The UK Supreme Court makes clear its belief that competition law should be interpreted in terms of its economic substance

P. Davis, here.

EU Data-Privacy Law Raises Daunting Prospects for U.S. Companies

WSJ, here.


The next opportunity for app developers: Turning anonymous data into ad sales

VentureBeat, here

Purchase details leaked to PayPal

S. Preibusch, T. Peetz, G. Acar, B. Berendt, here

Computer learns like a human and (sort of) beat the Turing Test

Mashable.com, here

3D Printing: Looking Through the Hype

Deloitte, here

Why Ebooks Will Eventually Replace Print

Bookbusinessmag, here

Compensation and the Damages Directive

S. Peyer, here

Einsatz von Uber Black wettbewerbswidrig

Kammergericht, Urteil vom 11. Dezember 2015 - 5 U 31/15, hier.

Mobile Identity – The Fusion of Financial Services, Mobility and Identity

Telstra, here

Patterns of disruption

Deloitte, here

BBC Uses Artificial Intelligence to Track Down New Audiences for ‘Sherlock’

Recode.net, here

Online platforms and data protection

EDPS, here.

"Despite the essential role cloud services play for the deployment of online services, EU consumers still do not seem to fully trust cloud-based services...As a result, finding privacy-friendly solutions for cloud computing services represents one of the main challenges for online platforms... Boosting research and marketing of solutions increasing transparency and user's control over their data (such as “personal data management systems”) is essential to offer a higher level of protection and thus increasing users' trust.

Mergers in the Dutch grocery sector: an ex-post evaluation

Lear for the ACM, here

Agreement on Commission's EU data protection reform will boost Digital Single Market

EC, Press Release, here

Personal Data Management Systems

R. Oostrum, here

Auto Distribution: Current Issues and Future Trends

FTC, here

Internet of Things: Another Industry Patent War?

K. Ho, here

Einheitliche Glühweinpreise: Kartellamt ermittelt

MDR.de, hier

Web Privacy Census 2015

I. Altaweel, N. Good, and C. Hoofnagle, here

Software-Enabled Consumer Products Study: Notice and Request for Public Comment

U.S. Copyright Office, here

Competition Tribunal Gives Go Ahead for Price Maintenance Claim Against Music Industry Giants

M. Geist, here

Is Privacy The Future of Online Marketing?

 S. Milyaeva and D. Neyland, here

Your Algorithmic Self Meets Super-Intelligent AI

TechCrunch, here

Web Scraping: Applications and Tools

EPSI, here

The European hospitality industry launches a campaign: ‘Book Direct’

Hotrec.eu, here

'Internetstandards' sollen nicht für internetbasierte Vermittlungsportale gelten

Bundeskartellamt, hier

Le partenariat entre la SNCF et Airbnb ulcère les hôteliers

Numérama, ici

Digital Regulation

B. Lasserre, Video here.


Growth Through Trust




The CMA, the slave trade and the commercial use of consumer data

MyDex, here.

"At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, let us draw an analogy. Imagine an 18th century Competition and Markets Authority calling for information about the slave trade. If this 18th century CMA accepted the status quo – that the ‘market’ in question is people being traded rather than people being able to trade in the market in their own right – it might have asked how slaves may generate benefit for their owners, how slaves are collected, bought and sold, what contractual arrangements apply to the trading of slaves (including pricing), what restrictions firms have in acquiring slaves, and so on. In other words, it might have asked the sorts of questions that the CMA is currently asking about personal data – assuming that individuals have no right or ability to use/trade their own data for their own purposes in their own right."

Watch also MyDex's testimony to the House of Lords' EU Internal Market Sub-Committee (Online Platforms and the EU Digital Single Market Inquiry), Video here (from 17:35:15).

Uitgeverijen willen verkoop tweedehands e-book tegengaan

NOS, hier

Uber is still blocked on WeChat in China — and the situation is getting worse

VentureBeat, here

The Internet of Me: An infographic

TheMedium, here

The Data Driven Economy: Toward Sustainable Growth

Ctrl-shift, here

EC sends two Statements of Objections on exclusivity payments and predatory pricing to Qualcomm

Press Release, here.

And Qualcomm's comment, here

Facebook’s least favourite Austrian takes further action

TechCrunch,  here.

Authors side with Apple in e-book price-fixing Supreme Court appeal

ArsTechnica, here

Is Amazon The Next Google?

O. Budzinski & K. Köhler, here

Copyright Principles and Priorities to Foster a Creative Digital Marketplace

S. Aistars, D. Hartline, & M. Schultz, here

6th Report on the Monitoring of Patent Settlements

EC, here

Accusations Fly in Response to NX1 3D Printer Kickstarter

3printingindustry.com, here.

