Hexbyte Tech News Wired Why Silicon Valley Should Fear Europe’s Competition Chief

Hexbyte Tech News Wired

Margrethe Vestager, the European commissioner for competition, is surely the most feared person in Silicon Valley. She fined Apple $15 billion for tax avoidance. She brought forward multiple antitrust investigations against Google. Just before arriving in the US this week, she announced that she had started to take a keen interest in Amazon.

I sat down with her at the studios of CBS to discuss all of these issues, as well as recent comments by Brian Acton, the founder of WhatsApp, that he had been coached by Facebook to dissemble when meeting with Vestager’s team. Here is the full transcript of our conversation, as well as a video showing her sharp, thorough responses. Unlike many politicians, she actually listens, responds to critiques, and truly understands how technology works. And that, of course, may be yet another reason for Silicon Valley to worry about her.

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