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Monopoly

Apple’s Secret Monopoly

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Will Oremus has written a long article on OneZero (Medium paywall) that discusses whether Apple is an illegal monopoly or not. Apple doesn’t allow apps to offer alternative payment methods and … To tighten its grip, Apple prohibits the affected apps from even telling users how they can pay their creators directly. Is Android an alternative? Yes, Android offers an alternative. Yet with iOS users accounting for a majority of all mobile app revenues in the United States, developers have little choice but to create software for Apple’s products.

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Google is not a search engine, but an ad engine

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DHH, CTO of BaseCamp, tweets the following: Google is not a search engine, it’s an ad engine. You search to find stuff, they respond with a full page ad. This is so ludicrously user hostile that it’s only tenable when you operate a monopoly. Break. Them. Up. Later he adds: This is what monopoly abuse looks like in the age of surveillance capitalism. Google are able to raise the cognitive price on users because they’ve cornered the market.

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