The Weekly News Wr(app): Apple Faces CCI Probe, South Korean Bill Targets In-app Payments, Twitter Adds Super Follows And Other News

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Weekly News For You To Stay Updated With The App Industry

 In the last week, the main highlights of the app industry news revolved around how apps are upgrading their user experience, collaborations between startups and new app launches. Here is a Weekly News Wr(app) for you:

The South Korean Parliament on Tuesday passed a Bill that is expected to rein in the control that Apple and Google have over payment systems in their app stores.

This Bill is the first major legislation in the world to specifically target in-app markets and payment systems, even as market giants Apple and Google are facing global criticism for mandating the in-app use of their proprietary payment systems.


Apple may face CCI probe over in-app payment issues

The complaint filed by a Rajasthan-based non-profit organisation argued that Apple’s fee of up to 30 per cent on sale of digital goods and services or in-app purchases impacts developers and customers, while also acting as a barrier to market entry.


Apple announces new settlement with Japan allowing developers to link to external websites

Apple has reached a settlement with the Japanese regulator to allow developers of “reader” apps to link to their own websites for users to manage their accounts. The change goes to effect in early 2022.


Twitter adds Super Follows for creators to monetize content

It’s an incentive that could bolster engagement among top creators and their most active fans on the platform and app. Right now, Twitter is accepting applications for its waitlist for the feature. Creators need to have at last 10,000 followers and be over the age of 18 years to be accepted.


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App installs of COVID home-testing kits surge

According to SensorTower, installs of the two most widely available over-the-counter test kit apps – Navica by BinaxNow and Ellume – rose 107% in July 2021 and 134% in August 2021 across US app stores.


Doctor Anywhere raises $140m SGD to expand health app

Doctor Anywhere, the app that provides a virtual clinic from where users can assess symptoms and request home services and mental wellness tools, just raised $140 million SGD (around $100 million US) in a Series C round.


Flipboard rolls out newsfeed personalization tools to save you from doom scrolling

By introducing tools that allow users to customize their own feeds, the company believes users will not only see improved mental health, but will also spend a longer time in the Flipboard app.


The app store ecosystem is seeing some major changes in policies and we are looking forward to a more democratised environment for app developers. Stay tuned for our next News Wr(app) for more.

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