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App Store rejects Basecamp's "HEY" updates, demands 15-30% of app's revenue
Screenshot of @dhh' Twitter Thread
Screenshot of @dhh' Twitter Thread Credit: @dhh via Twitter

In a series of tweets, Basecamp CTO David Heinemeier Hansson details the App Store's rejection of a bug fix update of Basecamp's new email service "HEY". According to Heinemeier Hansson, after a bug fix update was rejected, Apple has demanded that the company adds an in-app subscription and that it shares up to 30% of its revenue with Apple to prevent the app from being removed from the App Store. "HEY" is selling its $99 annual subscription on its website and is refusing to comply with the demand, with Heinemeier Hansson writing: "There is no chance in bloody hell that we're going to pay Apple's ransom. I will burn this house down myself, before I let gangsters like that spin it for spoils. This is profoundly, perversely abusive and unfair."

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Basecamp launches email hosting service "HEY"
Screenshot of HEY's Imbox
Screenshot of HEY's Imbox Credit: HEY, Basecamp

The makers behind the project management software Basecamp have launched its new product: an email hosting service called "HEY" which the company describes as a "love letter to email" and "a redo, a rethink, a simplified, potent reintroduction of email". "HEY" is currently invite-only until July 2020.

Basecamp CEO Jason Fried announced the launch on Twitter, writing: "Two years of work comes alive today. Couldn’t be more proud of our team. It wasn’t easy, but it was incredibly fun. And today we get to show the world what we’ve been working on. Email’s new heyday is here."