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Apple and Google will both attend Senate hearing on app store competition – TechCrunch

After it appeared like Apple may no-show, the corporate has dedicated to sending a consultant to a Senate antitrust hearing on app store competition later this month.

Last week, Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Mike Lee (R-UT) put public strain on the corporate to attend the hearing, which will be held by the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights. Klobuchar chairs that subcommittee, and has turned her focus towards antitrust worries concerning the tech business’s most dominant gamers.

The hearing, which Google will additionally attend, will delve into Apple and Google’s management over “the cost, distribution, and availability of mobile applications on consumers, app developers, and competition.”

App shops are one nook of tech that appears probably the most like a duopoly, a notion that Apple’s excessive profile battle with Fortnite-maker Epic is barely elevating. Meanwhile, with a lot of state-level tech regulation efforts brewing, Arizona is trying to relieve builders from Apple and Google’s hefty lower of app store income.

In a letter final week, Klobuchar and Lee, the subcommittee’s rating member, accused Apple of “abruptly” deciding that it wouldn’t ship a witness to the hearing, which is ready for April 21.

“Apple’s sudden change in course to refuse to provide a witness to testify before the Subcommittee on app store competition issues in April, when the company is clearly willing to discuss them in other public forums, is unacceptable,” the lawmakers wrote.

By Monday, that strain had apparently achieved its work, with Apple agreeing to attend the hearing. Apple didn’t reply to a request for remark.

While the lawmakers are counting Apple’s acquiescence as a win, that doesn’t imply they’ll be sending their chief government. Major tech CEOs have been known as earlier than Congress extra typically over the previous couple of years, however these appearances may need diminishing returns.

Tech CEOs, Apple’s Tim Cook included, are totally skilled within the artwork of claiming little when pressed by lawmakers. Dragging in a CEO may work as a present of pressure, however tech execs usually reveal little over the course of their prolonged testimonies, notably when a hearing isn’t accompanied by a deeper investigation.

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