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NYT: Google and Apple Formed Agreement to Control the Internet

A recent report from the New York Times states that the Justice Department is targeting a secretive partnership between Apple and Google worth billions of dollars as part of its landmark antitrust case. The deal, which cemented Google’s control of internet search, is described as “one of the most lucrative business deals in history” by the Times.

CEO Sundar Pichai opened the Google I/O 2019 conference where the tech giant unveiled new hardware including a Pixel 3a smartphone that is less expensive than flagship devices

ProtonMail CEO: Apple Runs Its App Store Like ‘Mafia Extortion’

Tech giant Apple reportedly forced the privacy-focused email app ProtonMail to add in-app purchases to its iPhone app despite the service being free for years. Apple’s treatment of the popular privacy-centric email service is another example of Tim Cook’s company flexing its monopoly power. ProtonMail CEO Andy Yen likened Apple’s app store policies to “mafia extortion.”

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Facebook Exec Claims Business Model ‘Under Assault’ by Apple Privacy Update

Facebook Chief Revenue Officer David Fischer claimed this week that the company’s revenue model is “under assault” after Apple announced changes that will limit the data that companies like Facebook can collect from smartphone users. The new feature, which will be built into a future update of iOS, will offer users the option to block tracking when opening an application.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 23: With an image of himself on a screen in the background, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Financial Services Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill October 23, 2019 in Washington, DC. Zuckerberg testified about Facebook's proposed cryptocurrency …

Congressional Democrats Admit Big Tech Companies Abuse Monopoly Power

A recent report from top Democratic Congressional lawmakers has determined that tech giants such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google engage in anti-competitive behavior. According to the report, “To put it simply, companies that once were scrappy, underdog startups that challenged the status quo have become the kinds of monopolies we last saw in the era of oil barons and railroad tycoons.”

This combination of 2019-2020 photos shows Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, the four Big Tech leaders will answer for their companies’ practices before Congress at a hearing by the House Judiciary subcommittee on …

Apple App Store Revenue Jumped 31% Last Quarter

A new report states that tech giant Apple enjoyed a massive 31 percent spike in App Store revenue year-over-year in Q3, jumping from $14.5 billion last year to $19 billion this year. TikTok has emerged as the highest-earning non-game app on both the Apple and Google app stores.

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Masters of the Universe Squabble: Apple Rejects Facebook’s ‘Irrelevant’ Info on App Store Fees

Facebook recently complained to Reuters that tech giant Apple rejected its attempt to explain to users that Tim Cook’s company would take a 30 percent cut of sales from its new online events feature, forcing Facebook to remove the message in order to implement the feature in its iOS app. Apple cited a policy against showing “irrelevant” information in updates to explain the decision. 

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MarketWatch: Video Games Could Be Apple and Google’s Antitrust ‘Achilles Heel’

In a recent article, MarketWatch questions whether video games could actually be Google and Apple’s weakness in antitrust cases. One venture capitalist commented, “These closed gardens feel like extortion. You need to pay to survive. It harkens to Microsoft and the Department of Justice investigation, and AT&T before that. With Apple and Google, it comes down to what is the ‘right’ take for the platforms? Thirty percent? 10%?”

Gay-friendly Apple weighs North Carolina despite LGBT laws

‘Fortnite’ Developer Epic Games Scores Partial Victory Against Apple

Epic Games’ lawsuit against Apple is now well underway with the game developer scoring a partial win in the first ruling on the case. The court granted the developer a temporary restraining order against Apple following the tech giant’s threat to remove Epic’s Unreal Engine from multiple Apple platforms — an act of retaliation against the Fortnite company that would have impacted thousands of developers working on their own games and entertainment projects.

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