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Apple and Epic Games are revealing a ton of industry secrets in court filings - from untold billions in 'Fortnite' profits to private email exchanges, these are the 5 juiciest bits

Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, and Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, right. Apple/Rachel Luna/Stringer "Fortnite" maker Epic Games is suing Apple, and the bench trial started this week in California. Epic says Apple's App Store is a monopoly. Apple says Epic broke its developer contract. Through court filings, major secrets from Apple, Epic, Microsoft, and more have been revealed. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Apple and the maker of "Fortnite" are currently at war in a C...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Google, Android, Ipad, Microsoft, California, Washington, Xbox One, Trends, Playstation, Epic, Tim Cook, Sony, Xbox


Apple Offered Special App Store API Access to Hulu and Other Developers

Today is the fourth day of the Epic Games v. Apple legal battle, and documents shared in the trial continue to give us insight into the App Store and Apple's business practices. ‌App Store‌ Vice President Matt Fischer is on the stand answering questions from Apple and Epic lawyers, and one of the emails shared as evidence confirms that Apple has established special deals with major app developers like Hulu. In 2018, a tweet from developer David Barnard commented about ‌App Store‌ subscriptio...
Tags: Apple, Google Play, Epic, App Store, Hulu, Epic Games, Sweeney, Fischer, Tim Sweeney, David Barnard, Matt Fischer, Epic Games vs. Apple, Cindy Lin


Epic CEO Tim Sweeney Admits App Store's 30% Cut Is Similar to Consoles, Would Have Accepted Special Deal With Apple

Apple's legal battle with Epic Games is continuing on, and during the second day of the trial, ‌Epic Games‌' CEO Tim Sweeney continued his testimony against Apple. Sweeney was grilled by Apple's lawyers, and made several points seemingly favorable to Apple. In addition to mentioning how he prefers Apple's iPhone and values Apple's privacy policies that he's aiming to dismantle, Sweeney confirmed that Apple's 30 percent cut is also the "most prevalent rate" that other platforms charge. Micros...
Tags: Apple, Cook, Epic, Tim Cook, Sony, Nintendo, App Store, Epic Games, Phil Schiller, Sweeney, Tim Sweeney, Microsoft Sony, App Store Apple, Fortnite, Epic Games vs. Apple, Apple Sweeney


Epic Games vs. Apple Trial Begins With Opening Remarks Underway

The first day of the bench trial between Fortnite creator Epic Games and Apple is officially underway, with the companies delivering opening remarks before District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in a Northern California courtroom. The saga dates back to August 2020, when Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store after Epic Games introduced a direct payment option in the app for its in-game currency V-Bucks, in defiance of the App Store rules. In what appears to have been an orchestrated move, ...
Tags: Apple, Steve Jobs, Epic, App Store, Epic Games, Northern California, Sweeney, Tim Sweeney, App Store Apple, Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, Tim Cook Phil Schiller Eddy Cue, Fortnite, Epic Games vs. Apple


Apple and the maker of 'Fortnite' are facing off in an epic legal battle. Here's what the companies are fighting about and what to expect in the courtroom.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, and Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, right. Apple/Rachel Luna/Stringer "Fortnite" maker Epic Games is suing Apple, and the court proceedings start this week in California. Epic says Apple's App Store is a monopoly. Apple says Epic broke its developer contract. As a result of the legal spat, "Fortnite" was kicked off Apple's iPhone and iPad last year. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Apple and the maker of "Fortnite" are going to battle in...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Gaming, Facebook, Spotify, Microsoft, Video Games, Entertainment, Law, California, Trends, Smartphones, Epic, Tim Cook


Read the 2 a.m. declaration of war Apple CEO Tim Cook got from the billionaire CEO behind 'Fortnite' before the companies head to court this week

Apple CEO Tim Cook in Austin, Texas, on November 20, 2019. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images The upcoming legal battle between Apple and the maker of "Fortnite" was sparked by a 2 a.m. email. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney sent a 2 a.m. email on August 13 to Apple CEO Tim Cook and other execs. "Epic will no longer adhere to Apple's payment processing restrictions," Sweeney said. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Apple and "Fortnite" maker Epic Games are going to court...
Tags: Apple, Google, Gaming, Cook, Video Games, Entertainment, Law, Trends, Epic, Tim Cook, Lawsuits, App Store, Epic Games, Apple App Store, Unreal Engine, Sweeney


Discount grocery startup Misfits Market raises $200M

Misfits Market, a startup known for selling “ugly” fruits and vegetables at discount prices, announced this morning that it has raised $200 million in Series C funding. The company says this brings its total funding to $301.5 million and moves its valuation into unicorn territory (i.e., above $1 billion). It isn’t getting any more specific about that valuation, though Bloomberg reports that it’s $1.1 billion. Founder and CEO Abhi Ramesh told me that the Delanco, New Jersey-based startup has expa...
Tags: Food, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Groceries, Washington, Oregon, Funding, Tech, Bloomberg, Instacart, Accel, Sweeney, Ramesh, Ryan Sweeney


