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Two key players of the Microsoft antitrust trial 20 years ago explain why its lessons will be critical to regulating Google, Amazon, and Facebook

Bill GatesRobert Sorbo/Getty Images The Microsoft antitrust trial of the 1990s has important lessons for government regulators as they decide what to do about companies that dominant the tech industry today, two central players in the Microsoft case said. The Microsoft case shows how important it is to enforce antitrust laws, even if such an […]

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Nintendo to smartphone game makers: You can only gouge our players so much

Enlarge / If CyberAgent Inc had its way, this game would have tried to squeeze more money from its players. Nintendo / CyberAgent Inc. Here at Ars Technica, we’ve scrutinized Nintendo’s smartphone games with a frank conclusion: they’re often brutal about microtransactions. “Free-to-play” games like Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, and Dragalia Lost […]

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'Fortnite's' New Year's Eve surprise confused so many players that the cofounder of Epic Games weighed in with a crack about time zones

“Fortnite”/Epic games&quotFortnite”/Epic games “Fortnite” is the world’s most popular game, with 80 million players spread across the globe. “Fortnite” will feature a ball drop and fireworks at the top of every hour as the New Year reaches all 24 time zones. However, as the celebration began on New Year’s Eve in some time zones, players […]