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Apple Probes Show Vestager Is Seeking to Smash Big Tech’s Rules

  • EU antitrust chief to check if Apple rigs app, payment terms
  • Gatekeeper role of big tech increasingly under scrutiny
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Apple Inc. faces a set of probes from Margrethe Vestager that show the European Union’s powerful antitrust chief is trying to rewrite big tech’s rulebooks.

Apple’s “gatekeeper” position for apps and payments makes it the latest target for the Dane, who is also planning to escalate a probe into Inc.’s role in online retail. Regulators “need to ensure that Apple’s rules do not distort competition” where it competes with rival apps for music streaming or books.