The hottest Antitrust Substack posts right now

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BIG by Matt Stoller β€’ 28992 implied HN points β€’ 15 Mar 24
  1. The U.S. government is taking significant actions to address privacy and data protection, with legislation forcing a divestment of TikTok being part of a broader strategy.
  2. Recent legal actions by the Biden administration are reshaping how data brokers operate and enforce consumer protection laws in relation to sensitive consumer data.
  3. The debate over TikTok ownership highlights concerns about foreign control of key social infrastructure and the need for governance to prioritize the sovereignty of the people.
BIG by Matt Stoller β€’ 25210 implied HN points β€’ 02 Mar 24
  1. The Supreme Court is currently considering a case involving tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Amazon and the question of whether economic regulations for these platforms are unconstitutional under the First Amendment.
  2. The case has broad societal implications, touching on antitrust, privacy, civil rights, and speech liability claims against big tech firms. The argument raised questions about the extent of tech companies' rights to make decisions like racial segregation or account deletions based on political views.
  3. The case illustrates how the influence of Robert Bork, a conservative antitrust lawyer, has shaped modern American corporate state, particularly the broad support for a society run by big tech, challenging the traditional role of democratically elected officials in regulating private tech platforms.
BIG by Matt Stoller β€’ 34149 implied HN points β€’ 21 Feb 24
  1. The Kroger-Albertsons merger faces challenges due to potential criminal activity discovered, leading to antitrust suits and trials to block the deal.
  2. The merger could worsen the grocery market situation with fewer stores, higher prices, and data implications for suppliers, consumers, and workers.
  3. Evidence found of Kroger and Albertsons colluding in wage suppression by avoiding hiring each other's workers, raising concerns and prompting legal action.
BIG by Matt Stoller β€’ 19710 implied HN points β€’ 28 Feb 24
  1. The $25 billion Kroger-Albertsons merger is facing challenges as the Federal Trade Commission and nine states sue to block it due to potential negative impacts on consumer prices and wages.
  2. The case is significant because it involves a novel application of antitrust law, focusing on labor grounds and the impact on union bargaining terms.
  3. The merger's potential consequences, including higher prices and lower wages, have sparked political response from politicians and unions, indicating widespread concern and opposition.
BIG by Matt Stoller β€’ 39535 implied HN points β€’ 30 Dec 23
  1. FTC achieved a significant victory in a merger case which could impact corporate America
  2. Judge Rakoff ruled that certain crypto assets are securities, setting a precedent for regulation in the crypto space
  3. Private equity firm involvement in a rent-fixing scheme highlights potential liabilities for such ownership arrangements
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BIG by Matt Stoller β€’ 38389 implied HN points β€’ 02 Nov 23
  1. A $1.8 billion antitrust decision against the National Association of Realtors for price-fixing could change the housing market.
  2. The high commission structure for real estate agents in the U.S. could lead to changes in how homes are bought and sold.
  3. Private enforcement of antitrust laws is important in challenging monopolistic practices and promoting fair competition in the real estate industry.
BIG by Matt Stoller β€’ 32430 implied HN points β€’ 04 Nov 23
  1. Labor unions can influence corporate investment decisions and set industrial policy.
  2. There is a shift towards empowering workers to have a greater say in how corporations operate.
  3. The rise of antitrust enforcement, labor activism, and focus on domestic manufacturing subsidies are interconnected in challenging the influence of financiers and middlemen.
Platformer β€’ 3537 implied HN points β€’ 08 Aug 23
  1. It's important to approach coverage of Elon Musk with skepticism due to his history of broken promises and exaggerations.
  2. Journalists should be more skeptical and critical of Musk's statements, especially those that could impact markets or public perception.
  3. Musk's tendency to make bold announcements without following through highlights the need for increased scrutiny in media coverage of his statements.
Liberty’s Highlights β€’ 491 implied HN points β€’ 11 Oct 23
  1. Be skeptical of misinformation during times of tragedy and beware of those who use geopolitical excuses to dehumanize situations.
  2. Don't get attached to beliefs and welcome constructive criticism to identify and correct blind spots over time.
  3. Electric vehicles are more energy-efficient compared to internal combustion engine vehicles, and smart planning is key to meet the increasing electricity demand for transportation needs.
Fight to Repair β€’ 78 implied HN points β€’ 29 Dec 23
  1. 2023 was a significant year in the fight for Right to Repair, with more states enacting laws to support repair rights.
  2. Key victories in 2023 included the enactment of right to repair laws in New York, Minnesota, California, Colorado, and Maine, covering a wide range of electronic and mechanical devices.
  3. The push for Right to Repair gained momentum in 2023, with hearings on Capitol Hill, legal actions against manufacturers like John Deere, and support from various government bodies like the EPA and FTC.
The Counterbalance β€’ 176 implied HN points β€’ 10 Oct 23
  1. Regulators are taking more action against tech giants like Google, Amazon, and Booking to prevent monopolistic behavior.
  2. The European Commission blocked Booking's acquisition of eTraveli, highlighting concerns about increasing dominance and its impact on competition.
  3. Antitrust cases are evolving to focus on broader systemic power issues within ecosystems, challenging traditional narrow views of harm in mergers.
The Good blog β€’ 13 implied HN points β€’ 01 Mar 24
  1. The Defence Production Act grants the President expansive powers to strengthen the US industrial base, and it has remained largely unchanged since 1953.
  2. Certain antitrust provisions of the Defence Production Act allow firms to make voluntary agreements that might otherwise be illegal under antitrust laws.
