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Apple insists that a crackdown on apps designed to help parents manage their kids' screen time is about security and privacy rather than an effort to stamp out competition.
Driving the news: The iPhone maker's defense follows a New York Times report that 11 of the top 17 parental control apps in the Apple App Store had been removed or restricted in the past year.
What they're saying: "We recently removed several parental control apps from the App Store, and we did it for a simple reason: they put users’ privacy and security at risk," the company said in a statement on Sunday.
The big picture: Apple is facing complaints on several fronts that it makes life hard for developers.
Yes, but: In this debate, Apple isn't helped by its history of enforcing rules that make it harder to offer apps that compete with features in its operating systems. And several makers of the removed apps told NYT that Apple's motives are less than pure...
The other side: Apple keeps a tighter hold over its app ecosystem than Google does with Android. And Android developers have far deeper access to the operating system, for better — and worse.
Adam Brotman, formerly president of clothier J. Crew and chief digital officer of Starbucks, has landed a gig as CEO of automated restaurant Eatsa, Axios has confirmed.
Why it matters: Brotman helped Starbucks pursue a number of efforts to add tech to its business, including mobile payments and ordering. He left J. Crew earlier this month.
History lesson: Eatsa began as a 2000s twist on the automat, a cashierless quick-serve restaurant concept from the early 20th century. In 2017, Eatsa closed all but two of its locations and said it would start trying to use its technology to power other restaurants.
Wow Bao opened a location in Chicago using Eatsa's technology later that year.
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Disney/Marvel’s "Avengers: Endgame" has obliterated box office records, bringing in a whopping $350 million in North America and $1.2 billion worldwide during its opening weekend, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
The record-breaking weekend nearly doubled the best prior global opening — Marvel's "Avengers: Infinity War," which last year brought in $640.5 million in its debut.
Why it matters: The movie's success speaks to the critical role that theaters still play in cinema, despite the fact that more people are watching films through streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and soon-to-be Disney+.
“This weekend is the culmination of a decade of investments by theater owners in technology, comfort and convenience and a decade-long bet by Disney on the power of the moviegoing experience."
"This record-shattering weekend didn’t just happen in movie theaters; it happened because of movie theaters.”— Patrick Corcoran, VP and chief communications officer, National Association of Theater Owners
Yes, but: It also speaks to the power of the popular franchises that Disney has carefully cultivated over the past few years. 5 of the top 10 highest-grossing box office weekend openers belong to Disney-owned franchises, like Marvel and "Star Wars." Disney has had the top-grossing global studio performance since 2016.
Be smart: Axios' Felix Salmon notes that experts predict "Endgame's" record haul will bring it near "cash breakeven" by Sunday, which is unprecedented for a superhero movie.
Go deeper: Sara has more here.
Arguably the biggest change to the workforce in the last few years has been the emergence of the gig economy.
Between the lines: Aided by the rise of smartphones, those looking for flexible hours or a side job have unprecedented opportunities. At the same time, such jobs often come without benefits and require workers to supply their own cars or other equipment.
We took a look at these issues and more in our latest Axios Deep Dive.
Mondays are rough. I get it. Here's something to make your day a little better — a guy running the London Marathon in a Big Ben costume.