Qualcomm Inks Critical Licensing Deal with China's Xiaomi

Fortune.com, here

Facebook bows to Belgian privacy ruling over cookies

BBC, here.

Decision here

Google on Online Platforms and the EU Digital Single Market

House of Lords, transcript of evidence taken, here; Video, here

The mobile adblocking apocalypse hasn’t arrived (at least not yet)

NiemanLab, here

Patent Troll Sues Everyone For Infringing On Encryption-Related Patent By Encrypting Their Websites

Techdirt.com, here

New Proposal At WIPO SCCR To Explore Use Of Copyrighted Works In Digital Environment

IP-watch.org, here

Freedom to Innovate (and the Internet of Cranes)

J. Zittrain, Video here

ICLE and leading antitrust scholars urge Supreme Court to review 2nd Circuit ruling in Apple e-books case

Truthonthemarket.com, here

Qualcomm Said to Face EU Antitrust Complaint on Predatory Pricing

Gadgets.ndtv.com, here

Competition Advocacy and Disruptive Innovation: The CMA Writes to the FT

Here

"...the proposed rules would undo much of what is novel about these businesses.New taxi business models have the potential to increase choice and deliver what passengers want: shorter waiting times, lower prices and increased responsiveness...

Of course there is a role for regulation, especially where safety is an issue. But technologies, such as satellite navigation, cashless payment systems and user ratings platforms, have the potential to overtake the role of regulation, and safeguard consumers by empowering them with information.The guiding principle of a competitive market is that the consumer is in the driving seat. The job of a competition authority, therefore, is to consider the potential benefit to customers from innovations that enable them to exercise choice — and allow businesses, both new and established, to decide how best to meet demand.
...
Consumers, who often benefit from technological disruption, can struggle to make their voices heard. But watch what they do, and their actions speak loud and clear.
By March this year, 25,000 people in Liverpool had reportedly downloaded the Uber app. The fact that the service had to wait until August to gain the local authority approval that it needed to begin operating might lead you to question how closely consumers’ preferences had been listened to.

This is not just about one company, one technology or one sector of the economy. New companies in every market will stand or fall on their ability to meet consumer demand — and those that succeed will, in turn, eventually be challenged by new business models.
This is how innovation leads to progress. We do not serve the interests of the public or the wider economy if we slam on the brakes."

WhatsApp Is Blocking Links To Rival App Telegram On Android

Techcrunch.com, here.
See also here

Allergan and New York settle suit over Alzheimer’s drug switching

Statnews.com, here

Android: Почему мы не согласны с этим решением?

Googlerussiablog, здесь

Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception

R. Shiller, Book Talk, Video here.

Phishing ("an attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details - and sometimes, indirectly, money- often for malicious reasons, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication").
Phools: not in the Indian sense (flowers in Urdu پھول) - just idiots.

Collusion and Cartels: Successes and Challenges

J. Harrington, here

Towards a Broader View of Competition Policy

J. Stiglitz, here. Video, here (from 11:30).

Anti-Monopoly Enforcement: Protection and Promotion of Technology Innovation

S. Ming, here

Perspectives on judging competition law cases: the role of economic evidence

F. Jenny, here

Chinese Anti-Monopoly Guide on Abuse of Intellectual Property Rights: A Comment

K. Wong-Ervin, J. Wright, D. Ginsburg, B. Kobayashi, here

Zwangslizenz: Patentverwerter Sisvel siegt mit Arnold Ruess und Eisenführ

Juve.de, hier

Professor's legal win will make MOOCs more dynamic

Thedp.com, here

Small telcos and consumer groups team up against former monopolies

Euractiv, here

Examen, au regard des règles de concurrence, des activités de normalisation et de certification

Autorité de la concurrence, Avis du 17 novembre 2015, ici

What Is Disruptive Innovation?

C. Christensen, M. Raynor, R. McDonald, here

Sprawling? Pssht—no one streamlines everything from books to bots like Amazon

ArsTechnica, here

Platform Cooperativism

Conference, Videos here

Growth in an increasingly intangible-intensive economy

J. Haskel, Video here

Bundeskartellamt leitet Verfahren gegen Audible/Amazon und Apple ein

Bundeskartellamt.de, hier.

ACX marketplace, FAQs, Distribution: "Exclusive to ACX means your finished audiobook will be sold only through Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. Any audiobook made using ACX will be distributed through these online retailers. Note that Audible has an exclusive relationship with iTunes (i.e. to get your product into iTunes' audiobook store, you have to go through Audible)."

Competition enforcement is outside politics

M. Vestager, here

The Amazon bookstore (hi, future!)

