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Spotlight on Apple’s and Google’s revenue sharing

The US Senate is investigating Apple’s and Google’s mandatory revenue sharing for apps. App maker have since long argued that Apple’s and Google´s mandatory revenue sharing for their respective app business violate competition rules. The Senate is planning a hearing about the app business. Google accepted the invitation and Apple that first rejected it but has now accepted to participate.

App makers say that mandatory revenue sharing and strict inclusion rules by Apple´s App Store for iPhone and iPads and Google’s Play Store for Android devices both can be described as anticompetitive behaviour.

A senior Apple executive has now agreed to testify before the Senate. Reuters says the agency has seen a letter saying the company will be represented by its Chief Compliance Officer Kyle Andeer.

After Apple first had rejected the invitation, Senators Amy Klobuchar, Democrat, and Mike Lee, Republican, wrote to Apple CEO Tim Cook saying rejecting the invitation was “unacceptable”.

The Senate´s Judiciary Committee will hold the hearing on April 21.

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