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August 14, 2020, 11:45 AM

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Nick Statt / The Verge:
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google removes Fortnite from its Play Store, argues that although its Android ecosystem is open, Epic's decision violates store policies  —  You can still install it directly from Epic, however  —  Following its removal from the Apple App Store, Fortnite has also been kicked off of the Google Play Store for Android.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Apple has removed Epic Games' Fortnite from the App Store after the developer implemented its own in-app payment system, bypassing Apple's standard 30% fee  —  Apple says Epic is violating its App Store guidelines by using its own payment system  —  Apple has removed Epic Games' battle royale Fortnite …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Epic files a suit against Google alleging that its Play Store payments restrictions constitute a monopoly, also accuses Google of being anti-competitive  —  Just like Apple  —  Epic Games has filed suit against Google over alleged antitrust violations, just hours after being dropped …
Austen Goslin / Polygon:
Accompanying its lawsuit, Epic released a 1984-inspired Fortnite short, parodying Apple's iconic Macintosh commercial  —  Epic is taking on the Apple App Store, with a video and a lawsuit  —  Epic premiered a new short video in Fortnite on Thursday called “Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite.”
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Epic enables a direct payment option in Fortnite on iOS and Android alongside the existing method, to get around app store fees; buying direct is up to 20% off  —  Plus, V-bucks get permanently discounted  —  Today, Epic announced the Fortnite “mega drop,” a permanent discount on V-bucks …
Gannon Burgett / Digital Photography Review:
Russell Kirsch, inventor of the pixel and algorithms that laid the foundations for image processing and image pattern recognition, dies at 91  —  Computer scientist Russell Kirsch, best known for inventing the pixel, passed away August 11 at his home in Portland, Oregon.  He was 91-years-old.
Eva Xiao / Wall Street Journal:
China says it will expand a pilot program of its digital currency, led by its central bank People's Bank of China, to include a number of large cities  —  Testing efforts are being led by the People's Bank of China  —  HONG KONG—China's Commerce Ministry said it would expand a pilot program …
Tom Simonite / Wired:
Adobe to add tech to Photoshop later this year to cryptographically tag images with metadata to help identify deepfakes and verify authenticity of images/videos  —  Adobe is adding technology to tag images with metadata, part of an effort to identify deepfakes and other efforts at manipulation.

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