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Epic Games vs Apple: could the court case fail?



Why the Epic Games vs Apple court case could 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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Tesla unveils longest supercharging route in China



Tesla data will be stored in China

Tesla has unveiled what it claims is the longest supercharging route in China.

Stretching 5,000 kilometers, spanning China from east to west, Tesla has unveiled what it claims is the longest supercharging route in the world. The route is studded with 27 electric-car charging stations along the way.

The electric car company released a promotional video about the ultra-long route, which also pays homage to China’s majestic landscape.

The charging route covers nine cities, starting from the eastern coastal hub of Zhoushan and stretching to the western city of Horgos bordering Kazakhstan.

It loosely follows the same path as the legendary Silk Road, a network of trade routes that for centuries was at the forefront of economic, political, cultural, and religious interactions.

With this new charging route, Tesla drivers will be able to travel to tourist attractions without the fear of their car running out of power.

Destinations on the route include the Kumtag Desert, the Turfan volcano and Sayram Lake, famous scenic destinations in Xinjiang.

China is the world’s biggest electric car market and is critical to Tesla

Elon Musk’s Tesla company has a factory in Shanghai and sells thousands of cars in the nation every month.

The recent unveiling will now see one charging station every 100 kilometers to 300 kilometers along the Silk Road.

EV drivers will have the ability to charge their cars in 15 minutes so that they can run for up to 250 kilometers – but that’s dependant on weather conditions.

Charging facilities are vital to the promotion of electric cars.

As the world embraces new EV technology, ‘range anxiety is one of the main reasons why people don’t want to make the switch away from gasoline vehicles.

The California-based company has already set up around 840 charging stations within China and more than 65,000 supercharging poles covering over 310 cities.

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Regulators again investigating Google



Google is again in the spotlight of European regulators

Regulators have opened an investigation into Google’s lucrative digital advertising business.

The new investigation will examine whether it favours its own business over rivals, advertisers, and online publishers.

The tech giant generated $147 billion in revenue from online ads last year, more than any other company in the world. Advertisements that run on its properties which include YouTube, and Gmail, accounted for the bulk of sales and profits.

About 16% of revenue came from its display or network business, in which other media companies use Google technology to sell ads on their website and apps.

The EU’s main concern

The European Commission says it will be investigating to determine whether Google distorts competition by restricting access to third parties to user data for advertising purposes on websites and apps, while reserving such data for its own use.

“We are concerned that Google has made it harder for rival online advertising services to compete in the so-called ad tech stack,”

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.

“We will also be looking at Google’s policies on user tracking to make sure they are in line with fair competition,” she said.

Google said it would engage constructively with the Commission.

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The top court fight Youtube has finally won



Youtube has won a top court fight in the EU.

Europe’s top court has confirmed that Google-owned Youtube as well as other tech companies are not liable for copyright-infringing works uploaded by users onto their platforms under certain conditions.

The case marks the latest development in a long-running battle between Europe’s $1 trillion creative industry and online platforms.

“As currently stands, operators of online platforms do not, in principle, themselves make a communication to the public of copyright-protected content illegally posted online by users of those platforms,”

the EU Court of Justice said.

YouTube found itself in hot water following a lawsuit filed against them by music producer Frank Peterson.

Peterson had sued the company and Google in Germany over the uploading to YouTube by users in 2008 of several clips to which he holds the rights to.

In a second case, publishing group Elsevier took legal action against file-hosting service Cyando in Germany after its users uploaded several Elsevier works on its platform Uploaded in 2013 without its approval.

The German court subsequently sought advice from the EU Court of Justice, which ruled on both cases on Tuesday.

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