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Musk goes to fight after Apple cuts Twitter advertising

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Elon Musk claims that Apple threatened to remove the app from the App Store after he complained on Twitter about Apple spending less money on advertising, but it’s not entirely clear what’s happening.
Elon Musk has made a sizable number of changes since purchasing Twitter, including adjustments to the company’s policies, massive layoffs, and an apparent amnesty for suspended accounts. Musk responded to a question about Apple itself in a series of tweets on Monday where he rails against Apple and its 30% commission for the App Store as well as Apple’s reduction of advertising on the service.

Musk simply responded “Yes” when asked if Apple had threatened Twitter’s inclusion in the App Store or made any other kind of moderation request.

Loss of advertising revenue sparked the attack.
The tweet storm appeared to have started with advertising expenditure. In the first of the series of tweets, Musk accused Apple of having “mostly stopped advertising on Twitter” and posed the accusation, “Do they hate free speech in America?” before poking Apple CEO Tim Cook.

An advertising firm for Apple earlier in November advised clients not to continue spending money on Twitter advertising. Omnicom Media Group was concerned about impersonation, layoffs, and other issues.

However, a Tweet from a person claiming to be one of the leads on Apple’s social media spending team provided the explanation for why the budget was cut.

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Multiple accounts believed to be associated with an Apple employee reposted the tweet, and we have confirmation from additional sources inside Apple who are not permitted to comment on the subject that the logic is sound. For further information on the entire situation, AppleInsider has contacted Apple PR.

Sgain, app store fees
In a pair of tweets, Musk mentions the App Store commission in addition to his criticism of Apple. In one, he reposts the video Epic Games made to announce the beginning of its legal action against Apple on the fee and other policies.

The iPhone should be made available to multiple app marketplaces, among other things, according to the complaint filed by Epic Games, a well-known opponent of Apple’s store policies and fees.

Musk only added the phrase “Accurate” to the retweet.

In the second, Musk reposts a tweet that mentions the 30% fee and asks, “Did you know Apple charges a secret 30% tax on anything you buy through their App Store?”

The cost is not at all a secret and is not always 30%. Apple frequently only charges a 15% commission to developers who receive annual salaries of less than $1 million. In addition, subscriptions like Twitter Blue have a 15% commission after the first year and a 30% commission after that.

The debate may revolve around moderation

Musk sent a stand-alone tweet with an accusation ten minutes later. The CEO believes that Apple has threatened to remove Twitter from its App Store but won’t explain why.

It seems doubtful that Apple would issue such warnings without providing some kind of clarification, such citing specific rules from the Software Store that the app may be breaking. Apple is also unlikely to explain the issues with the software to the general public, but it would if Twitter were truly deleted.

The twitter storm and the charge come after Musk was questioned about making his own smartphone on Friday in the event that Apple and Google removed Twitter from the App Store. Musk said at the time that he hoped it wouldn’t, but if it did, he would “create an alternate phone.”

For years, there have been rumors about a “Tesla Phone.” At this time, it is, at best, vaporware.

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If Apple is really bothered by Twitter’s inclusion in the App Store, which isn’t at all clear, it’s probably because of recent changes to the company’s moderation policies. An app must have clear moderation standards and uphold them in order to be hosted on the App Store.

The Safety section of Apple’s App Store Review Guidelines contains a lengthy list of “Objectionable” content that is prohibited from being included in apps.

Apps are required to have filters for objectionable content, mechanisms for reporting it with quick responses, and blocking features under User-Generated Content. Some apps may be “removed without notice” if they facilitate bullying and threats or contain content that is inappropriate for use at work.

Early in 2021, the social media app Parler was removed from the App Store for hosting objectionable content and for failing to submit moderation guidelines. After making improvements, it was eventually accepted back into the App Store.

There is concern that Twitter may experience a similar situation as a result of, among other things, a policy change regarding content and an amnesty for suspended accounts.

Musk tweeted an image macro showing a car turning off a road and changing direction from “Pay 30%” to “Go to War” at the apparent end of the tweet storm.

Musk only ever used “Twitter for iPhone” to post his tweets.

