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Offline Labbug

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Re: Apple and Epic Clash Over Fortnite
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2020, 11:48:18 AM »
Other companies seem to be in revolt about Apple's control of the app-store.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/14/apple-removes-fortnite-from-app-store.html

Offline W8taminute

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Re: Apple and Epic Clash Over Fortnite
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2020, 12:51:28 PM »
This is the real reason why Huawei is not allowed to sell their products in the USA.  It is because the evil greedy capitalists at apple think they're gods and want to maintain their iron grip on the market. 

I can totally see why the masses fall for the lies the communists spew but whenever I read things like this where there are no regulations or restrictions to abject greed I do wish the system resets itself.  Violently or otherwise.

I'm struggling like a jackass to pay the bills at the same time watching them take my money away in taxes while a select few individuals on this planet live in magnificent opulence because they have a hegemony on the world market?   
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Re: Apple and Epic Clash Over Fortnite
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2020, 09:23:17 AM »
The power of the largest big tech companies will continue until the government decides to use its antitrust powers to break them up.  How they got where they are is perfectly legal - but when you have a super high concentration of market share plus inability to enter the market you have a classic natural monopoly/duopoly. 

You get into these situations through perfectly legal means (better in the market), but eventually the market power can become so great they get monopoly powers.

The USA has had the same sort of thing many times in the past - and only antitrust powers can mitigate it.  Classic examples were railroads, the old AT&T monopoly on long distance, and steel.

This is the sort of thing that Biden cares little about and Trump cares a lot about (because Trump thinks it is being aimed at him personally).  But the concentration of distribution power on phones (apple, google) and social media power (facebook, instagram, twitter), and general retail (amazon) is so high that you need antitrust to maintain competition.