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Antitrust reform bill could see Apple fined 15% of its annual revenue

A new antitrust reform bill put forward by the chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on antitrust matters could see Apple and other tech giants fined up to 15% of their annual revenues.
Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar has unveiled the Competition and Antitrust Law Enforcement Reform Act of 2021, which also provides increased funding to the DOJ and FTC to carry out antitrust investigations …
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Apple launches Racial Equity and Justice Initiative webpage

Apple has added a new page to its website detailing its Racial Equity and Justice Initiative efforts, and has opened up applications to its Impact Accelerator program to Black- and Brown-owned businesses.In an update to its website, Apple has introduced a page about the Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, detailing its $100 million effort to “dismantle systemic racism and grow opportunities for people confronting it every day.” The page includes explanations for areas the initiative will focus on, including education, criminal justice reform, and economic equality.The education-led elements include the Community Education Initiative, the learning hub at the Propel Center, the Apple Developer Academy covering Detroit, and supporting minority-serving institutions. Its criminal justice reform work includes donations to organizations such as the Equal Justice Initiative, which has worked since 1989 to defend basic human rights. Read more…

North Dakota senate votes down anti-App Store bill first given to lawmaker by Epic Games lobbyist

Last week we heard Apple’s take on a new North Dakota Senate bill that would have forced the company to allow iPhone owners to sideload apps and use alternative in-app payment options. Just today, the state’s senate has voted down the proposal but similar legislation is under consideration in Arizona and Georgia. It’s also come to light where the North Dakota bill draft legislation came from – an Epic Games lobbyist.
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