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European Commission Warns Meta About Anti-Trust Violations

EU regulators have just warned Meta about using ad-related data from competitors to benefit their Facebook Marketplace classified advertising service.  Like Amazon, Meta has been leveraging its control over what users see to favor its own products.  That’s probably illegal in the U.S. too, but so far the tech industry has been largely successful in restraining U.S. regulators and Congress from taking action.  (For a rare exception, see today’s Privacy Newsletter item about the Federal Trade Commission’s $520 million settlement with Epic Games.)

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Amazon Levels the Playing Field a Bit in EU Anti-Trust Settlement

December 20, 2022

One of this year’s most important meta-stories has been regulators’ increasingly effective pushback against seemingly unstoppable tech giants.  We’ve had three examples in the past week, starting with Amazon’s agreement to reduce the advantages it gives to its own products and stop helping itself with data it collects about sales by independent merchants.  Both changes are in response to European Union anti-trust activity and presumably apply only within Europe.

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Apple To Permit Third-Party App Stores

December 20, 2022

Most potentially impactful of all, Apple is reportedly planning to allow third-party app stores on the iPhone.   Sellers could presumably bypass Apple’s 30% commission on payments, a sore point for many and huge profit source for Apple.  Apple has faced some pressure about this in the U.S., where iPhone market share is much higher than elsewhere.  But new EU regulations are what’s forcing the change.

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Amperity Launches New Lakehouse Offering

May 17, 2024

Amperity has launched Lakehouse CDP,  which delivers CDP functions within “lakehouse” data stores including Snowflake and Databricks.  Amperity tools for data modeling, data quality, identity resolution, generative AI, segmentation, and performance measurement will send all results to a company’s own lakehouse rather than a separate Amperity-managed database. Modules can be used independently but the real benefit here is that Amperity is one of the few “composable” CDP vendors who offer a complete set of pre-integrated CDP functions.

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