The Stack: Apple to Permit Third-Party App Stores, Microsoft Under Fire from FTC

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This week: Apple relents to the EU and opens its system to outside app stores, Microsoft's purchase of Activision Blizzard faces renewed threat from FTC...

The world of tech was rocked this week by the announcement that Apple would open its iOS system to third-party app stores. The move, made in compliance with incoming EU legislation, is likely to put an end to Apple taking a 30% cut of App Store purchases in Europe. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard was met with a new challenge from the FTC, with the regulator seeking to block the deal to prevent anti-competitive behaviour. 

In social media, Twitter announced its Trust and Safety Council was to be dissolved. The move swiftly followed resignations from three of the council’s prominent members, all attributing their decision to the behaviour of new CEO Elon Musk. And finally, Meta faced fresh legal action, with the company accused of allowing inflammatory content from Ethiopia to be shared to Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram.

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