  3. The Biden executive order on AI incorporates elements authorized under the legal authority of the Defence Production Act, such as reporting requirements for AI training runs and NIST's development of new AI safety standards.
SuperJoost Playlist β€’ 353 implied HN points β€’ 04 May 23
  1. Historically, innovative distribution channels in gaming have grown the market, not reduced it.
  2. The UK's antitrust watchdog's decision to block the Activision deal could lead to less access and higher prices for UK consumers.
  3. Regulators may lack a deep understanding of the gaming market, potentially hurting the industry and consumers.
Fight to Repair β€’ 39 implied HN points β€’ 01 Dec 23
  1. Tesla won an antitrust case on repair restrictions, but Deere's lawsuit is moving forward. Tesla uses practices inflating repair costs.
  2. California is pushing for standardized EV diagnostic laws to make repairs more accessible and affordable.
  3. John Deere faces an antitrust lawsuit alleging constraints on repair services. The plaintiffs have succeeded in pursuing their claims against the company.
Fight to Repair β€’ 78 implied HN points β€’ 06 Sep 23
  1. A John Deere dealership employee was caught on tape discussing the possibility of using software updates to block third-party competitors from working with John Deere equipment.
  2. The mention of using software updates to push out competition raises questions about anti-competitive behavior, which could potentially violate U.S. antitrust laws.
  3. The conversation highlights the importance of 'Right to Repair' legislation and the need for transparency from major agricultural equipment manufacturers in creating an open and competitive precision agriculture ecosystem.
The Counterbalance β€’ 117 implied HN points β€’ 17 May 23
  1. Corruption is the abuse of power for selfish gain, whether in public or private sectors.
  2. Monopoly power can lead to corruption as dominant firms have more ability and incentive to engage in corrupt activities.
  3. Addressing monopoly power through antitrust regulations can be a powerful tool in tackling corruption and other economic problems.
ailogblog β€’ 19 implied HN points β€’ 15 Dec 23
  1. Startups like Hume.ai are exploring emotionally-aware AI for personalized learning in education.
  2. Transparency initiatives, like the one from the Center for Research on Foundation Models, aim to improve understanding of AI training data and processes.
  3. Antitrust actions against tech giants, like the recent ruling against Google, may impact the power dynamics in the AI industry, potentially benefitting smaller companies.
Joshua Gans' Newsletter β€’ 1 HN point β€’ 22 Mar 24
  1. Antitrust law plays a critical role in differentiating between good and bad business practices, but should be applied carefully to avoid hindering competition.
  2. The Department of Justice's case against Apple revolves around concerns about practices that may raise switching costs for consumers, such as restrictions on certain app features and iMessage functionalities.
  3. Apple's market share dominance in the US doesn't seem to correlate with antitrust concerns seen elsewhere globally, leading to questions about the effectiveness and necessity of the DOJ's approach.
Engineering Ideas β€’ 19 implied HN points β€’ 08 Nov 23
  1. Concerns about AI regulation revolve around AI monopolization and concentration of power.
  2. The Open Agency model proposes approved specialized AI services and glue AIs to prevent concentration of power.
  3. This model aims to address core concerns of anti-AI regulation individuals regarding power concentration and freedom of political and ethical views.
Fight to Repair β€’ 59 implied HN points β€’ 17 Feb 23
  1. The US Department of Justice is supporting farmers in an anti-trust lawsuit against Deere, highlighting the importance of right to repair and fighting against repair restrictions imposed by companies.
  2. There is a growing movement among farmers to use older machines and explore open-source tractor software to ensure they can repair their equipment themselves, especially in rural areas where repair options are limited.
  3. Legislation is being introduced in multiple states, including Colorado, to force manufacturers to provide tools and resources necessary for farmers to make their own repairs, emphasizing the need for immediate action to address repair issues in farming equipment.
Navigating AI Risks β€’ 39 implied HN points β€’ 04 Jul 23
  1. Export controls on semiconductors are evolving due to the blurred distinction between 'weapon' and 'non-weapon' technologies, impacting US-China relations.
  2. Concerns about monopolistic practices in the AI industry are rising due to the consolidation of well-funded firms and competition strategies.
  3. Compute governance, focusing on data, computing power, and algorithms, is crucial for governing powerful AI systems and ensuring safety in international cooperation.
The Counterbalance β€’ 39 implied HN points β€’ 15 Mar 23
  1. Canada has been absent from the global conversation on antitrust or competition policy.
  2. Canada is urged to reform its competition laws to prevent further market consolidation and address monopoly power.
  3. There is a growing movement within Canada to advocate for anti-monopoly policies and challenge the monopoly-friendly status quo.
The Works in Progress Newsletter β€’ 10 implied HN points β€’ 28 Sep 23
  1. In the past, industrial R&D labs within large corporations led to a surge in innovation, but this trend declined over time.
  2. The decline of industrial R&D labs has shifted innovation towards small companies, startups, and academic teams.
  3. Current trends show a resurgence of large firm R&D labs, particularly in Big Tech, driven by factors like anti-tech antitrust enforcement and innovation investments.
Fight to Repair β€’ 39 implied HN points β€’ 26 Sep 22
  1. Big tech companies like Apple are being criticized for their superficial support towards the right-to-repair movement, with issues like inflated costs and limitations in repair programs being highlighted.
  2. Modern cars and tractors are becoming increasingly complex and expensive to repair due to advanced technology and proprietary repair software, leading to challenges for users in fixing minor issues and high repair costs.
  3. Efforts to promote right-to-repair legislation globally are gaining traction, with scholars and legal experts advocating for better access to repair information and parts to empower consumers and reduce electronic waste.