Congress: Apple CEO cook will be summoned if he does not cooperate with the antitrust investigation

 Congress: Apple CEO cook will be summoned if he does not cooperate with the antitrust investigation

David cicilline, chairman of the house antitrust Subcommittee, told Bloomberg that executives from apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook are expected to testify voluntarily in the antitrust investigation. An official letter sent last week asked them to attend such an investigation hearing.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebooks chief executive, and Sundar Pichai, Googles chief executive, promised to attend an investigation hearing in a letter to the antitrust subcommittee this week, but whether they would voluntarily testify depends on the actions of other executives, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos hinted Monday that he would testify, while Apple has yet to agree to let cook testify.

While cichline believes all four executives will testify as they wish, he said the house antitrust Subcommittee will issue subpoenas to get the necessary information for a decision. For example, Bezos was threatened with being subpoenaed before Amazon sent a message of willingness to testify.

In order to complete the antitrust investigation, we will get the required documents and witnesses. I hope it will happen voluntarily, but the antitrust subcommittee has always intended that if it cant happen voluntarily, we will take compulsory procedures to complete it, cichlin said of Cooks testimony on Friday

Last year, the House subcommittee on antitrust announced a bipartisan investigation of platform gatekeepers and monopolistic technology companies. Apple is under scrutiny for issues such as its app store business, so-called Sherlock king third-party apps and the systems removal of parental control apps.

This week, apple declined to update Basecamps new hey email app because it failed to offer in app purchase options. Basecamp founders David heinemeier Hansson and Jason fried then publicly opposed Apples decision by tweeting, interviewing the media and posting a blog post on the hey website.

This week, while attending a podcast with Hanson, cichline said the charges for Apples app store were road robberies.. That sentiment echoed in Fridays interview.

Its very worrying about the operation of the app store. You know that developers in start-ups are basically forced to pay a 30% commission, otherwise they will be refused access to that market. And you know, coincidentally, Google and apple are doing the same thing, with a third of their profits, he said. For a developer, this situation puts them in a disadvantageous position, either to pay them a commission, or to go bankrupt, or to develop an application that will fail. This is a perfect example of abuse of market position to bully and to claim unfair profits.

Apple said the app stores guidelines are to foster a consistent consumer experience, not to generate high profits. Critics, including some developers, say Apples refusal to update Basecamps new Hey e-mail app shows that it is chasing a share of the 15% to 30% of AppStore transactions it has become accustomed to.

Phil Schiller, Apples senior vice president of global marketing, said Thursday that in app purchases require such policies to improve user satisfaction.

However, Basecamp founder Fred wrote a blog post on Friday to refute this. He believes that the requirement of in app purchase has set up a wrong barrier between application developers and users, hurting consumer relations.

Schiller said Apple did not consider a rule change or exemption for hey, despite disagreements. It remains to be seen whether this position will loosen in the coming days. Apple plans to hold its annual WWDC next week, which is generally seen as a celebration of Apples relationship with third-party developers. (Tianmen Mountain)

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