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In my column last week, I wrote about China’s edge in AI robotics. 

I pointed out that China has been using advanced robotics in their manufacturing for decades and, most recently, have applied powerful new AI technology to help automate their factories. 

This is an important development for China and will push the US towards similar strides to use AI in more local manufacturing too. The downside for both countries is that AI manufacturing will be good for the robot industry but not that great for creating manufacturing jobs, as robots invade the workforce. 

AI Robotic Manufacturing, however, is just one of the legs of Chinese President Xi JinPing’s vision to take the tech crown from the US and make China less dependent on US technology for their future. 

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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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KEY POINTS

  • Google Play will collect a 30% commission on in-app purchases from 2021
  • Indian startup founders called these charges “unfeasible”
  • Google’s Android holds a 95.8% market share in India

More than 150 top Indian startups and businesses, some of them big names, have banded together to challenge Google’s monopoly over the Android app ecosystem in India  and build an app store that the country can call its own, TechCrunch reported.

The move by Indian businesses to to build a national altenative to Google Play was prompted by Google’s recent annoucement to force app developers on its store to use its payments system, which takes a 30% cut on transactions including in-app purchases. Reports said founders of leading startups like Paytm, a payments app simiar to Google Pay and is India’s most valuable startup; MakeMyTrip and PolicyBazaar discussed Google’s policy and the concerns on dependence on Google on a call.

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  • The US Department of Justice is expected to sue Google as soon as next week.
  • It’s believed that the lawsuit accuses Google of putting search rivals at a disadvantage.
  • The department is also said to be investigating search advertising under Google’s search box.

Google has faced several legal challenges in recent years regarding its search and advertising business, and it looks like the US is next in line to take aim at the company.

According to Reuters, citing three sources familiar with the matter, the US Department of Justice is set to file a lawsuit against Google as soon as next week. It’s alleged that the department is also calling on state attorneys general to sign onto the suit.

The lawsuit reportedly accuses Google of trying to put search rivals such as Bing at a disadvantage. More specifically, it’s claimed that Google deprives rivals of “the data about users

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WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) impending lawsuit against Google has narrowed to focus on the company’s power over internet search, a decision that could set off a cascade of separate lawsuits from states in ensuing weeks over the Silicon Valley giant’s dominance in other business segments.

In presentations to state attorneys general starting on Wednesday, the DOJ is expected to outline its legal case centered on how Google uses its dominant search engine to harm rivals and consumers, said four people with knowledge of the plan, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the details were confidential. Meeting with the state attorneys general is one of the final steps before the DOJ files its suit against the company, they said.

The DOJ’s action against Google is set to be narrower than what had been envisioned by some states and several career lawyers in the department. The DOJ

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