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August 29, 2020, 5:25 AM

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Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Apple has terminated Epic's App Store account, following legal dispute between the companies; Epic has an alternative Apple account to manage its Unreal Engine  —  As previously warned by Apple, Epic's App Store account has now been terminated due to the Fortnite developer knowingly violating App Store policy.
Todd Haselton / CNBC:
Apple says Fortnite users have been directed by Epic to contact AppleCare and those requests caused support and refund quality issues for its users globally  —  - Apple suspended Epic Games' developer account on Friday.  — It means Epic Games can no longer make apps for iPhone, iPad or Mac.
BuzzFeed News:
Zuckerberg criticized Apple at companywide meeting, saying the App Store “blocks innovation, blocks competition” and “allows Apple to charge monopoly rents”  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took a swing at Apple on Thursday, calling the iPhone maker's app store monopolistic …
Reuters:
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
At an all-hands, Zuckerberg said Kenosha Guard's Page remained online after the shooting due to “an operational mistake” as some staff questioned his leadership  —  Frustrated Facebook employees slammed CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday during a companywide meeting …
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
Internal report: Kenosha Guard Page was flagged at least 455 times before Facebook took it down, with four moderators saying it didn't violate any rules  —  In a companywide meeting on Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that a militia page advocating for followers to bring weapons …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Neuralink, Musk's brain-computer interface company, revealed a prototype showing readings from a pig's brain using a coin-shaped device implanted under skull  —  During a press conference held virtually this afternoon, scientists at Elon Musk's Neuralink gave a progress update.
Dinesh Nair / Bloomberg:
Source: London-based investment firm Centricus and Triller seek to buy TikTok's US, AU, NZ, and India operations for $20B; TikTok says it hasn't received a bid  —  - London firm, video app said to propose $10 billion up front  — Bid includes assets in U.S., Australia, New Zealand, India
New York Times:
Once a cautionary tale of arrogant tech, Microsoft now operates one of the most effective influence operations in DC, with TikTok its latest campaign  —  The tech giant, once an example of how not to operate in the nation's capital, now has a successful influence operation there.
Dan Primack / Axios:
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Inside Asana, whose CEO Dustin Moskovitz rejected Silicon Valley's hard-charging style while building the company, as it prepares for a investor roadshow  —  Covering venture capital, software and startups … At the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, upbeat synth music announces the arrival of Dustin Moskovitz.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: AT&T is again exploring a DirecTV sale and is in talks with PE firms for a deal that could value it below $20B; AT&T bought DirecTV for $49B in 2015  —  Telephone giant in discussions with private-equity bidders for satellite-TV business wounded by shift to streaming services
Tom Simonite / Wired:
Google says it plans to launch AI ethics services before end of 2020, offering advice on tasks like spotting racial bias or developing guidance for AI projects  —  After learning its own ethics lessons the hard way, the tech giant will offer services like spotting racial bias or developing guidelines around AI projects.
Mehr Nadeem / Rest of World:
A look at how Saudi Arabia's gaming scene has dramatically evolved, especially for women, as the country loosens gender restrictions on esports  —  In April 2012, three college juniors — Felwa, Tasnim, and Najla — waited anxiously on the campus of Prince Sultan University in Riyadh.

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