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Apple alleges Epic wanted a 'special deal'

Apple on Friday responded to the lawsuit from Fortnite maker Epic Games, alleging that Epic asked for a "special deal" and should not be reinstated to Apple's App Store while the two companies duke it out in court.

"The injunction Epic seeks would threaten for everyone the benefits that Epic, developers and App Store customers have long enjoyed," Apple wrote in a legal filing. The company is represented by lawyers with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, including well-known attorney Ted Boutrous.

"Epic has not and cannot show that it is likely to succeed on the merits of its novel antitrust claims," Apple wrote.

The court papers reveal that Epic was negotiating with Apple for months over a more favorable deal, and ultimately Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney warned Apple on Aug. 13: "Epic will no longer adhere to Apple's payment processing restrictions."

Martin Cooper with his original DynaTAC cell phone.

Photo: Ted Soqui/Getty Images

Martin Cooper helped invent one of the most consequential and successful products in history: the cell phone. And almost five decades after he made the first public cell phone call, on a 2-pound brick of a device called the DynaTAC, he's written a book about his career called "Cutting the Cord: The Cell Phone Has Transformed Humanity." In it he tells the story of the cell phone's invention, and looks at how it has changed the world and will continue to do so.

Cooper came on the Source Code Podcast to talk about his time at Motorola, the process of designing the first-ever cell phone, whether today's tech giants are monopolies and why he's bullish on the future of AI.

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David Pierce

David Pierce ( @pierce) is Protocol's editor at large. Prior to joining Protocol, he was a columnist at The Wall Street Journal, a senior writer with Wired, and deputy editor at The Verge. He owns all the phones.

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