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NASA announces eight-nation space coalition under ‘Artemis Accords’

NASA announced on Tuesday that eight countries have signed an international agreement called the Artemis Accords that outlines the principles of future exploration of the Moon and beyond.

The treaty paves the way for its founding members — Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, United Arab Emirates, Britain and the United States — to participate in NASA’s Artemis program, which aims to return humans to Earth’s nearest neighbor by 2024.

“Artemis will be the broadest and most diverse international human space exploration program in history, and the Artemis Accords are the vehicle that will establish this singular global coalition,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

“With today’s signing, we are uniting with our partners to explore the Moon and are establishing vital principles that will create a safe, peaceful, and prosperous future in space for all of humanity to enjoy.”

While NASA is leading the Artemis program, it has emphasized the need

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Apple TV+ Joins ‘Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment’ Anti-Piracy Coalition

Apple’s Apple TV+ division has joined the Motion Picture Association of America’s Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), an anti-piracy group committed to “supporting the legal marketplace for video content and addressing the challenge of online piracy.”


ACE first launched in June 2017 with Netflix and Amazon as founding members, and dozens of movie and content studios have joined like Comcast, Disney, NBC, BBC, AMC, MGM, ViacomCBS, Paramount, Fox, and others.

‌Apple TV‌+ will join the ACE governing board, which includes Amazon, Disney, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., in addition to Apple.

ACE’s goal is to disrupt the piracy ecosystem that harms creators, with streaming piracy representing 80 percent of all piracy today, costing companies as much as $71 billion annually. As noted by Axios, streaming piracy is a greater concern to Apple now that it has original streaming content to protect.

Streaming piracy is a growing

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917Ventures Partners with Perx Technologies to Power the Largest Lifestyle Loyalty & Merchant Coalition in the Philippines

917Ventures partners with Perx Lifestyle Marketing Platform to Deepen Customer Engagement Between Brands and over 80M customers

SINGAPORE, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — 917Ventures, the largest corporate incubator in the Philippines and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globe Telecom has entered into a strategic partnership with Singapore-based Lifestyle Marketing SaaS Platform, Perx, to enable large enterprises and merchants to co-exist and engage consumers more effectively.

The Partnership is Set to Power the Largest Lifestyle Loyalty & Merchant Coalition in the Philippines
The Partnership is Set to Power the Largest Lifestyle Loyalty & Merchant Coalition in the Philippines

With the partnership, Zeal, a brand under 917Ventures and the region’s largest consumer loyalty and rewards coalition marketplace, will be able to drive in-app customer engagement through interactive, gamified digital customer experiences that reward customers for their every action.

Besides powering the Zeal app, the partnership will also allow RUSH to fully integrate with Perx’s lifestyle marketing platform to provide an end-to-end, enterprise-class marketing technology offering to large

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Apple critics form coalition to challenge App Store fees





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A group of Apple Inc`s critics – including Spotify Technology SA, Match Group Inc and “Fortnite” creator Epic Games – have joined a nonprofit group that plans to advocate for legal and regulatory action to challenge the iPhone maker`s App Store practices.

Apple charges a commission of between 15%-30% for apps that use its in-app payment system and sets out extensive rules for apps in its App Store, which is the only way Apple allows consumers to download native apps to devices such as the iPhone. Those practices have drawn criticism and formal legal complaints from some developers.

The Coalition for App Fairness, structured as a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. and Brussels, said it plans to advocate legal changes that would force Apple to change. Beyond Epic, Match and Spotify, other members include smaller firms such as Basecamp, Blix, Blockchain.com, Deezer, and Tile, along

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As Epic’s Apple Fight Continues, It Joins Spotify And More To Launch “Coalition For App Fairness”

Epic has found some allies in its fight against Apple and Google. The company has joined with Spotify, Basecamp, and a handful of other companies to launch the Coalition for App Fairness. The nonprofit says it was formed to “advocate for freedom of choice and fair competition across the app ecosystem.”

For the time being the coalition’s primary focus is laying out its vision, consisting of ten guidelines for ethical platforms. The first is pointedly similar to Epic’s own complaints against Apple, stating: “No developer should be required to use an app store exclusively, or to use ancillary services of the app store owner, including payment systems, or to accept other supplementary obligations in order to have access to the app store.”

Other parts of the vision statement cover topics like not blocking apps based on business model concerns, not using a developer’s own data against the developer, the ability

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Apple is the target of a new coalition created by Epic, Spotify, Match and others

The suggested principles aim to make fundamental changes to how the iPhone’s iOS software works, including breaking Apple’s strict control of how mobile apps are installed on most iPhones, through the Apple App Store. If Apple were to change course and follow the principles — an unlikely scenario without a court order or new laws — it would fundamentally alter the multibillion-dollar industry built around iOS applications and potentially give Apple less control over how customers use the thousand-dollar computers in their pockets.

A website launched Thursday by the coalition framed it as a battle between right and wrong. “Every app developer, regardless of size or the nature of the developer’s business, is entitled to fair treatment by these app stores and the platform owners who operate them,” the site reads, in a plea to regulators and lawmakers. “Together we will fight back against the monopolist control of the app

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To Fight Apple and Google, Smaller App Rivals Organize a Coalition

SAN FRANCISCO — For months, complaints from tech companies against Apple’s and Google’s power have grown louder.

Spotify, the music streaming app, criticized Apple for the rules it imposed in the App Store. A founder of the software company Basecamp attacked Apple’s “highway robbery rates” on apps. And last month, Epic Games, maker of the popular game Fortnite, sued Apple and Google, claiming they violated antitrust rules.

Now these app makers are uniting in an unusual show of opposition against Apple and Google and the power they have over their app stores. On Thursday, the smaller companies said they had formed the Coalition for App Fairness, a nonprofit group that plans to push for changes in the app stores and “protect the app economy.” The 13 initial members include Spotify, Basecamp, Epic and Match Group, which has apps like Tinder and Hinge.

“They’ve collectively decided, ‘We’re not alone in this,

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TikTok Proposes Social Media Coalition to Curb Harmful Content | Technology News

(Reuters) – TikTok has proposed a global coalition of social media firms for early identification and removal of harmful content, the company said on Tuesday, as networking apps face a barrage of criticism over issues ranging from misinformation to data privacy.

The company, owned by China’s ByteDance and at the center of a political battle between Washington and Beijing, said it had sent letters to nine companies for a memorandum of understanding on content moderation.

Individual content review efforts by each platform can be advanced through a formal and collaborative approach, the short-video app said. (https://bit.ly/3cjB813)

TikTok did not name the companies it had reached out to but said it had proposed a meeting between the firms to discuss the matter.

The app, a relative newcomer to the social media landscape, has had fewer instances of wrestling publicly with the persistent content moderation scandals that have dogged larger and more

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Coalition accused of planning to open green bank to fossil fuel investments



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The Morrison government has been accused of planning to open up the taxpayer-owned green bank to fossil fuels investments through a change that explicitly defines gas-fired power as a “low-emissions technology”.

The energy and emissions reduction minister, Angus Taylor, introduced legislation to parliament on Thursday that would give the Clean Energy Finance Corporation an additional $1bn funding for a “grid reliability fund”.

Taylor said the new fund would be used to encourage private investment in infrastructure needed to balance electricity generation from solar and windfarms – battery and pumped hydro storage, “dispatchable” power plants that can be ramped up as needed, transmission projects and technologies that stabilise the grid.

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It would also allow the CEFC to administer a long-promised underwriting program for new electricity generation announced before

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