Daily Archive: December 4, 2020

Apple Pay limitations spark Dutch antitrust probe

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The Dutch competition regulator has opened an investigation into contactless payments on smartphones, arguing that some systems could stifle innovation in the payments market. There’s no named target for the probe, as per the watchdog’s usual procedures, but the release suggests Apple and its iPhones are the focus.

Banks and financial technology companies have long complained that only the Apple Pay digital wallet is allowed to access iPhones’ NFC chips for the purpose of contactless payments. “NFC” refers to near-field communication, the wireless technology that allows people to pay for things by tapping a card or phone on a reader.

This stops rival payments companies from establishing their own lucrative digital wallets in Apple’s ecosystem. The Android ecosystem, by contrast, allows NFC payments with wallets other than its … Read More

Over half of Italians back giving up freedoms for public health amid COVID-19: survey By Reuters

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Rome

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By Angelo Amante

ROME (Reuters) – More than half of Italians think it is right to give up personal freedom to protect public health, a survey said on Friday, suggesting the government’s curbs to fight the COVID-19 pandemic still have public support.

Some 57.8% of respondents accept that the government should decide “when and under what conditions they can leave their houses, what they can or cannot do, who they can see and where” to protect health, a survey by Censis research institute said.

The percentage is highest among young people, the survey showed, reaching a peak of 64.7% among those aged between 18 and 34.

During the summer, young people socialising in groups were widely blamed in Italy for a pick-up in infections after the government loosened restrictions imposed to contain its first wave

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