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Apple reportedly threatened to boot Facebook from the App Store over human trafficking concerns

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Visual China Group, Reuters Apple threatened to remove Facebook from its App Store after a report about an online slave market. The BBC in 2019 reported that human traffickers were using Facebook's services to sell domestic workers. The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook knew about the practice even before Apple made its threat. See more stories on Insider's business page. Apple threatened to kick Facebook off its App Store af...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, News, Trends, Bbc, Middle East, Tim Cook, The Wall Street Journal, App Store, Wall Street Journal, Tech Companies, Tech Insider, Katie Canales

Apple and Google bow to pressure in Russia to remove Kremlin critic’s tactical voting app

Apple and Google have removed a tactical voting app created by the organization of jailed Kremlin critic, Alexei Navalny, from their respective mobile app stores in Russia. Earlier this week Reuters reported that the Russian state had been amping up the pressure on foreign tech giants ahead of federal elections — appropriating the language of “election interference” to push US companies to censor the high profile political opponent to president Putin. On Twitter today, a key Navalny ally, Ivan Z...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Apps, Europe, Politics, UK, Activism, Putin, Russia, US, Tech, United States, President, Moscow, Vpn

Facebook revamps its business tool lineup following threats to its ad targeting business

Facebook today is announcing the launch of new products and features for business owners, following the to its ad targeting business driven by Apple’s new privacy features, which now allow mobile users to opt out of being tracked across their iOS apps. The social networking giant has repeatedly argued that Apple’s changes would impact small businesses that relied on Facebook ads to reach their customers. But it was not successful in getting any of Apple’s changes halted. Instead, the market is...
Tags: Apple, Social, Facebook, Messenger, Technology, Instagram, Advertising Tech, Australia, Singapore, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Software, Canada, United States, Ireland

App Annie and co-founder charged with securities fraud, will pay $10M+ settlement

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged App Annie, a leading mobile data and analytics firm, as well as its co-founder and former CEO and Chairman Bertrand Schmitt, with securities fraud. App Annie and Schmitt have agreed to pay over $10 million to settle the fraud charges which are related to “deceptive practices and making material misrepresentations about how App Annie’s alternative data was derived,” the SEC said. App Annie is one of the largest sellers of mobile app pe...
Tags: Apps, China, Tech, Ceo, Software, Beijing, Computing, SEC, App-store, Annie, Director, Officer, App Annie, Mobile App, Beijing China, Bertrand Schmitt

The network effect is anti-competitive

Eric Schwartzman Contributor Share on Twitter Eric Schwartzman is a digital marketing consultant with structured programs for helping individuals and organizations pivot to digital marketing and is the author of “The Digital Pivot: Secrets of Online Marketing.” A U.S. federal judge last week struck down Apple rules restricting app developers from selling directly to customers outside the App Store. Apple’s stock fell 3% on the...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Social, TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, Uber, Column, Spotify, Social Networks, Republicans, Opinion, Senate, Social Media, Tech, E-commerce

Epic Games Pays Apple $6 Million as Ordered by Court

Epic Games today paid Apple $6,000,000 in royalties, ‌Epic Games‌ CEO Tim Sweeney said on Twitter. As part of the ruling in the ongoing Epic v. Apple legal battle, Epic was last week ordered by the court to pay 30 percent of the revenue that it collected from the Fortnite app using its illicit direct payment option. Back at the start of the dispute between Epic and Apple, Epic added a direct purchase option to the Fortnite app, skirting Apple's in-app purchase rules. This violation of Apple's...
Tags: Apple, Court, Epic, App Store, Epic Games, Sweeney, Tim Sweeney, Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, Fortnite, Apple Epic, Epic Games vs. Apple, Epic Games Fortnite Epic Games vs Apple

Epic Games appeals last week’s ruling in antitrust battle with Apple

Fortnite maker Epic Games is appealing last week’s ruling in its court battle with Apple, where a federal judge said Apple would no longer be allowed to block developers from adding links to alternative payment mechanisms, but stopped short of dubbing Apple a monopolist. The latter would have allowed Epic Games to argue for alternative means of serving its iOS user base, including perhaps, through third-party app stores or even sideloading capabilities built into Apple’s mobile operating system,...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Mobile, Apps, Spotify, Technology, Tech, Ceo, Software, Netflix, Itunes, United States, Computing, App-store, Judge

