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Google, Apple Forced to Open App Store Pay Systems in South Korea

  • Bill passed Tuesday to become law after signed by president
  • U.S., EU also scrutinizing the control wielded by tech giants
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South Korea became the first country to force Apple and Google to open up their app stores to other payment systems, setting a potentially radical precedent for their lucrative operations everywhere from India to the U.S.

The National Assembly passed a bill Tuesday that will ban app store operators from forcing developers to use their online payment systems and instead allow users to pay through a variety of methods. The bill will become law as soon as it’s signed by President Moon Jae-in, possibly as early as next month.