A federal agency that regulates apples wants to make regulationson Apple Inc. a little easier.

The Food and Drug Administration, which oversees new drugs,medical devices and much of the U.S. food supply, said Tuesday thatit had selected nine major tech companies for a pilot program thatmay let them avoid some regulations that have tied up developersworking on health software and products.

“We need to modernize our regulatory framework so that itmatches the kind of innovation we’re being asked to evaluate,” FDACommissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.

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