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Apple-commissioned study defends App Store commission rates

Apple is facing antitrust scrutiny over the way it runs its App Store, including the 30% cut of in-app purchases (which drops to 15% for subscriptions after a year of someone paying) that it takes. But look! Here’s...
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Google joins Facebook with stake in JioSaavn’s parent telco

Reliance Jio Platforms is the parent company of Jio, the largest telco in India and the owners of the JioSaavn music streaming service. The company has been on a spree of funding announcements in recent months – raising...
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Twitter hack by bitcoin scam compromised verified accounts

Joe Biden, Kim Kardashian West, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Wiz Khalifa and Apple’s official Twitter account all had a message for followers last night: to send them bitcoin, and because they were...
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Tech firms want ‘strong copyright safe harbours’ in US/UK deal

With the UK ‘Brexiting’ the European Union, it’ll need a new trade deal with the US. Unsurprisingly, the big American internet companies have views on what that trade deal should require from the UK in terms...
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More than 400 brands are boycotting Facebook ads this month

We wrote last month about the launch of a ‘Stop Hate for Profit‘ campaign encouraging brands to pause their advertising on Facebook and Instagram, in protest at Facebook’s policies around hate speech and...
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Indian government bans 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok

The Indian government has announced a ban on 59 apps created by (or at least with origins in) Chinese companies, amid tensions between India and China over military clashes at the border between the two countries. The apps...
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Stop Hate for Profit campaign targets Facebook ad revenues

Long-running complaints about the proliferation of hate speech on social media – and the perceived unwillingness of some platforms to properly tackle the challenge – is bubbling up into a new campaign called ‘Stop...
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More commentators weigh in on Apple’s App Store rules

Tonight will see Apple broadcast the keynote for its online-only WWDC event. Normally Music Ally’s main interest would be any updates for Apple Music – subscriber figures and new product features alike – and while...
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Pressure mounts on Apple over App Store fees and policies

With the European Commission’s formal investigations of Apple getting underway, Spotify has seen some people and companies rallying to its antitrust cause this week. For example, the chairman of the US House’s...
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Kim Kardashian West is Spotify’s latest star podcast signing

If Spotify ever gathers together its exclusive podcast signings for a photo, it’s going to be quite the constellation. Barack and Michelle Obama, Joe Rogan, and now Kim Kardashian West. At least that’s according...
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Analyst claims Amazon’s media assets are worth $500bn

Amazon’s current market cap – its value based on its share price – is $1.32 trillion. But how much are its music and media businesses worth? Needham analyst Laura Martin has been calculating the combined value...
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Fortnite creator Epic Games tipped for valuation of $17bn

Epic Games isn’t just the publisher of Fortnite: it also owns also-popular-with-the-kids game Rocket League; video-chat app Houseparty; the Unreal Engine game development engine; and its own digital games store. No...