Marginalrevolution.com, here

A shift to a decluttered digital economy

D. Coyle, here

The impact of e-commerce on the consumer sector- view from a Bank of England Agent

Bankunderground.co.uk, here

Facebook Plans to Use Your Location to Lure New Advertisers

Recode.net, here

Former Rabobank traders convicted in U.S. trial over Libor rigging

Reuters, here

Academic Search Engine Grasps for Meaning

Technologyreview.com, here

Economía colaborativa

A. Lamadrid, aquì.

Google says EU antitrust charges don't take into account that search is free

TheVerge, here

Napster returns in Canada as music streaming service

FactMag, here

The Changing Economics of App Development

HBR.org, here

Not Just Academics Fed Up With Elsevier: Entire Editorial Staff Resigns En Masse To Start Open Access Journal

TechDirt, here

Sharing Economy: Crowd-Based Capitalism and Platform as a "Neutral" Demand Funnel?

Salon.com, here.

Banning Uber like trying to stop the printing press, says Brussels

FT, here.

Unpaid crowd complementors: The platform network effect mirage

K. Boudreau, L. Jeppesen, here.

Promoting innovation through competition

R. Sims, here.

Copyright Captures APIs: A New Caution For Developers

TechCrunch, here.

Google is not doing enough to stop online piracy, JustWatch research suggests

Smh.com.au, here.

How Expedia will help HomeAway battle Airbnb

Tnooz, here.

Roadmap to modernise copyright rules

European Commission, here

Who Owns the Patent on Nutmeg?

Newyorker.com, here

Das digitale Leben nach dem Tod wird zum Geschäft

Heise.de, hier

Who Knows What About Me? A Survey of Behind the Scenes Personal Data Sharing to Third Parties by Mobile Apps

J. Zang, K. Dummit, J. Graves, P. Lisker, and L. Sweeney, here

Competition and Antitrust in Internet Markets

J.Haucap, T.Stühmeier, here

Kartellrecht und Wettbewerbspolitik für Online-Plattformen

Lisa Hamelmann, Justus Haucap, hier

Amazon opens its first real-world bookshop in Seattle

ArsTechnica, here

UOKiK concludes proceedings in the hotel online booking case

Uokik.gov.pl, here

Vertical restraints

International Seminar, Programme here; Videos here.
L. Peeperkorn (38:27)
- intrabrand matters, s. softening of competition;
- advice: pick up newer economic literature;
- RPM: inefficient means to achieve efficiencies;


Open Data: Six Stories About Impact in the UK

Omidyar Network, here

Competition Authorities: Views on Disruptive Innovations

Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, here.
Competition Commission of Singapore, here.
European Commission, here
Canadian Competition Bureau, here

Yahoo and Google revive search deal after 2008 antitrust lawsuit killed it

VentureBeat, here. See also SearchEngineLand, here

Online Platforms and the EU Digital Single Market

UK Parliament, EU Internal Market Sub-Committee:
Consumer experience of online platforms, Transcript of Oral Evidence, here.

Data Experts, Video here

Retail Banking: The grip banks have over their customer data is weakening

TheEconomist, here.

Irish privacy regulator concedes must investigate Facebook data

Reuters.com, here

Gesellschaftliche Konfliktlinien im Kontext von Big Data am Beispiel von Smart Health und Smart Mobility

 H. Lahmann, hier

Pour les VTC, gérée par les VTC: Des chauffeurs Uber lancent une application "made in France"

Franceinfo.fr, ici

UK’s largest online pharmacy fined £130,000 for selling patients’ data to scammers

MedConfidential, here.

ICO's "Monetary Penalty Notice" here.

"35. Pharmacy2U has obtained personal data unfairly because its online registration form and privacy policy did not inform its customers that it intended to sell their details to third party organisations, in addition to sending out its own marketing material. It would not be within a customer’s reasonable expectation that this form of disclosure would occur, even if they were willing to agree to the receipt of marketing material from Pharmacy2U itself. If a customer wished to take up Pharmacy2U’s offer to opt out of “Selected company data sharing”, they also had to go to the trouble of logging into their account and changing the setting.
36. In addition, Pharmacy2U did not provide the further information that was necessary to enable the processing in respect of its customers to be fair.
37. In the circumstances, Pharmacy2U’s customers did not give their informed consent to the sale of their personal data to third party organisations. Therefore Pharmacy2U did not have a lawful basis for processing the data under Part I of Schedule 2 to the DPA.
73. The Commissioner has decided that it is appropriate to issue a monetary penalty in this case, in light of the nature and seriousness of the contravention, Pharmacy2U’s shortcomings in terms of its DPA duties and the risks posed to a number of individuals. He has also considered the importance of monetary penalties in dissuading future contraventions of the DPA and encouraging compliance, in accordance with his policy."

Algorithms and competition

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