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From Kingmaker to ‘Autocrat’: How Game Makers Went to War With Apple

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For a decade, Apple executives showed Epic Games the kind of love they reserve for only a precious few software developers. 

In 2010, Steve Jobs, then Apple’s CEO, praised a new Epic sword-fighting game for iPhones as “pretty remarkable” at an Apple event, before inviting executives from the company to demonstrate it onstage. In the yearsto come, Apple executives repeatedly gave Epic coveted slots during keynote speeches at Apple events, including one that showed off a whimsical Epic battle game called Fortnite then under development. For Epic, the appearances were great advertisements for its work, while for Apple, Epic showcased the kind of cutting-edge software that helped it sell new devices.  

By this month, though, the relationship between Apple and Epic had turned so poisonous that Epic’s CEO, Tim Sweeney, told his counterparts at Apple that the company had become a tech industry autocrat. 

Source: https://www.theinformation.com/articles/from-kingmaker-to-autocrat-how-game-makers-went-to-war-with-apple

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The Not-Amazons: Wish, Poshmark and the Race for Retail’s Soul

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To say 2020 has thrown retail shopping into upheaval would be a gross understatement. HP Inc. provided the latest reminder this week when it disclosed an 18% jump in unit sales of its consumer printers, an almost retro device that, along with e-bikes, virtual reality headsets and food delivery, people have discovered they want to have while stuck at home during the pandemic.

More so than in years past, demand for Internet shopping has been so strong that it has propelled investor and consumer interest in nearly every related company—not just Amazon. These include once-lagging public companies like Etsy and eBay, already-hot fintech private and public companies like Stripe, Affirm, Shopify and BigCommerce, and a cluster of highly valued retail startups including ThredUp, Poshmark and Wish.

Source: https://www.theinformation.com/articles/the-not-amazons-wish-poshmark-and-the-race-for-retails-soul

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The Information’s Guide to 10 Must-Stream TV Shows

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The holiday season is a great time to curl up on the couch and immerse yourself in a streaming television show—and that is triply true when a pandemic has fouled up travel and most other opportunities for entertainment.

The Information’s editorial staff reflected on some of their favorite offerings on Netflix, Amazon and other services and came up with the following list of 10 must-stream shows for 2020. The list is heavy on entries from Europe, including two each from Scandinavia and France. While we couldn’t resist recommending big-budget shows like “The Crown” and “The Boys,” we also included a quirky show on YouTube that uses the game Dungeons & Dragons as a springboard for storytelling.

Source: https://www.theinformation.com/articles/the-informations-guide-to-10-must-stream-tv-shows

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The Information’s 411 — I Left My Startup in San Francisco

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Cory talks to Scott Wiener, a member of the California state senate, about housing, the pandemic and the future of the tech industry in San Francisco. We wrote this week about the CEOs of Dropbox, Brex and Splunk leaving the city permanently. Wiener isn’t sure the trend will last. “There have been a lot of speculative predictions that I’m not sure will play out,” he said.

Source: https://www.theinformation.com/articles/the-informations-411-i-left-my-startup-in-san-francisco

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