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New Roku YouTube app ultimatum as Google threatens streamer purgatory

New Roku YouTube app ultimatum as Google threatens streamer purgatory

Dwindling signs of a deal between Roku and Google will leave new Roku streaming devices without YouTube and YouTube TV access from early December, it's been revealed, as the on-demand contact fallout continues to bite. Roku removed the YouTube TV app from its channel store back in May, amid contentious accusations from both it and Google about unreasonable licensing demands.

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Google sues Epic Games over Fortnite breach of contract

Google sues Epic Games over Fortnite breach of contract

With the court ruling on Epic Games lawsuit against Apple, you probably thought that the drama over Fortnite on mobile has finally come to an end. Apple, however, wasn't the only one that the Fortnite creator sued last year since it also accused Google of anti-competitive behavior over the same game on Google Play Store. That case still hasn't been resolved, but Google is turning the tables on the game publishing giant with a breach of contract suit that reveals a rather curious situation unique to the Google Play Store only.

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California moves to ban all combustion-powered lawn equipment

California moves to ban all combustion-powered lawn equipment

California is the most populous state in the union and has some of the worst air quality in the entire country. The state also has some of the strictest emission standards in the entire country. A new law will expand emissions mandates to lawn equipment. California has a new law that will eventually ban the sale of any new gas-powered lawn care equipment, such as leaf blowers, weeders, and lawnmowers.

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Biden crypto executive order tipped to tighten rules on Bitcoin & others

Biden crypto executive order tipped to tighten rules on Bitcoin & others

Signs of an impending crackdown on cryptocurrency by the US government continue to grow, with reports suggesting a new Biden executive order could intensify the White House's approach to non-traditional finance. The news follows earlier commitments by President Biden to bring together 30 countries around the world in an attempt to tackle "cyber threats," including potential misuses of crypto.

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Google fined $177 million in South Korea for anti-competitive practices

Google fined $177 million in South Korea for anti-competitive practices

In many parts of the world, Google and Apple are frequently accused of abusing their market-dominant positions to stifle competition and innovation. Recently in South Korea, the country's competition regulator fined Google 207.4 billion Korean won, or $176.9 million. The fine was levied against Google for abusing its dominant market position in smartphone operating systems to limit competition.

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Xiaomi starts blocking phones in export-restricted territories

Xiaomi starts blocking phones in export-restricted territories

Not all smartphones are available in all markets, but it isn't exactly difficult to purchase those via online retailers these days. Network compatibility and local regulations aside, it's definitely possible to get phones working in unsupported territories. That goes the same for territories where there might be legal restrictions in where certain companies can export to. Xiaomi, however, might be taking a more proactive stance on that front by blocking phones that have been activated in markets where it has an export ban.

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Apple must allow in-app purchases and Epic Games owes millions

Apple must allow in-app purchases and Epic Games owes millions

A ruling was reached today in an Epic Games vs Apple court case and legal battle that effectively started back in August of 2020. Apple is likely to appeal the part of the decision that'd otherwise allow additional permissions for iOS app developers. For now, the ruling is that app developers will not be prohibited from adding purchasing mechanisms in their apps.

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Google Assistant faces EU antitrust investigation

Google Assistant faces EU antitrust investigation

Google is no stranger to inquiries, investigations, and even lawsuits regarding its businesses and products, especially when it comes to anti-competitive behavior. From Search to shopping to news to even Chrome, Google has faced numerous legal challenges, especially within the European Union. Even while it faces the latest set of challenges over the Google Play Store, the European Commission is reportedly preparing to slap it another one, this time over how it may be forcing Google Assistant to be the default voice assistant on smart devices, particularly those running Android.

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ProtonMail secure email service provided user data that led to arrest

ProtonMail secure email service provided user data that led to arrest

There are quite a few Internet services today advertising absolute privacy from both hackers and government agencies, such as Signal for messaging. After Lavabit's controversial shutdown, ProtonMail rose up to become the advertised email service of choice for privacy-minded users, especially those with secrets to keep. Sometimes, however, those secrets may run afoul of certain countries' laws, which often leads to email service providers handing over data to identify users under investigation. While ProtonMail advertised privacy and security against such actions, it was apparently forced to cave in to such legal demands, leading to the arrest of climate change activists in France.

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Lyft vows to cover drivers’ legal fees if sued under Texas abortion law

Lyft vows to cover drivers’ legal fees if sued under Texas abortion law

Ride-sharing service Lyft has announced the creation of its new Driver Legal Defense Fund, which is intended for drivers who may find themselves facing a lawsuit under Texas's newly imposed abortion law. The company vows to cover all of a driver's legal fees should they find themselves in this unfortunate position.

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Apple will let apps redirect sign-ups to external websites

Apple will let apps redirect sign-ups to external websites

Apple and Google are facing intense scrutiny and even lawsuits over the handling of their respective app stores. Just recently, a new law in South Korea will force the two giants to open their stores to other payment systems. Potentially facing a similar loss in Japan, Apple has now announced that it will be updating its App Store policy that will allow developers to provide in-app links to sign up and manage accounts outside the app, but only for a specific class of apps.

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South Korea votes for a law that could mean trouble for Google and Apple

South Korea votes for a law that could mean trouble for Google and Apple

Earlier this week, we mentioned that the South Korean parliament was set to consider a law that could force both Google and Apple to allow third-party payment methods on their respective app stores. At the time, the general consensus was that South Korean lawmakers would vote for the new law, and the vote happened early on Wednesday.

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