小企業的蘋果稅將從 30% 降到 15%

Apple 宣佈了小企業的 App Store 抽成將從明年起降價:「Apple announces App Store Small Business Program」。

新聞稿的副標先把重點拉出來了:

New program reduces App Store commission to 15 percent for small businesses earning up to $1 million per year

細節會在 12 月釋出,但蘋果先解釋了有哪些情況會符合 30% -> 15% 的條件,分成現有的帳戶與新的帳戶,基本上是以一百萬美金為標準:

While the comprehensive details will be released in early December, the essentials of the program’s participation criteria are easy and streamlined:

  • Existing developers who made up to $1 million in 2020 for all of their apps, as well as developers new to the App Store, can qualify for the program and the reduced commission.
  • If a participating developer surpasses the $1 million threshold, the standard commission rate will apply for the remainder of the year.
  • If a developer’s business falls below the $1 million threshold in a future calendar year, they can requalify for the 15 percent commission the year after.

不知道對蘋果的影響會有多少,但對於個人開發的 app 應該是可以拿到多一點,大企業的 app 主要都會超過而沒有什麼大影響。

感覺這應該跟最近一些內部文件與電子郵件被公開有關...

AirBnB 送出 Form S-1

Hacker News Daily 上看到 AirBnB 送出 Form S-1 了:「d81668ds1.htm」,在 TechCrunch 上面也有一系列的文章可以看...

印象中差不多試 2018 年就有一些傳言了,結果在 2019 年的時候沒看到,到了 2020 年被 COVID-19 重挫... 但長期來看是個成功的商業模式,所以 2020 年不論是有要上還是沒有要上都不意外,現在丟出 Form S-1 給了個答案。

接下來就是等開張那天的股價了...

Debian 資助 PeerTube 發展

看到「Debian donation for Peertube development」這則消息,Debian 決定資助 10K 歐元提供給 PeerTube 發展。

不過更大的幫助應該是 PR 上的部份,這帶出來的曝光度以及「認可」的部份比 10K 歐元重要的多。

回到 Debian 決定資助的原因,是因為 DebConf20 需要一個非封閉式平台的直播架構,而 PeerTube 看起來很適合這個情境:

This year's iteration of the Debian annual conference, DebConf20, had to be held online, and while being a resounding success, it made clear to the project our need to have a permanent live streaming infrastructure for small events held by local Debian groups. As such, Peertube, a FLOSS video hosting platform, seems to be the perfect solution for us.

前幾天在「有風聲說司法部會把 Chrome 拆出 Google」這邊有提到 YouTube 很難取代的問題,這個算是其中的一個方向,試著在解決平台壟斷的問題...

PayPal 也要提供加密貨幣服務

先是看到「PayPal to allow cryptocurrency buying, selling and shopping on its network」這篇,另外翻到了 PayPal 的新聞稿:「PayPal Launches New Service Enabling Users to Buy, Hold and Sell Cryptocurrency」。

幾個比較重要的地方是,這次會提供的是 BitcoinEthereumBitcoin Cash 以及 Litecoin 這四種:

To increase consumer understanding and adoption of cryptocurrency, the company is introducing the ability to buy, hold and sell select cryptocurrencies, initially featuring Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin, directly within the PayPal digital wallet.

會先提供美國 PayPal 的使用者使用,然後再展到其他服務以及地區:

The service will be available to PayPal accountholders in the U.S. in the coming weeks. The company plans to expand the features to Venmo and select international markets in the first half of 2021.

另外這次的服務也不是自己跳進去搞,而是透過 Paxos Trust Company 建立起防火牆,所以當加密貨幣那邊出包的時候大概就會切割出來:

The service is enabled in the U.S. through a partnership with Paxos Trust Company, a regulated provider of cryptocurrency products and services.

比較像是個嘗試,只是這個主題很適合發新聞稿...

