Apple denies Fortnite a return to the App Store

A lawyer for Apple (AAPL) said the company “has exercised its discretion not to reinstate Epic’s developer program account at this time” in response to a request from the video game maker to do so, according to a letter sent to Epic’s lawyer and tweeted by the company’s CEO, Tim Sweeney, on Wednesday.

“Furthermore, Apple will not consider any requests for reinstatement until the district court’s judgment becomes final and non-appealable,” said the letter from Apple’s lawyer, a copy of which was provided to CNN Business by Epic.

The move further escalates a months-long court battle between the two companies over Apple’s rules for its App Store and suggests the hugely popular game won’t make it back onto iOS devices until the end of an appeals process. Sweeney said in a tweet that process could take as long as five years.
A judge in California ruled earlier this
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Florida Tech’s weVENTURE Women’s Business Center Receives New Small Business, Urban Development Grants

weVENTURE WBC was awarded a $171,000 grant

As the resurgent COVID pandemic rattles the economy once again, Florida Tech’s weVENTURE Women’s Business Center has received two doses of federal funding that will help it assist more small businesses in their time of need. (Florida Tech image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – As the resurgent COVID pandemic rattles the economy once again, Florida Tech’s weVENTURE Women’s Business Center has received two doses of federal funding that will help it assist more small businesses in their time of need.

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced in late August that weVENTURE WBC was one of 14 women’s business centers nationwide to receive grants as part of the Women’s Business Centers Resiliency and Recovery Demonstration Grant under the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO).

weVENTURE WBC was awarded a $171,000 grant.

“During the pandemic, our Women’s Business Centers have played an integral

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Germany’s Ifo institute slashes 2021 GDP growth forecast to 2.5%

: Staff wear protective masks at the Volkswagen assembly line in Wolfsburg, Germany, April 27, 2020. Swen Pfoertner/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

  • Germany’s next chancellor inherits fragile recovery
  • Supply bottlenecks hold back industrial output
  • Consumption boom on the cards for next year

BERLIN, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Germany’s Ifo economic institute has cut its growth forecast for Europe’s largest economy for this year as supply chain disruptions and a scarcity of chips and other intermediate goods are slowing down the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The institute now sees Germany’s gross domestic product (GDP) growing 2.5% this year, down 0.8 percentage points from its previous forecast, and 5.1% next year, up 0.8 points.

The weaker-than-expected rebound in 2021 follows a plunge of overall economic output by 4.6% in 2020 caused by coronavirus restrictions on public life and business activities to contain the spread of the highly infectious disease.

The reduced growth

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BSP warns play-to-earn gamers on potential illicit activities

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THE CENTRAL BANK warned the public that illicit financial activities may occur through “play-to-earn” online games, even as it recognized such platforms have the potential to boost financial inclusion and digital payments in the country.

“The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) advises those engaging in these games to be thoroughly aware of how these work as the digital space provides a borderless and wider playing field for fraudsters or cyber criminals to carry out illicit financial activities,” it said in a note sent in response to a query.

Earlier, the BSP noted that Axie Infinity, a play-to-earn online game that has become popular among Filipinos, is not yet registered with regulators, although it is keeping a close eye on its activities which are similar to an operator of a payment system.

Axie Infinity allows players to earn smooth love

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