10 things in tech you need to know today

Apple/Rachel Luna/Stringer Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here. ​​Plus, download Insider's app for news on the go - click here for iOS and here for Android.Before we dive in, we want to invite you to Insider's virtual event, "The Future of Mobility: Data Driving Innovation," presented by Arity, taking place tomorrow at noon ET. Get the details and sign up here.Now, let's get started.1. ICYMI: A judge ruled a massive blow ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Google Drive, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spacex, New York, Texas, NFL, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Salesforce, App Store, Elizabeth Holmes

Epic scores a tiny win against Apple in court — but it’s not done fighting yet

Epic Games filed an appeal over the weekend against the recent court judgment on its case against Apple, over its App Store monopoly. The company only scored a minor win when the court asked Apple to allow alternative methods of payments for in-app purchases in the App Store. This will enable Epic to charge customers for in-game items in the multiplayer hit title Fortnite without paying a 30% cut to Apple, and enable other companies to bypass that cut for services they provide users via their ap...
Tags: Apple, Startups, App Store, Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, Plugged

NorCal Judge Rules Apple Can’t Force Developers To Exclusively Use App Store Payment System

(CNN) — Apple can no longer prohibit app developers from directing users to payment options outside its App Store, a judge ruled on Friday. The decision, which followed a contentious court battle with the maker of the hugely popular Fortnite video game, is a major blow to Apple — but the company also scored a partial victory as the judge stopped short of calling it a monopoly. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers of the US District Court in the Northern District of California ruled on Friday that Apple ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Spotify, Europe, Japan, Technology, Cook, California, Senate, Court, US, San Francisco, Cnn, Netflix, United States, Epic

Daily Crunch: Microsoft acquires tutoring platform TakeLessons for undisclosed sum

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Hi friends! Welcome back to the Daily Crunch — it’s September 10, 2021. Alex Wilhelm returns next week, so this is my last day as the captain of this ship. Captain of the Daily Crunch. Captain … Crunch? Oh no. Image Credits: evemilla / Getty Images Things I’ve learned: Email newsletters are more stressful than blog posts because you can’t fix typos once they’re ...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, South Korea, Microsoft, China, Boston, India, US, Tech, Eu, Epic, San Diego, App Store, Alex, Nickelodeon

Epic v. Apple case shows just how much of the App Store’s money comes from games

The Epic Games v. Apple case has revealed an astounding estimate of the App Store's revenue numbers.
Tags: Apple, Gaming, News, Trends, Epic, Mobile Gaming, App Store, Epic Games, Apple V. Epic, Epic V. Apple

Epic CEO: Judge's Decision 'Isn't a Win for Developers or for Consumers,' Fortnite Not Immediately Returning to App Store

The year-long dispute between Epic Games and Apple reached a milestone with Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers delivering a middle-of-the road verdict that isn't quite what ‌Epic Games‌ or Apple wanted. Apple will not be required to support third-party app stores as ‌Epic Games‌ pushed for, but Apple will have to let developers offer "buttons, external links, or other calls to action" to direct customers to in-app purchase alternatives. In a statement on Twitter, ‌Epic Games‌ CEO Tim Sweeney said that t...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Court, Epic, App Store, DPLA, Epic Games, Unreal Engine, Sweeney, Tim Sweeney, Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, Horacio Gutierrez, Fortnite, Kate Adams, Epic Games vs. Apple

Apple vs. Epic ruling reveals 70% of App Store revenue comes from a small fraction of customers playing games

That 70% is generated by less than 10% of all App Store consumers.
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Epic Games vs. Apple Judgment Allows App Store Developers to Link to Alternative Payment Methods

A decision was reached today in the high-profile Epic Games v. Apple trial, with U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruling that Apple's anti-steering conduct is anti-competitive, and ruling in favor of Apple on all other counts. In a 185-page ruling, Judge Rogers said "the Court cannot ultimately conclude that Apple is a monopolist under either federal or state antitrust laws," but she said the trial "did show that Apple is engaging in anticompetitive conduct under California's compet...
Tags: Apple, Featured, California, Court, Amazon Kindle, App Store, Rogers, Apple Inc, Epic Games, Netflix Spotify, Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, Nick Statt, Epic Games vs. Apple, App Purchasing

