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(Reuters) – Democrats from a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee issued a report on Tuesday detailing tactics it said four of the biggest technology companies used to gain dominant positioning in online search, advertising, social networking shopping and other businesses.

Facebook logos are seen on a mobile phone in this picture illustration taken December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/Illustration/Files

Here are notable findings.

AMAZON

The issue: Amazon.com Inc AMZN.O sells its own products as well as goods from independent merchants on a single platform. The Congressional report alleged that Amazon has “monopoly power” over many of these merchants, which “do not have a viable alternative to Amazon for reaching online consumers.” The result, the report alleged, is a “conflict of interest” in which Amazon has an incentive to use competing merchants’ data and can advantage its own goods and services.

The fix: The report recommends Congress consider removing the conflict by

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No one should doubt that gambling addiction is a real problem. Nor should we be blind to the fact that a part of what is generated as gambling-related revenue — whether it be through the PlayAlberta website or any other form of legal gaming in Alberta — comes out of the pocket of those who may have gotten in over their heads or from those who may not be able to afford their losses.

However, we should also not fall into the trap of thinking that in the absence of a provincially regulated online gaming option that those inclined to make use of such a portal will simply find something else to occupy their time. It’s not a question of whether people will partake in online gaming but how they choose to do so.

PlayAlberta is still a work in progress, with more gaming options to be

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