makers long have accused Apple's App Store for iPhones and iPads,
along with Google's Play store for Android devices, of engaging
in anticompetitive behavior by requiring certain revenue sharing
payments and setting strict inclusion rules. A subcommittee
hearing was being planned for late April but no date has been
Senators Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, and Mike Lee, a Republican,
said they wrote to Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook on Friday
urging the company to reconsider.
"A little more than two weeks before the planned hearing, Apple
abruptly declared that it would not provide any witness," the
letter said. "Apple's sudden change in course to refuse to
provide a witness to testify...is unacceptable."
Apple did not respond to a request for comment.
Apple and game maker Epic Games are scheduled to square off on
those issues in a federal trial beginning May 3 in California.
Google has agreed to testify at the subcommittee hearing, a
spokeswoman for Klobuchar said. The company did not have
(Reporting by Paresh Dave; Editing by Marguerita Choy)
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