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FTC seeks more info on Amazon’s $1.7B deal for Roomba maker


The Federal Trade Commission has asked Amazon and iRobot for more information on the e-commerce giant’s $1.7-billion buyout of the Roomba vacuum maker.

In a filing on Tuesday, iRobot said the FTC had on Monday requested more details on the deal that was announced last month and would expand Amazon’s stable of smart home devices.

A bunch of about 20 pro-privacy and employee organizations have urged US antitrust enforcers to stop the deal, citing concerns about privacy and Amazon’s already powerful position within the smart home devices market. 

The FTC probe began earlier this month and covers each head-to-head competition and whether the deal would illegally boost the e-commerce company’s market share within the connected device market in addition to the general retail market, in accordance with a report from Politico. 

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