Antitrust complaint claims Apple’s crackdown on user tracking is unfair

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A French antitrust complaint against Apple targets an iOS 14 feature that makes it tougher for companies to indiscriminately use tracking technology for mobile advertising.

The anti-tracking feature previously faced criticism, unsurprisingly, from companies that work in mobile advertising. However, this is the one of the first legal actions taken against Apple due to the feature.

Lawyer who helped prosecute Microsoft thinks government may struggle against Big Tech

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Apple is one of the companies targeted in antitrust investigation.
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The lawyer who helped spearhead the successful U.S. antitrust case against Microsoft thinks today’s government is ill-prepared to take on companies like Apple, Google and Facebook.

According to Gary Reback, the U.S. government does not have enough litigators to prosecute antitrust cases against these tech giants.

Italy’s antitrust authorities will scrutinize Apple’s cloud services

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iCloud is one of the cloud services being scrutinized.
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Italy has opened the latest investigation into potential Apple antitrust violations. Announced by the Italian antitrust authority Monday, this investigation will look into Apple’s iCloud cloud computing services.

Similar investigations will be carried out investigating Google parent company Alphabet and Dropbox.

Antitrust chairman says tech giants ‘crush’ competitors, charge ‘monopoly rents’

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Tim Cook answered questions about App Store business practices last month.
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Congress’ big tech antitrust hearings are done and now, weeks later, investigators are gearing up to deliver their findings.

According to David Cicilline, the Democrat leading the House antitrust investigation into tech giants including Apple, the investigatory committee could reveal its recommendations next month. And things aren’t looking too rosy for the companies involved.

$84 million payout could settle Apple antitrust investigation in South Korea

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Apple’s South Korea business has said that it will make a 100 billion won ($84 million) payout to support small businesses and help consumers. This is to address antitrust concerns raised in the country.

Korea’s Fair Trade Commission has been investigating Apple Korea for reportedly forcing mobile carriers to pay for advertising and warranty repairs. The payout — which is phrased like a pledge, but also sounds like a fine — will act as a make-good on Apple’s “unfair” terms.

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Epic Games has sued Apple for allegedly monopolizing iOS app distribution.
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ProtonMail developer says Apple is a ‘monopoly’ that crushes competition

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ProtonMail is the latest company to take issues with Apple's App Store policies.
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The makers of secure email service ProtonMail are the latest developers to speak out about Apple’s control of the App Store.

In a blog post published Monday, founder and CEO Andy Yen wrote that Apple has become a “monopoly, crushing potential competitors with exploitative fees and conducting censorship on behalf of dictators.”

Congress may scrutinize Apple’s ‘copy-acquire-kill’ strategy

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Lawmakers reportedly will quiz Apple on its “copy-acquire-kill” strategy during Wednesday’s congressional antitrust hearing.

According to the Washington Post, this will be one of the areas that Apple will be scrutinized on to see if it has engaged in anti-competitive behavior. “Copy-acquire-kill” refers to buying companies to acquire their innovative features, before killing them to stop other platforms from having access to them.

Tim Cook’s antitrust hearing will take place on Wednesday

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Cook will be testifying along with the CEOs of Facebook, Amazon, and Google.
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Update: The hearing will now take place on Wednesday, July 29 at midday ET. It can be live-streamed here.

Tim Cook’s testimony in front of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee antitrust investigation has reportedly been postponed, according to CNBC.

The hearing was originally scheduled for Monday, July 27 at midday EST. However, two people “familiar with the matter” claim that it is being pushed back. This is due to its overlap with a memorial service for the late civil rights leader John Lewis.