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Apple fires back at Spotify and disputes claim that it’s stifling innovation

“In fact, the Spotify Watch app is currently the No. 1 app in the Watch Music category” writes Maren Estrada for bgr.com. When Spotify submitted their Apple Watch app in September 2018, we reviewed and approved it with the same process and speed with which we would any other app.We’ve approved and distributed nearly 200 app updates on Spotify’s behalf, resulting in over 300 million downloaded copies of the Spotify app. Source: bgr.com

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Facebook adds dedicated gaming tab to its mobile app

“Facebook is updating its mobile app with a dedicated gaming hub where users can explore game content on Facebook” writes Mar Edt for theverge.com. Additionally, the company is also starting to beta-test a standalone Facebook Gaming app for Android that Facebook says would offer even more features than the current tab, indicating that its gaming push is just getting started.But it seems unlikely that an app hub on its own will be enough to tilt the scales in its favor.Facebook is rolling out the new tab slowly, so it may…

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Facebook wants more data on your gaming habits, updates app to include gaming tab

“The report also says that the company has plans to release a standalone Facebook Gaming app on Android which is said to have more features than the gaming tab on the main Facebook app” reports firstpost.com. With gaming taking centre stage on YouTube, Twitch and even Facebook, the latter has decided to include a separate tab on its mobile app dedicated to gaming content. Source: firstpost.com

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Snap Is Reportedly Getting Ready to Launch a Gaming Platform Next Month

“Snap Inc., the developer of the Snapchat app, will reportedly launch its new gaming platform as soon as next month” writes Erin Corbett for fortune.com. Snap has been rumored to expand into a gaming platform for nearly a year.The Australian company was founded by gaming industry leaders Phil Larsen, Luke Muscat, and Hugh Walters.The gaming platform is internally known as “Project Cognac” and will include several games created by outside developers that will be programmed to operate in the photo-sharing Snapchat app, Cheddar reports.Snap will reveal its new platform next…

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Apple slams Spotify’s ‘misleading’ claim App Store abuses its power

“We’ve approved and distributed nearly 200 app updates on Spotify’s behalf, resulting in over 300 million downloaded copies of the Spotify app,” Apple wrote” writes Joan E for cnet.com. Spotify claimed Apple wields the App Store’s power to stifle apps that compete with its other businesses, like Apple Music subscriptions that go head-to-head with Spotify.Cupertino, California-based Apple disputed the claim that it rejected Spotify app updates and morphed the rules it requires of developers to stifle Spotify competitively. Source: cnet.com

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Apple defends the App Store business model in an open letter addressing Spotify’s claims

“In the decade since, App Store has helped create many millions of jobs, generated more than $120 billion for developers and created new industries through businesses started and grown entirely in the App Store ecosystem” reports idownloadblog.com. After using App Store for years to dramatically grow their business, Spotify seeks to keep all the benefits of the App Store ecosystem—including the substantial revenue that they draw from the App Store customers—without making any contributions to that marketplace.A full 84 percent of the apps in App Store pay nothing to Apple…

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‘Let’s clear this one up right away’: Apple throws jabs at Spotify’s complaint in Europe

“Regarding Apple’s 30 percent tax on paid apps, which is at the center of Spotify’s complaint since Apple Music is not subject to it, Apple says Spotify’s sentiments are misleading” writes unknown author for usatoday.com. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek argued that App Store policies give Apple Music an “unfair advantage at every turn.” On Thursday, Apple fired back against the streaming service by saying that Spotify wants “all the benefits of a free app without being free.”.  Source: usatoday.com

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Apple Says Spotify Seeks to Keep All Benefits of App Store Without Making Any Contributions to Marketplace

“Apple adds that Spotify “seeks to keep all of the benefits of the App Store ecosystem” but “without making any contributions to the marketplace.”The intro of Apple’s press release:Apple goes on to rebut each of Spotify’s accusations listed on its Time to Play Fair website on a point-by-point basis.Apple says the only time it has rejected Spotify app updates is when Spotify has tried to sidestep the App Store rules” writes Pm Pdt for macrumors.com. Apple also says it has reached out to Spotify about Siri and AirPlay 2 support…

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Apple slams Spotify’s claim that it abuses its power with App Store

“We’ve approved and distributed nearly 200 app updates on Spotify’s behalf, resulting in over 300 million downloaded copies of the Spotify app,” Apple wrote” writes Joan E for cnet.com. Spotify claimed Apple wields the App Store’s power to stifle apps that compete with its other businesses, like Apple Music subscriptions that go head-to-head with Spotify.Cupertino, California-based Apple disputed the claim that it rejected Spotify app updates and morphed the rules it requires of developers to stifle Spotify competitively. Source: cnet.com

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Atlanta startup Qoins is rolling out a new feature that will lend users an extra pair of hands to pay off their debts

“Qoins, an Atlanta-based startup that helps people pay down their credit card debt, is rolling out a new feature that will lend users an extra pair of hands to pay off their debts” writes Madeline Shi for businessinsider.com. The app plugs into users’ bank accounts, through Plaid’s API, and rounds up each of their purchases to the nearest dollar.The firm found that more than 40% of all US households carry credit card debt, with the average American household carrying a balance of $5,700.The newly announced feature, named “MoneyTree,” lets users…

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