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Privacy talks charge ahead — ‘Broadband equity’ battle exposes partisan divisions

APPLE-EPIC UPDATETHE OG TECH MONOPOLY TAKES ON APPLE— Apple really, really doesn’t want streaming game services on the iPhone. On Day 3 of Fortnite-maker Epic Games’ antitrust suit against Apple, Microsoft’s Lori Wright spent hours detailing the company’s unsuccessful effort to bring the Xbox Cloud game streaming service to Apple’s iOS. Microsoft spent months trying to persuade Apple to let xCloud into the App Store, even sending Wright and other execs to Apple’s Cupertino headquarters to talk. “We tried very hard to get [xCloud] onto iOS but were not able,” she said.

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—Game streaming is a way to play even technologically demanding video games online,thus saving players from buying pricey hardware. Along with Microsoft, Nvidia, Google and Amazon have each launched equivalent services, but Apple hasn’t let any of them into the App Store.

—The Netflix model: Apple initially told Microsoft to use the same model as Netflix and Amazon’s Audible, where users log in to access a catalog of available titles. But Apple later changed its mind, Wright said, and told Microsoft to make every game on xCloud available for individual download. That would be a nightmare for users, she said, and Apple’s rule “fundamentally breaks down the service we were trying to deliver.” Apple never explained “why there was a special carve-out for all other types of media and entertainment other than gaming.

—Once Microsoft realized it couldn’t get onto the App Store, the company reprogrammed the service to work through Apple’s Safari browser on iPhones and iPads, Wright said. “It was our only outcome in order to reach mobile users on iOS,” she said. Apple lawyer Jay Srinivasan pushed back on her gloomy testimony, reading aloud xCloud press reviews that called it a “super solid experience” on iOS. Wright also begrudgingly acknowledged that Microsoft recently expanded testing of the xCloud service on Safari.

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