Dutch antitrust authority calls Apple app store payment rules anti-competitive

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The watchdog has ordered the American tech giant to make changes to its regulations. The Dutch antitrust authority has ruled that the Apple app store payment rules are anti-competitive and has ordered the company to make changes. The regulations in question have to do with the requirement for developers to use the in-app transaction system. This anti-competitive label against Apple’s app store payment rules is only the latest issue the iPhone maker has faced in Europe, reported Reuters, citing four people familiar with the matter. The American tech giant’s policies,…

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European Union intends to legislate for universal phone charger

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Despite Apple’s complaints about the move, the EU intends to move forward with the requirement. At the end of last week, the European Union presented a legislative proposal that would require smartphones, tablets and headphones to all require a universal phone charger. This move is likely to have the largest impact on Apple, which is notorious for its proprietary cables. The iPhone is the smartphone most commonly associated with a proprietary charger, while rival devices typically use one of two different cable types at the moment. Most Android-based phones charge…

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Australian QR codes take the brunt of parent frustration

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Melbourne playgrounds have had their signs torn down and defaced in protest of city regulations. Playgrounds across Melbourne have had their signage featuring QR codes vandalized only a week after they were installed at the various locations. Vandals defaced the barcodes or tore them down altogether at parks throughout the city. According to reports, the majority of the damage to the signs with QR codes has been done by parents whose children use the playgrounds. The incidents were most pronounced in Melbourne suburbs, with the city’s Bayside City Council addressing…

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Starbucks mobile payment app is second most popular in-person

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When it comes to in-store digital wallet transactions, the coffee chain remains a leader. Starbucks has always been a leader among mobile payment app users, but even as digital wallets become more commonplace, it has managed to cling to a top spot among users, according to a new eMarketer report. The application established itself among consumers early and has managed to ride the trend. According to eMarketer data, the Starbucks mobile payment app brings in more transactions in-person than Google Pay and Samsung Pay. The only digital wallet that has…

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By 2025 mobile commerce sales will pass $700 billion

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A new eMarketer report has shown that last year saw 41.4 percent growth over the year before. Mobile commerce sales have reached the point that they are absolutely explosive, to the point that they will be doubling by 2025 according to eMarketer data. Last year saw a growth rate of 41.4 percent, and this year’s is expected to be 15.2 percent, which will bring it to $359.3 billion. People have become exceptionally comfortable with shopping online using their smartphones. “Smartphones have historically been primarily consumption devices, but they’re becoming much…

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