Apple prohibited from blocking outside payment in Epic ruling

A judge this morning issued a ruling in California’s Epic v. Apple case, siding with the Fortnite maker on the topic of third-party payments. Effectively, the judge has ruled that Apple cannot prohibit developers from adding links for alternative payments beyond Apple’s App Store-based monetization. The mobile giant’s control over fees on iOS has long been a sticking point for Epic and the veritable cash cow of its in-gaming micro-transactions. The ruling notes, in part, Apple Inc. and its offic...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Apps, California, Tech, Epic, App-store, Fortnight, Apple Inc, App Purchasing

A judge just ruled a massive blow against Apple's App Store business

Apple/Rachel Luna/Stringer The judge in the case between "Fortnite" maker Epic Games and Apple issued a ruling on Friday. Apple must allow app makers the ability to monetize their apps without paying Apple. Epic has to pay Apple over $3.5 million in owed royalties, and still can't charge users directly. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The end of the months-long legal saga between Apple and "Fortnite" maker Epic Games finally came on Friday when Judge Yvonne Gon...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Mobile, Gaming, News, Video Games, Entertainment, Trends, Epic, App Store, iOS App Store, Epic Games, Apple App Store, Sweeney

Epic Games asks for Apple's help to put South Korea's alternative app payments law to work

Promises to offer App Store as an option, but needs its developer account to be reinstated to do that Epic Games has decided to put South Korea's new law requiring Apple and Google to offer third-party payment options in their app stores to the test.…
Tags: Apple, Google, South Korea, Software, App Store

Epic Games Asks Apple to Restore Fortnite in South Korea Following Ban on In-App Purchase Requirement [Update]

Epic Games today said that it has asked Apple to reinstate its Fortnite developer account because it intends to release Fortnite in South Korea. South Korea in late August passed a bill that bans Apple from requiring developers to use its in-app purchase system. The bill forces Apple (and Google) to let developers use third-party payment methods to make purchases. ‌Epic Games‌ now says that it intends to release Fornite in Korea and offer both Epic payment and Apple payment options side-by-s...
Tags: Apple, Google, South Korea, Epic, Korea, App Store, Epic Games, Apple Apple, MacRumors Apple, South Korea South Korea, Fortnite, Fornite, Epic Games vs. Apple, Epic Games Asks Apple

Wave Goodbye to Houseparty

Houseparty, the video chat app that Epic Games bought and integrated with its Fortnite gameplay experience, will be shutting down soon, the company announced Thursday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Software, Epic, App Store, Epic Games, House Party, Windows Games, Fortnite, Fads, Video Gaming, Houseparty, Metaverse, Videotelephony, Technology Internet, Fads And Trends

Epic Games to shut down Houseparty in October, including the video chat ‘Fortnite Mode’ feature

Houseparty, the social video chat app acquired by Fortnite maker Epic Games for a reported $35 million back in 2019, is shutting down. The company says Houseparty will be discontinued in October when the app will stop functioning for its existing users; it will be pulled from the app stores today, however. Related to this move, Epic Games’ “Fortnite Mode” feature, which leveraged Houseparty to bring video chat to Fortnite gamers, will also be discontinued. Founded in 2015, Houseparty offered a w...
Tags: Android, Social, Mobile, Gaming, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Social Networking, Germany, Tech, Software, Computing, App-store, Exit, Epic Games, Online Games

Dispo launches a test to gauge user interest in selling their photos as NFTs

The photo-sharing app that emulates disposable cameras, Dispo started rolling out a test yesterday that will record user interest in selling photos as NFTs. Some users will now see a sell button on their photos, and when they tap it, they can sign up to be notified when the ability to sell Dispo photos launches. CEO and co-founder Daniel Liss told TechCrunch that Dispo is still deciding how it will incorporate NFT sales into the app, which is why the platform is piloting a test with its users. D...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, Instagram, Social Media, Tech, Ceo, Software, David, Computing, App-store, Freeware, Internet Culture, Operating Systems, Series A, NFT

Apple's Planned App Store Changes Will Barely Affect the Company's Bottom Line, Says Analyst

As a result of legal and regulatory pressures, Apple recently announced some upcoming changes to its App Store policies, such as letting developers email customers about payment options available outside of their iOS app and allowing "reader" apps like Spotify and Netflix to include an in-app link to their website for account signup. Apple said the changes "will help make the App Store an even better business opportunity for developers," but Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty believes there ...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Netflix, App Store, Morgan Stanley, Huberty, Katy Huberty, App Store Katy Huberty Morgan Stanley

