Rod Sims, ACCC
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Australia’s competition boss is rallying global regulators to take on Apple and Google over their app store dominance

- August 19, 2021 2 MIN READ

Rod Sims, chair of competition watchdog the ACCC, has told his colleagues around the world that the dominance of Apple and Google in app marketplaces may need to be tackled globally with new rules and regulations. In a speech to the Global Competition Review webinar outlining how Australia has been tackling the issue through the… Read more »

Xero, Steve Vamos
News & Analysis

Accounting platform Xero is now in the app business

- August 9, 2021 2 MIN READ

ASX-listed business accounting platform Xero is taking on Google and Apple at their own game, launching an app store selling Xero-connected apps. The Xero App Store lets small businesses, accountants and bookkeepers purchase apps to help run their companies, and went live last week. Xero app partners in Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand now… Read more »

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Global tech

After taking on Apple in a global legal fight, Epic Games now has Google in its sights in Australia

- June 21, 2021 3 MIN READ

Fortnite maker Epic Games, which is currently in a massive anti-competition legal battle with Apple in the California courts, is planning similar legal action against Google and has won an Australian Federal Court victory to launch proceedings. Justice Nye Perram, who is also overseeing part of Epic’s case against Apple, but granted a three-month stay… Read more »

Global tech

LIFT YOUR APP GAME: Australia’s competition regulator takes aim at Apple and Google over their app store dominance

- April 28, 2021 3 MIN READ

The “significant market power” of the Apple App Store and Google Play in Australia needs to be addressed says Rod Sims, chair of competition regulator the ACCC, to give app developers better terms and conditions, as well as improving the approvals process The second part of the ACCC’s Digital Platform Services Inquiry interim report, which focuses… Read more »

Cryptocurrency

How a simple Apple App Store scam stole $1.3 million worth of bitcoin from one cryptocurrency investor

- April 7, 2021 2 MIN READ

A man lost 17.1 bitcoin – worth $1.3 million today – in an Apple app store scam that serves as a warning to people wanting to track their cryptocurrency on smart phones. Over the course of a few years, Phillipe Christodoulou banked up the bitcoin, watching as its value started to climb last year, according the Washington Post.… Read more »

News & Analysis

Game warning players to “beware of Aborigines” pulled from App Store after petition reaches 85,000 signatures

- January 18, 2016 2 MIN READ

A common lament from mobile developers is that getting an app onto the App Store can be a real piece of work thanks to Apple’s stringent criteria. Apple’s guidelines state that the company will “reject Apps for any content or behaviour that we believe is over the line. What line, you ask? Well, as a Supreme Court Justice once said, ‘I’ll know it when I see it’. And we think that you will also know it when you cross it.”