From Reuters’ “Market power of Siri, Alexa, Google a concern, EU regulators say” posted Wednesday:
The market dominance of Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Alphabet’s Google Assistant has triggered concerns of potential anti-competitive practices, EU antitrust regulators said on Wednesday…
“We saw indications that some practices that we know too well may lead to tipping and to the emergence of gatekeepers,” European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager told reporters.
“And from the preliminary results published today, it appears that our concerns are shared by many players,” she said…
The EU antitrust watchdog said respondents cited worries over certain exclusivity and tying practices related to voice assistants such as producers of smart devices being prevented from installing a second voice assistant on a device.
A second concern was about voice assistant providers promoting their own services or those of third parties via default settings on devices, thus restricting rivals.
A third concern focused on the troves of data available to providers of voice assistants and smart devices, while a fourth worry was about the lack of inter-operability between devices.
My take: If a digital platform is a market unto itself, subject to the Sherman Act, then every digital gatekeeper has a Vestager-size target on its back. I blame Lena Kahn.