TikTok and Snap alums launch, a social music creation app, with $4M in seed funding

After living through the global upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic, many workers are re-evaluating their career path. Stefan Heinrich Henriquez, a former Head of Global Marketing at TikTok and Chief Marketing Officer at Cameo, is one of them. “I have been thinking about music since my time at TikTok, and I was really thinking about building something on my own, but then it took me another year to finally have the guts to do it,” said Henriquez. “Then when the pandemic started, I think so many peo...
Tags: Apps, Spotify, Music, Tech, App Store, Canva, Ableton, Snap, Henriquez, Global Marketing, Roblox, Zach Katz, Tiktok, Stefan Heinrich Henriquez, Akiva Bamberger, Greycroft Chicago Ventures Slow Ventures

Apple Concedes To Let Apps Like Netflix, Spotify, and Kindle Link To the Web To Sign Up

While vocal app developers accused Apple last week of spinning a lawsuit settlement into an App Store change that was barely a change at all, the company appears to be making a true, if small concession today: Apple says it will let developers of "reader" apps (think Netflix, Spotify, and Amazon's Kindle app) directly link their customers to their own sign-up website, where they could potentially skirt Apple's in-app payment system (and its 30 percent cut) entirely, in those cases where they hav...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Tech, Netflix, App Store, Hulu, Netflix Spotify, JFTC, Japan Fair Trade Commission JFTC, JFTC Apple

Some Developers Say Apple Letting Apps Like Netflix and Spotify Share a Link to Web for Account Sign-Up Isn't Enough

Apple on Wednesday evening announced that, starting in early 2022, it will allow developers of "reader" apps to include an in-app link to their website for users to set up or manage an account. "Reader" apps allow a user to access previously purchased content or subscription-based content for digital magazines, newspapers, books, audio, music, and video, according to Apple, such as Netflix, Spotify, and the Amazon Kindle app. Following the announcement, some developers have said Apple's decis...
Tags: Apple, Japan, Netflix, Amazon Kindle, App Store, Sdk, Netflix Spotify, Adrian Weckler, David Barnard, John Siracusa, Steve Troughton Smith, Paul Haddad, Japan Fair Trade Commission, App Store Commission

Apple makes another concession to developers, let’s some link outside its app

Apple has satisfied a Japanese Fair Trade commission investigation by giving developers more leeway in linking outside the App Store.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, News, Trends, App Store

Report: India may be next in line to mandate changes to Apple’s in-app payment rules

Summer is still technically in session, but a snowball is slowly developing in the world of apps, and specifically the world of in-app payments. A report in Reuters today says that the Competition Commission of India, the country’s monopoly regulator, will soon be looking at an antitrust suit filed against Apple over how it mandates that app developers use Apple’s own in-app payment system — thereby giving Apple a cut of those payments — when publishers charge users for subscriptions and other i...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Mobile, Asia, South Korea, Japan, Technology, Australia, Government, India, Tech, European Union, Smartphone, Smartphones, Policy

Apple concedes on ‘anticompetitive’ restrictions in App Store

‘Reader apps’ such as Spotify, Netflix and Kindle will be able to share links to help users manage accountsApple has made a significant concession in its battle for control of the App Store, after the Japanese trade commission ruled that the company’s restrictions on apps such as Spotify, Netflix and Kindle were anticompetitive.Those “reader apps”, which allow users to view, read or listen to content purchased elsewhere, were previously banned by Apple’s policies from telling people how to subsc...
Tags: Apple, Apps, Spotify, Japan, Technology, Media, Internet, Kindle, UK News, World news, US news, Netflix, Asia Pacific, Computing, Digital music and audio, App Store

Twitter Super Follows Use a Bizarre System That Gives Each User Their Own In-App Purchase

Each Twitter Super Follow subscription is an individual in-app purchase for every account with the feature set up, it has emerged. Screenshot from Jane Manchun Wong showing Twitter's in-app purchases on its App Store page. The unusual system, spotted by Jane Manchun Wong, means that for every Super Follow there is an individual in-app purchase for that account specifically. Some observers are speculating that each Super Follow in-app purchase will have to be set up manually by Twitter on the...
Tags: Apple, Twitter, Canada, United States, App Store, Jane Manchun Wong, Twitter Blue, Twitter Blue Twitter