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Small apps unite to take on Apple, Google over unfair trade practices

On Thursday, the smaller companies said they had formed the Coalition for App Fairness, a nonprofit group that plans to push for changes in the app stores and "protect the app economy"

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The 13 initial members include Spotify, Basecamp, Epic and Match Group, which has apps like Tinder and Hinge

Erin Griffith | NYT San Francisco
For months, complaints from tech companies against Apple’s and Google’s power have grown louder. Spotify, the music streaming app, criticised Apple for the rules it imposed in the App Store. A founder of the software company Basecamp attacked Apple’s “highway robbery rates” on apps. And last month, Epic Games, maker of the popular game Fortnite, sued Apple and Google, claiming they violated antitrust rules.

Now these app makers are uniting in an unusual show of opposition against Apple and Google and the power they have over their app stores. On Thursday, the smaller companies said they had formed the Coalition for

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First Published: Sep 25 2020 | 12:25 AM IST

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