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The cast of the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 film has added an exciting new addition with the inclusion of Shadow, who will be voiced by the talented Keanu Reeves

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After a long wait, it appears that the search for a capable Hollywood actor to bring the brooding Shadow the Hedgehog to life has come to an end. Keanu Reeves, a renowned actor known for his iconic roles in film franchises such as The Matrix and John Wick, as well as his involvement in the highly anticipated game Cyberpunk 2077, has officially been cast for the role.

Speculation has been running wild lately, but The Hollywood Reporter has officially confirmed the casting, citing reliable sources in the know. News of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 being showcased at Cinemacon has quickly spread. Reeves is sure to bring his own special touch to the role, but it’s uncertain how well he will mesh with the mustachioed Dr. Robotnik, as Jim Carrey is set to reprise the character.

What are your thoughts on Keanu Reeves being cast as Shadow the Hedgehog in Sonic the Hedgehog 3? Please avoid sharing fan art in the comments section below.

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Get ready for a metaphorical rollercoaster ride with ReFantazio Livestreams!

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ATLUS has just announced their latest event, the “ATLUS Exclusive: Metaphor: ReFantazio” broadcast. Fans can look forward to an exciting 30-minute showcase of never-before-seen gameplay from the publisher/developer. How exciting is that to anticipate?

According to Gematsu, director Katsura Hashino will serve as the host of the broadcast, which will debut on YouTube on April 22. The English version will include dubbed audio and English subtitles, and we have also expanded the list of timezones available.

  • North America: 3 pm PDT, 4 pm MDT, 5 pm CDT, and 6 pm EDT.
  • UK/Ire: 11pm BST
  • Europe: 12am CEST / 1am EEST
  • Asia/Oceania: 7am JST, 6am AWST, 8am AEST.

Additionally, there is a scheduled stream for the next day, April 23rd, with the specific times listed below. Get ready for the “ATLUS Exclusive Debut Commemoration Special—Metaphor: Stalkers Club Final,” where fans can indulge in the captivating presence of hosts Mafia Kajita and Tomomi Isomura. They will thoroughly analyze and delve into all the information disclosed during the initial broadcast. Sayawaka, a visitor who is the author of the associated manga’s story, will be with them.

  • North America: 7 am PDT, 8 am MDT, 9 am CDT, and 10 am EDT.
  • UK/Ire: 3pm BST
  • Europe: 4pm CEST / 5pm EEST
  • Asia/Oceania: 11pm JST, 10pm AWST, 1am AEDT

What are your thoughts on the influx of information about Metaphor: ReFantazio? Are you planning to watch any of the upcoming broadcasts? Share your authentic thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth’s Retry Wording Has Been Updated in a Subtle Manner

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Despite the numerous praises players have showered upon Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, there is one particular aspect of the game that has garnered nothing but criticism: the perplexing wording of its retry screen, which players encounter when facing a Game Over. Fortunately, the developers have discreetly resolved this issue in the game’s latest patch. They have fixed the Platinum Trophy progression, resulting in a slightly less confusing experience for players.

If you don’t possess exceptional combat abilities, chances are you’ve come across the game’s notorious four options: “Retry from Current Battle, Retry from This Battle, Retry from Before Battle, or Resume.”. As an avid gamer, I must admit that I’ve experienced the frustration of losing precious time due to my own foolish mistake. In this particular instance, I found myself engrossed in fine-tuning my matrix and equipping my party, only to have it all go to waste when I encountered a formidable enemy. To compound my error, I made the ill-advised decision to retry the battle, resulting in an hour of agonizing repetition. Lesson learned!

The “Retry from This Battle” option has become a source of frustration for players who are struggling with the game’s final boss encounter, leading to a significant number of rage-quits. Without giving away any surprises, opting for that choice after being defeated would result in players being sent back to the beginning of the final boss encounter, needlessly forcing them to forfeit approximately an hour’s worth of hard-earned progress in battle.

After the update, players now have the option to select “Retry from the Current Phase” instead of “Retry from Before the Current Battle.”. It’s worth noting that this change is only slightly improved. It’s rather disappointing that the screen is overly convoluted, which may lead to players feeling frustrated. While it’s better late than never, we can’t help but wonder if this issue will persist in the future.

 

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