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How Apple and Google plan to revamp their app stores

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Apple CEO Tim Cook
Apple CEO Tim Cook
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.Big changes for app developers: Apple is going to let them purchase search ads in the App Store, and developers with subscription customers for a year or longer will only pay Apple a 15 percent cut, instead of a 30 percent cut. Google is going to offer developers the same deal in the Play Store, but they won't have to wait a year to get that 15 percent rate.
[Lauren Goode | The Verge]

.Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says that Uber isn't going to make self-driving cars of its own, but (like Google) aims to partner with various carmakers on autonomous driving technology. The ride-hailing service recently inked a deal with Toyota, and is said to be in talks with Fiat.
[Naomi Kresge | Bloomberg]

.CollegeHumor co-founder Ricky Van Veen is going to work for Facebook as its "head of global creative strategy," a new position at the company. He's going to be working with media companies to help them make stuff to put on Facebook.
[Peter Kafka | Recode]

.Bill Simmons may be the boss of his new site, The Ringer, but Editor in Chief Sean Fennessey is the guy running things day-to-day. On the new Recode Media podcast, Fennessey tells Peter Kafka how The Ringer will be different from Simmons's first site, Grantland. For more background on The Ringer, check out the Hollywood Reporter's new profile of Simmons.
[Eric Johnson | Recode]

.Experts increasingly agree that the short- to medium-term outlook for the economy isn't great. The latest sign of this is the return of billionaire and bear market investor George Soros, who was last involved in everyday trading during the 2007 financial meltdown.
[Gregory Zuckerman | The Wall Street Journal]

Commerce
By Jason Del Rey
Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover.
Apps
By Peter Kafka
Your phone is full of apps, and you're done downloading new ones — unless they're Snapchat or Uber.
Voices
By Anant Jhingran
"Don’t build it, buy it," says one of the developers of IBM's Watson supercomputer.
Social
By Kurt Wagner
Ross Hoffman is the third person to fill the role in the last six months.
Commerce
By Noah Kulwin
Users now get an expanded reviews capability, group bookings and better corporate tools.
Politics
By Dawn Chmielewski
Raul Alvillar was the first Latino to hold that role in the party.
You don't have to live in Washington or enjoy fine dining to appreciate this masterful zero-star review of the restaurant Founding Farmers. A line from Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema's piece: "Had my waiter inquired, my posse would have told him the swamp posing as shrimp and grits was about as close to the southern model as rap is to opera."

This article originally appeared on Recode.net.

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