The power of Big Tech to tamp down potential business rivals stretches all the way into the courtroom, one witness told lawmakers Thursday during testimony before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust. John Thorne, a partner with the law firm Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Fredrick, testified that the Justice Department (DOJ) and state prosecutors lack the resources necessary to effectively enforce their antitrust laws and cases now pending against Google.
Facebook Inc ended a one-week blackout of Australian news on its popular social media site on Friday and announced preliminary commercial agreements with three small local publishers. The moves reflected easing tensions between the U.S. company and the Australian government, a day after the country's parliament passed a law forcing it and Alphabet Inc's Google to pay local media companies for using content on their platforms. The new law makes Australia the first nation where a government arbitrator can set the price Facebook and Google pay domestic media to show their content if private negotiations fail.