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August 18, 2020, 1:30 PM

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Sam Byford / The Verge:
Apple says “the problem Epic has created for itself is one that can easily be remedied” if they revert to comply with the guidelines they agreed to  —  “The problem Epic has created for itself is one that can easily be remedied.”  —  Apple has responded to Epic Games' latest salvo …
Mike Minotti / VentureBeat:
Epic says that Apple's move to revoke its permission to develop tools for iOS and Mac would prevent its popular Unreal Engine from working on Apple platforms  —  Epic went after Apple, and now the tech giant strikes back.  Epic Games revealed on Twitter that Apple is revoking Epic's permissions …
The Information:
Sources: Epic has reached out to other tech companies, including Spotify, about forming a coalition of companies critical of Apple's App Store policies  —  Epic Games, the videogame maker that started a daring legal brawl with Apple last week, is hoping to organize wider opposition to the tech giant.
@epicnewsroom:
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Apple:
Apple renames Beats 1, its streaming radio station, Apple Music 1 and launches two new radio stations: Apple Music Hits and Apple Music Country  —  Apple Music 1 and two new stations, Apple Music Hits and Apple Music Country, feature exclusive original shows from the world's top music hosts and artists
Sebastian Herrera / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon says it is expanding physical offices and adding 3,500 corporate employees in six major cities, including 2,000 jobs in New York City  —  The e-commerce giant says it is adding 3,500 employees in six major cities, including 2,000 jobs in New York City
Joanna Nelius / Gizmodo:
Nvidia's cloud gaming service GeForce Now is now available on Chromebooks in beta, but lacks the ability to automatically adjust for poor network conditions  —  Nvidia's cloud gaming service, GeForce Now, officially hit beta on ChromeOS today and it's helping to make the gaming PC obsolete faster than you'd expect.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Kate Conger / New York Times:
Sources: Uber and Lyft are considering a franchise-like model in California where they would license their brands to operators of vehicle fleets  —  Under pressure to classify their freelance drivers as full-time employees, the ride-hailing companies are discussing another option.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
Senate Intelligence Committee concludes Putin ordered the 2016 hacking of Democratic Party accounts and the release of emails to harm Hillary Clinton's campaign  —  - Manafort described as a ‘grave counterintelligence threat’  — Report details plan to hurt Clinton, finds no Trump collusion
Rita Liao / TechCrunch:
California-based Asian e-grocer Weee! raises $35M Series C from DST Global, bringing its total raised to over $100M  —  Coronavirus stay-home orders have sparked an unprecedented demand for grocery delivery around the world.  Now investors are clamoring to bet on promising players in the field.

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