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South Korea to force app stores to allow alternative payments

Things are moving fast in the debate around how much app store owners like Apple and Google should be forced to open up their systems.
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US Open App Markets Act chimes with Spotify lobbying goals

Well, not just Spotify. It's fair to say that the bipartisan antitrust legislation launched yesterday will also delight Epic Games too.
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Google announces digital safety changes for kids and teens

The latest announcement from Google includes enabling any under-18 year-old to request the removal of their images from Google Image search results.
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Report: Google outshipped Amazon for US smart speakers in Q2

Omdia estimates Google shipped nearly 4.2m smart speakers in Q2 compared to Amazon’s 3.4m, which it pegs as 47.8% growth and 31.3% decline year-on-year.
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Facebook commissions study on Apple and Google default apps

Facebook has commissioned a study of whether owners of Android and iOS devices tend to mainly use the default apps offered by Google and Apple. Sit down for this bombshell: the study concluded that they do. “The results...
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Facebook, Google, TikTok and Twitter to tackle abuse of women

Well, the four tech companies have announced a “bold package of commitments to tackle online abuse and improve women’s safety on their platforms” to be specific: it remains to be seen how well they follow through...
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Sandbox Issue 272: DSP’s Emerging Talent Programmes – how do you get on one, what happens if you do, and is there a catch?

Lead: Each DSP has a programme dedicated to supporting new artists: weaponising the platform by endorsing them to a large audience, and hopefully accelerating their careers. Places on these programmes are, of course, keenly...
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Google reduces its app sales cut for small developers

Apple’s 30% “app tax” (as critics like to call it) isn’t always 30%. It’s 15% for subscriptions once a subscriber has been paying for a year, and since November 2020 it has also been 15% for...
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Big Tech and Big News continue their uneasy frenemyship

We’ve followed the music deals and clashes of Facebook, Google and other big tech companies with diligence, but we keep a watching eye on how these firms are interacting with other creative and media industries. Two stories...
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Google completes its acquisition of fitness tech firm Fitbit

Google announced plans to buy fitness tech firm Fitbit for $2.1bn back in November 2019, but the deal has since been subject to regulatory scrutiny. Now, 14 months on, it has been completed. One of the talking points in that...
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Google and Snap tipped to invest in Indian firm ShareChat

Google and Snap are in talks to invest in Indian social media company ShareChat, according to a report on TechCrunch. It claims that ShareChat’s Series E funding round will be more than $200m, with at least half of...
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Blob Opera is Google’s latest AI music experiment

Don’t click on this link if you have urgent work tasks to complete. Well, we warned you. It’s the latest machine-learning experiment involving music within the Google empire, and it’s called Blob Opera....