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Our latest news and analysis coverage of app stores and additional distribution channels for mobile and other smart apps.

Platform News: Google

Lawsuit: Google failed to honour ‘don’t be evil’ pledge in firing engineers

A group of former Google employees are suing the Alphabet Inc unit alleging that it breached their employment contracts by not honouring its famous motto “don’t be evil...

European Union

EU countries agree on common stance on new rules for US tech giants

EU countries have now agreed on a common position on new rules to curb the power of US tech giants and force them to do more to police their platforms for illegal content.

Platform Industry: Apple logo on a window

Former Apple worker inspires Washington state measure seeking to curb NDAs

A former Apple Inc employee who had filed a whistleblower complaint related to Apple’s use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) has inspired draft legislation in Washington st...

Life360

Apple critic Tile Inc acquired by Life360 in $205 million deal

Tile Inc, a maker of tracking tags that was a vocal critic of Apple Inc, has been acquired by Life360, a location-sharing app maker.

Platform News: Apple logo on the side of a building

Apple tells workers they have right to discuss wages, working conditions

Apple delivered a message to employees on Friday that was striking given its reputation for secrecy: a reminder that workers may discuss wages, hours and working conditions.

Platform News: Octi App

James Murdoch-backed metaverse app Octi launches

An app that allows users to create and share videos that blend elements of the physical and virtual worlds has ben launched, with financing from James Murdoch and entertainment ind...

Platform News: Didi

Sources: Didi prepares to relaunch apps in China, anticipates data probe will end soon

Didi Global is preparing to relaunch its ride-hailing and other apps in China by the end of the year in anticipation that Beijing’s cybersecurity investigation into the compa...

Platform Industry: Amazon branding on screen

US Senate bill would limit big tech mergers

Two US senators have introduced bipartisan legislation that seeks to make it harder for Amazon.com and other tech giants to make acquisitions.

Platform News: Google

Google plans to allow third party payments systems in South Korea

Google has said it plans to allow third party payments systems in South Korea in order to comply with the country’s new law, which bans major app store operators from forcing...

Apple App Store

Apple’s software boss warns against draft EU policy on App Store

Apple software leader Craig Federighi took the stage at the Web Summit in Lisbon to voice the iPhone maker’s objections to EU draft guidelines that could allow customers to i...

Platform Industry: Apple logo on a window

Fired Apple employee files complaint with US labor agency

An Apple employee who was fired last month after leading fellow workers in publicly sharing instances of what they called harassment and discrimination has filed a charge with the ...

Platform News: Epic Games, Fortnite

Apple objects to links to outside payments ahead of Epic Games hearing

Apple has outlined its objections to allowing app developers to link to third-party payment options ahead of a hearing next month that could determine whether a set of antitrust co...

Faang

After Facebook change, Big Tech’s FAANG considers toothless MAANG

Facebook’s rebranding to Meta Platforms has launched a search for a new name for the high-flying FAANG group that also includes the likes of Apple, Amazon.com, Netflix and Al...

Platform News: Apple logo on a retail store window

Apple results hit by supply chain woes

Supply chain woes cost Apple Inc $6 billion in sales during the company’s fiscal fourth quarter, which missed Wall Street expectations, and CEO Tim Cook said that the impact ...

Platform News: Software titan Microsoft building

Microsoft nearly overtakes Apple as most valuable company

A surge in Microsoft Corp’s shares nearly unseated Apple Inc as the world’s most valuable company yesterday, a day before the iPhone maker reports its quarterly results...