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January 27, 2024, 1:35 AM

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Damien Geradin / The Platform Law Blog:
Apple's changes for iOS app distribution in the EU fail to offer fair and reasonable commissions and show its disdain for both the DMA and app developers  —  Yesterday, Apple made an important announcement regarding changes to iOS, Safari, and the App Store in the European Union in response to the Digital Markets Act ("DMA").
Spotify:
Spotify says Apple is “forcing developers to stay with the status quo” and calls on the EU to “reject this blatant disregard” of the EU's established principles  —  For almost five years - 1,782 days - we have been asking the European Commission to take action against Apple.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Mozilla criticizes Apple's plans to restrict BrowserEngineKit to EU-specific apps, forcing “Firefox to build and maintain two separate browser implementations”  —  Apple's new rules in the European Union mean browsers like Firefox can finally use their own engines on iOS.
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 …
Victoria Song / The Verge:
Fossil Group plans to leave the smartwatch business, and says the company will continue to keep its existing Wear OS watches updated “for the next few years”  —  Fossil Group has decided to call it quits on smartwatches.  —  The company announced this afternoon that it would leave …
Bloomberg:
Source: ElevenLabs banned a creator's account after researchers said the company's tech was used to make an audio deepfake used in a fake Biden robocall  —  Company's technology used to create fake Biden recording, researchers say  —  The creator of an audio deepfake of US President Joe Biden urging people …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Google is testing an ARM64 version of Chrome for Arm-based Windows devices  —  Google appears to be readying a version of its popular Chrome browser for Windows on Arm.  X (formerly Twitter) user Pedro Justo spotted a native version of the browser for Windows 11 Arm-powered devices …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
iOS 17.4 code shows that Apple may be testing two versions of its Ajax LLM for Siri and Messages, comparing their responses to results from OpenAI's ChatGPT  —  Apple is widely expected to unveil major new artificial intelligence features with iOS 18 in June.
Helene Braun / CoinDesk:
BlackRock's Bitcoin ETF becomes the first of the recently launched spot bitcoin products to reach $2B in assets under management, within 10 days of its debut  —  The fund now holds nearly 50,000 bitcoin after adding almost another 4,300 tokens on Thursday.  —  Register Now
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
Microsoft details the techniques that the Russian hacking group Midnight Blizzard used to breach the email accounts of its executives and other organizations  —  Microsoft confirmed that the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service hacking group, which hacked into its executives' email accounts in November 2023 …
Taylor Lorenz / Washington Post:
Supporters of Israel are using apps to mass report pro-Palestinian content online, raising questions for tech platforms over “citizen-led propaganda” campaigns  —  The apps raise questions for tech platforms over ‘citizen-led propaganda’ campaigns, experts say
Kylie Robison / Fortune:
Source: MGM Resorts International's BetMGM is partnering with X to showcase betting odds on X and provide a direct link to BetMGM, allowing users to place bets  —  Elon Musk's X to incorporate online gambling statistics into platform.  —  MGM Resorts International's online gambling subsidiary BetMGM …

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