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September 25, 2020, 8:55 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Google to issue new guidelines emphasizing that developers must use Google's own billing service for in-app purchases and subscriptions in Play Store  —  - Google and Apple's 30% cut of purchases is under scrutiny  — Google to update developer rules to emphasize requirement
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Leaked email: Google informed its advertisers on Friday that it will block election ads referencing “the election, or its outcome” after polls close on Nov. 3  —  Google informed its advertisers Friday that it will broadly block election ads after polls close Nov. 3, according to an email obtained by Axios.
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Alphabet settles shareholder lawsuit over its handling of sexual harassment claims, agrees to eliminate mandatory arbitration and limit Google's use of NDAs  —  - Alphabet has reached a settlement with shareholders in a lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct mishandling and cover-up by executives …
Alex Heath / The Information:
Stan Chudnovsky, head of Messenger at Facebook, says Facebook has asked Apple for years to give users an option to make Messenger the default iOS messaging app  —  Facebook executives have sharply ramped up their criticism of Apple in recent months, contesting the iPhone maker's restrictions …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Apple has agreed to allow Facebook to process payments for its paid online events feature via Facebook Pay, without taking a 30% cut, until December 31  —  Last month, Facebook introduced support for paid online events — and since many of the businesses offering those events have struggled during …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
The European Commission says it will appeal the July 2020 ruling that reversed the original $15B fine against Apple and Ireland over State Aid and taxes  —  It's not over until it's over for Apple and its ongoing tax headache in Europe.  Today the European Commission announced that it plans …
Olivia Solon / NBC News:
About 25 academics, journalists, others say they've formed the Real Facebook Oversight Board, to analyze and critique Facebook's content moderation decisions  —  Some of Facebook's most vocal critics are tired of waiting for its independent oversight board — so they're starting their own.
Ethan Gach / Kotaku:
Report: longtime Ubisoft veteran and Rayman creator Michel Ancel retired from the game publisher earlier this month while being investigated for toxic behavior  —  Rayman creator, Beyond Good and Evil 2 director, and longtime Ubisoft veteran Michel Ancel retired from the video game publisher earlier …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Google has announced the general availability of AI Platform Prediction, a service for developers to prepare, build, run, and share ML models in the cloud  —  Google today launched AI Platform Prediction in general availability, a service that lets developers prep, build, run, and share machine learning models in the cloud.
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Future AR wearables from Facebook, Apple, and Amazon will track how we move and react in real time, setting up a privacy minefield  —  Facebook recently gave us our best glimpse yet into its augmented reality plans.  The company will be piloting a new set of glasses that will lay the groundwork for an eventual consumer-ready product.

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