Since I can’t cover everything, I’ll often direct your attention to articles from various other sources worth your time.

° From The Verge: Apple has barred employees from creating a Slack channel to discuss pay equity. A member of the employee relations team, Apple’s version of HR, said that while the topic was “aligned with Apple’s commitment to pay equity,” it did not meet the company’s Slack Terms of Use.

° From AppFigures: “…so far in 2021, the average number of new Mac apps has dropped to 343, with the variance growing drastically and the low end dropping into the low 200s.”

° From 9to5Mac: A new report reveals Apple’s lobbying spend in Europe, and notes that tech giants spend more on trying to influence European legislation than any other sector. This includes both pharma and oil industries.

° From the Wall Street Journal: A lobbying group representing the interests of Apple and other tech groups has joined a coalition of corporate titans and industry organizations. They oppose the corporate tax increases in President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion economic agenda.

° From Billboard: Kanye West’s “Donda” sets 2021 Apple Music record with 60 million first-day US streams.

° From iMore: Spotify has blasted Apple’s proposed “concessions” made within its App Store as part of the settlement of a lawsuit with some developers. 

° From the U.S. Department of Justice: U.S. Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta this morning spoke with European Commission Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager. In their inaugural conversation, the two leaders discussed the Justice Department and European Commission’s mutual interest in promoting competition in a fair, global marketplace and building stronger transatlantic cooperation on justice issues and antitrust enforcement.

° From La Crosse Tribune: A woman from Arizona has claimed that her Apple Watch saved her life. Yolie De Leon says she was about to go for a walk back in June when she received an alert on her Apple Watch. 

° From AppleInsider: Apple’s car strategy will likely focus on vertical integration, with the company having a hand in virtually every aspect of the “Apple Car,” Morgan Stanley analysts said.

° From MacVoices Live!: Host Chuck Joiner’s conversation with Josh Centers about his new book, “Take Control of iOS15” and “iPadOS15,” concludes with Josh talking about the translation capabilities, the controversial CSAM policies and functions Apple is implementing, and how the public beta process has affected the iOS and iPadOS development. (Part 2) 

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