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June 24, 2024, 7:30 PM

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Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
In preliminary findings, the EU says Apple's anti-steering developer rules breach the DMA; the EU is also probing if Apple's developer fees comply with EU rules  —  Tech giant faces penalty of up to 10% of global annual revenue  —  Brussels has accused Apple of stifling competition on its App Store …
Thomas Ricker / The Verge:
Apple is the first Big Tech company to be charged under the DMA rules and could be fined up to 10% of its annual global revenue, or $38B based on 2023 numbers  —  Apple's App Store “steering” policies violate the EU's Digital Markets Act meant to encourage competition, said regulators in their preliminary ruling Monday.
Mia Sato / The Verge:
The RIAA sues AI music services Suno and Udio over alleged mass copyright infringement and claims they are trying to “hide the full scope of their infringement”  —  A group of record labels including the big three — Universal Music Group (UMG), Sony Music Entertainment …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple rejected Meta's overtures to integrate Llama into the iPhone months ago, in part because it sees Meta's privacy practices as not stringent enough  —  - Apple has been looking to forge agreements to use AI chatbots  — Report indicated that Apple and Meta are in discussions
Wayne Ma / The Information:
Sources describe Apple's efforts to fully automate iPhone assembly lines, helping reduce its reliance on China, including by acquiring startups like DarwinAI  —  It was the kind of incident Apple executives never want to repeat.  In November 2022, at a factory in Zhengzhou, China …
Jason Koebler / 404 Media:
Meta has seemingly stopped trying as hard to moderate its services, overrun with AI spam and scams; X gutting safety staff may have lowered the industry's bar  —  Facebook has been overrun with AI spam and scams.  Experts say Facebook has stopped asking them for help.
Kalley Huang / The Information:
Klarity, which uses AI to let companies automate reviews of invoices and other documents, raised a $70M Series B led by Nat Friedman and Daniel Gross  —  Read through enough contracts, invoices or purchase orders—any business documents, really—enough times, and your eyes probably glaze over.
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Evan Gorelick / Bloomberg:
Uber has begun locking NYC drivers out of its app during low demand periods to fight a local rule that requires drivers be paid for idle time between rides  —  - Company locks drivers out of its app at unpredictable times  — Uber blames Lyft, which is now threatening its own lockouts
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Jay Peters / The Verge:
Shopify unveils AI-focused updates for merchants, including suggested replies and product categorization, and launches its AI chatbot Sidekick in early access  —  Shopify's new AI “Sidekick” chatbot is officially launching in early access, the company said as part of its “2024 Summer Edition” updates announced on Monday.

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