Apple’s ‘Walled Garden’ Faces Epic Attack in App Store Trial | Business News

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Apple’s lucrative app store was alternately portrayed as a price-gouging monopoly and a hub of world-changing innovation during the preamble to a trial that may reshape the technological landscape.

The contrasting portraits were drawn on Monday as lawyers for Apple and its foe, Epic Games, outlined their cases in an Oakland, California, federal court before U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, who will decide the case.

While Apple depicted its app store as an invaluable service beloved by consumers and developers alike, Epic Games attacked it as a breakthrough idea that has morphed into an instrument of financial exploitation that illegally locks out competition.

The trial, expected to last most of this month, revolves around the 15% to 30% commission that Apple charges for subscriptions and purchases made from apps downloaded from its store — the only one accessible

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Clayton State names Kimberly Knight small business center director

Knight, who most recently served as a business consultant with the UGA SBDC at Georgia State University, is an alum of Invest Atlanta, where she was the group’s small business opportunity zones program manager. She also worked at the Georgia Department of Economic Development in marketing, research and business development.

“I am thrilled to be part of the Clayton State family and to serve as area director of the UGA Small Business Development Center at Clayton State University,” Knight said in a press release. “I look forward to working collaboratively with my colleagues, community stakeholders and serving the small businesses in our service area.”

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European Plant Protein Business and Investment Opportunities to 2027: Market Size and Forecast Across 50+ Segments


These 3 Cathie Wood Stocks Are Set to Rip Higher By 40% (Or More)

The markets lately are a mix of gains and volatility, and it’s tough, sometimes, for investors to make sense of it. In times like these, it makes sense to turn to the experts. Cathie Wood is one such expert, an investor whose stock choices have consistently outperformed the overall markets. A protégé of famed economist Arthur Laffer, market guru Wood has built her reputation on her clear view of the markets. Her firm is Ark Invest, whose Innovation ETF has over $52 billion in assets under management, making it one of the largest institutional investors on the scene. And better yet, Wood’s stock choices paid back during the ‘corona year;’ the ETF’s overall return in 2020 was an astounding 170%. With returns like that, it’s clear Cathie Wood knows what she’s talking about when she

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COVID-19 Timeline | The balancing act continues | Business World

The economy started making small gains in late March and early April as health and government officials worked to get shots in arms in time to avoid an anticipated new wave of COVID-19.

A combination of new, more easily spread variants and an increase in social activity created more opportunity for exposure. The Easter holiday and spring break led to white knuckles as the state neared the April 12 deadline for determining which counties would remain in Phase 3 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery.”

One of the worries was whether Chelan and Douglas counties would end up in different phases. A last-minute change in the state rules kept both counties in the less restrictive Phase 3. May 3 is the next judgment day. Case counts continue to fluctuate, and the push is on to deliver vaccines faster to all age 16 and over. Officials are employing

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