“… An Australian parliamentary committee wants to force computer giant Apple to appear before it after members became frustrated with the company’s refusal to co-operate.
Hearings into the pricing of software and other IT-related material such as games and music downloads will begin in Sydney tomorrow – but neither Apple nor Microsoft will appear.
“Some of the big names in IT have taken local consumers for a ride for years – but when legitimate questions are asked about their pricing – they disappear in a flash,” Labor MP and committee member Ed Husic told Fairfax Media.
“Within our growing digital economy, there are reasonable questions to be answered by major IT companies on their Australian pricing.
These companies would never treat US consumers in this way.”
New Zealand Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams said she would be watching the Australian review closly in order to decide if a similar inquiry is needed here…”
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