五家公司提出 Form S-1:Asana、Unity、Snowflake、sumo logic、JFrog

Hacker News 上看到五家公司都準備要上市而丟出 Form S-1 的情況頗熱鬧的,申請文件可以在「ASANA, INC. (d855753ds1.htm)」、「UNITY SOFTWARE INC. (d908875ds1.htm)」、「Snowflake Inc. (snowflakes-1.htm)」、「Sumo Logic, Inc. (d821436ds1.htm)」與「JFrog Ltd. (d841831ds1.htm)」這邊翻到。

當然很多人都有類似的疑問,就是為什麼大家突然都急著要 IPO,在「Ask HN: There are 5 S-1 posts on the front page, what explains the rush?」這邊有些討論,而且也提到了一些有趣的現象,像是這五家公司到目前都是虧錢的,不過這已經是這幾年的常態了,倒是沒什麼需要大驚小怪的:

Asana lost 120m last year
Snowflake lost 350m last year
Unity lost 160m last year
Sumo Logic lost 43m last year
Jfrog lost 400k last year

Out of curiosity, is it normal for companies to IPO this far away from profitability, or is this a recent tech thing? I feel like it was a big deal when uber IPO'd so far away from profitability, now it seems standard.

有人猜測跟美國選舉有關,不過也就只有帶出來猜測...

LinkedIn 把 SlideShare 賣給 Scribd 了

收到 SlideShare 的信件,提到了 Scribd 接手的事情:「Digital library leader Scribd has acquired SlideShare」,另外 Scribd 這邊也有新聞稿:「Welcome SlideShare to the Scribd community」。

信裡面提到會在九月 24 日生效:

Scribd will begin operating the SlideShare business on September 24, 2020.

另外在 TechCrunch 這邊也有報導「Scribd acquires presentation-sharing service SlideShare from LinkedIn」,看起來目前還沒有小道消息知道轉手的價錢:

SlideShare has a new owner, with LinkedIn selling the presentation-sharing service to Scribd for an undisclosed price.

ICANN 否決 .org 與 .ngo 的交易

ICANN 否決了 .org.ngo 網域控制權的交易:「ICANN Board Withholds Consent for a Change of Control of the Public Interest Registry (PIR)」。

Today, the ICANN Board made the decision to reject the proposed change of control and entity conversion request that Public Interest Registry (PIR) submitted to ICANN.

事情主要是起於 PIR (Public Interest Registry) 在 2019/11/13 宣佈他們的母單位 ISOC (Internet Society) 將被 Ethos Capital 併購,而這包含了 .org.ngo 網域的資產,這也代表了由 PIR 控制的網域會從非營利單位移到營利單位下 (總共有七個網域,其中最重要的是 .org,有超過一千萬個網域在上面),於是引發許多人的關注:

On 13 November 2019, PIR announced that ISOC, its parent organization, had reached an agreement with Ethos Capital, under which Ethos Capital would acquire PIR and all of its assets from ISOC. Under the agreement, PIR would also be converted from a Pennsylvania not-for-profit corporation to a for-profit Pennsylvania limited liability company. ISOC created and agreed to the transaction details that are under review.

而在隔天 2019/11/14,PIR 依照規定向 ICANN 送出「Notice of Indirect Change of Control and Entity Conversion」申請,依照規定,ICANN 需要在 2020/05/04 前批准或是否決,也就是這幾天就要做出決定。

而 ICANN 昨天宣佈了否決這項提案,暫時搞定了這件事情... 接下來看 Ethos Capital 會不會有什麼反擊 (上訴或是上法院)。

Lambda 被放進 Savings Plans 了

前幾天才在 Ptt 上回了一些對 Lambda 與 Serverless 的想法,結果剛剛看到 Lambda 被納入 Savings Plans 裡面了:「Savings Plan Update: Save Up to 17% On Your Lambda Workloads」。

最多 17% 的折扣,看起來比其他的低不少,應該是因為 Lambda 比起 EC2 或是 Fargate 更動態的關係:

Today I am happy to be able to tell you that Compute Savings Plans now apply to the compute time consumed by your AWS Lambda functions, with savings of up to 17%.

現有的 Savings Plans 如果沒有用完的部份也會自動套用進去。先放著看看...