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  • BRUSSELS, Feb 10- EU regulators will rule on antitrust cases against Samsung Electronics and Motorola Mobility in April, the European Commission said on Monday as it seeks to end the so-called patent wars between smartphone makers.

  • LONDON, Feb 7- Swiss bank UBS AG approached U.S. authorities in September with information relating to an industry-wide probe into alleged rigging of currency markets, in the hope of gaining antitrust immunity if charged with wrongdoing, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

  • UPDATE 2-Google avoids fine with EU antitrust deal Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 10:36 AM ET

    *Google proposal valid in Europe for 5 years. BRUSSELS, Feb 5- Google agreed to make concessions on how it displays competitors' links on its website on Wednesday, in a deal with the European Union regulator that ended a three-year antitrust probe and avoided a fine.

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 5- Google has offered further concessions to address regulatory concerns about its search technology, the European Commission said on Wednesday, effectively settling a three-year investigation and avoiding a fine of up to $5 billion.

  • Google improves antitrust offer, EU says deal in sight Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 6:25 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Feb 5- Google has offered further concessions to address regulatory concerns about its search results, the European Commission said on Wednesday, taking the company a step closer to settling a three-year investigation and prevent a fine of up to $5 billion.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 4- Apple Inc urged a federal appeals court on Tuesday to put a court-appointed antitrust monitor on hold, arguing that his efforts were harming the company's business.

  • *Google would escape possible fine of up to $5 bln. BRUSSELS, Jan 29- Google is close to settling a three-year European antitrust probe with "much better" concessions to allay concerns over blocking rivals such as Microsoft from internet search results, two sources said on Wednesday.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 17- Any expansion by cable provider Comcast, including a deal with Charter Communications to split provider Time Warner Cable between them, would get a tough review from U.S. regulators, who might use the proposal to force Internet providers to treat all traffic equally, antitrust experts said.

  • UPDATE 1-EU clears $35 bln Omnicom, Publicis merger Thursday, 9 Jan 2014 | 9:42 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Jan 9- EU antitrust regulators said on Thursday they had cleared the $35 billion merger of U.S. advertising agency Omnicom and French peer Publicis without conditions. The deal creates the world's biggest advertising agency to compete better with the likes of Google and Facebook in online ad sales.

  • LAS VEGAS, Jan 8- Qualcomm's CEO Paul Jacobs said on Wednesday that the U.S. mobile chipmaker still has not been notified about why it has come under antitrust scrutiny in China since late last year. In November, Qualcomm announced that China's National Development and Reform Commission had launched an antitrust probe into the company.

  • Jan 3- A U.S. federal appeals court has reinstated an antitrust case against Dean Foods Co alleging it conspired to restrict competition for bottled milk in the southeast United States. The case stems from the 2001 merger between Suiza Foods Corp, then the largest U.S. milk processor, and Dean Foods, the second largest.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 31- A bitter battle between Apple Inc and a lawyer appointed to monitor its compliance with a court antitrust ruling escalated on Monday, as the U.S. government and the monitor both hit back at Apple.

  • SEOUL, Dec 23- South Korea's anti-trust regulator has fined the units of Denso Corp, Continental AG and Bosch a total of 114.6 billion won, saying they had fixed prices of parts sold to Hyundai Motor Co..

  • BRUSSELS, Dec 20- Google has been told it is running out of time to improve its offer to settle a European Union investigation into anti-competitive behaviour or face formal charges that could lead to a hefty fine.

  • About 30 lawsuits allege that the London Metal Exchange and other defendants- including investment banks Goldman Sachs Group Inc and JPMorgan Chase& Co and merchants Glencore Xstrata and Trafigura AG- manipulated the warehousing of aluminum in order to lift the price of the metal.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- Gannett Co Inc can move ahead with its purchase of Belo Corp as long as the deal does not include KMOV-TV, a St. Louis television station, antitrust enforcers at the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday. Gannett agreed to buy Belo for $1.5 billion in June in a move that will nearly double Gannett's broadcast holdings to 43 stations.

  • TORONTO, Dec 16- Canada's Competition Bureau has filed a legal motion against Google Inc alleging that the company is abusing its dominant position in online search, joining U.S. and European anti-trust authorities in challenging the practices of the web giant.

  • Dec 16- InterDigital Inc, a U.S. patent licensing firm, says its executives will not attend a meeting with Chinese antitrust authorities in Beijing on Wednesday because it fears they will be arrested.

  • *Telefonica says Brazil watchdog demands "not reasonable". Cade decided Telefonica had to exit its indirect stake in wireless carrier TIM ParticipaƧƵes SA, the local unit of Telecom Italia, or seek a new partner for its Vivo mobile phone unit.

  • *Qualcomm: believes its practices are lawful. BEIJING, Dec 12- China's top economic planning agency has "substantial evidence" against chipmaker Qualcomm Inc in an antitrust probe, state media on Thursday quoted a senior official at the price regulator as saying.

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