Judge Rules Apple Must Make It Easier To Shop Outside The App Store

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Apple CEO Tim Cook is photographed at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2020. Markus Schreiber/AP

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A federal judge ordered Apple on Friday to crack open the tightly controlled App Store and “steer” people using apps to payment methods other than Apple’s own processor, which usually collects a 30% commission on app purchases.

The decision, by U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, is the most significant strike yet against Apple’s commission, something critics call “the Apple tax.” It could force the

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