EU Agreement Requires Changes to 'Free' App Labels

Apple Inc., Google Inc. and Inc. have reached an accord that allows the U.S. companies to avoid fines for allegedly misleading people in the European Union to make purchases in mobile phone apps that are initially free to download. The three companies, which run stores to download apps, and Gameloft , a French game developer, committed to make changes including removing the words “free” from the apps that could require payments once a person has started using them, Italy’s Antitrust and Competition Authority said.