Apple's Filings in Epic Games Case Argue It Has Reduced Industry Commissions, While Third-Party App Stores Would Compromise Privacy and Security

Prior to its upcoming bench trial with Epic Games, Apple filed hundreds of pages of documents covering findings of fact, which include some interesting and previously unknown tidbits about ‌Epic Games‌. ‌Epic Games‌ planned its rebellion against Apple for at least two years ahead of when it opted to brazenly violate Apple's App Store rules, with Apple's ‌App Store‌ fees at the heart of the dispute. Epic is of the opinion that it should not have to pay Apple a 30 percent cut to distribute apps...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Epic, Tim Cook, App Store, Epic Games, Sweeney, Tim Sweeney, Scott Forstall, Epic Games vs. Apple, Epic Games Apple, Store Epic, Microsoft Former Apple


Fortnite-maker Epic completes $1B funding round

How much is Epic Games worth? Well, we’ve long ago surpasses the realm of dollar figures regular humans can contextualize. With its latest round, the gamer hits an equity valuation of $28.7 billion. Yes, “b” for “billion.” That’s a lot of micro-transactions. Time to start talking metaverse! Best known for the wildly successful battle royale title, Fortnite, Epic just announced another $1 billion funding round, featuring a $200 million Sony Group Corporation investment. The rest of the list is, p...
Tags: Gaming, Funding, Tech, Epic, Sony, Epic Games, Sweeney, Tim Sweeney, Franklin Templeton, Fortnite, Fortnite Rocket League, Epic Games Store, Luxor Capital, Sony Group Corporation, Ontario Teachers ' Pension Plan Board BlackRock, Park West KKR


Sweeney represents transfer of former corporate hdqtrs. of Benny’s Stores

Smithfield, RI Thomas Sweeney, SIOR of Sweeney Real Estate & Appraisal represented Esmond Realty Corporation &a...
Tags: Radio, Benny, Sweeney, Thomas Sweeney, Smithfield, Sweeney Real Estate Appraisal, Esmond Realty Corporation


Epic cries monopoly as Apple details secret ‘Project Liberty’ effort to provoke ‘Fortnite’ ban

The Epic v. Apple lawsuit alleging monopolistic practices by the latter will begin next month, and today the main arguments of each company were published, having been trimmed down somewhat at the court’s discretion. With the basic facts agreed upon, the two companies will go to battle over what they mean, and their CEOs will likely take the (virtual) stand to do so. As we’ve covered in previous months, the thrust of Epic’s argument is that Apple’s hold over the app market and 30 percent standar...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Tech, Epic, Tim Cook, Epic Games, Phil Schiller, Sweeney, Tim Sweeney, Fortnite, Project LIBERTY, Fortnite Epic, Apple V Epic, Epic V Apple, Coalition for App Fairness Project Liberty


12 new books to read in April, according to Amazon's book editors

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Amazon; Insider April has inspired Amazon's book editors to curate another compelling monthly book list. One top pick, "Broken (in the best possible way)" details Jenny Lawson's experience with depression. The 12 titles, with captions provided by Amazon's team, are described below. Spring is officially here, and while reading is an excellent pastime throughout the year, the sentiment seems t...
Tags: Reviews, Amazon, London, Education, Trends, Features, Philip Roth, Miami, New Mexico, Cuba, E-learning, Bush, Michelle Zauner, Garcia, Sweeney, John Cheever


Bruins Have Trade Options For Top-Six Forward

As the NHL trade deadline of April 12 inches closer, the Boston Bruins have some needs that general manager Don Sweeney would like to address. One of those needs is adding a top-six forward to help with their lack of secondary scoring and to possibly provide center David Krejci with some stability with a right wing on the second line. Last season at the trade deadline, Sweeney added right winger Ondrej Kase from the Anaheim Ducks and then got left wing, Nick Ritchie, also from the Ducks. Thos...
Tags: Minnesota, Boston, Sport, New Jersey, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Ducks, Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Bruins, Ottawa Senators, Anaheim, Bobby Ryan, Sweeney, Ryan


What you need to know about NFTs, the collectible digital tokens that are selling for up to millions online

Crypto Slam auctions Street Fighter NFTs Crypto Slam Non-fungible tokens account for a $250 million market that is continuing to grow. NFT investments operate on the same deflationary principles as Bitcoin. Many celebrities buy and sell NFTs online for thousands of dollars. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Non-fungible tokens or NFTs - products that operate as digital assets - have grown to encompass a $250 million market, according to a 2020 report from tech trackin...
Tags: Trends, Bitcoin, Mark Cuban, Nba, BNP Paribas, Lindsay Lohan, Sweeney, NFT, Chris Torres, Maxi Kleber, Fortnite Tim Sweeney, Grace Kay, NBA Top Shot, Nike Louis Vuitton, Crypto Slam, NFTs Billionaire


