatory Challenges Facing Platforms in Europe

Conf call with Alec Burnside, Transcript here.

The Next Frontier of Antitrust?

K. Christensen, here

Shifting the Dial

Productivity Commission, Chapter 5 here

DOJ bucks China, urges SCOTUS to hear case against vitamin cartel

Reuters, here.

Blablacar Wants to Become a Car Insurance Broker

Bloomberg, here.

Payment systems

Autoritat Catalana de la Competència,  here.

Intangible Capital in Global Value Chains

WIPO, here.

How much …? The rise of dynamic and personalised pricing

The Guardian, here

A practical approach to rebates

BakerMcKenzie, here

Bundesnetzagentur geht gegen Kinderuhren mit Abhörfunktion vor

Bundesnetzagentur, hier

Japanese regulators raid Airbnb over suspected antitrust practices

Reuters, here

AI Can Be Made Legally Accountable for Its Decisions

MIT Technology Review, here

Régulation économique : quels secteurs réguler et comment ?

M. Bacache-Beauvallet, A. Perrot, ici

Here’s what we learned from ordering 213 curries at Wetherspoons

FT, here

Commission and China start new dialogue on State aid control and discuss competition policy

EC, Press Release here.

"The European Commission and the three Chinese competition agencies confirmed their readiness to develop closer cooperation on the enforcement of their respective competition laws in the fields of antitrust, mergers and State aid enforcement".

L’autorité de la concurrence pas assez indépendante, selon un rapport

Euractiv, ici

Companies face high cost to meet new EU data protection rules

FT, here.

Amazon’s exclusive deal with Calvin Klein is about much more than underwear

Quartz, here.

The role of antitrust in the ongoing deregulatory push

M. Delrahim, here

The First Wealth is Health: Protecting Competition in Healthcare Markets

M. Ohlhausen, here

#WatchOut Analysis of smartwatches for children

Norwegian Consumer Council, here

Acquisti discussing privacy at a PwC Event

Video, here

Differential privacy, part 2: It’s complicated

AccessNow, here

Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the web: 'The system is failing'

Guardian, here

Accountability of AI Under the Law: The Role of Explanation

F. Doshi-Velez, M. Kortz, R. Budish, C. Bavitz, S. Gershman, D. O'Brien, S. Schieber, J. Waldo, D. Weinberger, A. Wood, here

Facebook investor says he wants the company to contact everyone who saw fake news during the election

CNBC, here

Vers la démocratie culturelle

Conseil économique, social et environnemental, Avis ici.
P.37: "Dans son avis Pour un renouveau des politiques publiques de la culture, le CESE s’était exprimé sur le rôle des grandes multinationales de l’industrie numérique dans le financement de la création artistique. La position défendue à l’époque n’a pas changé : « Afin d’associer fiscalement les géants du numérique au soutien de la création et sans préjuger des actions nécessaires pour faire respecter l’ensemble des droits, le CESE est favorable à l’imposition des bénéfices qu’ils réalisent sur le territoire et à la création d’une taxe pour les entreprises qui exercent une forme exclusive de captation des données personnelles ». Afin de compenser en partie les atteintes à la création qu’entraînent l’explosion du numérique et le partage illégal, il pourrait être prévu le fléchage d’une partie des impôts prélevés sur les GAFA vers un fond de soutien à la création musicale, théâtrale et chorégraphique, des arts visuels, du livre."

Data Flows – Future Scenarios

Prepared by Policy Department A at the request of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), here

Open Data Maturity in Europe 2017

European Data Portal, here

Streit über Wetter-App: "WarnWetter" des DWD muss Geld kosten, hier

Making human organs through 3D printing

BBC, here.

Data Portability and Data Control: Lessons for an Emerging Concept in EU Law

I. Graef, M. Husovec, N. Purtove, here

Finance's Tech Revolution Risks Being Stymied by Wary Bosses

Bloomberg, here

Data Protection Commissioner raises CCTV concerns with Garda

IrishTimes, here

The ACCC’s approach to colluding robots

R. Sims, here

Algorithmia now helps businesses manage and deploy their machine learning models

TechCrunch, here

Awake on the Autobahn: Academics, algorithms and accountability

S. Venkatasubramanian et al., here

Taming the masters of the tech universe

FT, here

Digital Economics

A. Goldfarb, C. Tucker, here



Albrecht: ePrivacy reg will change business models

Iapp, here

Defending access to lawful information at Europe’s highest court

Google, here

Umfrage KI: „ ...dann werden wir abgehängt“

FAZ, hier

Verbraucherschützer: Online-Bezahldienste erheben zu viele Daten

Ausburger Allgemeine, hier

Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and the Rule of Law

The Law Society, here

Facebook Says It’s Policing Fake Accounts. But They’re Still Easy to Spot.

NYTimes, here

Measuring the Information Society Report 2017

ITU, here

"AI: Intelligent Machines, Smart Policies"

OECD, Presentations here

Some EU regulators still don't get internet economics

EUObserver, here

Much ado about endives

CJEU C-671/15, here

"On peut faire beaucoup plus avec les données quand on maitrise le contexte réglementaire"

JournalDuNet, ici

Lead MEP: member states’ slow pace on ePrivacy is unacceptable

Euractiv, here

New legal opinion may have implications for class actions in EU

Iapp, here

Antitrust in a Time of Populism

C. Shapiro, here

Liability for Providing Hyperlinks to Copyright-Infringing Content: International and Comparative Law Perspectives

J. Ginsburg, L. Buduardjo, here


Future of Privacy Forum, here

Google Pays to Put Search Back on Firefox Browser in U.S.

Bloomberg, here.

Regulatory Sandboxes — a Global Stocktake

Latham & Watkins, here.

Algorithms and competition

M. Vestager, here . Large friendly letters? "It's true that the idea of automated systems getting together and reaching a...