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Apple becomes the latest US technology firm to face EU antitrust investigation

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App Store and Apple Pay are in the regulators’ sights

The European Union has announced an antitrust probe into the rules and fees surrounding Apple’s app store and a second investigation into its mobile payment service, reports Reuters.

The Swedish streaming service, Spotify, had complained that Apple was restricting rivals to the Apple Music service, and separately levying a 30% fee on app developers.

The second case concerns the use of Apple Pay, the only ‘tap and go’ service allowed to be used on iPhones. EU Commissioner Margarethe Vestager accused Apple of placing itself in a ‘gatekeeper role’ in the apps and content distributed to Apple devices.

Apple expressed disappointment at the ‘baseless complaints from a handful of companies who want a free ride’, says the news site.

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The European Union has announced an antitrust probe into the rules and fees surrounding Apple’s app store and a second investigation into its mobile payment service.

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