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Apple’s preferential treatment in App Store, coercive practices: 8 key takeaways from Cook’s deposition before the antitrust subcommittee

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Apple's App Store policies are such that at one point even Facebook's CFO Sheryl Sandberg thought that Apple could lock out Facebook's apps, the Big Tech CEOs’ hearing before the House subcommittee on antitrust on July 29 (available to watch here) revealed. Questions to Apple CEO Tim Cook largely focussed on the company's App Store policies. “I am concerned that Apple’s policies are also picking winners and losers in the app economy, and that Apple rules mean Apple apps always win.” — Representative Val Demings (D-FL) 1. Apple gives preferential treatment to certain app developers: Referring to an email from Cook, dated August 6, 2014, Representative Henry C. Johnson (D-GA) said that Apple had assigned two key contacts for Baidu that would help Baidu “manage through Apple” — one person in Apple Beijing office and other at Apple’s headquarters in…

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