What you need to know about NFTs, the collectible digital tokens that are selling for millions online

Crypto Slam auctions Street Fighter NFTs Crypto Slam Non-fungible tokens account for a $250 million market that is continuing to grow. NFT investments operate on the same deflationary principles as Bitcoin. Many celebrities buy and sell NFTs online for thousands of dollars. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Non-fungible tokens or NFTs - products that operate as digital assets - have grown to encompass a $250 million market, according to a 2020 report from tech trackin...
Tags: Trends, Bitcoin, Mark Cuban, Nba, BNP Paribas, Lindsay Lohan, Sweeney, NFT, Chris Torres, Maxi Kleber, Fortnite Tim Sweeney, Grace Kay, NBA Top Shot, Nike Louis Vuitton, Crypto Slam, NFTs Billionaire


Epic Games Takes Legal Battle With Apple to Europe With Antitrust Complaint

Epic Games has filed an antitrust complaint against Apple in the European Union, broadening its legal battle against the tech giant by attempting to appeal to the EU's differing interpretation of antitrust issues compared to those in the United States (via The Wall Street Journal). Last September, ‌Epic Games‌‌‌ added a Fortnite update that allowed customers to purchase in-game currency directly from ‌Epic, skirting Apple's in-app purchases. That is against Apple's rules, and the move led App...
Tags: Apple, Google, Europe, Featured, Australia, Eu, European Union, United States, Epic, Commission, European Commission, Epic Games, Sweeney, Tim Sweeney, Epic Games vs. Apple


Epic Games 'Spent Months' Preparing Lawsuit Against Apple, Codenamed 'Project Liberty'

In a wide-ranging interview with CNN Business, Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, says that his company spent months preparing its lawsuit against Apple, which is internally codenamed "Project Liberty." Epic launched an all-out assault against Apple after it removed Fortnite from the App Store in August after the app implemented a direct payment method for in-app purchases. App Store policy requires all apps to use its own system for in-app purchases which gives Apple a 30% commission for all pu...
Tags: Apple, Google, UK, Australia, Cnn, Epic, App Store, Epic Games, Sweeney, United State, Fortnite, Project LIBERTY, Epic Games vs. Apple, Project Liberty Epic, Epic Sweeney


Hunting Ghislaine: weighing conspiracy and truth in the Epstein saga

John Sweeney ‘cracked up’ after leaving the BBC when an investigation went bad. He talks about his long obsession with the Maxwells – and the show that relaunched his career“You can feel sorry for someone,” says John Sweeney, “and still want them to face justice.” He’s talking about Hunting Ghislaine, the compelling podcast in which the investigative reporter unpicks the story of Ghislaine Maxwell, the 58-year-old British socialite who is currently in jail, awaiting trial for procuring and traff...
Tags: Media, Podcasts, Journalism, Bbc, Culture, Television & radio, Publishing And Public Relations, Prince Andrew, LBC, Sweeney, John Sweeney, Maxwells, Jeffrey Epstein, Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, Kosova


Hunting Ghislaine: unpicking truth from conspiracy in the Epstein saga

John Sweeney ‘cracked up’ after leaving the BBC when an investigation went bad. He talks about his long obsession with the Maxwells – and the show that relaunched his career“You can feel sorry for someone,” says John Sweeney, “and still want them to face justice.” He’s talking about Hunting Ghislaine, the compelling podcast in which the investigative reporter unpicks the story of Ghislaine Maxwell, the 58-year-old British socialite who is currently in jail, awaiting trial for procuring and traff...
Tags: Media, Podcasts, Journalism, Bbc, Culture, Television & radio, Publishing And Public Relations, Prince Andrew, LBC, Sweeney, John Sweeney, Maxwells, Jeffrey Epstein, Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, Kosova


Is 'Fortnite' on Google Stadia? Here's why the popular game isn't available on the game-streaming platform

Epic Games' popular "Fortnite" is not currently available on Google Stadia. Chesnot/Getty Images "Fortnite" isn't available on Google Stadia, the cloud-gaming platform that debuted in November 2019. Epic Games' CEO Tim Sweeney implied in a tweet earlier this year that "Fortnite" might be available on Stadia someday. Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Stadia players have a huge, Netflix-like array of games available to play on Google's cloud-gaming platfor...
Tags: Apple, Google, Gaming, Trends, Netflix, Epic Games, Sweeney, Tim Sweeney, Stadia, Red Dead Redemption, Tech Insider, Fortnite, Google Stadia, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference


