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Apple admits that iMessage for Android was killed to keep its walled garden

Apple admits that iMessage for Android was killed to keep its walled garden

The legal conflict between Epic Games and Apple has already had some fairly substantial fallout. The court of public opinion has already pressed Apple and Google to reduce marketplace fees for developers on the App Store and Play Store, and a number of Apple's antics have fallen under the scrutiny of politicians and the general public. Now a new court filing from Epic Games is opening up the can of worms that is iMessage exclusivity.

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Xiaomi wins ruling on trade restrictions a week before they were slated to go into effect

Xiaomi wins ruling on trade restrictions a week before they were slated to go into effect

In the final days of Donald Trump's presidency, the government tried to leave another mark by following up the Huawei and ZTE bans with another one, this time aimed at Xiaomi. However, the company was able to get a preliminary injunction from the US District Court for the District of Columbia, removing the restrictions on the business a week before they were scheduled to go into effect.

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Google faces possible class action over Stadia's 4K claims

Google faces possible class action over Stadia's 4K claims

Google's Stadia game streaming platform is still hanging in there, but it still hasn't lived up to some of its original goals. The available library is limited (compared to other platforms), there won't be any first-party games developed by Google, and Stadia's ambitions for 4K gameplay didn't really pan out. Now the company faces a possible class action lawsuit over 4K gaming claims.

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Google will pay some Australian publishers after threat to leave market boomerangs

Google will pay some Australian publishers after threat to leave market boomerangs

Google is starting to back down on its threat to leave the Australian market. In a blog post today, the company extended an olive branch, highlighting Australian publishers that would be joining the News Showcase program, which pays publishers as part of a licensing program to refer traffic to their stories.

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Google to pay $3.8 million in response to claims of bias against female and Asian employees

Google to pay $3.8 million in response to claims of bias against female and Asian employees

Google’s market domination has drawn the company a lot of attention — and even more lawsuits. It has come under the microscope of several government agencies for exploiting its monopolistic position on so many occasions that we’ve frankly lost count. In the latest turn of events, Google is paying up $3.8 million in response to accusations of hiring and pay bias against female and Asian employees.

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Bing to the rescue: Microsoft happy to step in if Google pulls out of Australia

Bing to the rescue: Microsoft happy to step in if Google pulls out of Australia

Google threatened to leave the Australian market if the local government pulls through with a law that would require search engines to pay publishers for linking to news articles. The threat hasn't gone down well, and in a turn of events that shouldn't surprise anyone, smaller competitors are ready to step in should Google pull through with its decision if the law is passed. Microsoft is ready to agree and work with the Australian government going forward, just like DuckDuckGo.

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Google will disable Search in Australia if government insists that it pays publishers

Google will disable Search in Australia if government insists that it pays publishers

With great power comes great responsibility, and also great scrutiny — just ask Google. The world's leading search engine may have to pay publishers in Australia if new legislation is passed by the government. In response, Google has threatened to disable Search in the country if the new code is passed, and the threat has understandably not gone down well down under.

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Pocket Casts will go up for sale again, three years after acquisition by public radio group

Pocket Casts will go up for sale again, three years after acquisition by public radio group

Podcast player application Pocket Casts was acquired by a public radio group in mid-2018, right around the time Spotify started expanding into the podcast world. The service has had some ups and downs since then, but now it looks like Pocket Casts could have new ownership in the near future.

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Trump bans handful of Chinese apps including Alipay and WeChat Pay

Trump bans handful of Chinese apps including Alipay and WeChat Pay

With just two weeks to go before he leaves office, President Trump has issued an executive order banning transactions with a handful of Chinese apps. Set to kick in Friday, February 19th, the order will ban Alipay, CamScanner, QQ Wallet, SHAREit, Tencent QQ, VMate, WeChat Pay, and WPS Office from US app stores.

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Google's Fitbit acquisition faces a new setback from the outback

Google's Fitbit acquisition faces a new setback from the outback

Google received good news from the European Commission earlier this week, as its acquisition of health tracking wearable company Fitbit was approved conditionally. But just because the $2 billion dollar deal has gained the thumbs-up from one regulatory body doesn't mean it's completely in the clear — Australia has threatened Google with a $400 million fine if the merger moves forward without approval from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

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