January 27, 2024, 7:30 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").
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 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.
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:
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 …
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 …
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
Victoria Song / The Verge:
Pixel 8 Pro's Thermometer app, which uses an infrared sensor to scan the forehead, has a fiddly user experience and appears to have accuracy issues  —  Earlier this week, Google updated the Pixel 8 Pro to let its strange new temperature sensor finally take readings of human bodies.
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 …

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