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Parler is coming back to iPhones — are Android and the Play Store next?

Parler is coming back to iPhones — are Android and the Play Store next?

Apple is reportedly allowing the "free speech" social networking service Parler to return to the App Store, but it may not be alone. We're told that the only thing keeping Parler off of Google's Play Store is... well, Parler. The app can apparently come back to Android's biggest app platform just as soon as a version that complies with Play Store policies is submitted.

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New icons let you see which apps are rising up and falling off the Play Store charts

New icons let you see which apps are rising up and falling off the Play Store charts

All ranks are fungible on a leaderboard and Google is making that axiom painfully apparent to developers, publishers and prospective users alike with a new rank change icon in its top app lists on the Play Store.

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Parler's ban is causing tons of people to mistakenly download an obscure old app

Parler's ban is causing tons of people to mistakenly download an obscure old app

Alt-right social media platform Parler has been kicked to the curb by Apple, Google, Amazon, and basically every other company it could possibly do business with, but a glance at the Play Store top app charts might leave you confused — if you can't spell, anyway. Somehow "social talking app" Parlor has hit #3 on the Play Store.

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Parler social network removed from Apple App Store following Play Store takedown

Parler social network removed from Apple App Store following Play Store takedown

The social media network Parler has grown significantly over the past year as a "free speech" alternative to Twitter and Facebook, though it has been constantly criticized for allowing extremist content and damaging conspiracy theories. Following the raid on the U.S. Capitol by far-right extremists that left at least five people dead, Apple demanded Parler establish new moderation policies, but Google appears to have skipped ahead and banned the app entirely.

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Google and Apple both set to ban apps using this sketchy monetization SDK

Google and Apple both set to ban apps using this sketchy monetization SDK

Apple and Google have both taken the exceptional step of banning any apps that include X-Mode's software from their respective app stores, according to The Wall Street Journal. The news comes after investigations revealed location data gathered by X-Mode in those apps were sold to parties with ties to the US government and national security efforts. Play Store developers have one week to comply before the banhammer falls.

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Google Stadia will start testing an iOS version soon

Google Stadia will start testing an iOS version soon

Google is gearing up to test a long-awaited iOS version of its Stadia game-streaming service — with a twist. To avoid the App Store's new and ridiculous game streaming policy, Google's making the iOS version of Stadia a web app, bypassing Apple entirely.

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Apple cuts App Store fees in half for most developers amidst ongoing antitrust fight with Epic

Apple cuts App Store fees in half for most developers amidst ongoing antitrust fight with Epic

Earlier this year, Apple got into a bit of a kerfuffle over the cut it takes from the revenue of apps like Fortnite. Epic sued the company, and Apple has faced increased scrutiny in the wake of the lawsuit. Now, Apple has announced that it is cutting some App Store fees in half in a move that will see most developers get a significant raise in revenue.

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Indian startups are looking to break Google’s monopoly with a localized Play Store alternative

Indian startups are looking to break Google’s monopoly with a localized Play Store alternative

About two weeks back, India’s premier financial services app Paytm got kicked out of the Play Store. While the episode didn’t last long as Google reinstated the app within hours, it triggered a widespread call to curb Google’s unabated dominance over the country's app distribution market. That uproar has now reached a point where a local tech startup consortium is exploring the option to launch a Play Store alternative that frees it from Google’s control.

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Google will make using alternative app stores easier in Android 12

Google will make using alternative app stores easier in Android 12

Epic Games opened a can of worms last month when it added its own payment solution to Fortnite in a violation of Google Play's guidelines for developers. The move has brought discussions on app store policies to the forefront, and now Google is taking the opportunity to highlight Android's open nature — and announce a big change for alternative app stores coming in Android 12.

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U.S. government bans TikTok and WeChat starting Sunday

U.S. government bans TikTok and WeChat starting Sunday

The U.S. government threatened to ban TikTok and WeChat if no suitable U.S. company bought it, and even though TikTok and Oracle just recently signed a deal as "trusted tech partners," that apparently wasn't enough. The U.S. Commerce Department today shared that TikTok and WeChat will not be available for download from U.S. app stores anymore starting Sunday, September 20, confirming the initial announcement on August 6.

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