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'Fortnite' app removal threatens social lifeline for young gamers

NEW YORK/BENGALURU (Reuters) - A YouTube alert interrupted Jack Erricker’s schoolwork on Friday morning as he and kids all over the world woke up to the news that their favorite game, Fortnite, had been taken down from Apple’s Store and Google Play store. Read More


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Trump orders ByteDance to divest interest in U.S. TikTok operations within 90 days

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump ordered ByteDance on Friday to divest the U.S. operations of its video-sharing app TikTok within 90 days, the latest effort to ramp up pressure on the Chinese company over concerns about the safety of the personal data it handles. More »


Facebook bashes Apple for refusing to waive commission fees, seizing on backlash

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Friday that Apple Inc had declined its request to waive a 30% commission fee the iPhone maker charges apps listed on iOS devices, taking a shot at its fellow Big Tech peer as developers challenge the policy. More »


Epic Games wins support from 'Fortnite' gamers, firms on Apple standoff

(Reuters) - "Fortnite" creator Epic Games found support from its legions of gamers, Tinder-owner Match Group and Spotify for suing Apple and Google after the tech giants dropped the popular video game from their app stores for violating payment guidelines. More »


California posts final regulations under landmark digital privacy law impacting consumers, businesses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Final regulations that guide businesses and consumers under California's new digital privacy law went into effect on Friday, marking a significant step towards giving Americans the right to request their data be deleted from e-commerce websites and social media. More »


In lawsuit, 'Fortnite' maker to test idea of iPhone as market unto itself

(Reuters) - 'Fortnite' maker Epic Games has launched the most significant effort yet to advance the legal theory that Apple's iPhone ecosystem has become so "sticky" that it is a distinct software market over which Apple exercises monopoly power. More »


Huawei lawyers say U.S. evidence 'unreliable' in Meng extradition case

(Reuters) - Evidence used by the United States to justify the extradition of Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou is "unreliable and defective" and should not be considered by a Canadian court, Meng's lawyers argued in documents released to the media on Friday. More »


Retailers launch coalition to fight counterfeits on Amazon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), whose members include companies such as Walmart Inc and Target Corp , said on Friday it has joined over a dozen trade groups to form a coalition to fight counterfeit goods on online platforms such as Inc . More »


Google stops responding directly to data requests from Hong Kong government

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said on Friday it would no longer provide data in response to requests from Hong Kong authorities following the enactment of a new national security law imposed by China. More »


CenturyLink settles U.S. allegations it violated terms of Level 3 acquisition

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said CenturyLink Inc agreed to settle allegations it repeatedly violated a court-ordered judgment designed to prevent anticompetitive effects stemming from its $24 billion acquisition of rival wireline telecommunications provider Level 3 Communications Inc in 2017. More »


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