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September 12, 2020, 12:50 PM

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Ian Sherr / CNET:
Microsoft says Apple's App Store changes still create a bad experience for gamers, who want a catalog app and not to “be forced to download over 100 apps”  —  Apple is changing its App Store rules to allow game streaming services, which let people play video games over the internet …
TechCrunch:
Apple revises App Store guidelines, clarifying rules for in-app purchases from certain categories of apps and iOS 14 features including App Clips and widgets  —  Apple today is releasing updated App Store Guidelines with the goal of clarifying how it will approach new technologies …
AppleInsider:
Sarah Manavis / New Statesman:
Goodreads has held on to its dominant spot online despite being nearly unusable, but its reign is now being challenged by competitors, including The StoryGraph  —  On a typical day, a long-time user of Goodreads, the world's largest community for reviewing and recommending books, will feel like they're losing their mind.
BuzzFeed News:
Newly uncovered emails from 2016 show Peter Thiel hosted a dinner in the summer of that year with one of the most influential white nationalists in the US  —  The venture capitalist and Facebook board member staked his reputation on a Trump presidency.  Now what does he have to show for it?
Angus Loten / Wall Street Journal:
Canalys: companies in China spent a record $4.3B on cloud services in H1 2020, up 70% YoY; Alibaba accounted for around 40% of total Q2 cloud spending in China  —  Businesses in China are accelerating their digitization efforts, helping make local cloud providers into giants to rival Amazon and Microsoft
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Rob Copeland / Wall Street Journal:
How Sundar Pichai is leading Google at a time when many of the company's strengths become the focus of intense public criticism and antitrust scrutiny  —  The low-key chief is contending with possible antitrust lawsuits, a revenue drop and pressure to take the company in new directions
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Palmer Luckey's Anduril Industries unveils a military drone that can fly autonomously, form a data-sharing swarm, and track people, missiles, equipment using AI  —  Anduril Industries' Palmer Luckey warns of an “AI arms race” and embraces the defense sector while much of Silicon Valley shuns it.
Jeffrey Brainard / Science:
Study: ~180 online-only, open-access science, social sciences, and humanities journals have disappeared in the last 20 years and their content wasn't preserved  —  Eighty-four online-only, open-access (OA) journals in the sciences, and nearly 100 more in the social sciences and humanities …

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