Apple strikes again at Epic Games, Android 11 is right here and Microsoft proclaims a brand new stripped-down Xbox. This is your Daily Crunch for September eight, 2020.
The large story: Apple information countersuit towards Epic
Apple has made the most recent transfer in a authorized battle towards Epic Games, submitting a lawsuit claiming that the corporate behind Fortnite is in breach of contract.
“Although Epic portrays itself as a contemporary company Robin Hood, in actuality it’s a multi-billion greenback enterprise that merely needs to pay nothing for the large worth it derives from the App Store,” Apple wrote in its swimsuit.
This follows Epic’s try in August to keep away from Apple’s 30% App Store price, which led to Apple eradicating Fortnite and ultimately Epic from the App Store. (Accounts tied to Epic’s Unreal recreation engine haven’t been eliminated.) Epic then launched a lawsuit and a PR marketing campaign towards Apple, arguing that the corporate is abusing its market energy.
The tech giants
Android 11 has arrived — Android 11 isn’t a radical departure, however there are a selection of fascinating new user-facing updates that largely focus on messaging, privateness and providing you with higher management over all your sensible gadgets.
Microsoft confirms compact, $299 Xbox Series S arriving on November 10 — The Series S is basically a stripped-down model of the upcoming Series X, with out true 4K rendering and with rather a lot much less processing energy.
Apple’s subsequent occasion is September 15 — The occasion will nearly actually characteristic the brand new Apple Watch.
Startups, funding and enterprise capital
General Motors takes $2 billion stake in electrical truck startup Nikola — Through the deal, GM will get 11% possession in startup Nikola, and can, in flip, produce Nikola’s wild gas cell pickup truck by the tip of 2022.
Silver Lake leads $500 million funding spherical in Indian on-line studying large Byju’s — The spherical values the Indian on-line studying platform at $10.eight billion.
Progress snags software program automation platform Chef for $220M — Progress, a Boston-area developer device firm, is boosting its choices in an enormous approach.
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