Countries have really started to pay attention to how big companies make their money and how they compete against growing companies and individuals. Apple and Google are currently under investigation by the US Department of Justice, and this process may even force Apple to develop a new search engine. Now, Apple is once again under the spotlight, this time alongside Amazon, as they are set to face antitrust scrutiny in Germany over policies that stop individuals from selling Apple products on Amazon.
According to a recent report from Bloomberg, Germany’s antitrust regulator has gone against Apple and Amazon over the policy of “brandgating,” which allows the makers of branded products to have independent sellers removed from the retail platform.
“Brandgating agreements can help to protect against product piracy,” the Cartel Office said in a statement. “But such measures must be proportionate to be in line with antitrust rules and may not result in eliminating competition.”
Now, Amazon said that it never removes sales permission without justified reasons, and it invests in protecting customers from the illegal distribution of goods. Amazon has only allowed Apple authorized vendors to sell Cupertino’s products on its platform since 2019, which is also the time when Amazon became an Apple authorized vendor. Still, the company has agreed to cooperate with the investigation.
“The safety of our customers is our first priority, and our teams are constantly working with law enforcement, resellers, and e-commerce sites around the world to remove counterfeit products from the market,” Apple said in a statement. “We work with Amazon to protect our customers from counterfeit products and provide confidence they are receiving a genuine Apple product out of the box.”
Now, we can only wait for the outcome of this investigation and see what Germany decides to do if it decides that Apple and Amazon are negatively affecting competition.
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More and more Apple Stores will start to reopen their doors this month. We recently saw that Apple was reopening its only Apple Store in Austria, while it also managed to open 21 out of its 22 stores in Australia. Now, it seems that Apple will also reopen its stores in Germany in the following days.
Apple has announced that it will be reopening its stores in Germany on May 11. At first, Apple Stores will start by focusing on Genius Bar service and support, while incorporating enhanced health and safety measures that will help possible COVID-19 infections. Customers will have their body temperature checked before entering the stores, and there will also be a limit on how many customers can be insider a store at the same time. Social distancing and reduced operation hours will also be applied. Apple will also be posting specific working hour schedules for each location on its website. Earlier today, we also received information that several Apple Stores will reopen their doors in the US next week, but we are still expecting specific dates.
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Android 10 with One UI 2.0 is available for all Samsung Galaxy Note 10 devices in the four biggest carriers in the United States
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The United States is warning Germany that it will not share intelligence with the country at the same level as it is currently if Huawei is building 5G.
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A German radiation regulator conducted updated tests on many major phones and found many to break the country's SAR limits.
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Germany would be joining the ranks of the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Norway and others in hiking suspicion of the Chinese telecom.
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The ban is covering more than the 15 Apple Stores in the country — it will also affect sales of the iPhone 7 and 8 at more than 4,000 resellers.
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The ban affects iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models, though Qualcomm vows it will pursue injunctions on the XS, XS Max and XR models, too.
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Deutsche Telekom and SoftBank are reportedly promising to US regulators that they will get rid of Huawei equipment on all of their networks.
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It already sells MacBooks and has made great strides to carry the Apple TV line. Now, more of Apple's goods are on the way to Amazon.
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