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September 10, 2021, 11:31 AM

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Jay Peters / The Verge:
Epic asks Apple to reinstate its Fortnite developer account in South Korea, after passage of a bill forcing app stores to allow alternative payment systems  —  Following the passing of a bill allowing alternative payment systems on the App Store  —  Epic Games has asked Apple to reinstate …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Apple says it won't let Epic Games back in the App Store unless Epic agrees to “play by the same rules as everyone else”  —  Unless Epic complies with App Store rules, that is  —  Apple says it won't let Epic Games back in the App Store until they agree to “play by the same rules as everyone else.”
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Jessica Toonkel / The Information:
Sources: Apple intends to double its output of TV shows and movies next year to at least one a week and plans to spend $500M+ on marketing Apple TV+ this year  —  When Apple launched its Apple TV+ service nearly two years ago, executives throughout Hollywood and Silicon Valley snickered about the streaming video service.
Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Kuo: Apple has resolved its Apple Watch Series 7 production issues and will start mass production mid to late September, with shipping set for late September  —  Apple has resolved its Apple Watch Series 7 production issues and will start mass producing the new model in mid to late September …
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Apple says Apple Music will use Shazam's technology to identify and compensate DJs, labels, and artists involved in making DJ mixes  —  Apple Music announced today that it's created a process to properly identify and compensate all of the individual creators involved in making a DJ mix.
TechCrunch:
Zuckerberg says WhatsApp will start rolling out e2e encrypted backups to iOS and Android users in the coming weeks as an optional feature  —  WhatsApp said on Friday it will give its two billion users the option to encrypt their chat backups to the cloud, taking a significant step to put …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Tinder CEO Jim Lanzone will be the next CEO of Yahoo following the closure of Apollo's acquisition of Yahoo on September 1  —  Mr. Lanzone will join Yahoo as CEO later this month  —  Apollo Global Management Inc. is naming Tinder Chief Executive Jim Lanzone the new CEO of Yahoo …
Financial Times:
In a consultation document, UK government suggests removing human review of some AI decisions, in a reversal of EU data protection laws  —  Excising Article 22 of Brussels regulations would alarm privacy campaigners  —  The government will put itself on a collision course with data privacy campaigners …
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
Texas governor signs bill banning social media companies with 50M+ MAUs from blocking or restricting people or their content based on their viewpoint  —  The law is an escalation of a conservative critique of Silicon Valley and will likely to face legal challenges from the industry
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Facebook launches $299 Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses in six countries including the US; users can capture photo and video, listen to music, or take phone calls  —  Hands-on with Facebook and Ray-Ban's first pair of smart glasses  —  Starting Thursday, the first pair of smart glasses …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple has appointed longtime Apple Watch and Health software chief Kevin Lynch as the new head of its Apple Car project after Doug Field's departure  —  - Kevin Lynch replaces Doug Field as head of Apple's car efforts  — Field left Apple's project after three years to work at Ford
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Epic to shut down Houseparty, the video chat app it acquired in 2019, in October, along with Fortnite Mode, which uses Houseparty for video chats  —  Houseparty, the social video chat app acquired by Fortnite maker Epic Games for a reported $35 million back in 2019, is shutting down.
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
Vouch, which offers insurance policies tailored to startups and high-growth companies, raises $30M Series B1 and $60M Series C, and is now valued at $550M  —  Vouch, a provider of business insurance to startups and high-growth companies, announced today it has raised $90 million in new funding.
Christine Hall / TechCrunch:
New Delhi-based Amagi, which provides targeted advertising software for broadcast and connected TVs, raises $100M, bringing its total raised to $150M  —  Media technology company Amagi announced Friday $100 million to further develop its cloud-based SaaS technology for broadcast and connected televisions.
Jackie Davalos / Bloomberg:
Match Group appoints Renate Nyborg as the new CEO of Tinder; Nyborg last served as Tinder's general manager of Europe, Middle East, and Africa  —  Match Group Inc. appointed Renate Nyborg as the new chief executive officer of the dating-app giant's leading brand, Tinder.
Wall Street Journal:
Doordash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats sue NYC for its law capping the amount of commissions the apps can charge, say the law is harmful government overreach  —  Food-delivery companies contend the cap is harmful, constitutes government overreach  —  DoorDash Inc., Grubhub Inc …

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