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Saturday Morning Coffee

Good morning from Charlottesville, Virginia! ☕️

Cold EspressoLast week was cold, this week has been like a perfect spring. We had plenty of sunshine with highs approaching 70. Of course next week we drop back into the 40’s. It is winter after all. 😃

Juli Clover • MacRumors

Apple’s EU Core Technology Fee Could Bankrupt Freemium App Developers

This is going to take some time to fully understand. Apparently one of the rules requires app makers to pay Apple the equivalent of $0.54 per app installation over one million. Now, if you’re selling a product for some hunk of change or have recurring revenue you’ll probably be fine if you manage to have one million plus installations. Heck, I’d love to have to think about this problem. 🤣

Having other stores to distribute your apps through also sounds interesting but you need to verify you have access to $1,000,000 dollars to handle support issues and keep the store running smoothly.

I’m curious to see what Epic and Spotify do.

As for me, I’ll stick with the good old 15-30% cut and hope someday I have to pay Apple 30% of my sales. Why? Because it would mean I’m making really good money.

M.G. Siegler • Spyglass

I’m honestly not sure I can recall a press release dripping with such disdain. Apple may even have a point in many of the points above, but the framing of it would just seem to ensure that Apple is going to continue to be at war with the EU over all of this and now undoubtedly more.

His analysis of Apple’s press release is a laugh. Apple is definitely trying to scare the crap out of folks. 🤣

Red Sweater

Black Ink for iOS (iPhone, iPad, and if all goes according to plan, visionOS), is now available on the App Store.

Congratulations, Daniel! Here’s hoping it’s a great launch and becomes a hit with the puzzle solving crowd. ❤️

Adam Reiss • NBC News

Former President Donald Trump must pay writer E. Jean Carroll over $83 million in damages for repeatedly defaming her, a jury found Friday.

The petulant baby man is finally starting to get some comeuppance.

He’s such a loser he stormed out of the courtroom.

Way to show what a leader you are. Things get tough and he walks away. A perfect quality for a President, right? Wrong.

Donnie boy, your weakness and low energy is on full display. Nice job. 🍊

Kyle Barr • Gizmodo

One place where Netflix won’t be is Apple’s upcoming Vision Pro VR headset. Why isn’t Netflix planning an app for what is Apple’s big $3,500 gamble on the future of augmented reality? According to co-CEO Greg Peters, it’s because the company doesn’t know if anybody’s actually going to use it.

I can’t say that I blame Netflix for their stance. Vision Pro is a brand new, extremely expensive, piece of technology. It may be cool and all but will enough folks buy into it to justify putting a lot of resources into it?

This doesn’t mean Vision Pro will be a failure. Remember, the iPhone didn’t exactly shoot out of the gate like a rocket. It took a couple iterations for it to finally gain mainstream traction. Heck, iPhone 1 didn’t even have an App Store, it only had “the sweet solution.” 🥽

Eric Berger • Ars Technica

Something has gone wrong with NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter on the surface of Mars. Although the US space agency has not made any public announcements yet, a source told Ars that the plucky flying vehicle had an accident on its last flight and broke one of its blades. It will not fly anymore.

Poor little copter lost a blade.

Let’s raise our glasses to the little copter who could! 🍻

Gary Leff •

Boeing Whistleblower: Production Line Has “Enormous Volume Of Defects” Bolts On MAX 9 Weren’t Installed

Go read the comments from the Boeing employee. They’re terrifying. I have a fear of heights and flying. This news doesn’t help. 😳

Lois Beckett • The Guardian

LA Times fires 115 journalists in ‘HR zoom webinar’ following union protests

Here we go again. More firings. The hollowing out of news rooms continues.

We need the news and hard hitting articles to keep our government in check. It’s part of what makes America, America. 🗞️

Brian Linder •

Super Bowl announcement has some in MAGA crowd outraged. Here’s why

Please, allow me to fix that headline.

“Racists don’t want black singer to perform at the Super Bowl.”

These people are pathetic.😡

Tiny Apple Core