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July 30, 2020, 3:31 PM

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Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
Democrats at the hearing focused on big questions about the power of Big Tech, while the Republicans focused on Google and how it is “unfair” to conservatives  —  The congressional hearing starring the country's tech titans began as so many video conferences have in the midst of a pandemic …
Casey Newton / The Interface:
A recap of antitrust hearing, which was messy but overdue and showed us the beginning of Congress holding powerful tech CEOs to account based on actual evidence  —  Well, we had an antitrust hearing.  —  A long one, too.  The House Judiciary Committee's investigation into the market power of Amazon …
Geoffrey Fowler / Washington Post:
An overview of attempts by tech CEOs to obfuscate and minimize during the hearing, claiming their companies are not that big and data remains under user control  —  No, Google, we're not really in control of our data.  And yes, Facebook, you profit from harmful information.
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Emails from 2016 show Apple agreed to halve its 30% App Store fee for Amazon as part of deal to get the Prime Video app on iPhones and Apple TV  —  - IPhone maker's Eddy Cue reached 2016 deal with Amazon's Bezos  — In 2011, Apple executives weighed 40% fee for subscriptions
Steve Kovach / CNBC:
A trove of 1M+ documents from the House antitrust panel builds a far better antitrust case against the tech giants than anything the CEOs said under questioning  —  - Wednesday's Big Tech hearing provided almost no new information or insight into potential antitrust activity by Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google.
Matt Day / Bloomberg:
Canalys:
Analysis: Huawei shipped 55.8M devices globally, down 5% YoY, overtaking Samsung, which shipped 53.7M, down 30% YoY, to become the world's top smartphone vendor  —  Shanghai (China), Bengaluru (India), Singapore, Reading (UK) and Portland (US) - Thursday, 30 July 2020
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
Telegram files EU antitrust complaint against Apple, saying Apple must “allow users to have the opportunity of downloading software outside the App Store”  —  Messaging company is latest company to criticise restrictions and fees  —  Telegram, the messaging app …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Sources: EU antitrust regulators are set to open a full-scale investigation of Google's $2.1B bid for Fitbit after EC preliminary review ends August 4  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators are set to open a full-scale investigation into Alphabet Inc unit Google's $2.1 billion bid …
Sara Fischer / Axios:

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