Deep Dive (July 8): 36 States Sue Google Over App Store Practices

By Tiffany Meier
Tiffany Meier
Tiffany Meier
Tiffany Meier is a New York-based reporter and host of NTD's "China in Focus."
July 8, 2021 Updated: July 8, 2021

A moment of silence took place on Wednesday for the lives lost in the deadly condo collapse in Surfside, Florida, as first responders make a painful pivot from search and rescue to recovery mode. The mayor is calling the decision “an extremely difficult one.” The death toll rose to 60, as six more bodies were recovered Thursday morning with 80 still unaccounted for. Many family members are turning to legal action, filing at least six lawsuits. This comes as a grand jury in Florida seeks ways to prevent another building collapse.

Google is being hit with a slew of lawsuits, with 36 states suing the tech giant over its app store practices. The 144-page suit alleges Google holds a monopoly on Android app distribution in the United States—responsible for over 90 percent of app downloads for Android devices. On top of that, it claims Google has used restrictive contracts to force Android device makers to promote the Google Play Store at the expense of competition. The suit also takes aim at the up to 30 percent commission fees Google charges developers for in-app purchases.

Tokyo declares a state of emergency in Japan ahead of the summer Olympics. The state of emergency is in effect from July 12 until August 22 amid surging COVID-19 cases. Another big change—no spectators will fill the stands for this year’s games. The initial plan was to cap domestic viewers at 50 percent of capacity, up to 10,000 people. There’s been widespread public concern that the influx of thousands of athletes and officials will fuel a fresh wave of infections.

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Tiffany Meier is a New York-based reporter and host of NTD's "China in Focus."