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23 Sep
Liberty From All Masters by Barry Lynn

Part I: A Q&A With Barry Lynn, Author of Liberty From All Masters

Lynn’s book, out September 29, examines how monopoly power, specifically that of Google, Amazon, and Facebook, threatens liberty, democracy, prosperity, and national security. 

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04 Aug

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Testifies Before House Antitrust Committee

In the aftermath of the hearing, attorneys general from California and New York are partnering with the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Amazon’s online marketplace. 

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22 Jul
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ABA Writes House Antitrust Subcommittee Ahead of July 27 Big Tech Hearing

Scheduled to testify at the hearing are the CEOs of Amazon (Jeff Bezos), Apple (Tim Cook), Facebook (Mark Zuckerberg), and Google (Sundar Pichai). This will mark Bezos’ first appearance before Congress.

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08 Jul
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to Testify at House Antitrust Hearing on July 27

After initially saying it would not send Bezos but rather “the appropriate executive” to testify, Amazon reversed course and said it was willing to make Bezos available.

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06 May
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House Judiciary Committee Calls on Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos to Testify

According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon used sensitive business information from individual third-party sellers on its platform to inform the development of Amazon’s own competing products. 

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11 Mar
19 Feb
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“Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos” Streaming Now

The PBS documentary features interviews with Amazon executives, former employees, industry insiders, regulators, and notable Amazon critics who touch on a number of different topics relating to Amazon. 

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12 Feb
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Upcoming PBS FRONTLINE Documentary Examines Amazon and Jeff Bezos

The documentary looks at “Amazon and Jeff Bezos’ ascent to power — and his ability to shape everything from the future of work, to the future of commerce, to the future of technology.”

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04 Feb
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Nearly 80 Booksellers Attend Antitrust Symposium in Washington D.C.

Panelists discussed definitions of a monopoly, an overview of historical antitrust cases, the state of monopolies in America today, and who has the power to bring about concrete change.

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15 Jan

Understanding Marketplace Facilitator Laws

Marketplace facilitators are now required to collect and remit sales tax on behalf of third-party retailers in the 38 states with laws regarding sales tax collection for transactions on online marketplaces.

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20 Nov

Committee on Small Business Holds Hearing With Big Tech

“The grip that Big Tech now holds over our daily lives and our competitive landscape at the same time is astounding but also concerning,” said hearing leader Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez.

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19 Nov

ABA Board Urges State Attorneys General to Investigate Amazon

The Board has sent letters to the attorneys general of each state calling for an investigation into Amazon’s monopolistic and anticompetitive conduct. 

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19 Nov
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Midtown Reader Aims to Connect With Customers in the Age of Alexa

In celebration of the store’s third anniversary, Midtown Reader in Tallahassee, Florida, partnered with a local production company to create a short video called “Ask Alexis.”

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05 Nov

Raven Book Store Owner Publishes “How to Resist Amazon and Why”

The 16-page zine features Caine’s October 2019 letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, a review of the case against Amazon, a compilation of Raven’s Twitter advocacy, and more.

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22 Oct
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ABA Calls on State Attorneys General to Open Antitrust Investigation Into Amazon

In a comprehensive 22-page letter, ABA makes the case as to why Amazon is a burgeoning monopoly and provides a detailed review of Amazon’s anticompetitive conduct.

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