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June 9, 2016, 10:25 AM

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Lauren Goode / The Verge:
Apple to debut paid App Store search ads at WWDC, offer developers a 85/15 revenue split for in-app subscriptions for users subscribed for over a year  —  Apple's annual conference for developers, which kicks off next Monday, is normally when the company previews its newest software for iOS …
Mark Bergen / Recode:
Sources: Google Play is testing an 85/15 app revenue sharing model for all subscriptions  —  Unlike Apple, the Play Store split would take effect immediately.  —  On Wednesday, Apple detailed major shake-ups coming to its powerful app store.  Those include a new revenue sharing model …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
New App Store policies are unclear whether apps that do not offer content or services qualify for subscriptions  —  From Lauren Goode's interview with Phil Schiller for The Verge, specifically regarding the new 85/15 revenue split after the first year of a subscription (italic emphasis mine):
Bloomberg:
Sources: Larry Page has invested over $100M in flying-car startup Zee.Aero, also backs competing firm Kitty Hawk  —  With Zee.Aero and Kitty Hawk, the Google co-founder looks to the skies.  —  Three years ago, Silicon Valley developed a fleeting infatuation with a startup called Zee.Aero.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google and U.S. Cellular partner for expanded coverage area for Project Fi; additional coverage to roll out next week  —  Google today announced a new Project Fi partner network: U.S. Cellular.  The additional coverage will be automatically rolling out to all Fi users “over the coming weeks” …
Sarah Butler / Guardian:
Amazon starts UK fresh food delivery  —  Amazon Fresh intends to offer extensive choice, low prices and fast delivery to an initial 69 postcodes in London  —  Amazon is stepping up its battle against British supermarkets with the launch of fresh food deliveries on Thursday.
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon will invest $3B in its Indian operations, bringing total planned investment in India to $5B since 2014  —  The announcement brings the e-commerce gaint's total planned investment to $5 billion  —  Amazon.com Inc. plans to invest an additional $3 billion into India …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says it has paused its plans to add a TV DVR feature to the Xbox One  —  Microsoft is no longer planning to add a TV DVR feature to its Xbox One console.  The software giant originally unveiled plans to add TV DVR to the Xbox One back in August, noting that the feature would arrive some time in 2016.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Memo from new Nest CEO Marwan Fawaz: company is not for sale, will focus on scale and growth of products  —  It's been a tumultuous few days for Nest, which saw co-founder and CEO Tony Fadell depart last week amidst swirling unhappiness about the company's product roadmap, demanding culture …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Nomura research: installs of apps from the top 15 publishers dropped 20% YoY in May 2016 in the US, up 3% elsewhere; Snapchat and Uber saw downloads double YoY  —  Your phone is full of apps, and you're done downloading new ones — unless they're Snapchat or Uber.

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