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Google turns to regulators to make Apple open up iMessage

Photo of green bubbles in Apple’s Messages app.
Green bubbles in Apple’s Messages app. | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

iMessage serves as “an important gateway between business users and their customers” and should be regulated as a “core” service under the EU’s new Digital Markets Act (DMA), said Google and a group of major European telcos in a letter sent to the European Commission, and seen by The Financial Times. Being designated as a “core platform service” would be significant for iMessage, as it could compel Apple to make it interoperable with other messaging services.

The letter arrives as the European Commission investigates whether iMessage meets the requirements to be regulated under the bloc’s strict DMA rules.

Google has been very vocal about its desire for Apple to adopt RCS, the cross-platform messaging standard pitched as the successor…

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