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May 1, 2021, 10:30 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Epic expert's testimony, based on internal Apple docs, estimates that App Store had an operating margin of 77.8% in 2019; Apple says the estimates are wrong  —  - Apple: Calculations are “simply wrong,” will refute in court  — App Store's profits at heart of allegations of Apple monopoly
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
EU charges Apple with antitrust violations, alleging that Apple squeezed rival music streaming apps by requiring them to use its in-app payments system  —  EU accuses Apple of forcing many apps to use its in-app payment system on which it takes commissions, saying it ‘distorted competition’ in music streaming
Benedict Evans / Ben Evans:
The sandboxed App Store model has been a hugely good thing, but Apple has often made wrong decisions in running it and now the EU is stepping in to regulate it  —  Apple launched the App Store in 2008, and tightened up the payment rules in 2011, and we've been arguing about it ever since.
David Pierce / Protocol:
Ahead of the Epic vs. Apple trial, which starts on Monday, a look at what is at stake, how the trial will work, key witnesses who will testify, and more  —  On Monday, Apple and Epic Games will meet in court to decide one of the most consequential antitrust arguments in the history of the tech industry.
Joseph Cox / VICE:
At least 15 Basecamp employees announced on Twitter that they are leaving the company, with some specifically citing new policy banning political talk at work  —  Multiple employees say they are leaving specifically because of recent policy changes.  —  On Friday, numerous employees …
David Lazarus / Los Angeles Times:
CA appellate court rules Amazon is responsible for the safety of third-party products it sells, rejecting Amazon's claim of merely connecting buyers and sellers  —  Should Amazon, which accounts for roughly half of all online sales, be legally and financially responsible for the safety …
Kris Holt / Engadget:
To tackle harassment, Riot Games updates privacy policy allowing it to record in-game voice chats, says it will listen to recordings only if a report is filed  —  Riot Games plans to do more to tackle toxicity in  —  Valorant.  The company is updating its privacy policy to allow it to record in-game voice chats.
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
A look at Zed Run, a digital horse racing platform where users breed, race, and trade NFT horses, with some digital steeds and stables selling for six figures  —  Horse racing meet NFT mania on Zed Run, a digital platform where some top steeds are fetching six-figure sums.
NBC News:
Florida governor to sign into law a bill punishing social media firms for “deplatforming” politicians, which would likely face a constitutional challenge  —  Florida is on track to be the first state in the nation to punish social media companies that ban politicians …
Patrick McGee / Financial Times:
By limiting iOS apps' ad tracking capabilities, Apple could see increased commissions from IAPs and subscriptions if developers start charging for apps  —  The iPhone maker is taking on developers as well as Facebook and Google, transforming the $400bn digital ads market

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