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Apple CEO Tim Cook. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Apple CEO Tim Cook and other top Apple executives are expected to be among the witnesses when a trial begins in the company's legal battle with Fortnite creator Epic Games, according to an initial witness list Apple released late last Friday.

Why it matters: The lawsuit is with Epic, but at stake is Apple's way of doing business in the App Store, including its 30% cut and requirement that developers use only Apple's in-app payment system for digital goods.

  • Among Apple's witnesses are Cook, software chief Craig Federighi, and longtime marketing chief and current Apple fellow Phil Schiller,
  • Epic CEO Tim Sweeney is also expected to testify, along with operating chief Daniel Vogel and marketing VP Matthew Weissinger.
  • The trial is set to begin May 3 in federal court in Northern California.

Between the lines: Expect more fireworks as the trial draws closer and each side reveals information learned through discovery.

  • For Apple, which tends to like to keep nearly everything confidential, lawsuits often provide a unique window into the company's day-to-day operations, as was the case during its years-long battle with Samsung.

Yes, but: Some of the juiciest confidential info is often redacted.

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Biden in call with Netanyahu raises concerns about civilian casualties in Gaza

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President Biden spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Saturday and raised concerns about civilian casualties in Gaza and the bombing of the building that housed AP and other media offices, according to Israeli officials.

The big picture: At least 140 Palestinians, including dozens of children, have been killed in Gaza since fighting between Israel and Hamas began Monday, according to Palestinian health officials. Nine people, including two children, have been killed by Hamas rockets in Israel.

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"Horrified": AP, Al Jazeera condemn Israel's bombing of their offices in Gaza

A ball of fire erupts from the Jalaa Tower as it is destroyed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza. Photo: Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Associated Press and Al Jazeera on Saturday condemned the Israeli airstrike that destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza that housed their and other media offices.

What they're saying: The White House, meanwhile, said it had "communicated directly to the Israelis that ensuring the safety and security of journalists and independent media is a paramount responsibility," according to press secretary Jen Psaki.

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The COVID lab-leak theory goes mainstream

The Wuhan Institute of Virology. Photo: Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images The COVID lab-leak theory goes mainstream

A group of high-profile scientists published a letter calling for renewed investigation into the origins of COVID-19 — including the theory that it spilled out of a virology lab.

Why it matters: The possibility that SARS-CoV-2 was created in a Chinese lab and accidentally escaped — rather than emerging naturally from an animal — was initially dismissed as a conspiracy theory. But the letter shows a potential lab leak is increasingly being taken seriously.