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September 10, 2021, 11:05 PM

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Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Court issues permanent injunction in Epic vs. Apple, ruling that Apple can't prohibit developers from linking to external purchase options in addition to IAP  —  A major win for Epic Games and Fortnite  —  Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers issued a permanent injunction in the Epic v. Apple case …
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Epic ruling is a win for Apple as it costs the company just a few billion annually and doesn't force Apple to change its fees or let 3rd-party app stores on iOS  —  - Judge says all apps can bypass the company's purchase fees  — Apple makes majority of its App Store revenue from games
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
TechCrunch:
Mark 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 …
Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:
Internal docs: Google realized last year it illegally underpaid temp staff in many countries for years, but was slow to fix the issue fearing negative publicity  —  The company realized months ago that it could be running afoul of pay laws in a number of countries but has been slow to fix the problem, according to internal documents.
Davey Alba / New York Times:
Internal emails: the data Facebook provided to researchers studying misinformation since 2019 included about half of its US users, not all as it then claimed  —  More than three years ago, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook trumpeted a plan to share data with researchers about how people interacted …
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.
Cecilia D'Anastasio / Wired:
Twitch sues two anonymous users, accusing them of “hate raids” harassing Black and LGBTQIA+ streamers with racist, homophobic, sexist, and other content  —  The lawsuit accuses two anonymous users of “targeting black and LGBTQIA+ streamers with racist, homophobic …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Stripe is in early discussions with investment banks about going public as soon as next year, either through a direct listing or an IPO  —  - Stripe is still deciding on an IPO vs. a direct listing  — Company would be one of the biggest ever to go public
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
The DoD has retaken all 175M IPv4 addresses it handed over to a Florida company on Trump's last day; DoD says its schedule was “agnostic” of the admin change  —  Control of a remarkable 6 percent of the Internet was handed over to a Florida company as part of a cybersecurity pilot project.
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 …
Rick Klau / California Department of Technology:
California releases front end and middle tier code for its Digital Vaccine Record on GitHub to help other states deploy SMART Health Card systems of their own  —  By Rick Klau State Chief Technology Innovation Officer September 10, 2021 - Soon after we launched the Digital Vaccine Record portal in June …
Youkyung Lee / Bloomberg:
Kakao and its subsidiaries have lost $16B+ in market value this month amid S. Korea's tech crackdown and as some lawmakers call the company “a symbol of greed”  —  - Kakao shares fell 17% in two days on lawmaker, regulator moves  — Sell-off creates ‘classic buying opportunities,’ CLSA says
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Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
Toronto-based Cohere, founded by two ex-Google Brain team members to commercialize natural language AI models, raises $40M Series A led by Index Ventures  —  The ability of computers to understand and generate language took a huge leap forward in 2017 when researchers at Google developed …

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