It was reported by Mac Daily News that Alphabet (Google) pays Apple $18 billion to $20 billion per year for Google to be Safari’s default search engine according to information presented during the Department of Justice Antitrust lawsuit.

This means that Google extends its control over the search engine market to include Apple iOS end users who may believe they are avoiding Google surveillance business practices by using Apple iOS devices instead of Google Android devices.

When you calculate Apple’s iPhone customers who use Safari into the total, Google has well over 90% of the web browser market by way of this deal between Alphabet and Apple.

Brokerage firm Bernstein had this to say to the Register: “We believe there is a possibility that federal courts rule against Google and force it to terminate its search deal with Apple,” said Bernstein in the report sent to The Register. “We estimate that the ISA is worth $18B-20B in annual payments from Google to Apple, accounting for 14-16 percent of Apple’s annual operating profits.”

What is surprising about this revelation is the fact that Apple and Alphabet are supposed to be competitors yet at the same time they collude to remain in control of markets that they can monopolize either by themselves or via strengthening their duopoly.

No tech startup can compete on a level playing field when monopolistic multinational corporations can control markets by way of secret deals where their products, such as operating systems, apps, social media platforms, and web browsers, that are preinstalled into billions of devices such as smartphones, tablet PCs, connected products, SmartTVs, and PCs.

Competition and innovation is further crushed when these monopolistic tech giants collude through business deals worth billions to have their apps, social media platforms, and web browsers distributed under a different brand name such as the case that has been exposed by the DOJ Google antitrust lawsuit regarding the Apple Safari Google web browser revelation.

The market does have a growing choice in Purism products, and Purism has long stated the three approaches to change the future of technology for the better is through activism, legislation, and market choice.

Purism does not employ predatory surveillance and data mining business practices, which is the root to all security and privacy threats posed by Google, Apple, and Microsoft.

For people who want to escape predatory surveillance business practices and technology employed by Google, Apple, and Microsoft, they will need to adopt secure and private decentralized options such as smartphones, tablet PCs, laptop PCs, and servers supported by PureOS, a non-Android Linux OS that are not supported by an intrusive targeted advertising business model.

The Liberty Phone by Purism has Made in the USA electronics for a secure supply chain while also running PureOS. Purism also manufactures the Librem 14 Laptop PC, Librem 11 Tablet PC, Librem 5 Phone, and Librem Servers all supported by PureOS and run secure apps where the source code is decentralized and peer-reviewable.

 

Purism Products and Availability Chart

 ModelStatusLead Time 
USB Security Token Purism Librem KeyLibrem Key

(Made in USA)
In Stock
($59+)
20 business days
Librem 5In Stock
($699+)
3GB/32GB
10 business days
Librem 5 COMSEC BundleIn Stock
($1299+)
Qty 2; 3GB/32GB
10 business days
Purism Liberty Phone with Made in USA ElectronicsLiberty Phone
(Made in USA Electronics)
In Stock
($1,999+)
4GB/128GB
10 business days
Librem 5 + SIMple
(3 GB Data)
In Stock
($99/mo)
10 business days
Librem 5 + SIMple Plus
(5 GB Data)
In Stock
($129/mo)
10 business days
Librem 5 + AweSIM
(Unlimited Data)
In Stock
($169/mo)
10 business days
Librem 11In Stock
($999+)
8GB/1TB
10 business days
Most Secure Laptop Purism Librem 14Librem 14In Stock
($1,370+)
20 business days
Most Secure PC Purism Librem Mini
Librem MiniJuly 2024
($799+)
45 business days
Most Secure Server Purism Librem ServersLibrem ServerIn Stock
($2,999+)
45 business days
The current product and shipping chart of Purism Librem products, updated on July 1st, 2024

 

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