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August 14, 2020, 10:10 AM

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Nick Statt / The Verge:
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 …
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.
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:
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 …
Bloomberg:
A legal analysis and risk evaluation of the US antitrust cases against Google, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook shows the cases won't be a slam dunk  —  U.S. tech giants have enormous influence over what we buy, read, see and think.  But is their market power illegal?
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.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple will launch “Apple One” tiered subscription bundles, with Music, TV+, News+, and a new virtual fitness service, as early as October  —  Apple Inc. is readying a series of bundles that will let customers subscribe to several of the company's digital services …
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Facebook officially launches a Voting Information Center on Facebook and Instagram, with state-by-state information on how to register and vote  —  Eager to avoid a repeat of its disastrous role as a super-spreader of misinformation during the 2016 election cycle, Facebook is getting its ducks in a row.

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