Apple, Google App Antitrust Debate Sparks Senate Pile-On

By Christopher Cole (April 21, 2021, 10:28 PM EDT) -- Apple and Google sought to fend off an onslaught of criticism in a U.S. Senate hearing Wednesday, as critics lacerated the tech giants for allegedly monopolizing smartphone app stores and one developer even alleged it faced pressure from Google before testifying.

"We have a huge monopoly problem here across the board," Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee antitrust panel, said near the end of a volley of sharp questions from both parties over the phone software makers' role as market gatekeepers.

"This is a huge business and it's growing, and it's growing fast," Klobuchar said, pointing to...

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