Silicon Valley is one of the most powerful sectors in the world. In an age of ever improving technology, we look to northern California to provide us with every piece off tech we could ever want.

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While the California tech sector was meant to encourage startups and thinking outside the box, the majority control of the tech industry lies in the hands of a select few companies, and Arizona wants to take them down.

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The Apple Agenda

Apple, the brainchild of the Steve's, Jobs and Wozniak, has grown from a computer startup in Jobs' garage into one of the largest tech conglomerates in the world.

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As of 2024, Apple is worth $2.4 Trillion, with a net income of $97 Billion last year alone. This exceeds the GDP of over 100 independent nations, and if that isn't a warning sign for a monopoly, I don't know what is.

On top of that, Apple is very focused on maintaining their closed-circuit approach to their business, with all of the products in the Apple Ecosystem only compatible with each other.

Monopoly Busters

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With the knowledge that Apple's company model is actively harming the tech free market, the Department of Justice, joined by 15 states, filed a lawsuit against the tech giant. Arizona stands strong on the front lines.

The suit claims that Apple knowingly disrupted third party apps, harmed cross messaging, and prevented third party platforms from implementing touch-to-pay.

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These all show signs of a monopoly in development. By making widely used products and discouraging the use of other company's products, Apple is attempting to make themselves the sole voice in Silicon Valley.

This lawsuit will help break down the chokehold Apple has on the tech industry, and will hopefully allow smaller startups to gain an upper hand, much like Jobs and Wozniak in 1976.

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