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When a Customer Gets Refunded For a Paid App, Apple Doesn't Refund the 30% Cut They Took From The Developer

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When a customer gets refunded for an app they purchased, Apple doesn't refund the 30% cut they took from the developer, says developer Simeon Saens of Two Lives Left. While [online] payment processors generally don't refund fees on refunded payments, "the App Store doesn't position itself as a payments processor the way Stripe does, so it sounds really weird that they would act like one," writes HN user chadlavi. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney says in a tweet: This is a critical consideration in these 30% store fees. They come off the top, before funding any developer costs. As a result, Apple and Google make more profit from most developers' games than the developers themselves. That is terribly unfair and exploitative. "If the app store took a 3% chunk and never refunded it regardless of the ongoing status of the transaction, that would put them right in line with other payment processors," adds chadlavi. "It would also still net them billions of dollars, I think!"

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'U.S. hatches plan to build a #quantum internet' washingtonpost.com/technology/202…

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How to Parent a Teenager Who Has Different Political Views

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Up until a few years ago, Abigail Reed’s politics were in line with those of her parents. She understood their point of view, and she followed it. Then Reed, a recent high school graduate from Indianapolis who is headed to college in a few weeks, started thinking for herself. She started having conversations with…

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Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt Wants To Create a Government-Funded AI University

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The U.S. government's approach of letting Silicon Valley drive the country's technological boom has left the government itself scrambling for tech talent. Now, a federal commission led by ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt and former Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work wants to create a university to train new government coders. From a report: The school would be called the U.S. Digital Service Academy, and it would be an accredited, degree-awarding university that trains students in digital skills like cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. Students would get a traditional school year of coursework, with internships in the public and private sector during summers. The Digital Service Academy would theoretically supply the United States with a fresh stream of young talent already ideologically invested in serving the federal government. However, it would compete with elite institutions like Stanford and MIT, where graduates often have their pick of private-sector work and can still go into the public sector if they choose. The commission set to recommend the new institution, called the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), unanimously voted to make the recommendation in an upcoming report to Congress during a publicly broadcast meeting on July 20. NSCAI commissioner and former FCC head Mignon Clyburn raised the issue that whatever organization Congress created would have to make an effort to be inclusive in its recruitment. "Talent comes in many forms and from many places," Clyburn said. "If the recruitment only happens where the roads are paved, you've missed a lot of opportunities and a lot of talent." Congress created the NSCAI in 2018 as a response to China's drastic investment into artificial intelligence. It taps industry and government veterans to rethink how the government funds and sanctions artificial intelligence efforts.

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You Can 'Grill' Peaches With Your Waffle Maker

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Grilling a piece of fresh fruit adds char, dimension, and flavor. The heat gets those juices flowing while the grates caramelize and scorch the sugars—something that’s particularly welcome if you’re dealing with a subpar peach or a not-quite-ripe nectarine.

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As we are seeing many asymptomatic cases, it’s important for residents to assume that someone around them may be a carrier of COVID-19 when leaving their home. We must all do our part to keep our community safe by correctly wearing face coverings. #MasksOnMaryland pic.twitter.com/PEXjC3SJny

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As we are seeing many asymptomatic cases, it’s important for residents to assume that someone around them may be a carrier of COVID-19 when leaving their home.

We must all do our part to keep our community safe by correctly wearing face coverings.

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