App Stores Are Often Overlooked, but They Underpin Big Tech’s Power

Apple CEO Tim Cook at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., June 4, 2018 (AP photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez).
Apple CEO Tim Cook at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., June 4, 2018 (AP photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez).
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Google recently announced it will enforce rules enabling it to take a 30 percent cut from app purchases in its Google Play Store starting next September, a controversial revenue-generating policy that Apple also uses in its App Store. Both tech giants are facing anti-trust lawsuits over the practice. Also this fall, Ukrainian authorities ordered Apple to remove the apps of Russian propaganda outlets from its store, which Russia’s Foreign Ministry called “another manifestation of the Ukrainian authorities’ repressive policy towards the media.” The move follows other actions by the Ukrainian government in recent years to restrict Russian state media outlets’ […]

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