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Google, Apple executives to testify in app store hearing on Wednesday

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Senior executives with Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Google and Apple (AAPL.O) will testify on Wednesday about antitrust concerns related to their app stores along with executives of three companies which rely on those online stores, the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel said on Monday.

The hearing will include Wilson White, Google’s senior director of government affairs, Kyle Andeer, Apple’s chief compliance officer, Horacio Gutierrez, Spotify’s chief legal officer, Jared Sine, the chief legal officer of Match Group, and Kirsten Daru, the general counsel of Tiles.

The witness list was announced by Senators Amy Klobuchar, chair of the antitrust panel, and Mike Lee, its top Republican.

Music streaming service Spotify and dating app Match have been critical of both tech giants’ app stores, while Tile, whose app helps people find objects, has focused on Apple.

App makers have long complained that mandatory revenue sharing payments and strict inclusion rules set by Apple’s App Store for iPhones and iPads, along with Google’s Play store for Android devices, amount to anticompetitive behavior.

Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google, the four major technology giants, have undergone more than a year of rigorous scrutiny for reasons including privacy violations, accusations of hate speech and stifling conservative voices, and concerns about antitrust violations.

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