(Adds Justice Department statement)By Diane BartzWASHINGTON, Sept 15 (Reuters) - U.S. Fede...

UPDATE 1-U.S. antitrust regulator hints at tougher stance on Big Tech mergers – Yahoo Finance

(Adds Justice Department statement)By Diane BartzWASHINGTON, Sept 15 (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Trade Commission staff presented data on Wednesday on small acquisitions by five big technology companies, and the agency scrapped guidelines on vertical mergers which combine a company with a supplier -- both steps indicating plans to be tougher on deals.Following a study begun during the Trump administration, the FTC staff found that Facebook, Alphabet's Google , Amazon.com, Apple and Microsoft together had 616 acquisitions from 2010 to 2019 that were above $1 million but too small to be reported to antitrust agencies, among other findings.Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter, a …

 

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