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New Senate Bill Would Reshape App Stores

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Aug 12, 2021, 10:02 AM   by Rich Brome

A bipartisan group of three US Senators has introduced new legislation that would place major new rules on the app stores run by Apple and Google. The Open App Markets Act would:

The legislation targets Apple and Google rather specifically by only applying to app stores with over 50 million users in the US. The bill was introduced by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). A similar bill is expected in the House shortly. The Open App Markets Act has been endorsed by number of technology and consumer groups, including Consumer Reports, Internet Accountability Project, Coalition for App Fairness, Lincoln Network, Digital Progress Institute, and Electronic Frontier Foundation. Apple and Google are expected to lobby heavily against the bill, as they have against similar measures at the state level.


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Aug 13, 2021, 10:27 PM

Is this for real?

There are much much MUCH MUCH more pressing matters to be passing in Congress than some stupid app store issue that has little to do with anything in the real world.

Is this some kinda .... what.... WHAT FRESH HELL IS THIS?
This is very important. Google always lets apps into their store. I have both the Pixel 5 and I have the 12 Max Pro. Applet will not allow anyone into their store. Its Apple's CASH COW. I've been very turned off with Apple for several years. App...
Crunchy Frog

Aug 14, 2021, 10:52 AM

Politics as usual

I fear that nothing good can come from this. Once the government tries to step in the make things "fair", everybody loses.

Hopefully this gets negotiated down to a few concessions from Apple & Google that won't wreck what is in place. That may be the strategy anyways.

Aug 13, 2021, 7:39 AM

Isn't grand

Maybe the Government could invent an OS first before wreaking the two we got.
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