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A previous head of the App Store told the US House of Representatives that Apple rejects subscription game services because they compete with Apple Arcade.

As the dispute between Apple and Epic Games continues, a former App Store manager has claimed that Apple does reject apps that compete with its own services. Questioned by the US House of Representatives in its antitrust investigation, Philip Shoemaker said that the App Store had been used to protect Apple’s interests.

“[Apple] was not being honest,” he said when asked about the company’s claim that it treats all developers the same. Calling the App Store rules both “arbitrary” and “arguable,” he said that, “Apple has struggled with using the App Store as a weapon against competitors.”

“Apple has complete and unprecedented power over their customers’ devices,” he continued. “The decisions they make with regards to third-party apps needs to be above reproach, and currently

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  • Google is delaying its plans to charge a 30% mandatory Play Store commission in India.
  • The company’s decision seems like a reaction to the retaliation from Indian startups.
  • Indian payments startup Paytm has already launched a rival app store with some popular apps.

Google is deferring its controversial new Play Store billing policy in India to March 31, 2022. The new rules stop apps from circumventing Google’s payment system and are scheduled to come into effect globally from September 21. They will ensure Google gets its 30% commission on all paid apps and in-app purchases.

In its latest blog post, Google says that it’s setting up listening sessions and policy workshops with leading Indian startups. The internet giant is also extending the time for developers in India to integrate the Google Play billing system so they can implement a UPI payment option. UPI is a unified payment system in

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  • Google Play will collect a 30% commission on in-app purchases from 2021
  • Indian startup founders called these charges “unfeasible”
  • Google’s Android holds a 95.8% market share in India

More than 150 top Indian startups and businesses, some of them big names, have banded together to challenge Google’s monopoly over the Android app ecosystem in India  and build an app store that the country can call its own, TechCrunch reported.

The move by Indian businesses to to build a national altenative to Google Play was prompted by Google’s recent annoucement to force app developers on its store to use its payments system, which takes a 30% cut on transactions including in-app purchases. Reports said founders of leading startups like Paytm, a payments app simiar to Google Pay and is India’s most valuable startup; MakeMyTrip and PolicyBazaar discussed Google’s policy and the concerns on dependence on Google on a call.

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By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department on Friday said it was appealing a judge’s decision to block the government from barring Apple Inc <AAPL.O> and Alphabet Inc’s <GOOGL.O> Google from offering Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat for download in U.S. app stores.

The government said it was appealing the Sept. 19 preliminary junction issued by U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The injunction blocked the U.S. Commerce Department order, which would also bar other U.S. transactions with Tencent Holding’s <0700.HK> WeChat, potentially making the app unusable in the United States.

A U.S. spokesman for Tencent did not immediately comment.

The Justice Department said earlier that Beeler’s order was in error and “permits the continued, unfettered use of WeChat, a mobile application that the Executive Branch has determined constitutes a threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United

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  • Apple services affected by massive outage
  • Apps including Music, TV+ working slow or not at all
  • Issues have been resolved but cause is not known

Another tech outage has hit users, and this time it’s Apple. Many services by the iPhone maker including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple TV Plus and Apple Arcade were down Tuesday evening. 

Many users got error messages while operating their Apple devices and services; some apps were running slow or not at all. The company, through a status message, acknowledged the issues. The outages were resolved before midnight and the services were back to normal, the company’s status page showed. No cause for the outage has been mentioned yet.

The issue began just after 8 pm ET. It was not immediatley clear how widespread the outage was but users in the U.S. and India were seen complaining on Twitter. Apple Support’s Twitter

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  • Apple reported widespread outages Tuesday evening impacting services such as the App Store, Apple Store, iCloud, Apple Music, iTunes, and Apple TV.
  • Users across the US, along with website connectivity monitor DownDetector, reported experiencing difficulties connecting to a variety of Apple services.
  • “Users are experiencing a problem with this service. We are investigating and will update the status as more information becomes available,” Apple’s website said.
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Many of Apple’s services experienced outages Tuesday evening, the company confirmed on its system status page. 

“Users are experiencing a problem with this service. We are investigating and will update the status as more information becomes available,” the company said.

Apple said it has resolved some of the issues but did not reply to a request for comment on what caused the outage.

Here’s

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Apple on Tuesday suffered a sweeping services outage, with major platforms like the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Arcade, iCloud and others rendered inaccessible.

Trouble started at around 8 p.m. Eastern, according to Apple’s System Status webpage. As of this writing, some 25 services have been down for nearly two hours.

“Users are experiencing a problem with the App Store. We are investigating and will update the status as more information becomes available,” Apple said.

Currently, the App Store, Apple Arcade, Apple Books, Apple Business Manager, Apple Music, Apple School Manager, Apple TV+, Apple TV Channels, Apple Care in iOS, Find My, Game Center, iCloud Account and Sign-In, iCloud backup, iCloud Calendar, iCloud Contacts, iCloud Mail, iCloud.com, iTunes U, iWork for iCloud, the Mac App Store, News, Photos, Radio and Schoolwork are down. Apple resolved issues with Apple Card and Apple Cash, though the two services appear to

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Google is cracking down on app makers who have been evading Android’s app store tax. The company has updated its policy to enforce the 30% cut it requires developers to pay if they want to sell and distribute their apps on the Google Play Store.

This isn’t a new development. But over the years, many companies like Spotify, due to Google’s lax guidelines, have managed to circumvent this tax by offering their own payment systems.

Starting September 30 next year, however, Google will mandate the use of its own in-app billing interface. In addition to the upfront fee premium apps charge, this also applies to just about anything else you’d pay for inside an app such as virtual currencies on games, subscriptions to a fitness or education service, and more.

Google says about 3% of apps on its Play Store sell digital goods and out of that, 97% already take

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But by taking on Apple so directly and publicly, Epic — a 29-year-old privately held company worth $17.3 billion and based in Cary, N.C. — may be in for the fight of its life. Apple has a market capitalization of nearly $2 trillion and almost unlimited resources. Last month, it cut off its support for Epic’s Unreal Engine, a software development tool that thousands of developers use. That took the smaller company by surprise.

“We recognized the theoretical possibility in advance, but thought it would be so foolish of” Apple to cut off Unreal Engine, Tim Sweeney, Epic’s founder and chief executive, said in an interview last week.

In court on Monday, Judge Gonzalez Rogers sharply criticized Epic’s decision last month to break with Apple’s payment rules. “There are plenty of people in the public who consider you guys heroes for what you did, but it’s still not honest,” she

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The blockbuster legal clash between Apple and Fortnite developer Epic Games over App Store pie-slicing continues to wreak havoc on the world of tech, producing all sorts of ripple effects. As predicted by a new report from Bloomberg, Google has clarified its approach to its own Google Play Store. Specifically, it’s making it clearer to developers that apps on Google Play must use Google’s billing system for in-app purchases. That would allow for the company to ensure it receives an Apple-esque 30% cut on in-app purchases.

The Play Store billing system has existed for years, but Google has historically been quite lenient about forcing apps to use it, allowing them to use their own billing services to avoid the levy. Unlike Apple, however, Google may be able to avoid charges of monopolistic practices, since the Android platform has more sources for apps than just the Play Store–even if the Play

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