Apple tax forces Facebook to launch new tool only on Android

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Facebook's subscriptions are coming to Android but not iOS.
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Apple’s 30% tax on in-app purchases could cause iPhone and iPad users to miss out on the next big news feature from Facebook.

In an effort to help make publishers more money, Facebook plans to launch a tool that helps websites sell subscriptions. All of the sales transactions will be done on the publishers’ websites, but Apple won’t approve the app unless it gets a cut.

Twitch planning new subscription tiers up to $25

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Will you pay more to support your favorite streamers?
Will you pay more to support your favorite streamers?
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Twitch is planning to introduce new subscription tiers that will give fans the opportunity to donate more cash to their favorite streamers.

Starting later this month, you’ll be able to pay up to $24.99 a month, which could get you new benefits like exclusive emotes and subscriber roles.

YouTube might beat Apple to reinventing TV

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YouTube Unplugged to stream your favorite cable channels.
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If you bought an Apple TV in anticipation of Apple’s rumored TV streaming service, it seems you may have been barking up the wrong tree.

YouTube could beat Apple to reinventing the cable experience, according to a new report. Its new “Unplugged” service will let viewers pay a monthly subscription fee for a bundle of cable TV channels, which will be available for streaming on-demand.