Android Police: The best Google Play Store alternatives for buying music, books, movies, and TV shows

Android Police: The best Google Play Store alternatives for buying music, books, movies, and TV shows . “When Google discontinued Play Music, it also decided to pull the plug for the Play Store music section. That means you can no longer purchase songs from Google. A YouTube Music or Premium subscription is the only option going forward if you want to access songs through the company. That’s a bummer because the Play Store is no longer a one-stop solution for all of your media needs, and there aren’t a whole lot of full-fledged alternatives. But if you’re looking to decouple parts of your digital life from Google, there are a few things you can do.”

AL .com: Alabama lawsuit hits Apple, Google over gambling games

AL .com: Alabama lawsuit hits Apple, Google over gambling games. “Two federal lawsuits filed Wednesday seek refunds for Alabama residents who downloaded games from app stores the plaintiffs say are illegal gambling under state law. The potential class action lawsuits were filed against tech giants Apple and Google by two Shelby County residents who purchased the app-based games and paid money for more playing time.”

Mint: Pressure mounts on Google to soften its stance in India

Mint: Pressure mounts on Google to soften its stance in India. “Technology giant Google is being prompted to soften its stance in India after pushback from startup founders in the country over its policies. Some startups are already looking at alternative listing for their apps through Android Application Package (APK) downloads on their websites. There are instances such as fantasy sports platform Dream11 getting 100 million users without listing on Google Play Store, the founders said.”

Drain the App Store swamp: Elect an independent third party (ZDNet)

ZDNet: Drain the App Store swamp: Elect an independent third party. “If you’re a developer on the two major mobile application stores — Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store — there is no democracy whatsoever. As a developer for Apple, you aren’t even allowed to mention to your customers that they can buy directly from you, outside of the App Store. You can’t even say ‘visit our website for current pricing’ with a link. Both companies take an approach to running their app stores that would make any authoritarian leader proud.”

NiemanLab: Fortnite’s battle with Apple and Google could have an impact on news publishers, too

NiemanLab: Fortnite’s battle with Apple and Google could have an impact on news publishers, too. “The past couple of years have been filled with complaints about the aggregated power of Google, Apple, and a few other tech titans. For app stores, though, the imbalance of power has been too big to prompt any real change. Apple took a 30 percent cut of App Store purchases when it launched in 2008; it still does today. But it’s one thing for small developers to complain; it’s another for Netflix, Epic, Spotify, or Sonos — much less Amazon or Facebook — to raise a fuss, legal or otherwise. Apple cut a special deal to quiet its most potent opponent on that list, Amazon. Epic, though, seems prepared to push this to some sort of legal conclusion.”