You might think the market for mobile apps works pretty well. After all, you can buy Angry Birds for just 99 cents. But billionaire entrepreneur/investor Mark Cuban apparently believes that Apple and Google are “too big to care.”

The mobile app economy is far from open.  It’s dominated by two companies.  It is in the best interest of the entire mobile eco-system to address this duopoly while we are re-examining net neutrality. We should seriously consider requiring Apple to to allow and support 3rd party app stores and to require  that Google continues to support and enable 3rd party stores and more importantly to integrate them into the Play Store, much as Amazon does with Marketplace integration.

Lets open up the mobile app ecosystem and make sure it stays open.

Someone get this guy a copy of The Road to Serfdom, stat.

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  • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

    …because more government is always the answer.

    • Jake Wilde

      Yeah, every social program runs perfectly with no waste. I can believe these guys want to regulate damn near everything even how much sleep you accumulate in your eyes while you sleep.

    • trixiewoobeans

      I wonder what dog he has in this fight, and how he stands to benefit from this.

      • Catchance

        Trixie, that’s exactly what I was thinking. There’s money for him somewhere in forcing Apple and/or Google to allow and support “3rd party stores”… just like Soros backing socialist ideas. Cherchez la moolah.

  • Juan Pablo

    another rich guy looking for government force to pad his wallet. How original

  • http://twitter.com/THE_DAILY_BLEAT VACUOUS CIPHER

    Mark Cuban reading Hayek, that’s a hoot! Who can forget this marvelous insight?

    http://blogmaverick.com/2008/11/08/pe-obamas-1st-big-mistake/

    Except you were just a little late in noticing, Mark. Too many stars in your eyes?

  • Chimp6

    No Mark.
    If you want more government “involvement” why not invite them into YOUR areas of business?

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    Hey, Mark, how did bringing in the government to healthcare work out again? 5 million cancellation notices and counting. But at least Granddad got maternity coverage, right?

  • Julius500

    First, let’s have govt. Intervene in every business Cuban is in to his detriment. Why doesn’t he care about how ACA drove small insurance companies out of the market.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil ✓Mate

    This guy should be our Ambassador to North Korea, and never be replaced. Yeah, I know we don’t have an embassy there.

    • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

      Heck, we don’t even have a peace treaty.

  • Obama my Nigga

    Mark Cuban must be living under a rock. Apple, Google, and Amazon are all sell outs to the NSA. So technically the “app ecosystem” already is controlled by the government. Mark also can’t count. Apple, Google, and Amazon are three companies, not two.

  • Kabong30

    Another dipsh*t who made his fortune and then turned into a progressive. The system as is was fine for him to make his millions and now it should be changed. I get that he’s talking about making things more “open” but he clearly doesn’t understand that the gov’t isn’t really in that business.

  • NRPax

    There are always ways to buy apps that aren’t with Google or Apple. And you don’t “open up” an ecosystem by bringing in the government.

    I swear, we’re going to have to start teaching basic Economics as well as Civics starting in Kindergarten.

    • Al’s Not So Sad Grampa

      I disagree about teaching economics and civics in kindergarten because public school indoctrination as we have today is the problem.

      • NRPax

        I would call for a cleansing of the educational system first. -:-)

        • Al’s Not So Sad Grampa

          I fully endorse this.

          Take back our schools!

        • http://steamcommunity.com/id/pwag42 Swagner

          Perhaps charter schools & or vouchers. Let people pick which schools they prefer, and break the progressive monopoly on education.

  • Chevypowered

    “It’s in the interest of…”

    Tyranny always start of with those words.

  • toddm123

    Isn’t this hobbit, Cuban, a truther? So he’s willing allow the evil government to handle this? This guy’s a loon!

  • Isaac Clark

    Doesn’t the Justice Department have jurisdiction over this anyways? If there are suspected monopolies or duopolies in violation of anti-trust laws, then the Justice Department is entrusted to deal with this situation. Although I wouldn’t hold my breath with AG Holder at the helm. He seems more interested in investigating allegations of fake racism.

  • AmericanMom

    Years ago Mark got booted off of Dancing with the Stars. He shouldn’t be making complicated and/or other decisions involving others. Let him rumba or quick step his way to some place where his opinion matters.

  • TheOriginalDonald

    Maybe we should have a TV show called Gov Tank, where five government officials decide if they invest OUR money on wasteful products like Rapid Ramen

  • ledzepp8

    That’s pretty stupid. The devices already support third party apps…Why should their respective app stores have to sell third party apps that they aren’t making any money off of? That would be like the government forcing the Pepsi distributors to bottle and ship Coke as well. Jesus why are the people with billions of dollars always do stupid?

    • SpaceRacer423

      they aren’t stupid.
      Increased govt regulation makes it MORE difficult on startups.
      Mark simply wants the govt to protect him from future competition.

    • Zach Smith

      It’s more like automobile manufacturers building cars that only work with a specially designed gasoline nozzle, and then taking a cut of all the gasoline sales.

