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August 18, 2020, 12:00 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 …
@epicnewsroom:
Epic Games says Apple informed it that all of Epic's developer accounts will be terminated on August 28; Epic has asked a court to issue a restraining order  —  Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store and has informed Epic that on Friday, August 28 Apple will terminate all our developer accounts and cut Epic off from iOS and Mac development tools. We are asking the court to stop this retaliation. Details here: https://cdn2.unrealengine.com/ ...
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.
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Financial Times:
Nathan Crooks / Bloomberg:
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
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Samsung Note20 Ultra review: has fast performance, multiday battery life, big display is great for streaming games, but camera bump is huge, and it's expensive  —  A refinement of the formula  —  Samsung has settled into a new routine for its Galaxy Note line of smartphones …
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.
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:
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Buildkite, a Melbourne-based continuous integration and delivery startup, raises ~$20.3M Series A led by OpenView, valuing it at ~$145M  —  Buildkite, a Melbourne-based company that provides a hybrid continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) platform for software developers …

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