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January 25, 2024, 7:10 PM

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Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple announces support for alternative app stores in the EU, charging no commission but instead an annual €0.50 Core Technology Fee per install per account  —  Apple today announced major changes to its app ecosystem in the European Union, implementing updates that will allow iPhone …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney says Apple's “anticompetitive scheme rife with new junk fees” is illegal under the EU's DMA and an example of “malicious compliance”  —  Apple announced a slew of App Store policy changes today to conform to the EU's Digital Market Act …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Epic Games plans to launch its Epic Games Store on the iPhone in the EU in 2024, which will include its popular game Fortnite  —  Epic Games plans to bring its Epic Games Store to the iPhone and the iPad under Apple's new alternative app store policy in the European Union, Epic Games announced today.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Internal memo: Microsoft plans to lay off ~1,900 staff at Activision Blizzard and Xbox, or ~8% of its Microsoft Gaming workforce, this week  —  Microsoft is laying off around 1,900 employees at Activision Blizzard and Xbox this week.  While Microsoft is primarily laying off roles at Activision Blizzard …
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Apple begins allowing game streaming apps and services globally, meaning that Xbox Cloud Gaming, GeForce Now, and others can be turned into full-featured apps  —  Starting today Apple is opening up its App Store to allow game streaming apps and services.  This means that services …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple plans to allow default third-party browsers, like Chrome, Edge, and Brave, and web engines in the EU with iOS 17.4, prompting Safari users on first launch  —  Apple is making major changes to how web browsers can operate on iPhone for customers in the EU. iOS 17.4 will introduce …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
David McCabe / New York Times:
The US FTC opens a probe into investments by Microsoft in OpenAI and by Amazon and Google in Anthropic, to assess how the deals alter the competitive landscape  —  The agency plans to scrutinize Microsoft, Amazon and Google for their investments in the A.I. start-ups OpenAI and Anthropic.
Benj Edwards / Ars Technica:
Google Research details Lumiere, an AI video tool that uses unique architecture to create videos in one smooth process instead of putting together smaller parts  —  Lumiere generates five-second videos that “portray realistic, diverse and coherent motion.”  —  On Tuesday, Google announced Lumiere …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
OpenAI announces 25% to 50% lower GPT-3.5 Turbo prices, a GPT-4 Turbo preview model to reduce cases of “laziness”, improved text embedding models, and more  —  OpenAI is always making slight adjustments to its models and pricing, and today brings just such an occasion.
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
X is flooded with AI-generated pornographic images of Taylor Swift; one post, live for 17 hours, had 45M+ views, hundreds of thousands of likes, and 24K reposts  —  Sexually explicit AI-generated images of Taylor Swift have been circulating on X (formerly Twitter) over the last day in the latest example …
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Intel reports Q4 revenue up 10% YoY to $15.4B vs. $15.15B est., Data Center and AI down 10% YoY to $4B, and forecasts Q1 revenue below estimates; INTC drops 5%+  —  - Intel issued an outlook for the first quarter of 2024 that lagged analyst estimates.  — Intel shares are down slightly …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft launches Mesh, its 3D meeting platform in Teams, out of preview, with custom environments, games, spatial audio, and only supporting Meta Quest for VR  —  Microsoft is launching its immersive 3D meetings inside Microsoft Teams today.  Microsoft Mesh, the company's mixed reality platform …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
New York Times:
A Cruise report finds its top executives' adversarial approach toward regulators led to a cascade of events that ended with a suspension of its autonomous fleet  —  A law firm's review found that executives had failed to fully explain an October crash, which the Justice Department is also investigating.
Julia Love / Bloomberg:
Google puts Hugging Face's open-source AI models on Google Cloud, letting developers on Hugging Face's platform use Google Cloud's computing power and chips  —  Alphabet Inc.'s Google forged a deal to host AI software from startup Hugging Face on its cloud computing network …
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Meta rolls out DM limits on Facebook and Instagram to stop all users from messaging teens who don't follow them, on by default, and expands parental controls  —  Meta announced today that it is rolling out new DM restrictions on both Facebook and Instagram for teens that prevent anyone from messaging teens.
Anton Shilov / AnandTech:
Intel begins production at its Fab 9 facility in New Mexico, to package chips for its Foveros tech; Fab 9 cost $3.5B, the most expensive such facility ever  —  Intel this week has started production at Fab 9, the company's latest and most advanced chip packaging plant.

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