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Congress weighs getting tough on Big Tech

Jun 22, 2021
The House Judiciary Committee is set to consider a package of antitrust bills this week.
The House Judiciary Committee will vote on about a half-dozen antitrust bills, prohibiting tech giants like Facebook and Google from acquiring competitors or forcing them to sell businesses
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Apple, Epic Games head to court over App Store

Apple takes a 15% to 30% cut of app sales, in-app purchases and subscriptions. Epic says this is unfair.
To download something to your iPhone (such as the popular video game "Fortnite"), you have to go through its App Store.
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Is competitive cheerleading a monopoly?

Jan 31, 2020
From uniforms to competitions, Varsity Brands dominates the industry. "It's like John D. Rockefeller, but with more glitter," a writer says.
Netflix's new hit docuseries "Cheer."
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The latest edition of Monopoly has a digital banker. Is it as educational?

Jul 1, 2019
No more shenanigans with that pastel-colored currency.
In this photo illustration, Monopoly board game pieces are displayed on February 6, 2013 in Fairfax, California.
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Monopsony: When there's only one employer in town

Oct 2, 2018
Economists have raised concerns that big retail companies like Amazon are suppressing wages.
Some of McDonald's former franchise rules could be considered a form of "monopsony power."
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Why it's hard to tell good monopolies from bad

Apr 15, 2015
The European Union has brought an antitrust case against Google.

Say 'meow' to the newest Monopoly piece

Feb 5, 2014
The Marketplace Datebook for February 6, 2014.

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New Monopoly: No jail, and done in 30 minutes

Jul 25, 2013
Hasbro's new Monopoly Empire game removes jail from the board, and is designed to fit into busy schedules of today's youth.

Monopoly retires iconic iron piece

Feb 6, 2013
One reason the board game piece may have been canned is new products like wrinkle-free fabrics have made ironing a thing of the past. Once a staple in every home, many people no longer even own an iron.

Monopoly's makeover and money lessons

Jan 11, 2013
America's most popular board game about money is losing one of its signature pieces. One token will be replaced with a new piece. Historian Philip Orbanes explains what Monopoly can teach us.