January 26, 2024, 11:40 AM

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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 …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple's €0.50 Core Technology Fee in the EU would lead to a free or freemium app with 2M annual “first installs” paying $540K+ a year even if no money is earned  —  App developers in the European Union who choose to opt in to Apple's new business terms must pay an €0.50 …
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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
A look at browser-related iOS changes in the EU, including letting users choose one of the 12 most popular browsers in their country's App Store as the default  —  The raft of iOS changes Apple dropped in the European Union yesterday, as it prepares for enforcement of the bloc's Digital Markets Act …
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
An NSA letter to Sen. Ron Wyden reveals the agency buys logs related to Americans' domestic internet activities from commercial data brokers without warrants  —  The disclosure comes amid congressional scrutiny and a Federal Trade Commission crackdown on commercial data brokers.
Omdia: Nintendo plans to introduce a new Switch gaming console in 2024 with an 8" LCD screen; the current seven-year-old Switch has sold over 132M units  —  - The next console from Kyoto company to have 8-inch LCD  — Seven-year-old Switch console has sold over 132 million units
Thomas Germain / Gizmodo:
Mysk: iPhone apps including Facebook, Instagram, Threads, TikTok, and X are skirting Apple's privacy rules to collect user data through push notifications  —  Security researchers say apps including Facebook, LinkedIn, TikTok, Twitter, and countless other use notifications as a loophole to skirt privacy protections.
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
An interview with Netflix co-CEO Greg Peters on the lack of a Netflix app on the Apple Vision Pro, the WWE deal, content strategy, ads, competition, and more  —  I am pleased to welcome Netflix Co-CEO Greg Peters for a Stratechery Interview.  Peters was named the co-CEO of Netflix …
Tom Dotan / Wall Street Journal:
Source: Salesforce plans to lay off ~700 employees, or ~1% of its staff, after cutting 10% of its workforce in January 2023; the company has 1,000 open jobs  —  The layoffs, which will affect around 1% of its workforce, follow a 10% reduction last year  —  Salesforce is laying off around …
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.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple adds support for transcripts to the Podcasts app in iOS 17.4 beta and says transcripts will be generated automatically after an episode is published  —  Apple released the first developer beta of iOS 17.4 today, and there are a couple of changes to the Apple Podcasts app.
Turner Wright / Cointelegraph:
A federal judge sentences OneCoin lawyer Mark Scott to 10 years in prison for his role in laundering millions of dollars through the crypto scheme  —  A court convicted Mark Scott of two felony counts related to bank fraud and money laundering in November 2019.  —  Total views Total shares
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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
A profile of Israel-linked Predatory Sparrow, whose cyberattacks of Iranian civilian targets are some of the most aggressive offensive hacking incidents ever  —  From repeatedly crippling thousands of gas stations to setting a steel mill on fire, Predatory Sparrow's offensive hacking …
Stuart A. Thompson / New York Times:
LA County agrees to pay $5M to election software maker Konnech CEO Eugene Yu, who was wrongly arrested and charged in 2022 with mishandling voter data  —  Eugene Yu, the owner of an election software company, was arrested in 2022 on charges of breaching election data.  Those charges were dropped weeks later.
Winston Cho / The Hollywood Reporter:
The George Carlin estate sues Dudesy, which released a comedy special featuring an AI-generated recreation of George Carlin, alleging copyright infringement  —  “We have to draw a line in the sand,” says daughter Kelly Carlin, who sued creators of an hourlong special titled 'George Carlin: I'm Glad I'm Dead.'

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