World news – The Arizona bill, which was due to be voted on in the Senate yesterday on the fate of the App Store, was mysteriously killed in the air

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On April 4, Apple apparently published a report on Arizona in which a bill was passed against the App Store. The vote was very close between 31 and 29. The bill was a setback for Apple as the App Store had to allow app makers to use their own payment processing software in order to avoid the fees charged by Apple. The report stated that in the next phase, the bill should go to the Arizona Senate for discussion before the law is passed. Then Arizona Governor Doug Ducey would have the option to veto the bill.

The Verge now reports that the Arizona Senate skipped the vote on this legislation. The Senate was due to vote on the unprecedented and controversial bill yesterday, but the vote mysteriously never took place.

Basecamp co-founder David Heinemeier Hansson, a well-known Apple critic, accused the company of intervening to end the vote by hiring a former chief of staff to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey to broker a deal that prevented the Senate bill from being heard and the Senate eventually voted. « The big show turned out to be a no-show. The bill was killed in midair when it was on the agenda with a backroom deal. »

Arizona’s antitrust proposal is largely the work of the Coalition for App Fairness (CAF ). The CAF is an industry group that was founded last year and consists of Epic, Spotify and other companies opposed to the App Store for financial reasons.

Meghan DiMuzio, the executive director of CAF, told The Verge: « The legislature has not yet ended. We will continue to push for solutions that increase choice, support app developers and small businesses, and put a stop to monopoly practices. » «  » Read the full story on The Verge.

Posted by Jack Purcher on March 25, 2021 at 3:01 am in 5. Apple News | Permalink

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