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January 27, 2024, 1:00 PM

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple's proposed App Store and iOS changes seek to retain as much control over iOS as possible while staying within the letter of the EU's DMA  —  Apple yesterday announced a broad, wide-ranging, and complex set of new policies establishing their intended compliance with the European Union's …
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:
While App Store changes apply to all of Apple's platforms, iPadOS, which doesn't meet DMA thresholds, won't get third-party app stores, browser engines, more  —  Yesterday, Apple announced some major changes to the App Store and the broader iPhone platform in the European Union, including support for alternative app marketplaces.
Damien Geradin / The Platform Law Blog:
Victoria Song / The Verge:
Fossil Group plans to exit the smartwatch business but update its Wear OS watches “for the next few years”; the Gen 6 from 2021 will be Fossil's last smartwatch  —  Fossil Group has decided to call it quits on smartwatches.  —  The company announced this afternoon that it would leave …
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.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple removes a requirement where apps with third-party logins must offer Sign in with Apple, but requires an equivalent option with certain privacy features  —  There's another small but notable change coming to the App Store.  Apple has revised its App Store guidelines to remove the requirement …
Bloomberg:
Source: ElevenLabs banned a creator's account after Pindrop's researchers said ElevenLabs' 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 …
Helene Braun / CoinDesk:
BlackRock's Bitcoin ETF becomes the first of the recently launched US spot bitcoin products to pass $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
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
A look at the US Copyright Office, which is in the spotlight as it plans to release three key reports in 2024 revealing its position on copyright law and AI  —  The office is reviewing how centuries-old laws should apply to artificial intelligence technology, with both content creators and tech giants arguing their cases.
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 …

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