January 26, 2024, 1:00 PM

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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
A look at the browser-related iOS changes in the EU, including letting users set their default out of the 12 most popular browsers in their country's App Store  —  The raft of iOS changes Apple dropped in the European Union yesterday, as it prepares for enforcement of the bloc's Digital Markets Act …
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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Thomas Germain / Gizmodo:
Mysk: iOS apps like Facebook, LinkedIn, TikTok, X, Instagram, and WhatsApp 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.
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 …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Q&A with Netflix co-CEO Greg Peters on not launching an app on the Apple Vision Pro, the WWE deal, content strategy, ads, competition, gaming, bundles, and more  —  I am pleased to welcome Netflix Co-CEO Greg Peters for a Stratechery Interview.  Peters was named the co-CEO of Netflix …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
An NSA letter to Senator 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.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
A review of Honor's Magic V2 foldable, launching in the UK and Europe for £1,700 and €2,000: thin and durable but a dated OS and processor, and software issues  —  It's thin and light enough to feel like a regular smartphone when folded.  That's impressive.  I just wish Honor's software were as svelte.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
A profile of Israel-linked Predatory Sparrow, whose cyberattacks on 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 …
Omdia: Nintendo plans to introduce a new Switch gaming console in 2024 with an 8" LCD screen; the current gen 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
Sheila Chiang / CNBC:
Baidu partners with Samsung to integrate its Ernie chatbot into Galaxy S24 smartphones in China, allowing users to translate calls in real time and more  —  - Chinese tech giant Baidu will partner Samsung to integrate its Ernie chatbot capabilities into Galaxy S24 smartphones.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Epic Games plans to launch its Epic Games Store, which will include its popular game Fortnite, on iOS in the EU in 2024  —  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:
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
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.
Trisha Thadani / Washington Post:
Cruise says the US DOJ and SEC are probing the company over an October 2023 incident where one of its autonomous vehicles hit and dragged a pedestrian 20 feet  —  Confirmation of the probe comes after an October incident where one of the cars dragged a pedestrian 20 feet
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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