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Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
The EU Commission fines Apple €1.8B for stifling competition from rival music streaming services, the EU's third-largest antitrust fine; Apple plans to appeal  —  iPhone maker hit by first-ever Brussels fine as competition watchdogs step up scrutiny of Big Tech
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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces a new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Air with M3, offering an 8-core CPU and up to a 10-core GPU, starting at $1,099 or $1,299 and shipping on March 8  —  Apple today announced its next-generation M3 MacBook Air range, in 13-inch and 15-inch sizes.  The new models are available to order today, and will start shipping March 8.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple says, after a software update, the M3 14-inch MacBook Pro will be able to drive two external displays with its lid closed, just like the M3 MacBook Airs  —  Apple introduced the M3 MacBook Air with a headlining new feature.  For the first time, the Apple silicon MacBook Air will be able …
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Hayden Field / CNBC:
Anthropic says Claude 3 outperforms GPT-4 and Gemini Ultra on some benchmarks, and adds multimodal support for photos, charts, docs, and more for the first time  —  - Anthropic on Monday debuted Claude 3, a chatbot and suite of AI models that it calls its fastest and most powerful yet.
Matt Binder / Mashable:
After Elon Musk assured right-wingers like Libs of TikTok that X's anti-trans hate policy wouldn't affect them, X updates it with “where required by local laws”  —  Musk spent the weekend assuring right-wing users that the policy won't affect them.  Now, it's been officially changed.
Alexa Corse / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter's former CEO, CFO, legal chief, and general counsel sue Elon Musk over $128M+ in unpaid severance and Musk's claim that he had cause to fire them  —  Former CEO, CFO, legal chief, and general counsel dispute Musk's claim he had cause to fire them  —  Four former top Twitter executives …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Tropic Haze, the developer of Nintendo Switch emulator Yuzu, agrees to pay $2.4M to settle its lawsuit with Nintendo and will completely shut down the emulator  —  The emulator was sued for ‘facilitating piracy at a colossal scale.’  —  Just over a week ago, Nintendo sued the developers …
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Instagram now lets users edit DMs up to 15 minutes after sending them, pin three messaging threads to the top of their inbox, and save their favorite stickers  —  Instagram announced today that it's rolling out the ability for users to edit their direct messages for up to 15 minutes after sending them.
Financial Times:
Chinese city governments plan to offer “computing vouchers”, worth $140K to $280K, to AI startups, to try to level the playing field with China's tech giants  —  Chinese tech giants are hogging scarce cloud resources to develop generative AI models as US restrictions bite

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