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Apple said Friday it plans to appeal a portion of the ruling in its legal battle with Fortnite creator Epic Games. It is also asking the judge to put on hold an injunction ordering Apple to make certain changes to its App Store policies.

Why it matters: While the court sided with Apple on many of Epic's claims, it did issue an injunction forcing Apple to let developers include in their apps a mention of payment options beyond Apple's in-app purchase system.

Catch up quick: Epic sued Apple, arguing that the company was abusing a monopoly over its App Store and asking the court to require Apple to allow alternative app stores and payment methods. The case went to trial in May.

  • In last month's ruling, the judge declined to do any of that, but did issue the injunction related to communication between app makers and customers. Apple now wants that put on hold, pending appeal. Otherwise it will go into effect Dec. 9.
  • Epic already said it would appeal the ruling.

Between the lines: Epic set the stage for this showdown — and a parallel one with Google — when it pushed an update that added Epic's own store and in-app payments mechanism into the iOS and Android versions of Fortnite. Apple and Google both immediately removed Fortnite from their stores, and Epic quickly filed suit against both companies. (Epic's Google case has yet to go to trial.)

The big picture: Beyond this case, Apple is facing a host of other lawsuits, investigations from regulators around the world, as well as new legislation in Korea, and possibly elsewhere.

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In the mid-2010s tech's biggest companies started publicly reporting diversity statistics, and the tale these annual numbers tell since then is one of progress — but very slow and very slight.

U.S. Census numbers for 2020 show the U.S. Black population at 12.4% and the Hispanic population at 18.7%. These numbers don't include the growing tally of multi-racial people.

Hollywood union reaches deal with studios to avert strike

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A Hollywood workers' union reached a tentative deal with studios, networks and streamers that will guarantee better working conditions, meal breaks and increased wages for low-paid workers, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) announced Saturday night.

Why it matters: The deal, which still needs to be ratified by IATSE members, will avert a nationwide strike by film and television workers that was set to start Monday. It would have been the first strike in the union's 128-year history.

Bill Clinton released from hospital following treatment for non-COVID infection

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Former President Bill Clinton was discharged from the University of California, Irvine Medical Center on Sunday, nearly a week after he was admitted for a non-COVID-related infection, according to his spokesperson Angel Ureña.

What they're saying: "His fever and white blood cell count are normalized and he will return home to New York to finish his course of antibiotics," wrote Dr. Alpesh Amin, who has been overseeing the team of doctors treating Clinton. "On behalf of everyone at UC Irvine Medical Center, we were honored to have treated him and will continue to monitor his progress."

Worth noting: Clinton had a urinary tract infection that spread to his bloodstream, per CNN.

  • The California-based medical team had been administering IV antibiotics and fluids, and was in constant communication with Clinton's New York team, including his cardiologist, according to the former president's physicians.
  • President Biden spoke by phone with Clinton on Friday to see how he was doing, and the catch-up included a discussion of recent politics.