Kyiv Independent: Apple removes Russian VK, Mail.ru apps from App Store

Kyiv Independent: Apple removes Russian VK, Mail.ru apps from App Store. “As of Sept. 28, Russia’s popular homegrown social network VK (formerly VKontakte) and email service Mail.ru are no longer available for download on the App Store in any country. In a statement, Apple cited conflicts with British sanctions as the reason for the removal. Apps that are already downloaded can continue to be used, according to Apple.”

Ars Technica: Facebook users sue Meta for bypassing beefy Apple security to spy on millions

Ars Technica: Facebook users sue Meta for bypassing beefy Apple security to spy on millions. “After Apple updated its privacy rules in 2021 to easily allow iOS users to opt out of all tracking by third-party apps, so many people opted out that the Electronic Frontier Foundation reported that Meta lost $10 billion in revenue over the next year. Meta’s business model depends on selling user data to advertisers, and it seems that the owner of Facebook and Instagram sought new paths to continue widely gathering data and to recover from the suddenly lost revenue.”

Reuters: Google, Apple facing anti-competitive complaint in Mexico

Reuters: Google, Apple facing anti-competitive complaint in Mexico. “Apple (AAPL.O) and Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Google are facing a probe over anti-competitive practices in Mexico after the country’s former telecommunications chief filed a complaint, he said in a statement on Twitter on Friday.”

CNET: Steve Jobs Archive Unveiled to Honor Apple Co-Founder, as iPhone 14 Arrives

CNET: Steve Jobs Archive Unveiled to Honor Apple Co-Founder, as iPhone 14 Arrives. “On Wednesday, Recode’s Kara Swisher led Apple current Apple CEO Tim Cook, former lead product designer Jony Ive and Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs in a warm discussion of his lasting impact that now includes a website devoted to the tech legend called the Steve Jobs Archive.”

CNBC: Apple is gaining on Facebook and Google in online ads after iOS privacy change, report shows

CNBC: Apple is gaining on Facebook and Google in online ads after iOS privacy change, report shows. “The Google-Facebook online ad duopoly may be breaking up. According to a study published Tuesday by Appsumer, Apple is gaining momentum in digital ads, while Google and Facebook appear to be losing steam.”

Bloomberg Law: Google, Apple Back Affirmative Action in Harvard Case

Bloomberg Law: Google, Apple Back Affirmative Action in Harvard Case. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Meta Platforms Inc. and Apple Inc. are among nearly 70 companies filing a brief with the US Supreme Court in support of affirmative action programs being challenged at Harvard and the University of North Carolina.”

The Verge: Zuckerberg says Meta and Apple are in ‘very deep, philosophical competition’ to build the metaverse

The Verge: Zuckerberg says Meta and Apple are in ‘very deep, philosophical competition’ to build the metaverse. “Mark Zuckerberg believes that Apple and his company are in a ‘very deep, philosophical competition’ to build the metaverse, suggesting the two tech giants are ready to butt heads in selling hardware for augmented and virtual reality.”

The Verge: Internal documents show Facebook and Google discussing platform strategies

The Verge: Internal documents show Facebook and Google discussing platform strategies. “New internal documents released Tuesday detail how three of Big Tech’s most prominent companies favored their own products as a means of stamping out competition. Their release comes as lawmakers push to approve stronger antitrust legislation by the end of the year.”

Apple Insider: Apple Maps gets more detailed 3D data for three more countries

Apple Insider: Apple Maps gets more detailed 3D data for three more countries. “France, Monaco, and New Zealand all now have updated terrain and road details as Apple Maps’ new map data reaches sixteen unique locations. New in Apple Maps are better highlighted areas, redesigned name labels, updated terrain information, improved visual clutter, as well as the addition of 3D models in locations for those three countries.”

CNN: Apple plans new feature to protect journalists and human rights workers from spyware

CNN: Apple plans new feature to protect journalists and human rights workers from spyware. “Apple on Wednesday said it will release a new feature this fall for iPhone, Mac and iPad operating software that is designed to protect high-risk users such as journalists and human rights workers from sophisticated spyware that has been linked to human rights abuses.”

Australian Financial Review: Apple and Google hit with class actions by Australian app users

Australian Financial Review: Apple and Google hit with class actions by Australian app users . “Apple and Google Android users in Australia are suing the California-based technology giants, alleging they used their market power to force app developers to use their payment systems, resulting in higher prices for consumers. Twin legal actions allege Apple and Google have ‘a substantial degree of power in the markets for the purchase’ of apps via the App Store and Google Play Store respectively, and the in-app purchase of content.”

Engadget: FCC Commissioner urges Google and Apple to ban TikTok

Engadget: FCC Commissioner urges Google and Apple to ban TikTok. “‘TikTok is not just another video app. That’s the sheep’s clothing.’ That’s what Brendan Carr wrote in his tweet along with a copy of the letter he sent Apple and Google, asking the companies to remove TikTok from their app stores.”

The Register: Telegram criticizes Apple for ‘intentionally crippling’ web app features on iOS

The Register: Telegram criticizes Apple for ‘intentionally crippling’ web app features on iOS. “A week after confirming plans for Telegram Premium, the messaging platform’s CEO, Pavel Durov, is again criticizing Apple’s approach to its Safari browser for stifling the efforts of web developers.”

TechCrunch: Here’s everything Apple just announced at the WWDC 2022 keynote

TechCrunch: Here’s everything Apple just announced at the WWDC 2022 keynote. “It’s WWDC keynote time! Each year Apple kicks off its Worldwide Developer Conference with a few hours of back-to-back-to-back announcements, generally covering things from iOS to watchOS to — sometimes! — new hardware. Didn’t have time to tune in? We get it! We’ve wrapped up all of the biggest news in an easy-to-skim digest.”

The Verge: Glasses or no glasses, this year’s WWDC is all about AR

The Verge: Glasses or no glasses, this year’s WWDC is all about AR. “It’s now fairly clear that AR and VR are Apple’s next big thing, the next supposedly earth-shakingly huge industry after the smartphone. Apple’s not likely to show off a headset at WWDC, but as augmented and virtual reality come to more of our lives, everything about how we experience and interact with technology is going to have to change.”