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The TikTok ban and the iPhone monopoly

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A few weeks ago, it looked like the US government was on a fast track to banning TikTok. A committee in the House of Representatives voted unanimously in favor of a bill that would see the app either banned or sold, before the broader House passed the same bill in sweeping fashion, and even President Joe Biden said he’d sign the bill if it hit his desk. Then, the momentum just… stopped. The bill is in limbo and TikTok is still here, for now, while the debate rages over what should happen to the massively popular platform.

In the meantime, the government filed a landmark antitrust case against Apple, accusing it of illegal monopolistic behavior in everything from digital wallets to messaging to… super apps. It’s a broad, complex…

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