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January 26, 2024, 2:50 PM

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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 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").
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 …
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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 …
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.
Bloomberg:
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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.
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