DOJ working with state attorneys general on big tech probe

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The U.S. Department of Justice is consulting a group of state attorneys general on what promises to be a wide-ranging antitrust probe into major technology industry firms Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

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At a tech conference in Colorado on Tuesday, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Antitrust Division Makan Delrahim said the agency is looking into previously approved acquisitions, reports Reuters.

"Those are some of the questions that are being raised [ ] whether those were nascent competitors that may or may not have been wise to approve," Delrahim said. "Whether the intention of the incumbent was to purchase some of those competitors, I don't know. I'm not privy to the facts of each of those investigations."

In July, the DOJ announced an antitrust investigation into "the widespread concerns that consumers, businesses, and entrepreneurs have expressed about search, social media, and some retail services online." Separate probes into Apple and Google are being prepared but could intersect with the review, officials said at the time.

The DOJ seeks to determine what effects, if any, tech companies operating large platforms have on consumer pricing and segment innovation and quality, Delrahim said. He added that the government might soon request documents and other information related to its probe.

So far, the companies appear willing to participate, and after the July announcement "immediately reached out to work with us in a cooperative manner to provide information that we need as far as the investigation," Delrahim said.

What role the state attorneys general play in the probe is unknown, but Delrahim noted, "It's safe to say more than a dozen or so state attorneys general that have expressed an interest in the subject matter."

On Monday, a The Wall Street Journal report claimed up to 20 states are ready to launch an organized probe into potential anticompetitive practices undertaken by major tech players. A formal announcement could arrive within the next month.

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  • Reply 1 of 8
    Step away. From teh fotoshoppz

    beowulfschmidt
  • Reply 2 of 8
    Hey Mikey!!! Stop mangling the English language with your trendy though totally incorrect pluralization. Attorneys General??? No, an attorney general is one title, one thought, one unit. And so is mother-in-law. Let me ask you this – would you say you opened two C's D at the bank? Did you get four A's minus on your last report card??? Argh! And yes, I am using the apostrophe correctly in my examples, so don't even go there.
  • Reply 3 of 8
    ...should customers have both a 'right to repair' and a 'right to upgrade', the latter being a more complex consideration beyond simplistic capacity...?
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  • Reply 4 of 8
    bsimpsenbsimpsen Posts: 300member
    MicDorsey said:
    Hey Mikey!!! Stop mangling the English language with your trendy though totally incorrect pluralization. Attorneys General??? No, an attorney general is one title, one thought, one unit. And so is mother-in-law. Let me ask you this – would you say you opened two C's D at the bank? Did you get four A's minus on your last report card??? Argh! And yes, I am using the apostrophe correctly in my examples, so don't even go there.
    https://www.justice.gov/ag/historical-bios
    https://www.wordhippo.com/what-is/the-plural-of/mother_in_law.html
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  • Reply 5 of 8
    Politicians coukd better spend their time controlling federal budget and lowering national debt. Run the government like a business, take example from tech companies.
    gilly33urahara
  • Reply 6 of 8
    MicDorsey said:
    Hey Mikey!!! Stop mangling the English language with your trendy though totally incorrect pluralization. Attorneys General??? No, an attorney general is one title, one thought, one unit. And so is mother-in-law. Let me ask you this – would you say you opened two C's D at the bank? Did you get four A's minus on your last report card??? Argh! And yes, I am using the apostrophe correctly in my examples, so don't even go there.
    So emphatic. So wrong.  Tee hee.  
    gilly33napoleon_phoneapartfastasleepJWSC
  • Reply 7 of 8
    gilly33gilly33 Posts: 282member
    MicDorsey said:
    Hey Mikey!!! Stop mangling the English language with your trendy though totally incorrect pluralization. Attorneys General??? No, an attorney general is one title, one thought, one unit. And so is mother-in-law. Let me ask you this – would you say you opened two C's D at the bank? Did you get four A's minus on your last report card??? Argh! And yes, I am using the apostrophe correctly in my examples, so don't even go there.
    Your smugness is laughable. And you’re wrong by the way. Attorneys General is correct. 
    JFC_PAfastasleepJWSC
  • Reply 8 of 8
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 3,171member
    MicDorsey said:
    Hey Mikey!!! Stop mangling the English language with your trendy though totally incorrect pluralization. Attorneys General??? No, an attorney general is one title, one thought, one unit. And so is mother-in-law. Let me ask you this – would you say you opened two C's D at the bank? Did you get four A's minus on your last report card??? Argh! And yes, I am using the apostrophe correctly in my examples, so don't even go there.
    Since several other posters have already pointed out that you're 100% fucking wrong, let me just pile on with the triple exclamation points and question marks being incorrect (note I didn't say exclamations point or questions mark). Also, you used an en dash instead of an em dash to denote the pause after "let me ask you this" which is also incorrect. If you're going to be a grammar Nazi, at least know what the fuck you're talking about.
    JWSCgilly33
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