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Epic Games may be on the hook for a whopping $3.6 million if it loses appeal against Apple

Epic Games may be on the hook for a whopping $3.6 million if it loses appeal against Apple

Last week's ruling in Epic Games v. Apple which basically allowed app developers to direct customers away from the App Store payment platform for in-app transactions was praised and panned across the spectrum. But in the view of Epic, it did not go far enough in stopping what it alleges to be Apple's harmful practices on its iOS app distribution monopoly. So it went on Sunday as the gaming giant filed an appeal.

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Judge rules iPhone devs can route in-app transactions away from App Store, but Apple declares a win

Judge rules iPhone devs can route in-app transactions away from App Store, but Apple declares a win

Apple probably knew what was coming down the pike when it decided last week to allow app developers to communicate to customers ways to conduct in-app transactions that circumvent the App Store and its 30% commission fee. But it looks like the skids are coming on anyway as the most prominent lawsuit over the iPhone maker's alleged monopoly on iOS app sales takes a final, major turn.

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Local TV re-streaming service Locast shut down by network lawsuit

Local TV re-streaming service Locast shut down by network lawsuit

And another one bites the dust. Locast, a service that gathered local terrestrial television signals to stream them over the internet, has been felled by the lawers of said TV stations and their owners. The service had streaming apps on every major platform, including Android and Android TV, now unceremoniously shut down.

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Google's facing fresh anti-competitive criticism and to no one's surprise it's all about the Play Store

Google's facing fresh anti-competitive criticism and to no one's surprise it's all about the Play Store

Epic Games and Google have been butting heads for well over a year at this point, and their fight is all about how developers sell apps (and make money) on Android. Now a court order this week has just made public some freshly unredacted documents in the ongoing Epic v. Google lawsuit, publicly revealing some of the seemingly anti-competitive actions that Google was taking in order to —using language from the antitrust complaint itself— limit the "contagion of competition" and keep the Play Store thriving. (Well, according to Epic, at least.) And to hear these accusations, Google was going to great lengths to both keep developers using the Play Store (and putting up with Google taking a 30% cut of their revenue) and phone makers invested in Google's ecosystem.

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We're one step away from officially being able to call Saygus a 'fraud'

We're one step away from officially being able to call Saygus a 'fraud'

You may barely remember Utah-based Saygus as a vaporware company that was constantly promoting a revolutionary smartphone for the power user that it never actually released. The federal government, though, wants to officially stick one particular title to its founder: fraudster.

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Google tries to move the goalposts in response to Play Store antitrust suit

Google tries to move the goalposts in response to Play Store antitrust suit

It's been less than a day since a coalition of dozens of US states sued Google in a federal court for antitrust behavior, citing its collection of fees for distribution on the Play Store. Google has fired back with a lengthy blog post in the standard corporate "nu-uh" counter.

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Google just got handed a massive multi-state antitrust lawsuit over Play Store fees

Google just got handed a massive multi-state antitrust lawsuit over Play Store fees

The mobile market has been hemming and hawing over the cuts that Google and Apple take for distributing mobile apps ever since Epic made its big stink over Fortnite last year. It looks like that story is having a domino effect, as a new lawsuit against Google has been filed in United States federal court. No less than thirty-six states and the District of Columbia, representing more than half the country, are suing Google for monopolistic practices.

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Check your bank account: another round of Nexus 6P settlements is being distributed

Check your bank account: another round of Nexus 6P settlements is being distributed

It's a tale as old as time: phone arrives on store shelves to great reviews, phone reveals itself to have serious problems, customers file a class-action lawsuit. The Nexus 6P may have started on a strong note, but it didn't take long to develop issues with premature shutdowns and bootlooping. Huawei and Google paid out settlements to owners early last year, but it seems like another series of payments are making their way into bank accounts.

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Sonos is giving some serious side-eye to Google's assertion that Assistant and Alexa can't play nicely

Sonos is giving some serious side-eye to Google's assertion that Assistant and Alexa can't play nicely

It's no secret that Sonos and Google aren't best friends right now. The companies are currently involved in several different lawsuits regarding intellectual property theft and copyright infringement, and it doesn't seem like the relationship will improve anytime soon. Sonos's Chief Legal Officer Eddie Lazarus delivered remarks to the Senate Judiciary antitrust committee yesterday, calling for action on a lack of interoperability procedures preventing them from using multiple voice assistants at once.

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Court documents show Google intentionally hid privacy controls

Court documents show Google intentionally hid privacy controls

Last year, Arizona's attorney general sued Google for illegally collecting location data from Android users, even after they had opted out of said data collection. According to recently released evidence and testimony from Google employees, the company intentionally made it difficult (and in some cases impossible) for users to find or understand the options to turn off location tracking. Beyond that, the evidence indicates that Google continued to collect location data via other means, associating it with users to achieve the same level of accuracy.

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