Australia summoned tech giants

Feb 11, 2013, 4:09 PM EST
Australian flag waves in the wind during the laying of the Wreaths at Queenstown War Memorial on February 9, 2013 in Queenstown,
Getty/ Teaukura Moetaua

Australian lawmakers summoned Apple, Microsoft, and Adobe to appear before a committee for an investigation about the cost of their software. The Australian government launched an investigation in April about why software and gadget prices are higher in Australia than in the U.S. For example, Adobe's Creative Suite 6 Premium costs USD 1899 in the U.S. compared to USD 2700 in Australia. MacBooks are on average $250 to $600 more expensive in the U.S. and Australia. So far, the companies had refused to appear for an investigation, which resulted in the summons.