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The US Supreme Court agreed this week to consider an appeal in a long-delayed case that revolves around whether Apple’s App Store policies constitute a monopolistic practice that violates antitrust laws. Before we can get to that issue, however, the courts must answer a question that at first seems simple and clean but gets messy once you start tugging at the strings: Do you actually buy your apps from Apple? Since 2008, it’s been Apple’s policy that developers must go through an approval process and only distribute apps through the official app store for its mobile operating system, iOS. Consumers are discouraged from using workarounds to install apps by any other means, such as jail... Full story

21 June