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September 2, 2021, 11:10 AM

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Apple:
Apple will let developers of “reader” apps worldwide link to a website to set up or manage accounts early next year, closing an antitrust investigation by Japan  —  Apple will let developers of “reader” apps around the world link to an external website to set up or manage an account beginning early next year
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Aditya Kalra / Reuters:
Sources: Apple is facing an antitrust investigation in India over forcing developers to use its in-app payment system  —  Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is facing an antitrust challenge in India for allegedly abusing its dominant position in the apps market by forcing developers to use its proprietary …
The Verge:
Apple's updated rules allowing web signup links appear to apply only to apps that don't make much money for Apple, like Netflix and Spotify  —  It's for apps that don't make Apple any money anyways  —  While vocal app developers accused Apple last week of spinning a lawsuit settlement …
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Ireland's Data Protection Commission, on behalf of the EU, fines WhatsApp €225M for privacy violations, the second-largest under GDPR; WhatsApp will appeal  —  Regulators say chat-service unit failed to disclose fully how it collected and shared data about its users
Kait Sanchez / The Verge:
Twitter launches Super Follows for iOS, letting a select group of US test users charge either $2.99, $4.99, or $9.99 per month for their tweets  —  Select users in the US can now charge for tweets  —  Twitter is starting to roll out Super Follows, its new feature that lets users charge for subscriber-only content.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Apple says Arizona and Georgia will be first to support adding IDs to Wallet in iOS 15, with six states, including Utah, Maryland, and Iowa, expected to follow  —  Apple's plan to digitize your wallet is slowly taking shape.  What started with boarding passes and venue tickets later became credit cards …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Filing: SEC sues Satish Kumbhani, the founder of now-defunct BitConnect, and a promoter over alleged $2B crypto fraud scheme; Kumbhani's location is unknown  —  The top U.S. securities regulator on Wednesday sued the founder of the now-defunct cryptocurrency exchange platform BitConnect …
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
YouTube Music reached 50M paying subscribers in August, up from 30M paid music and premium subscribers that YouTube had reported in October 2020  —  Google-owned platforms have grown rapidly to become serious streaming competitor  —  YouTube's paid music streaming services have amassed 50m subscribers …
Erhan Kahraman / Cointelegraph:
Simba Chain, which provides a blockchain-based smart contract service to several US defense organizations, raises $25M Series A led by Valley Capital  —  The $25 million funding round, led by Valley Capital Partners, would enable Simba Chain to dedicate resources to new trends in the blockchain space.
David McLaughlin / Bloomberg:
Source: the DOJ is preparing to file a second antitrust lawsuit against Google by the end of this year, targeting Google's digital ads business  —  U.S. antitrust officials are preparing a second monopoly lawsuit against Alphabet Inc.'s Google over the company's digital advertising business …
Hannah Miller / The Information:
Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao says Binance.US is set to close a large private fundraising round in the next two months, and could go public in the next three years  —  Binance, the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange, has run into a stream of regulatory and legal problems.
Amy Lewin / Sifted:
French grocery delivery startup Cajoo raises $40M Series A from Carrefour and others and plans an expansion into Europe early next year  —  Landing a supermarket as a strategic investor gives Cajoo an edge, argues Capoul.  —  “Some competitors have much more money than us, but we have an advantage in Carrefour,” he says.
Tom Krisher / Associated Press:
NHTSA sends Tesla a letter asking for detailed information on how Autopilot detects and responds to parked emergency vehicles as part of a wider investigation  —  DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government's highway safety agency wants detailed information on how Tesla's Autopilot system detects …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple begins prompting iOS 15 users for consent to enable Personalized Ads for their Apple ID, which was previously on by default and led to antitrust scrutiny  —  For iOS 15 users, Apple has begun prompting for their consent to enable Personalized Ads for their Apple ID …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft announces an online-only Surface hardware event for September 22, where an updated Surface Duo and Laptop are expected  —  New Surface hardware is on the way  —  Microsoft is holding a special Surface hardware event on September 22nd.  The software maker has started sending media invites …

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