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US DoJ launches Big Tech investigation with big ripple effects

The US has taken a leaf out of the EU’s book, and is now preparing to investigate anticompetitive and anticonsumer practices among the Big Tech firms – namely, Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook. The initial focus is on social media, online search, and e-commerce, and while the DoJ hasn’t gone so far as naming its targets, these four have all but been confirmed by behind the scenes chatter. For the IoT, you will note that the two current leading smart home platforms are represented, both of which have dominant market positions in online retail and online search. Apple does have a smart home offering, but even Facebook sells the Portal, a device for video-chatting in the home that could easily…

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