  • TocksNedlog

    He’s like Bloomberg, only with LESS personality (if that’s possible).

  • World B. Free

    He sounds like a disgruntled Blackberry user. :-)

  • pabarge

    Mark Cuban == crony capitalist. ugh.

  • SpaceRacer423

    Its amazing the number of people who call for increased govt regulation AFTER they become $billionaires.
    .
    Here a free clue for the drones who want to quote Mark as a successful capitalist wanting regulation: he’s NOT trying to grant you opportunity, he IS trying to protect his interests.

    • AmericanLass

      There are those like Mark and Oprah who make it big then want to slam the door on anyone else to reach sucesss. Keeping the elite a small majority who believe they can rule over the rest of us.

    • HWarrior13

      There’s a reason they’re called “Champagne Socialists”….they support it because 1)Low self esteem (want to be accepted at the “cool kid’s table) 2)guilt 3)They’re already made their money. 4)They’ll make damn sure they are exempted from the laws they push/make.

  • H50 ✓RAT

    Im guessing hes got some crap apps that didn’t take off?

    • Michelle ✓classified

      LOL I had the same thought. #ButtHurt

  • Conservative First

    How about if he doesn’t like the market share Apple and Google have, he hire developers to create an OS that has a competing app store?

    Also Google fully supports third party app stores. Amazon has had one for years.

    The free market has created one with Apple as well. If you jailbreak your phone, you can install Cydia. And if you don’t want to jailbreak your phone, then guess what, don’t buy an iDevice.

  • HWarrior13

    Now I have to boycott “Shark Tank” in our house. *sigh* Hope more Partiots will follow lead and boycott everything Cuban related.

    • Conservative First

      Don’t forget conservative Kevin O’Leary is on that show. And it still represents a true free market, even with Mark Cuban spouting off like this. Still a good show.

      • HWarrior13

        Looks like we’ll cancel out each others viewership numbers :-)

        • Conservative First

          not really, i’m already a viewer so no gain, only loss

          • HWarrior13

            as you like

          • Conservative First

            hm? as i like what?

          • HWarrior13

            Sorry, “as you like” means however you feel about a given topic is fine (by me, in this case)…Sorry, thought everyone knew this expression, but it might just be a throw back to my UK/NZ days. My bad.

          • Conservative First

            I know the expression, just didn’t get the relevance. Have a good day.

          • HWarrior13

            Oh ok. You have a good day as well.

  • HWarrior13

    Remember Obama fan boy is a big fan of Obama”care”

  • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    No. Bloated government regulation makes it harder for the little guy to get skin in the game, 100% of the time.

    Always.

    I bet he had an app that was rejected.

  • Robert Speed

    The sherman antitrust act is in serious need of exercise.

  • Al’s Not So Sad Grampa

    As my 11 year old daughter would say, “let’s not and say we did.”

  • Zach Smith

    I agree somewhat. I don’t think Apple should be able to prevent people from putting third party applications on their phones and tablets.

  • Gallatin

    I have a better idea markie why don’t we open the professional sports ownership market?
    Why are professional sports franchises exempt from the Sherman antitrust act? Why do the owners get to decide who can be in the business of professional sports?
    Why do loudmouth blowhard billionaires like you misappropriate my money by jerking off government leaders into supporting your franchise through subsidies?
    markie have you ever built a business that didn’t require my money through tax subsidies to support it?
    As long as you use my money to support your business through government subsidies you are just a plain old HYPOCRITE.

    • Bathing Suit Area

      Are you suggesting he didn’t build it all by himself? Why do you hate job creators, you communist!

      • Gallatin

        Yes I am suggesting this CRONY CAPITALIST didn’t build that. No Pro sports franchise owner built that. Don’t read too much into it though, politicians have been the enablers of Pro Sports since their inception. Bobo is no exception. Why doesn’t Bobo vilify pro sports owners like he does oil companies?

  • John (it true me am)

    His entire premise is nuts.

    While it is true that Apple products are very proprietary and restrictive about thier Apps, beyond being the consumer’s choice if they wish to purchase a piece of iCrap and go down that road, that is all he is even remotely right about.

    Anyway, as for being open beyond Apple… There are countless sites dedicated to “homebrew” out there for all platforms, Google offers free development kits, etc… I’m not a fan of Google, but to say that Android isn’t about as open as it possibly can be is ridiculous. Add into that he blatantly buries the lede with the Amazon reference(showing that it isn’t just limited to Google and Apple) and ignores the growing Microsoft market entirely(which has gained some traction with SmartGlass and has potential for growth with Xbox One integration in the future) he clearly just has no idea what he is talking about.

  • JD Son

    What a self absorbed dunce. Try that idea on “Shark Tank”, and see how it goes over with your “panel”.

  • 2eRep

    Cuban is a moron.

  • Organix

    If we can make use of more knowledge than we actually know, we can overcome our natural ignorance and create useful things.