What you need to know
- CEOs of four tech giants will testify at an antitrust probe, Wednesday.
- One line of investigation will be "copy-acquire-kill" strategies.
- Panelists say they have "very specific language from top-level executives" about the practice.
An antitrust probe Wednesday featuring testimony from Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and Sundar Pichai will likely include a focus on "copy-acquire-kill" strategies allegedly employed by the companies.
According to The Washington Post:
There is no indication regarding which "executives" this could refer to, however, it's notable that Jayapal used the plural, so likely it may be more than one, or indeed all of the companies involved. More likely, it could refer to Facebook, which has absorbed rivals like Instagram and WhatsApp, or Apple, which has been criticized for "sherlocking" the features of competitor third party apps, and which drew ire after buying weather app Dark Sky only to kill off the Android version of the app.
The report notes that both Democrats and Republicans sitting on the committee have "grand aspirations" regarding the rethinking of federal laws governing big tech and competition. Rep. Joe Neguse reportedly stated:
The hearing will take place on Wednesday, July 29 at 12 pm, and all four CEOs are set to appear remotely at the hearing.
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That we only have Apple and Android... Nobody would argue that's a bad thing. Apple and Google passively earning a 30% return on all creative content available in either App store... That's just wrong.
Google was aggressively anti-Windows Phone too - from not offering most of its apps on Windows Phone to screwing MS over regarding YouTube apps. They're definitely on the hook for that.
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