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    Apple will finally let devs tell users about non-App Store purchase options

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Friday, 27 August, 2021 - 04:59

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Apple will finally let developers tell users about purchase options available outside the iOS App Store. The iPhone maker agreed to this and other concessions—including $100 million in payments to developers—in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit filed by two app developers in 2019.

Apple and the developer plaintiffs who sued the company filed motions today urging a federal judge to approve the settlement. The case is in US District Court for the Northern District of California.

"Apple has agreed to revise its App Store Guidelines to permit developers of all app categories to communicate with consenting customers outside their app, including via email and other communication services, about purchasing methods other than in-app purchase... This injunctive relief is extremely valuable. By informing customers of alternative payment options, developers can avoid paying Apple's commissions and, moreover, exert competitive pressure on Apple to discipline its pricing," the plaintiffs' brief said.

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    L’éditeur de Fortnite demande l’aide de la Commission européenne face à Apple

    news.movim.eu / Numerama · Wednesday, 17 February, 2021 - 15:41

La bataille entre Epic Games et Apple s'étend. Désormais, une plainte est déposée devant la Commission européenne, sur fond d'accusations anticoncurrentielles. [Lire la suite]

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    Google et Apple exigent que le réseau social Parler modère ses contenus sous peine d’exclusion

    news.movim.eu / Numerama · Saturday, 9 January, 2021 - 12:34

Google a temporairement suspendu la disponibilité de l'application mobile Parler sur Google Play. De son côté, Apple réclame un plan de modération sur ce réseau social de la droite dure américaine, sous peine d'être exclu de l'App Store. [Lire la suite]

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    Google bans Parler from Android app store

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Saturday, 9 January, 2021 - 02:10

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Enlarge / Google's corporate headquarters. (credit: Alex Tai | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images )

Google has banned the conservative social media app Parler from its Play Store for Android.

In a statement to Ars, Google said it was enforcing long-standing policies requiring that social media apps remove "egregious content like posts that incite violence."

" We’re aware of continued posting in the Parler app that seeks to incite ongoing violence in the US," a Google spokesman told Ars. "In light of this ongoing and urgent public safety threat, we are suspending the app’s listings from the Play Store until it addresses these issues."

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    Apple’s app store is an illegal monopoly, rival Cydia claims in suit

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Friday, 11 December, 2020 - 20:15

Apple’s app store is an illegal monopoly, rival Cydia claims in suit

The company behind Cydia, an iPhone app store that launched before Apple's own App Store, has sued Apple arguing that Apple has monopolized the market for iOS app stores, violating antitrust law in the process.

When the iPhone was introduced in 2007, it didn't have any mechanism for natively running third-party software. Instead, Steve Jobs encouraged developers to create Web apps that would run in the iPhone's Safari browser.

But people soon figured out how to jailbreak the iPhone and began making iPhone apps without Apple's help. Seeing an opportunity, software developer Jay Freeman created a program called Cydia that made it easy for users to download and install native iPhone apps—an app store before the App Store.

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    Xbox cloud gaming service hits iOS, Windows PCs in spring 2021

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 9 December, 2020 - 17:17

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Enlarge / This demonstration of Microsoft's Project xCloud as played with a Razer Kishi controller, attached to a standard Android smartphone, could be a hint of what's to come to iOS devices in Spring of 2021. (credit: Microsoft)

In a blog post today outlining everything from upcoming games to plans for Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft announced that Xbox cloud gaming will come to iOS mobile devices and Windows PCs in spring of 2021.

On Windows PCs, the games will stream through the Xbox app or a Web browser, whereas the service will be limited to the mobile Web browser on iOS devices.

Microsoft's game streaming features require an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, which also includes an on-demand library of downloadable games for both Xbox platforms and Windows PCs, the EA Play downloadable game library, as well Xbox Live Gold, the company's online multiplayer service.

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    Spotify et Epic s’insurgent contre la baisse de la taxe Apple sur l’App Store

    news.movim.eu / Numerama · Wednesday, 18 November, 2020 - 17:47

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Ni Spotify ni Epic n'approuvent la baisse annoncée par Apple sur l'App Store pour les développeurs de petite et moyenne envergure. Et les deux entreprises le font savoir. [Lire la suite]

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    Apple lowers its cut of App Store revenues for some developers

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 18 November, 2020 - 17:20

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In one of the biggest changes to the App Store model ever, Apple today announced that the majority of third-party developers releasing apps and games on the company's App Store will see a reduction in Apple's cut of revenues from 30% to 15%. The company calls it the App Store Small Business Program, and it aims to improve the company's standing in public perception and antitrust battles while minimally impacting its own bottom line.

The program is opt-in, and any developer whose combined revenue across all their apps was less than $1 million in the previous year (or any developers new to the App Store) can apply and be accepted. The revenue measure at play here includes not just app purchases, but in-app purchase (IAP) and subscriptions revenue.

If during the course of the year the developer surpasses the $1 million threshold, the 30% rate will kick back into effect for the remainder of that year. If the developer falls below the threshold again, they'll receive the 15% rate once more the following year.

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