Apple CEO Tim Cook arrives to testify in defense of app store

Apple is bringing out the big guns as the company heads toward wrapping up its defense in an antitrust case brought by Epic Games.

CEO Tim Cook arrived in a San Franciso and will take the witness stand Friday to defend the company’s iPhone App Store against charges it has grown into an illegal monopoly.

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Epic lawyers were expected to spend several hours grilling Cook on the stand. 

The questioning may focus on Cook’s strategies since taking the CEO job nearly a decade ago, just a few months before Steve Jobs died of cancer in October 2011.

Epic Games, maker of the popular video game Fortnite, is trying to prove that the store has morphed into a price-gouging vehicle that not only reaps a 15% to 30% commission from in-app transactions, but blocks apps from

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AWBC CEO Testifies Before Congress on Women’s Business

Washington, D.C., May 19, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today the Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC) CEO Corinne Hodges testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Workforce Development in a hearing to examine the United States Small Business Administration’s (SBA) entrepreneurial development ecosystem and offer Members of the Committee the opportunity to review the major technical assistance programs. 

In her testimony, Ms. Hodges outlined the WBC Program, the role of AWBC, trends and lessons learned from the COVID-19 experience, WBCs and equity, avenues to strengthen the WBP program, and recommendations for the Committee. Ms. Hodges also detailed the resiliency of women’s entrepreneurship despite the hardship experienced this past year and the impact that the network of 135 WBCs across the country has had on women-owned small businesses and their communities. She urged the new Congress to advance policies that foster the expansion of

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Apple CEO Tim Cook hopes Parler returns to App Store

Apple CEO Tim Cook hopes the right-wing social media network Parler, which was forced offline following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, will return to the company’s app store.

During the New York Times “Sway” podcast on Monday, Cook said he hopes the company will “come back” after it puts in the “moderation that’s required to be on the store.”

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“I think having more social networks out there is better than having less,” Cook said.

Earlier this year, the app had been suspended from Apple and Google’s app stores and kicked off of Amazon’s web-hosting service for its alleged ties to the siege on the U.S. Capitol in January.

Google first yanked Parler’s smartphone app from its app store for allowing postings that seek “to incite ongoing violence in the

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Chattanooga coding, app design company Skuid names new CEO


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Eight years after starting what has grown into one of Chattanooga’s most successful coding and app design companies, Ken McElrath is stepping aside as chief executive of Skuid to focus on the company’s strategy and future growth.

Skuid, whose name is an acronym for Scalable Kit for User Interface Design, announced Thursday it was hired Ryan Niemann, former CEO of Cirrus Insight, as its new leader to help drive the growth of Skuid and execute its mission. McElrath will transition to a new chief strategy officer role.

As a leading toolkit that helps accelerate the customization of Salesforce app design, development and adoption, Skuid has grown to employ about 100 workers, most of them at the company’s headquarters in downtown Chattanooga.

The company was founded in 2013 “on the simple belief that enterprise apps should stop asking people to behave like machines. Instead, apps should

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