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Apple under investigation for unfair competition in Russia
FILE PHOTO: Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California, U.S. June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Mason Trinca/File Photo   -   Copyright  Mason Trinca(Reuters)
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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Apple <AAPL.O> is under investigation in Russia following a complaint from cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab and may be abusing its dominant position in smartphone apps, Russia’s anti-monopoly watchdog said on Thursday.

Watchdog FAS said it was investigating why a new version of Kaspersky Lab’s Safe Kids application had not been updated on the Apple operating system, resulting in a significant loss in functionality for the app.

It said Apple had released an updated version of its own app, Screen Time, which had similar functions to the Kaspersky programme.

(Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Jason Neely)

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