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June 24, 2024, 1:55 PM

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Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
In preliminary findings, the EU says Apple's anti-steering developer rules breach the DMA; the EU is also probing if Apple's developer fees comply with EU rules  —  Tech giant faces penalty of up to 10% of global annual revenue  —  Brussels has accused Apple of stifling competition on its App Store …
Thomas Ricker / The Verge:
Apple is the first Big Tech company to be charged under the DMA rules and could be fined up to 10% of its annual global revenue, or $38B based on 2023 numbers  —  Apple's App Store “steering” policies violate the EU's Digital Markets Act meant to encourage competition, said regulators in their preliminary ruling Monday.
Jason Koebler / 404 Media:
Meta has seemingly stopped trying as hard to moderate its services, overrun with AI spam and scams; X gutting safety staff may have lowered the industry's bar  —  Facebook has been overrun with AI spam and scams.  Experts say Facebook has stopped asking them for help.
Mia Sato / The Verge:
The RIAA sues AI music services Suno and Udio over alleged mass copyright infringement and claims they are trying to “hide the full scope of their infringement”  —  A group of record labels including the big three — Universal Music Group (UMG), Sony Music Entertainment …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
A look at Apple Intelligence, an umbrella for dozens of models running on device or in carbon-neutral data centers, and why the Vision Pro is not getting it yet  —  An oft-told story is that back in 2009 — two years after Dropbox debuted, two years before Apple unveiled iCloud …
Shahram Mokhtari / iFixit News:
The Surface Laptop 7 and Surface Pro 11 receive a repairability score of 8 out of 10, far better than the first Surface Laptop, which got a 0 in June 2017  —  Microsoft's team of hardware wizards have spent the last couple of years practicing their Reparo spell and it's really starting to show.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Prosus, the largest external investor in Byju's with a 9.6% stake, says its stake in the Indian edtech giant is now worth zero; Prosus invested a total of $570M  —  One of Byju's largest investors, Prosus, on Monday said it believes its stake in the Indian edtech startup is now worth nothing …
Evan Gorelick / Bloomberg:
Uber has begun locking NYC drivers out of its app during low demand periods to fight a local rule that requires drivers be paid for idle time between rides  —  - Company locks drivers out of its app at unpredictable times  — Uber blames Lyft, which is now threatening its own lockouts
River Akira Davis / New York Times:
Diplomats and others fear that a rift between SoftBank and Naver over the ownership of messaging app Line could put stress on ties between Japan and South Korea  —  SoftBank and Naver helped bridge geopolitical relations with a joint venture to own the operator of the messaging app Line, but now the partnership is fraying.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Shopify unveils AI-focused updates for merchants, including suggested replies and product categorization, and launches its AI chatbot Sidekick in early access  —  Shopify's new AI “Sidekick” chatbot is officially launching in early access, the company said as part of its “2024 Summer Edition” updates announced on Monday.

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