Google might be killing off Duo in favor of Meet

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Google now forces Android phone makers to advertise Google services support

Hot takes Here are tech media’s hot takes on Surface Duo Reactions to the Surface Duo after its launch earlier this week ranged from disappointed to elated. Among the media, in particular, there was a surprising amount of enthusiasm for Microsoft’s dual-screen device. Here’s a look at some of the chatter from around the web.

A license that allowed Google to update older Huawei phones just expired

The reprieve was designed to give rural telcos time to move off of Huawei’s equipment, though they are not required to do so until the federal government grants them the funds to purchase new equipment. Thus far, the government hasn’t allocated those funds, which does leave some room for the license to be renewed again, […]

Google may pull the plug on Duo for Meet

With all the focus on Meet, the new messaging chief opted to have the service become Google’s one video calling service for both regular and enterprise customers. Internally, this is being described as a merger of the two services that is codenamed “Duet” — a portmanteau of Duo and Meet.

Epic Games claims Google forced OnePlus to renege on a Fortnite launcher deal

Epic argues that if Google did block these deals, the game publisher “could and would negotiate with OEMs to make Fortnite and other Epic games directly available to consumers, free from Google’s anti-competitive restraints.” However, since these deals fell apart, Epic gave in and released Fortnite on the Play Store in April.

Epic Games sues Apple, Google over the removal of Fortnite from their respective app stores

Epic’s complaint claims that search giant’s payment restrictions on the Play Store constitutes a monopoly and are in violation of the Sherman Act and California’s Cartwright Act. Epic also filed a legal complaint in the US District Court for the Northern District of California against Apple, alleging that the App Store also constitutes a monopoly.

Security News This Week: The NSA and FBI Expose Fancy Bear’s Sneaky Hacking Tool

Elsewhere, we took a look at an Alexa bug that could have let a hacker access your entire voice history. It’s patched now, but it’s a good reminder to be careful what you say around your voice assistant. Covid-19 scams are so abundant that even ISIS allegedly got in on the grift with a site […]

BIG NEWS: Former Indian captain MS Dhoni announces retirement

The last straw was his below par outing in the ICC World Cup 2019 in England where he struggled to acclerate in the death overs. Subsequently, Dhoni skipped the limited over version of the tour of the West Indies recently to serve Territorial Army. Perhaps, a sure hint about him exploring after-cricket options.

Epic Games wins support from Fortnite gamers, firms on Apple standoff

Fortnite creator Epic Games found support from its legions of gamers, Tinder-owner Match Group and Spotify for suing Apple and Google after the tech giants dropped the popular video game from their app stores for violating payment guidelines. Epic Games started a social media campaign against the iPhone maker by releasing a parody of Apple’s […]

Facebook starts merger of Instagram and Messenger chats

Facebook appears to flipping the switch on integrating the chat systems for Instagram and Messenger. On Friday evening, several editors at The Verge across the country — on both iOS and Android devices — noticed an update screen popped up in Instagram’s mobile app with the message “There’s a New Way to Message on Instagram” […]