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Telecoms watchdog says Swisscom overcharged rivals

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Switzerland’s Swisscom telecommunications is seen at an office building in Zurich, Switzerland November 22, 2016. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo ZURICH (Reuters) – Switzerland’s Federal Communications Commission (ComCom) has retroactively cut some regulated prices that Swisscom charges rivals, the agency said on Tuesday after concluding that some of its prices were too high. “Responding to requests from Sunrise and Salt, the Federal Communications Commission has reviewed the prices charged for the regulated telecoms services offered by Swisscom. In many cases, these prices have been reduced with retroactive…

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Samsung to launch India-first smartphones to counter Chinese rivals

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Samsung (005930.KS) plans to launch a budget smartphone series in India ahead of a global release, aiming to regain ground ceded to Chinese rivals such as Xiaomi (1810.HK) in the world’s second-biggest mobile phone market. FILE PHOTO – A man walks past a newly opened Samsung store in Bengaluru, India, September 11, 2018. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa The South Korean company’s Indian market share by shipments has lagged Xiaomi’s in two of the three 2018 quarters for which data is available, according to technology researcher Counterpoint. The three…

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Newspaper headlines: Rivals line up to oust Theresa May?

Newspaper headlines: Rivals line up to oust Theresa May? By BBC News Staff Image caption Theresa May’s rivals are lining up to “oust” her, according to the i. The paper reports that, ahead of Tuesday’s vote on the Brexit withdrawal agreement, former cabinet ministers Esther McVey, Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab have all refused to rule out leadership bids. Image caption The Times also reports that Mrs May will have to fight for her future as PM this week, suggesting Mr Johnson is at the “head of the jockeying pack”…

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Does Google harm local search rivals? EU antitrust regulators ask

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU antitrust regulators have asked Google’s rivals if the internet search giant unfairly demotes local search competitors, according to a questionnaire seen by Reuters, a move which could lead to a fourth case against the Alphabet (GOOGL.O) unit. FILE PHOTO: A Google logo is seen at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, U.S., November 1, 2018. REUTERS/ Stephen Lam/File Photo Google has been fined a total 6.76 billion euros ($7.7 billion) in the last 17 months for favoring its comparison shopping service and for using its…

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Google rivals claim product search remains unfair

Image copyright Google Image caption Google said that shopping services are now fairer Google is not complying with European demands that it make the search for products fairer, rivals say. In an open letter to the EU’s competition commissioner, 14 European shopping comparison services said the measures put in place by the search giant to improve things, actually make matters worse. They urged the commission to demand a new remedy. Google said it had complied with the European Commission demands. The search giant has faced a seven-year long battle with…

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U.S. court rules Qualcomm must license technology to rivals

(Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge ruled on Tuesday that chip seller Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) must license some of its technology to competitors such as Intel Corp (INTC.O). FILE PHOTO – A Qualcomm sign is seen during the China International Import Expo (CIIE), at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, China November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Aly Song The preliminary ruling came in an antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm brought by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in early 2017. The lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial next year. The preliminary…

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Amazon raises minimum wage to $15, urges rivals to follow

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday it would raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour for U.S. employees from next month, giving in to critics of poor pay and working conditions at the world’s second most valuable company. The increase pushes Amazon’s lowest wage above that at Walmart Inc and Target Corp. It is almost $3 shy of the average for a non-management worker in warehousing in the United States. The online retailer also said it would now lobby in Washington D.C. for an increase in the federal…

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BMW says rivals are interested in joining forces on self-driving cars

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – BMW (BMWG.DE) rivals and ride-hailing companies are considering joining its consortium for developing self-driving cars as auto industry profits come under increasing pressure, board member Klaus Froehlich said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: The BMW logo is seen on a vehicle at the New York Auto Show in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., March 29, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo Carmakers and ride-hailing companies have sought to build self-driving cars as a way to enter the business of smartphone-hailed robotaxis. However, they are entering…

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Spotify, Deezer and others call for stronger EU action against U.S. rivals

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Music streaming services Spotify and Deezer joined European business and industry bodies in calling on EU regulators to take tougher action to curb what they say are the unfair practices of online platforms. A smartphone and a headset are seen in front of a screen projection of Spotify logo, in this picture illustration taken April 1, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration EU governments are set in the coming weeks to come up with a joint position on a proposed platform-to-business (P2B) law which is meant to ensure greater transparency…

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Iran blames Gulf rivals for deadly Ahvaz attack

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe moment gunmen open fire on an Iranian military parade Iranian leaders have accused US-backed Gulf states of being behind an attack on a military parade that killed 25 people. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said “puppets of the US” were trying to “create insecurity” in Iran. Gunmen opened fire at Revolutionary Guard troops and officials in the south-western city of Ahvaz. Earlier an anti-government Arab group, Ahvaz National Resistance, and Islamic State (IS) both claimed the attack. However neither group provided…

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