THE WEEK THAT WAS: The 6 things you need to know

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THE WEEK THAT WAS: The 6 things you need to know

Apple announced that it delays the introduction of the criticized feature that would track child sexual abuse material. “ Based on feedback from customers, advocacy groups, researchers, and others, we have decided to take additional time over the coming months to collect input and make improvements before releasing these critically important child safety features”, the company said.

Google is monitoring the situation in Afghanistan and “taking temporary actions to secure relevant accounts”, Google said as a comment to news reports that the company temporarily has locked down an unspecified number of Afghan government email accounts.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp was fined 225 million euro by Ireland’s Data Protection Commission for breaching the European Union’s GDPR rules introduced to protect citizens’ privacy. WhatsApp was accused of not being transparent enough about how it handled personal data.

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Apple announced more compromises for its App Store saying it will allow developers of “reader” apps to include an in-app link to their website for users to set up or manage an account. The compromise does not include the gaming sector.  South Korean parliament recently approved a law limiting companies like Apple and Google to force developers to use only the stores’ in-app payment systems.

Google is appealing a 500 million euro fine by France’s competition authority in a dispute on how the company is using publishers’ editorial content under the European Union’s updated copyright directive. The company said the amount of the fine IS disproportionate compared to the efforts the company has made to reach a deal and respect the new law.

Revenues from digital publishing in the UK was up 31.9% to GBP 152 million in the first quarter of the year compared to the same period last year. Display advertising was the largest category by revenue and up 4.7%. Revenue from subscriptions grew 48.8%, according to Digital Association of Online Publishers (AOP) and Deloitte.

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