This Week in Apps AppleEpic antitrust battle resumes, Apple sued over tracking, Googles new rules for kids apps

News Summary

  • Any apps in this program were also eligible to be rated for the Teacher Approved program, which had stricter guidelines, but entry was not guaranteed.Now, the additional policy requirements for the Designed for Families program are being rolled into the Play Store’s broader Families Policy.
  • The app, which focuses on having users join interest groups, is popular with Gen Z and creators who use it to talk to fans.🤝 Note-taking app Evernote agreed to be acquired by Milan-based app developer Bending Spoons, for an undisclosed sum.
  • The Designed for Families program included a number of requirements around the app’s content, its functionality, use of ads, data practices, use of warning labels, feature set, underlying technology components, and more.
  • Similar to apps like Fantastical, users can type in meeting information in natural language, like “lunch with Lisa at 1 pm tomorrow.” It also offers a more customizable solution for finding timeslots for meetings, compared with existing players like Calendly.
  • Or as Perry put it, “we are one big happy family.”Perry’s arguments re-iterated points from the lower court’s decision, particularly noting that the iPhone was designed to be more secure than the Mac, which is why there’s no “sideloading,” and instead puts apps through human review.
  • The app offers commission-free investments in U.S. stocks and ETFs.💰 Mobile chat app Geneva raised $21 million in a Series A extension led by cryptofund Multicoin Capital.
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