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Amazon to end price practice critics said could violate antitrust law

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Amazon will no longer tell third-party merchants that sell products on its platform in the United States that they cannot offer the same goods for a lower price on another website, according to a person with direct knowledge of the company's decision.

Why it matters: Critics have said the so-called "most favored nation," or "price parity," provisions could violate antitrust law. But even without them, the company still faces a broader set of attacks on its size and power in the United States and around the world.

New fears rise about kids online

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A series of scary headlines, legal actions and pranks this week have reminded the nation of the perils of the internet for our most vulnerable population: children.

Why it matters: The long-term impact on children growing up in today's device-centered media environment is largely unknown, and research on the topic is so far preliminary. But parents, teachers and regulators worry that a lack of safeguards around kids' privacy and online content could have dangerous consequences.

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