Apple fights the future of gaming
Good morning! This Tuesday, Apple has a new enemy in the game-streaming industry, Snapchat registered more than a million voters, somebody moved more than $1 billion in Bitcoin, and Elon Musk keeps getting richer.
Also, now that Amy Coney Barrett is officially on the Supreme Court, it's a good time to revisit our story from last month on what she might mean for tech.
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Facebook's making a big push into cloud gaming, in a decidedly Facebook-y way: It wants to build and support a new generation of super-duper-casual, online, multiplayer games that you can play from right within Facebook. Or even within Facebook ads. No more downloads! So many ads!
Anyway, there's one place Facebook's vision won't work: iOS. Facebook's run into the same game-streaming restrictions that have kept gamers from using Xbox's xCloud or Google's Stadia on their iStuff. And Facebook is … not staying quiet about its unhappiness.
Apple says it's trying to be helpful. It told CNBC it provided Facebook with "helpful feedback" on how to comply. But Rubin said … not exactly. "Responding to multiple requests for approval of our iOS cloud concepts with 'this fails under policy' is better than the radio silence we have experienced at times in the past," he tweeted, "but that's hardly 'helpful feedback.'"
I'm shocked Apple hasn't found a way to be more accommodating to game-streaming platforms. (I mean, it has in a way on paper, but forcing developers to list every game separately in the App Store seems like a nonstarter.)
It doesn't seem like much sticks to Apple at the moment, so long as it has another iPhone or AirPod launch coming soon. But I don't think this issue is going away.
Snapchat users are young. They also love Snapchat. Heading into the election season, armed with those two facts, Snapchat decided to make a big push to help users understand how elections work, and how they could get involved.
Snap did a decent job in 2016: It said 57% of the people who registered to vote through the app back then actually ended up casting a ballot. To help improve on that, it built another mini app with BallotReady that lets users fill out a sample ballot.
Snap's doing work on misinformation and disinformation, of course, and tries to aggressively police the political ads on its platform. But the company decided that the best thing it could do this year was be actionable, and help people understand the voting process. Everybody on Twitter might already be engaged, but Snapchatters are mostly just entering the fray.
Booking.com is one of the companies the EU wants to regulate more closely, and CEO Glenn Fogel is not a fan:
Are you giving your team time off to vote? Marc Benioff said that's not necessarily the same as having next Tuesday off:
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That's how many Bitcoin one user moved in a single transaction yesterday, worth a total of roughly $1.15 billion. That's the biggest (dollar-terms) Bitcoin transaction ever, topping the record from earlier this year. What was it for? Who knows! Blockchain! But everyone's really excited about the mere $3.54 transaction fee, because suffice to say a bank would've charged a bit more.
Everybody gets in fights with their neighbors, right? Well here's a playbook on how to really ramp things up. The short version: Bill Gross, a finance exec, bought a million-dollar sculpture and a big net to protect it. Mark Towfiq, his neighbor and a tech exec, doesn't like it. Yelling ensues, everybody gets restraining orders on everybody, and it turns out one of the things that put it all over the edge was Gross blaring the "Gilligan's Island" theme song at all hours. I smell a TikTok challenge coming on.
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