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Epic Games vs Apple: could the court case fail?



The judge at the centre of the Epic Games and Apply lawsuit has warned both parties that the outcome may not be favourable for either company

Neither Epic games nor Apple might win the Lawsuit

U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers says she thinks there will be no winner in the ongoing Epic Games vs Apple lawsuit.

She says she remains unconvinced that Apple’s App Store allows for any “real competition”.

The judge also questioned the motive behind Epic Games’ lawsuit against Apple. She said it could turn the Fortnite creator from “a multibillion-dollar company into a multitrillion-dollar company.”

Epic Games, the makers of Fortnite, file separate cases against Apple and Google

Epic Games accused the trillion-dollar companies of using their control of the iOS and Android markets to breach laws forbidding the misuse of market power.

And there does appear to be enough evidence for the judge to completely upend the $142 billion app store market.

The trial revealed the stakes at play for both Epic Games and Apple

The judge assessed a range of options, ranging from leaving Apple’s App Store as it is, to ordering a radical overhaul of the company’s policies.

If she opts for the latter, it would completely change the market.

Apple’s App Store makes around $20 billion a year for the tech giant, meaning they have a lot to lose.

Epic Games also has a lot riding on the lawsuit. Apple removed Fortnite from its app store last year. The game made Epic $5 billion in 2020 from the App Store alone.

Australia’s consumer watchdog enters the showdown

This comes amid reports that Google may also enter the fray before a Federal Court appeal.

The decision could result in a US court determining if app stores run by tech Giants breach Australian competition law.

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U.S. retailers limit emergency contraception purchases



Demand for morning after pills have led to retailers having to limit purchases

Amazon has limited sales of morning after pills as demand spikes following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

There is now a limit of three Plan B units per week on emergency contraceptive pills sold through its website.

Other U.S. retailers are also capping purchases of emergency contraceptive pills like chain pharmacy, CVS and Walmart.

Plan B is an emergency contraceptive that can be taken within 72 hours after sex. It is a synthetic form of the hormone progestin which delays ovulation briefly and prevents pregnancy.

Demand has surged following last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe vs Wade, ending the constitutional right to have an abortion.

Since the reversal of Roe v Wade, women have tried to find ways to control their reproductive health, by stocking up on emergency contraception.

Social media is flooding with calls to stock up on Plan B in anticipation of possible restrictions on contraceptive pills.

Meanwhile, some US companies have committed to paying staff travel expenses for those wanting an abortion.

Katerina Kostakos contributed to this article.

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Chinese investment in Australia drops



China’s investment in Australia has plunged to its lowest levels since 2007

A new report from KPMG and the University of Sydney shows Chinese companies invested U.S. $585 million in Australia last year, which is down from a peak of U.S $16.2 billion in 2008.

It comes as relations between the two nations remain sour. Australia has previously called for an independent review into the origins of Covid-19, and a ban on foreign interference.

But Chinese officials have responded with trade sanctions, which have affected Australian wine, seafood and coal exports.

Australia was once a large destination for Chinese investment. In fact, the two nations signed an historic Free Trade Agreement in 2015, with a key focus on economic growth and creating jobs.

Australia’s Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese says he will not make concessions to China. The newly-elected Albanese is in Europe for a series of talks with NATO leaders.

“The resistance of Ukraine has brought democratic nations closer together which have a shared commitment to rules-based, international order,” he says.

But Chinese officials believe it is irresponsible to place Ukraine and Taiwan in the same basket.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian says “Taiwan is by no means Ukraine,” and labelled Albanese’s comments as “irresponsible”.

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Target offers support to employees seeking abortions



Target will help its employees living in states where abortions are banned by funding their travel

The company sent a memo to employees via email with the new policy to be enacted in July.

Target’s Chief Human Resources Officer says “A few months ago, we started re-evaluating our benefits with the goal of understanding what it would look like if we broadened the travel reimbursement to any care that’s needed and covered – but not available in the team member’s community”.

She says “This effort became even more relevant as [Target] learned about the Supreme Court’s ruling on abortion, given that it would impact access to healthcare in some states”.

This all comes amid the reversal of Roe versus Wade removing abortion as a constitutional right within the U.S.

This has sparked a range of companies to provide similar benefits with Amazon also providing travel coverage for employees.

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