Antitrust subcommittee chairman David Cicilline (D, RI) wants Tim Cook in the hot seat.
From AppleInsider’s “US House committee pushes Apple CEO Tim Cook to testify in big tech probe“:
The U.S. House Judiciary Committee this week sent letters to Apple, Alphabet, Amazon and Facebook asking whether their CEOs plan to participate in a series of antitrust hearings slated for July.
The letters raise the specter of potential subpoenas for testimony and document production in cases of noncompliance, the report said. Lawmakers have for months urged executives to testify on behalf of their respective companies as part of a review process that could inform changes to U.S. antitrust law…
Augmenting the government review is testimony from third-party companies that allege subjugation by big tech entities. Tile, for example, spoke out against Apple’s widely rumored “AirTags” object tracking solution last September.
Tile claims Apple took action against the smaller firm by stopping sale of its products in Apple Stores and crippling location tracking functionality in iOS. Apple also poached a Tile engineer as “AirTags” rumors mounted, suggesting the iPhone maker is readying a competing device.
Other firms, like Luna Display, argue Apple Sherlocked, or adopted, features and software capabilities introduced by third-party developers for integration in iOS and other first-party operating systems.
Music streaming powerhouse Spotify, a regular critic of Apple’s App Store policies, was also asked for input on the tech giant’s business structure. Spotify founder Daniel Ek previously said Apple “gives themselves unfair advantages at every turn,” noting App Store regulations like purchase and subscription fees.
My take: I’ m not a great Cicilline fan, but I’d like to hear Cook’s answers to those complaints.