Is it not obvious that Apple is not paying enough money to politicians to keep them happy; regardless of which side of the fence they sit? After all, politicians in Washington keep putting Apple into the same anti-trust boat as Google, Facebook, and Amazon.
How is it that Apple shows up with the likes of such companies? It can only be because Apple does not give them enough money, and because politicians know they cannot control such business giants without investigations and threats of intimidation.
Apple is lumped into the Gang of Four because the iPhone maker refused to bend to the will of the F.B.I. and give backdoor access to encrypted iPhones, iPads, and Macs.
Good for Apple.
New York Attorney General Letitia James:
The attorneys general involved have concerns over the control of personal data by large tech companies and will hold them accountable for anticompetitive practices that endanger privacy and consumer data
That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Apple has over 1-billion customers so that makes the company a target and a member of the Gang of Four. U.S. Attorney General William Barr seems to be focused on large technology companies that stifle competition on the internet.
Uh huh. Sure.
Let’s see, how does Apple stifle competitors when most of Apple’s products are the minority in the marketplace? Apple brings home an outsized portion of each industry’s revenue vs. the marketshare size.
Few companies wield power in the their respective marketplaces like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple, and many members of the government think those companies control their users and customers more than they should.
I wonder if there is a reality between the fear and the ridiculous. The president said Google’s influence manipulated 16-million votes in the 2016 election. Evidence? Proof? Those things don’t matter, but I don’t think any of those companies have as much influence as fear mongers think or want.
I base that upon a series of email messages from Apple telling me all about Apple Card and how to get it even though I have it already. I wonder about Facebook’s advertising prowess based upon scavenging my personal information and then peppering me with advertisements for diabetic supplies (I’m not diabetic).
I wonder about Amazon’s artificial intelligence being so great that it thinks I’m starting a rain jacket collection because I bought one. One. One in 15 years. I wonder about Google’s search engine and advertising prowess because I have yet to see a Google search results ad that tempted me to click.
Yes, these companies are rich and powerful, but haven’t figured out how to bribe politicians into leaving them alone– and haven’t figured out how to use their collected information to manipulate any resident in Farrington Place.
I understand why government thinks Apple is part of the problem. They want to detract from the real fact that government is the problem.