The Case Against Breaking Up Amazon: Embracing Innovation and Consumer Choice

Is the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) really out to break up Amazon? If so, it may be one of the greatest ideology-over-reason triumphs in American history. At stake are Amazon Prime, retail shopping driven by artificial intelligence (AI), and other past and future Amazon innovations that Americans love and depend on. Also at stake is [...]

The FTC Is Attacking Dark Patterns but Missing the Biggest Abusers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is going after Amazon for allegedly using dark patterns to keep people subscribed to Amazon Prime, presumably against their wills. Dark patterns are “practices … that can trick or manipulate consumers into buying products or services or giving up their privacy,” according to an FTC report. The practices are effective [...]

Small Businesses Should Be Wary of a Breakup of Google

Small businesses may be causalities in Europe’s war against Google, and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) is rooting for Europe. Digital marketing is an important contributor to small business success. Digital marketing’s micro-targeting, ad performance tracking, low-cost experimentation, and quickly adaptable ads and budgets have allowed small businesses to expand and enter new markets. [...]

UK Microsoft-Activision Decision Hurts Consumers

It’s hard to draw a roadmap to a place no one has ever been. Yet that’s what the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is trying to do in blocking Microsoft’s acquisition of game-maker Activision. The regulator forecasted that cloud computing is the future of gaming, that Microsoft and Activision will be significant providers of [...]

Biden’s Antitrust Team is Tossing Aside Rule of Law

Every business owner knows that a sure way to go out of business is to break promises to customers. Hand a burger and fries to someone who ordered a filet mignon, and you won’t see that customer again. So why do Biden’s antitrust regulators think that it is okay to dismiss America’s laws and become [...]