Epic Games Wins Play Store Suit Against Google

Anyone who’s tried to pry an iPhone from the fingers of its owner knows that Apple and Android serve very separate markets.  That wasn’t clear to the judge in Epic Games’ app store monopoly suit against Apple two years ago, but a jury saw things differently yesterday in Epic’s parallel suit against Google’s Play Store.  Google will appeal the decision, of course, but it seems that alternative payment options are only a matter of time.

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Companies Struggle to Build Custom Product Integrations: Merge Survey

December 12, 2023

This survey from Merge, which sells product integration tools, highlights the challenges of working outside an app store to build integrations on your own. It found 68% of companies have built fewer than 10 integrations with customer-facing systems, even though they’d like many more. CRM and marketing automation integrations are the most common, and home-built integrations often face problems with performance, scalability and long-term maintenance.

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Ad Fontes Media Partners with The Trade Desk to Support Brand Safe Advertising

February 23, 2024

Ad Fontes Media, a company that rates news sites for reliability and bias, has announced the integration of its rating data with The Trade Desk’s programmatic advertising platform. This will allow the screening out of highly partisan, AI-generated and clickbait sites, preferentially serving ads to sites containing quality journalism. Directing ad spend to low quality sites not only wastes dollars and threatens brand safety but de-monetizes quality news operations.

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