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August 14, 2020, 3:50 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
By weaponizing Fortnite and with Apple as its primary target, Epic Games is well positioned to lead the fight for a change in app store policies  —  Epic Games executed its most ambitious Fortnite live event yesterday, leading both Apple and Google to remove one of the world's most popular games from their app stores.
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 …
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Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Facebook launches paid online events in 20 countries with waived fees during COVID-19, says Apple is hurting SMBs by not agreeing to waive its 30% cut on iOS  —  Facebook Inc. joined a growing list of developers to publicly criticize Apple Inc. over its revenue-sharing policy for in-app purchases …
New York Times:
Internal docs show TikTok classified more than a third of its 49M US DAUs in July as 14 years old or younger, raising concerns about safeguards for preteens  —  Three current and former employees expressed concerns about the Chinese-owned app's safeguards for preteen children.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook didn't apply hate speech rules to at least four flagged individuals and groups in India, showing a pattern of favoritism to Modi's party  —  Company executive in vital market opposed move to ban controversial politician; some employees allege favoritism to ruling party
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Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
Ubisoft fires Ashraf Ismail, the creative director of its newest Assassin's Creed game, following an investigation into misconduct allegations  —  Ubisoft Entertainment SA has dismissed the creative director of the newest Assassin's Creed game, the latest result of a MeToo reckoning …
Katyanna Quach / The Register:
Mozilla confirms a deal to keep Google as the default search provider in Firefox; source says the deal is worth $400M to $450M a year between now and 2023  —  $2.5m-a-year CEO set to take a pay cut, so that's all right, then  —  Mozilla has renewed its lucrative nine-figure deal with Google …
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
ICE signed a contract with facial recognition company Clearview AI this week for “mission support”, government contracting records show  —  The contract comes after months of scrutiny of Clearview's privacy practices  —  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) …
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.
Aaron Mak / Slate:
Google's Ad Exchange is demonetizing pages that merely mention issues of race and LGBTQ rights, classifying them as “dangerous or derogatory content”  —  On Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year, the Atlantic decided to recirculate King's famous “Letter From Birmingham Jail,” …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Warner Music acquires IMGN, which creates and tracks viral social media content in categories like e-sports, gaming, and ASMR, source says for just under $100M  —  It's a whole new playing field these days for music labels and publishers, and today one of the big three made an acquisition …

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