App Store Antitrust Bill | GDPR vs. Google Fonts | Wordle Worth $10M+

you welcome in long vision—Where we look at the week’s news and strip it of the essentials. let’s work What is the real problem?.

This week: The Open App Markets Act polls well among developers, Germany fines a website for using Google fonts, and The New York Times buys Wordle for a futile sum.

1. Antitrust law will open app stores

First up this week: Open App Markets Code It seems to be a hit with the developers. In a poll, more than 80% of lawmakers wanted this to pass Bipartisan Senate bill.

Analysis: But 30% of nothing is nothing

One of the developers’ biggest complaints is Apple’s 30% cut in all revenue – including in-app purchases. Many developers have also encountered random refusals of requests to stores. These appear to be the main driving forces behind the developers’ calls for any walls around the parks to be demolished. But they should be careful what they wish for – users may do so You don’t see it the same way.

Carl Evers Hellstrom: 8 out of 10 app developers have returned to the measure to rein in Google and Apple

Alliance for Application Justice, [an] An industry group for app developers is pushing Congress to pass the Open App Markets Act. [The] A bipartisan Senate bill… would prevent app stores from favoring their own in-house apps in searches, requiring developers to use their own payment systems and banning users from downloading apps from third-party stores.

Developers took part in the survey…and complained about exorbitant fees…and expressed the difficulty that their apps can be recognized or accepted by app stores. Only 13 percent of app developers surveyed oppose the bill. … Margin of error increases or decreases by 7.11 percentage points.

The proposal, co-sponsored by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Ten), is due to be coded for committee this week. The CEOs of Apple and Google have personally lobbied lawmakers to drop it [such] Antitrust legislation.

Wouldn’t this just kill the proverbial golden goose? No, this anonymous coward says:

The only reason Apple is so successful with the iPhone is that developers write apps for it, and it’s no different than Windows in this respect. … If Apple’s App Store is very good, everyone from developers to end users will continue to use it and no one will use third-party app stores.

There is clearly a clear profit motive to rule out any competition in the App Store space. But I don’t understand how people can claim that Apple makes great products and at the same time argue that they can’t survive the competition on the platform.

But Dr. Edith Muddick –Tweet embed—doesn’t seem hopeful this will go anywhere:

Too bad politics is not dictated by public opinion.


2. German court fines site for using Google Fonts without consent

Did you know that you need to get permission from a European user before downloading a Google font remotely? you do now.

Analysis: Schrems II returns home to stay

More GDPR popups Ahoy! A German court has “clarified” that websites and apps must obtain informed consent before uploading content – if uploading content would reveal a user’s IP address to a third party. Fortunately, the fine was only $110 — this time, but if the offender did it again, the court threatened 2500 x this amount.

Thomas Claborne: A German court has fined a website for leaking a visitor’s IP address via Google Fonts

A German court has fined an unknown website 100 euros ($110) for violating EU privacy law by importing a Google-hosted web font. [It] Passing the anonymous claimant’s IP address to Google without permission and without a legitimate reason to do so. This violates…the General Data Protection Regulation.

The website could have avoided this drama by self-hosting the font. … The judgment expressly refers to this possibility to ensure that reliance on Google Fonts hosted by Google is untenable under law.

The ruling directs the website to stop providing IP addresses to Google and threatens … a fine of 250,000 euros for each violation, or up to six months in prison, for continued improper use of Google fonts. … These data privacy provisions reflect the consequences of the European Court of Justice’s 2020 decision to rescind the Privacy Shield data protection arrangements that previously allowed US companies to share data with European partners under “Standard Clauses of Contract.”

Isn’t that silly? And certainly not the goal of GDPR? Aristos Mazer disagrees very much:

This is pretty much the intended result, with a lot of analysis going on in this regulation. …even if it means redesigning the foundations of the network.

Forcing sites to stop transferring data in any way or form to Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, etc… is exactly the goal. [It’s been] Time and time again by polls of EU citizens.

Indeed, the goal is to obtain ‘informed consent’. Here is Hans Nisson – Bombsadeci:

“To continue beyond this point… your IP address must be shared with a third party.” Will they click on it? …I know at least one person who reads this as, “If you click on this link, you will tell people where I live.” (I know because they got a popup like this once, and they phoned me in a mild agitated state.)


3. Wordle sold to The New York Times for over $10 million

Josh Wardle, a Welsh developer living in New York, sold the social gaming game this winter to a standard newspaper of the same name in his state. The New York Times thinks it will be a useful addition to its gaming section. but the incredible pricetag.

Analysis: Nice pay day for Josh

how Much? It’s hard to see how the Times will make money from this. Tomorrow’s word should be: Clay.

Alexis Benveniste: The sudden rise of Wordle

In less than six months, Wordle has gone from a gift to a viral sensation, to…part of the New York Times. … Josh Wardle, a software engineer in Brooklyn, created the game as a gift for his partner … and it went viral.

After nearly two months, 300,000 people have played it. … The hype around the game can be attributed to the spoiler-free scoring network that allows players to share their Wordle victories via social media.

Wordle was acquired at an undisclosed price in the low seven digits.

In other words, north of 10 million. Not bad for a quick hack by one developer Josh Wardle:

The game turned out to be bigger than I ever could have imagined (which I suppose isn’t a huge feat, given that I made the game for one audience). …I am so grateful for the personal stories some of you have shared with me.

[But] I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t a bit overwhelming. [So] I am very pleased to announce that I have reached an agreement with The New York Times. … I’m glad they will be the arbiters of the game.

But “RIP Wordle”, sadly, seems to be speaking on behalf of many:

It’s about to get stuck with trackers, and then ads later. … a paywall is almost certainly on its way—the New York Times very carefully said it “will remain free to begin with.” … It is not surprising that there are already so many clones. …there is no way for the New York Times to make money from this.


The cues from the story: No disguise will conceal one’s true personality.

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