Judge in Apple v. Epic Games Case Wants In-Person Trial Starting on May 3

Lawyers for Epic Games and Apple today participated in a management conference with Judge Yvonne Gonzalez to hammer out the details of an upcoming bench trial, which is set to take place on May 3. Apple was aiming to get the trial delayed until a later date, but the judge denied the request and said […]

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Mark Zuckerberg Reportedly Told Staff Facebook Needs to ‘Inflict Pain’ on Apple Over Privacy Dispute

Apple and Facebook have been in a very public spat over the course of the last few months as Apple dials up its pro-privacy stance. The two companies have long had tension, more recently however Facebook is taking shots at an upcoming iOS and iPadOS feature that will require apps and data companies such as […]

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FTC Accuses Facebook of Social Media Monopoly, Calls for Divestiture of Instagram and WhatsApp

The United States Federal Trade Commission today teamed up 46 states, the District of Columbia, and the territory of Guam to sue Facebook for maintaining an illegal social networking monopoly through years of anticompetitive conduct. Facebook is accused of engaging in a “systematic strategy” to eliminate threats to its monopoly, which included the 2012 acquisition […]

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Italy Fines Apple $12 Million for Misleading iPhone Water Resistance Claims

Apple has been slapped with a 10 million euro ($12 million) fine by Italy’s antitrust watchdog for unfair commercial practices related to its iPhone marketing in the country. Specifically, Apple is being charged for misleading claims in promotional messages about how deep and how long iPhones can be submerged in water without being damaged. In […]

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App Store Fee Cut Attracts Criticism From Major Developers Like Spotify and Epic

A number of industry players, including Spotify, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, and Basecamp CTO David Heinemeier Hansson, have today criticized Apple’s move to launch a new App Store Small Business Program that will halve App Store fees for small business owners and independent developers (via The Verge). After Apple announced the new program, Spotify […]

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Google Reportedly Pays Apple $8-12 Billion Per Year to be Default iOS Search Engine

The United States Justice Department is targeting a lucrative deal between Apple and Google as part of one of the U.S. government’s largest antitrust cases, reports The New York Times. On Tuesday, the Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google, claiming the Mountain View-based company used anticompetitive and exclusionary practices in the search and […]

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U.S. Government Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google for Search Engine Dominance

The United States Justice Department today filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google, claiming the Mountain View-based company has used anticompetitive and exclusionary practices in the search and advertising markets to maintain an unlawful monopoly. “Today, millions of Americans rely on the Internet and online platforms for their daily lives. Competition in this industry is vitally […]

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Apple Reportedly on EU ‘Hit List’ of Big Tech Companies Targeted for Regulation

EU regulators are taking aim at up to 20 big tech companies, including Apple, as part of a “hit list” that seeks to curb their market influence, reports The Financial Times. The plans reportedly involve the demand that larger tech companies face tougher regulations than smaller competitors, data sharing with rivals, and increased transparency on […]

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Australia Opens Antitrust Inquiry Into Apple’s App Store

Australia is now investigating app store policies as part of yet another antitrust inquiry into Apple and Google (via Gizmodo). The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced that it will investigate the competition between the Google Play store and Apple’s App Store, access to platforms and consumers, fee structures, data collection, and price […]

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Italian Watchdog Confirms Third Antitrust Inquiry into Apple

Italy’s antitrust regulator has today opened another inquiry into Apple for allegedly improper commercial practices with regards to cloud computing services (via Reuters). The investigation will also look into the practices of Google and Dropbox, in addition to Apple. The L’Autorit Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM) did not release further information or state […]

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Korea to Investigate Apple and Google’s In-App Purchase Practices

Last week, multiple startup companies in Korea called for an investigation into Apple and Google’s in-app purchase practices. Now, The Korea Herald has confirmed that the Korean Ministry of Science and ITC will launch an investigation to look into the two companies’ “excessive commissions.” The investigation will examine platform fees, payment systems, and whether Apple […]

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Apple Korea Pledges $84 Million to Support Small Businesses and Settle Antitrust Probe

Apple’s South Korea business has offered to make a 100 billion won ($84 million) payout to support small businesses and help consumers, according to the country’s competition watchdog (via Reuters). The Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) investigated Apple Korea in 2016 for requiring SK Telecom, KT Corp, and LG Uplus Corp to pay the cost […]

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Apple Retains Gibson Dunn Lawyers From Samsung Case to Combat Epic Games

Apple will use lawyers from Gibson Dunn, the same firm that spearheaded the second Apple v. Samsung action, in its bid to fend off a private antitrust suit leveled by Epic Games, according to software patent and litigation expert Florian Mueller at FOSS Patents. Last week, Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store after Epic […]

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Korean Startups Call for Investigation into Apple and Google In-App Purchases

Multiple startup companies in Korea are calling for an investigation into Apple and Google’s in-app purchase practices, reports The Korea Herald. An alliance of app developers and small companies submitted a petition to the Korea Communications Commission earlier today, asking for an investigation into whether Apple and Google may be violating Korean laws on in-app […]

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Russia’s Anti-Monopoly Watchdog Says Apple Abused Dominant App Store Position

Apple is facing App Store scrutiny in Russia as the Russian Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) today said (via Interfax) that Apple abused its dominant ‌App Store‌ position and limited competition in the iOS app market by banning parental control apps. The FAS began investigating Apple’s ‌App Store‌ policies back in August 2019 after Apple cracked […]

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Emails Reveal Why Steve Jobs and Phil Schiller Blocked In-App Purchase of Kindle Books

Internal Apple emails, made public by the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust inquiry, have revealed information about why Apple blocked in-app purchases of Kindle books on iOS devices, reports The Verge. Two sets of emails between Steve Jobs, Phil Schiller, Eddy Cue, and various other senior Apple executives, disclose the exact thinking behind how Apple approached […]

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Apple Offered to Halve App Store Fee to Get Amazon Prime Video on iOS and Apple TV

Apple offered Amazon lower App Store fees to convince it to launch its Prime Video app on the ‌App Store‌ and Apple TV, documents published by the U.S. antitrust subcommittee have revealed. According to email correspondence between Apple’s services chief Eddy Cue and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple struck a deal to bring Amazon Prime […]

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Apple Offered to Halve App Store Fee to Get Amazon Prime Video on iOS and Apple TV

Apple offered Amazon lower App Store fees to convince it to launch its Prime Video app on the ‌App Store‌ and Apple TV, documents published by the U.S. antitrust subcommittee have revealed. According to email correspondence between Apple’s services chief Eddy Cue and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple struck a deal to bring Amazon Prime […]

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