The rollout of the coronavirus vaccine could hurt the dairy and cheese industries due to an increase in dry ice demand

Vail Health Hospital pharmacy pharmacist Jessica Peterson, left, places two boxes of mock Covid-19 vaccines into the hospital's ultra-cold freezer at the hospital on December 8, 2020 in Vail, Colorado. The mock vaccines are packaged in the thermal shipping containers that uses dry ice to maintain a temperature of between -60 to -86 degrees Celsius to keep the vaccines cold. Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images The Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines ...
Tags: News, Minnesota, Cheese, US, Trends, Dairy, Wisconsin, Pfizer, Sweeney, US Food and Drug Administration, Timothy Burke, Tim Walz, Vail Colorado, Tony Evers, Jessica Peterson, Moderna


Antelope High School Titan Band Spreading Holiday Cheer With Annual Parade

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Tags: Local, Seen On, Sacramento, Cbs, Biden, Jingle Bells, Sweeney, Antelope, San Joaquin Valley, Xavier Becerra, Dawn Sweeney, Coronavirus Uplift, Antelope High School, Antelope High School Titan, Daniel Timofeyev Antelope High School Titan Band, Hunter Sweeney


Trem Neul.

We have a fairly capacious mailbox, and the mail usually fits with little problem, so I was surprised when I saw the mailman walking up the driveway to the garage, where he deposited a hefty stack that included several packages. Two were Russian books I had ordered, but the largest and heaviest was completely unexpected, and came complete with a customs declaration; it turned out to be from Trevor Joyce, and contained two of his collections of poetry, With the First Dream of Fire They Hunt the ...
Tags: Time, Uncategorized, Linguistics, Thomas, Sweeney, Joyce, Botanical Gardens, Trevor Joyce, Lorine Niedecker, Buile Suibne, River Tolka, WC Williams


Countdown to Christmas: 25 ways to create the holiday home of your dreams

As this year draws to a close (finally), it’s only fitting to want to make this a holiday to remember with seasonal décor that warms the heart. The festivities may be different in 2020, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pull out all the stops. Many of us are keen on celebrating something — anything — after all these months, and there are a fair number of newbies endeavoring to deck their halls for the first time because of limited travel and gatherings, according to Pinterest and other trend watch...
Tags: Twitter, UK, Pinterest, Instagram, Holidays, Etsy, California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Arizona, Ikea, Long Beach, Harry Potter, Johnson


'Posh sports' row nonsense, says RFU boss Sweeney

Rugby Football Union chief executive boss Bill Sweeney says it is "nonsense" to suggest the government prioritised "posh sports" in its £300m winter survival package.
Tags: News, Rugby Football Union, Rfu, Sweeney, Bill Sweeney


'A cynical ploy to divide and conquer': Apple's big App Store fee cut enraged its biggest adversaries in its developer war, including Spotify and Epic Games

Apple CEO Tim Cook. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Apple announced Wednesday it was cutting the usual 30% commission it takes on App Store in-app payments to 15% for small developers. This enraged Spotify, Match Group, and Epic Games, all of who have been fighting with Apple over the 30% fee and have accused the company of abusing monopoly power. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney called the move a "cynical ploy to divide and conquer." Spofiy said in a statement to Business Insider that Apple's change ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Trends, Eu, New York Times, In-app Purchases, App Store, Cto, Match Group, Epic Games, Sweeney, Machiavelli, Tim Sweeney, David Heinemeier Hansson, Sensor Tower


The billionaire behind 'Fortnite' repeatedly compared his company's battle with Apple to the struggle for civil rights, and said the fight is 'an act of civil disobedience'

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney. Qilai Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images On August 13, the wildly popular game "Fortnite" got an update on Apple and Android smartphones that allowed players to bypass the companies' digital payment systems and buy V-Bucks from Epic Games directly. Apple and Google responded by pulling "Fortnite" from their digital storefronts, and cited the update as a terms-of-service violation — which caused Epic to sue both companies. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney characterized hi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Gaming, Video Games, Entertainment, Trends, George Orwell, Epic, New York Times, App Store, Martin Luther King Jr, Epic Games, Sweeney, Tim Sweeney, Ben Gilbert, Tech Insider


Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney likens fight against Apple to fight for civil rights

Earlier today, Apple announced it will reduce the App Store commissions for smaller businesses so that developers earning less than $1 million per year pay a 15% commission on in-app purchases, rather than the standard 30% commission. Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games, says the move — an apparent reaction to current investigations into Apple by Congress, the European Union, the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission on antitrust grounds — doesn’t go nearly far enough. He told...
Tags: Apple, TC, Congress, Australia, Tech, Epic, Wall Street Journal, Federal Trade Commission, Epic Games, Sweeney, Sorkin, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Tim Sweeney, DealBook, Fortnite, European Union the Justice Department