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Apple cut off iPhone-using Facebook employees' access to their employer's internal apps Wednesday as fallout spread from yesterday's report of a cash-for-data "research" program by Facebook that broke Apple's rules.

Why it matters: Apple could have simply shut off the controversial research app, but it took the tougher line on Facebook here, emphasizing both the seriousness of the violation and its own determination to brand itself as the more privacy-oriented of the tech giants.

  • Business Insider reports that, inside Facebook, employees can no longer launch internal builds of Messenger, Instagram and Workplace, Facebook's business app.
  • In an internal memo leaked to the site, a Facebook executive wrote, "We're working closely with Apple to reinstate our most critical internal apps immediately."

Meanwhile, TechCrunch reports that since 2012, Google has operated a research app on iOS similar to Facebook's, called Screenwise Meter, that may also be distributed to consumers in violation of Apple's terms.

  • Update: Google apologized for misusing Apple's enterprise app program and said it will no longer distribute the app in that way, according to a statement to TechCrunch. “The Screenwise Meter iOS app should not have operated under Apple’s developer enterprise program — this was a mistake, and we apologize. We have disabled this app on iOS devices." Like Facebook, though, Google said it was upfront with users about how their data would be used.

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Big Tech's share of the S&P 500 reached record level in August

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The gap between the weighting of the five largest companies in the S&P 500 and the 300 smallest rose to the highest ever at the end of August, according to data from the Leuthold Group.

Why it matters: The concentration of wealth in a few massive U.S. tech companies has reached a scale significantly greater than it was before the dot-com bubble burst.

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Big businesses continue to push funding toward fighting inequality and racism, with the 100 largest U.S. companies' monetary commitments rising to $3.33 billion since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police earlier this year, according to an Axios analysis.

Why it matters: The continued pace of funding commitments shows that months after Floyd's death there remains pressure for the wealthiest corporations to put their money behind social issues and efforts.

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