Tech Giants, Fearful of Proposals to Curb Them, Blitz Washington With Lobbying

Executives, lobbyists, and more than a dozen groups paid by Big Tech have tried to head off bipartisan support for six bills meant to undo the dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

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He Warned Apple About the Risks in China. Then They Became Reality.

Doug Guthrie, once one of America’s leading China bulls, rang the alarm on doing business there. He spoke about his time at Apple.

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Apple’s Bet on China

When the technology giant first started doing business in China, it thought it would change the country. Decades later, the reverse is true.

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Are Tech’s Wealthiest Men Worth Their Pay?

The mood about technology has soured more recently, but bosses’ paychecks have mostly remained unscathed.

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Apple’s App Store Fees Are Too High

Apple doesn’t deserve 30 percent of all the money people spend in the App Store.

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Apple’s Fortnite Trial Ends With Pointed Questions and a Toast to Popeyes

A decision over the antitrust suit filed by Epic Games, and the future of the $100 billion market for iPhone apps, is now in the hands of a federal judge.

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In Antitrust Trial, Tim Cook Argues Apple Doesn’t Hurt App Makers

The chief executive of Apple, which was sued by the gaming company Epic, said his company had invested heavily on security and had lowered some fees in its App Store.

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Censorship, Surveillance and Profits: A Hard Bargain for Apple in China

Apple built the world’s most valuable business on top of China. Now it has to answer to the Chinese government.

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How Mark Zuckerberg and Apple’s C.E.O. Became Foes

The chief executives of Facebook and Apple have opposing visions for the future of the internet. Their differences are set to escalate this week.

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Breaking Point: How Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook Became Foes

The chief executives of Facebook and Apple have opposing visions for the future of the internet. Their differences are set to escalate this week.

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As Jeff Bezos Takes Off, Meet His Earthbound Successor

His loyal lieutenant will take Amazon’s helm as the company faces ever-growing scrutiny.

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Facebook Said to Consider Suing Apple Over App Store Practices

The social network has discussed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple, as tensions grow between the companies over how each treats consumer data.

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Trump Threatens to Reject $900 Billion Stimulus

The president threatened to upend a hard-fought compromise, but he may not get what he wants.

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Facebook’s Tone-Deaf Attack on Apple

The company declared in newspaper ads that it was “standing up to Apple.” It’s a desperate ploy that’s unlikely to work.

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Facebook Takes the Gloves Off in Feud With Apple

The social network said it opposed changes that Apple was making to the tracking of apps and would provide information for an antitrust complaint against the iPhone maker.

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Apple Halves Its App Store Fee for the Smaller Companies

App makers bridled at the 30 percent commission, which has drawn scrutiny from regulators looking into antitrust claims.

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Apple, Google and a Deal That Controls the Internet

In a landmark antitrust complaint, the Justice Department is targeting a secretive partnership that is worth billions of dollars to both companies.

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Free the Apps!

Apple and Google have a virtual monopoly on distributing mobile apps — that’s bad for competition.

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How Big Tech Could Influence the Election

The most patriotic thing that companies could do is help democracy work better.

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Apple Is Worth $2 Trillion, Punctuating Big Tech’s Grip

Apple is the first U.S. company to reach $2 trillion in value, capping a staggering ascent that began in the pandemic.

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Grilled by Lawmakers, Big Tech Turns Up the Gaslight

It is less clear that tech executives’ strategy of evasive answers will continue to work now that lawmakers have begun doing their homework.

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Lawmakers, United in Their Ire, Lash Out at Big Tech’s Leaders

The chiefs of Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook faced withering questions from Democrats about anti-competitive practices and from Republicans about anti-conservative bias.

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Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon C.E.O.s Are Testifying Before Congress. Here’s What to Know.

The C.E.O.s are likely to argue before Congress that their companies aren’t anticompetitive. Here are the facts.

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How to Hold Big Tech’s Feet to the Fire

Members of Congress will be able to grill tech C.E.O.s at a hearing. Let’s hope they don’t waste the opportunity.

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Bezos, Cook, Pichai and Zuckerberg Prepare For Grilling

The bosses of four tech giants are preparing to defend themselves at a congressional hearing against claims of anti-competitive behavior.

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Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Prepare for Their ‘Big Tobacco Moment’

The tech C.E.O.s will appear together at a congressional hearing on Wednesday to argue that their companies do not stifle competition.

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Tech Is About Power. And These Four Moguls Have Too Much of It.

A congressional hearing on Monday should address this imbalance.

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions on 11 Chinese Companies Over Human Rights

The move, which affects suppliers to major international brands including Apple, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, could force companies to sever some ties to China.

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What Happens When Big Tech Appears Before Congress?

We’re about to find out. A gathering of the four horsemen of the Techopolypse could be an epic show.

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Trump Announces His ‘Opening the Country’ Council

He read off dozens of prominent names from Wall Street, Silicon Valley and the sports world. At least one person on the list was surprised to be on it.

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