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Top US court to rule in Apple case over app monopoly

WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a case on whether Apple can be sued under antitrust law for monopolizing the distribution of mobile applications on its App Store. The case which could have important implications for Apple and its mobile ecosystem hinges on whether the iPhone maker has a right to have a "closed" system where only the company can distribute mobile apps. In the lawsuit filed by buyers of iPhones and iOS apps claimed Apple's monopoly leads to inflated prices and that consumers should…

Apple removes several apps, including Skype, in China

Apple said on Tuesday it has removed several apps including Skype, Microsoft's internet phone call and messaging service, from its app store in China after the country’s government pointed to violations of local laws. "We have been notified by the Ministry of Public Security that a number of voice over internet protocol apps do not comply with local law, therefore these apps have been removed from the App Store in China," an Apple spokeswoman told Reuters. The removal of apps led to complaints from several Chinese…

With new operating system, Apple revamps its money-making App Store

Apple’s newest operating system for iPhones and iPads introduces changes to its marketplace for third-party software to satisfy app developers and add new so-called augmented reality apps. The system, called iOS 11, is being released on Tuesday ahead of its two newest phone handsets, the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, set to start shipping to customers on Friday and Nov. 3, respectively. The most visible changes will come to App Store. The App Store is the backbone of Apple’s services segment, which brought in $21.5 billion in…

China’s WeChat seeks slice of Apple’s app store with ‘mini’ function

China's largest mobile social media network WeChat is offering its 768 million users a function which allows them to by-pass app stores such as Apple's.  The launch of "Xiaochengxu", which translates as "mini programs", challenges Apple founder Steve Jobs' idea of an app store overseen by the maker of the iPhone, the device which marked its 10th anniversary on Monday. App stores run by Apple and Google generate billions of dollars in revenue globally for them and China is a key target market as its users rely heavily…

Apple removes New York Times app from China store

BEIJING: Apple has removed the New York Times from its China app store, the tech giant said, after authorities told the company the app breached regulations. The US newspaper said both its English- and Chinese-language apps were pulled late last month, blocking one of the few remaining channels for readers in China to access its reports. "For some time now the New York Times app has not been permitted to display content to most users in China, and we have been informed that the app is in violation of local…

Google moves to upgrade app store

SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet Inc's Google is redoubling efforts to help developers of Android mobile apps build their businesses as concerns mount that the app economy has reached saturation. Under the leadership of Sameer Samat, the company is sharpening Google Play store recommendations with artificial intelligence and expanding support for various payment platforms, among other initiatives. Google's efforts in some way mirror those of arch-rival Apple, which revamped its App Store this year with quicker review times for…