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August 27, 2021, 7:01 AM

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Apple:
Apple agrees to settle a class-action lawsuit and will let developers directly contact customers, inform them about purchase options outside iOS, and more  —  CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA Apple today announced a number of changes coming to the App Store that, pending court approval, will resolve a class-action suit from US developers.
The Verge:
Apple's $100M settlement lets devs tell users about alt payment options using contact info from iOS app, but still won't allow adding the info inside the app  —  Developers can email you about payment options that bypass Apple's cut  —  A proposed agreement between Apple …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
YouTube is implementing picture-in-picture functionality in its iOS app, starting with a testing window for Premium subscribers through October 31  —  YouTube is making good on its promise to  —  bring picture-in-picture viewing to iOS users.  TechCrunch
Zeyi Yang / Protocol:
China calls the “996” work culture, a weekly schedule of six 12-hour work days popular among Chinese tech firms, a “serious violation” of labor law  —  The “996” work culture — a 12-hour, six-day work schedule that had been popular among Chinese tech companies until recently …
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Netflix is testing games in its Android app in Poland, starting with two existing Stranger Things games  —  Playing on Netflix's mobile app is new, but the games themselves — two pixelated Stranger Things games — have already been available off Netflix for years.
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Microsoft warns thousands of cloud customers that a now-fixed Azure Cosmos vulnerability might have exposed databases, but it saw no evidence it was exploited  —  Microsoft (MSFT.O) on Thursday warned thousands of its cloud computing customers, including some of the world's largest companies …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple launches News Partner Program, which lowers commissions on in-app purchases to 15% for news publishers who participate in Apple News  —  Apple today is launching a new program that will allow subscription news organizations that participate in the Apple News app and meet certain requirements …
Ryan Weeks / The Block:
DJ 3LAU launches Royal, which lets users trade shares of song royalty rights as crypto tokens, with $16M in seed funding led by Founders Fund and Paradigm  —  Royal, a non-fungible token (NFT) investment platform focused on music, has announced a $16 million seed-stage fundraise.
Matthew Gault / VICE:
Reddit CEO responds after calls from users to purge the site of COVID-19 disinformation, saying “dissent is a part of Reddit and the foundation of democracy”  —  The CEO of Reddit has responded to calls from users to purge the site of disinformation, saying “dissent is a part of Reddit and the foundation of democracy.”
Sujeong Lim / Counterpoint Research:
Apple Watch active user base crossed 100M globally in Q2, as the smartwatch market grew 27% YoY and the sub-$100 segment grew 547% YoY  —  - The market grew a healthy 27% YoY, thanks to strong demand for sub-$100 smartwatches.  — Samsung and Garmin posted remarkable YoY growth even as Apple maintained its lead.
Josh Ye / South China Morning Post:
A look at China's turbulent relationship with its domestic gaming industry, as it continues its crackdown on Tencent, while laying out plans for global growth  —  China's domestic gaming revenues in 2020 rose to 278.7 billion yuan with almost half of the country now playing video games …
Wall Street Journal:
Q&A with John Binns, a 21-year-old American living in Turkey, who claims responsibility for the recent T-Mobile hack and says its security is “awful”  —  A 21-year-old American said he used an unprotected router to access millions of customer records in the mobile carrier's latest breach
Thomas Claburn / The Register:
As Linux turns 30, a Q&A with Greg Kroah-Hartman, who oversees Linux kernel releases, on lessons learned, upcoming challenges, why Linux succeeded, and more  —  Greg Kroah-Hartman talks to El Reg about world domination, what was, and what may be for the kernel
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Wall Street Journal:
A look at El Salvador's adoption of bitcoin as a national currency on Sept. 7, by giving citizens $30 to sign up for its Chivo wallet, and potential issues  —  Impoverished nation is defying warnings against using volatile crypto asset as official currency alongside U.S. dollar

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