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ACCC boss puts energy retailers on notice as wholesale prices fall

ACCC boss puts energy retailers on notice as wholesale prices fall

Competition regulator Rod Sims has warned energy retailers must pass on the sharp falls in wholesale electricity prices to their customers.

  • by Clancy Yeates

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ACCC cleared ME Bank, BoQ merger in January as challenge to Big Four

ACCC cleared ME Bank, BoQ merger in January as challenge to Big Four

The competition watchdog gave the deal the green light almost one month ago, with chair Rod Sims saying chairman it could genuinely shake up the big four banks’ dominance.

  • by Charlotte Grieve
It’s time to unfriend Facebook when it resorts to starving us of news

It’s time to unfriend Facebook when it resorts to starving us of news

With its overnight action to block links to news, Facebook is putting its self-interest ahead of the public interest.

  • by Peter Lewis
Google is on thin ice. If it wants to remain in Australia, it should rethink

Google is on thin ice. If it wants to remain in Australia, it should rethink

The tech giant will be the loser if it attempts to bully the Australian government - and ultimately it’s Google that has the most to lose.

  • by Shumi Akhtar
‘It’s a good proposal, it makes sense’: Microsoft backs proposed media bargaining laws

‘It’s a good proposal, it makes sense’: Microsoft backs proposed media bargaining laws

US software giant Microsoft said it supports new laws to make tech giants pay for content and will fill the void created by Google if it follows through with threats to leave the Australian market.

  • by Zoe Samios and John McDuling
‘Marking its own homework’: ACCC weighs up action against Google for alleged anti-competitive conduct

‘Marking its own homework’: ACCC weighs up action against Google for alleged anti-competitive conduct

The regulator is also examining whether further regulation is needed to address concerns Google is leveraging its power to “self-preference” its own products.

  • by Lisa Visentin
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ACCC’s Sims warns on big bank fintech takeovers

ACCC’s Sims warns on big bank fintech takeovers

The competition regulator has warned big bank acquisitions of fintech challengers could stifle competition and deny consumers future benefits from innovation.

  • by Clancy Yeates
A Google search exit could open door for publisher deals with smaller players: ACCC

A Google search exit could open door for publisher deals with smaller players: ACCC

Chairman Rod Sims said Google’s market dominance had created a “take it or leave” bargaining environment but competition could encourage smaller search engines to do deals with media companies.

  • by Lisa Visentin
'Pay for content, don't block it': Frydenberg warns Google over news experiment

'Pay for content, don't block it': Frydenberg warns Google over news experiment

The Treasurer has rebuked Google for preventing some local users from seeing news websites, saying it should instead focus on paying for original content.

  • by Angus Livingston
Google admits to removing local news content in 'experiment'

Google admits to removing local news content in 'experiment'

In recent days internet users have reported Australian news sites disappearing from Google’s search function, with old content and links being displayed.

  • by Stephen Brook and Nick Bonyhady
Coalition MPs, regulators call for new social media rules after Trump turn-off

Coalition MPs, regulators call for new social media rules after Trump turn-off

In the aftermath of the US Capitol riot, social media behemoths are closing accounts and deleting posts, triggering calls for more oversight.

  • by Jennifer Duke and Nick Bonyhady