FTC investigates Apple Music for anti-competitive practices

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Apple doesn't charge Apple Music 30 percent of its subscriber fees.
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Apple’s new streaming music service is coming under fire from the Federal Trade Commission for possible anti-competitive practices.

The recently launched Apple Music costs $9.99 per subscription (or $14.99 for an up-to-six-person family plan), with the first three months free. Competing services like Spotify or Rdio are subject to Apple’s 30 percent take from any app sold on the App Store, which makes the FTC uncomfortable, as Apple Music is not subject to the same rules.

SpongeBob Game Pulled From The App Store For Violating Children’s Privacy Rights

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A free SpongeBob Squarepants game from Nickelodeon has had to be pulled from the App Store following complaints that it violates children’s online privacy rights. SpongeBob Diner Dash asked children for their names and email addresses without parental permission — so that it could fill their inboxes with spam, no doubt — causing an advocacy group to report the app to the Federal Trade Commission.