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Yet another example of how Citizens United opened the door to huge floods of money into politics. That money closed other doors behind which monopolies bought anti-trust protection, out of sight of public scrutiny. The light you shine into these darkened rooms is important, and it is resulting in some significant advances, but until Citizens United is reversed the politics of monopoly-protection will be difficult to defeat.

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Bingo, Arthur. And Matt, I'm impressed that you show and circle the very provision, involved. I'm glad to see at least 2 senators who actually read stuff, before making decisions on it! I'm waiting for RealPage to become held accountable for knowingly protecting liars who falsified their data, on me, specifically. You just know they've done that routinely, to others. It takes journalism such as this, to make a difference for good, in the world. Keep it up, Matt!

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From what I see. Apple is very important to the Chinese economy and Chinese manufacturing is very important to Apple. It appears that Biden admin. is compromised in its relationship with China and maybe that is why Apple has been immune to legal scrutiny.

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Beeper reverse engineered Apple's iMessage system (a hack) in order to work. It was using Apple services and authentication systems in a way that is not allowed under the license and frankly could be abused. Why is no one advocating for WhatsApp to open itself to Apple and everyone else?

WhatsApp is the largest messaging system on the planet and owned by Facebook. In many markets it has market share above 90% including in important EU countries. In the USA in terms of market penetration Facebook Messenger and Instagram Messages both beat Apple iMessage with WhatsApp in fourth place. In other words Meta has much better market penetration than Apple's iMessage platform. Big? Congress? Not much to say about that.

Discrepancies such as these in the concern for open standards makes me question motives.

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EU rules are pushing WhatsApp towards interoperability right now. https://www.macrumors.com/2024/02/07/whatsapp-interoperability-other-messaging-apps/ Why not here? Maybe start by asking Chuck Schumer why he refused to allow floor votes for antitrust bills. If we had clear rules up front we wouldn't need to waste so much energy on case by case enforcement. If enforcers at least had adequate budgets, they wouldn't have to make difficult and imperfect decisions about which cases to prioritize in which order.

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Apple accounts for 83% of phone sales to new smartphone owners (teens). They got to that level of dominance by making great products and having great marketing, but also by bullying other companies and locking in their users. They are already monopolizing semiconductor purchasing and smartphone market growth.

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