The Mixed-Ruling Edition Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Apple Ordered To Not Block Epic Games’ Unreal Engine, But Fortnite To Stay Off App Store, by Manish Singh, TechCrunch

A district court denied Epic Games’ motion to temporarily restore Fortnite game to the iOS App Store, but also ordered Apple to not block the gaming giant’s ability to provide and distribute Unreal Engine on the iPhone-maker’s ecosystem in a mixed-ruling delivered Monday evening.


“The record shows potential significant damage to both the Unreal Engine platform itself, and to the gaming industry generally, including on both third-party developers and gamers,” she said, adding that even as Epic Games violated App Store’s guidelines, it did not breach any contracts related to Unreal Engine and developer tools.

7-year-old Creates Weekly Newscast From His Porch, by WRAL

The 7-year-old attends Ephesus Elementary in Chapel Hill but has spent his first week of school learning from home. Each week for the past four months, he has recorded a newscast, which he has branded “John News,” from his porch.


Apple Donating Up To $1M To National Parks Based On Apple Pay Purchases This Week, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Apple is celebrating the anniversary of the US national parks this week and one of the ways it’s doing that is donating up to $1 million to the National Parks Foundation based on customers using Apple Pay. It’s also offering special content in the Apple TV app and more to experience and learn all about our national parks.

Apple Music Shares 'Worldwide' Ad Featuring Billie Eilish, Orville Peck, Megan Thee Stallion, And Others, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Billie Eilish, Orville Peck, Megan Thee Stallion, and Anderson Paak are among the artists featured in a colorful new Apple Music ad shared on YouTube over the weekend. The video is titled “Worldwide,” reflecting Apple Music’s availability in 165 countries.


20 Macs For 2020: #17 – PowerBook 500 & 5300, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

People who think that the butterfly keyboard is the biggest black eye in the history of Apple’s laptops don’t remember the mid-1990s. Apple’s final near-death experience and subsequent revival has wiped away a lot of memories of the darkest era in Apple history. Apple introduced the PowerBook 500 series to replace the original PowerBooks, and the original laptops proved to be a tough act to follow. It got worse during the transition to PowerPC processors, when the new PowerBook 5300 arrived—and erased all the goodwill Apple had built up over the years.

Your Thoughts On The App Store: Apple Should Change, But Voluntarily, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

It turns out that, although TidBITS readers are largely critical of how Apple runs the App Store, they’re also against government regulation as a solution. Let’s dig into the survey questions and your responses.

Apple Plans To Start Selling Online In India Next Month, by Saritha Rai, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. is poised to open an online store for the first time in the fast-growing smartphone market of India next month, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, taking advantage of a relaxation of once-strict prohibitions against foreign direct retail.

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