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Apple Prefers Fine to Obeying Antitrust Order, Vestager Says

  • EU antitrust chief comments on Apple’s Dutch antitrust clash
  • Vestager says big tech firms are tempted to circumvent rules
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Apple Inc. and other tech giants are opting to pay fines rather than comply with orders they don’t like, the European Union’s antitrust chief warned.

“Some gatekeepers may be tempted to play for time or try to circumvent the rules,” Margrethe Vestager said in an online speech at a U.S. awards ceremony.