Tech Roundup — Apple, Google, Jack Ma, VMWare, and TensorFlow

Every Big Tech story nowadays feels like an antitrust story. Something to keep in mind.

Apple will reduce App Store cut to 15 percent for most developers starting January 1st by Nick Statt

This costs Apple very little (impacted businesses accounted less than 5% of App Store revenue last year) and wins them (some) applause. Now that there’s a leak in the App Store dam, will it break?

Google Pay gets a major redesign with a new emphasis on personal finance by Frederic Lardinois

It’s sad that Google Pay only has 150 million users in 30 countries after five years. I’m not sure if Plex can significantly grow that figure, but just like with health care, tech companies are clearly growing interested in banking. The line between tech and fintech continues to blur.

Jack Ma vs. the Party: Inside the collapse of the world’s biggest IPO by Henny Sender

Every business leader in China should be concerned about this.

VMware’s blockchain platform is ready for the enterprise by Natalie Gagliordi

It will be fascinating to watch what enterprises choose to use this blockchain platform for, if anything.

Apple releases forked version of TensorFlow optimized for macOS Big Sur by Kyle Wiggers

We had to correct our story here to say that Apple, rather than Google, released this version of TensorFlow. Fascinating to see Apple play a bigger role with respect to AI developers, especially with an open-source library it didn’t create.

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