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Epic Questions Apple’s App Store Defenses in New Court Filings

Epic Games sought to undermine one of Apple’s main defenses of its App Store policies in a new round of filings in the game company’s lawsuit against the iPhone maker. According to the Financial Times, Epic filed documents revealing that a senior Apple engineer described Apple’s efforts to combat malicious behavior by app developers as “bringing a plastic butter knife to a gunfight.” Epic is...

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VC Firm Torch Capital Raises Second $200 Million Fund
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Torch Capital, an early-stage venture firm, raised $200 million for its second fund, The Information is first to report. The New York-based firm, which has $400 million in assets under management, has backed startups including investing platform Acorns, real estate company Compass and salad chain Sweetgreen. Its creator economy investments include Kyra, a video content studio that connects...
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