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EU Commission fines Apple over €1.8 billion over abusive App store rules for music streaming providers
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cross-posted from: https://lemmy.world/post/12713988

> EU Commission fines Apple over €1.8 billion over abusive App store rules for music streaming providers > > >The European Commission has fined Apple over €1.8 billion for abusing its dominant position on the market for the distribution of music streaming apps to iPhone and iPad users (‘iOS users') through its App Store. In particular, the Commission found that Apple applied restrictions on app developers preventing them from informing iOS users about alternative and cheaper music subscription services available outside of the app (‘anti-steering provisions'). This is illegal under EU antitrust rules.

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EU Commission fines Apple over €1.8 billion over abusive App store rules for music streaming providers
ec.europa.eu Press corner

Highlights, press releases and speeches

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cross-posted from: https://lemmy.world/post/12713988

> EU Commission fines Apple over €1.8 billion over abusive App store rules for music streaming providers > > >The European Commission has fined Apple over €1.8 billion for abusing its dominant position on the market for the distribution of music streaming apps to iPhone and iPad users (‘iOS users') through its App Store. In particular, the Commission found that Apple applied restrictions on app developers preventing them from informing iOS users about alternative and cheaper music subscription services available outside of the app (‘anti-steering provisions'). This is illegal under EU antitrust rules.

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Train food is taken to another level on these tasty European routes
www.euronews.com Train food is taken to another level on these tasty European routes

Many central and eastern European railways offer passengers seasonal menus, local products and reasonable prices in their dining cars.

Train food is taken to another level on these tasty European routes
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[Discussion thread][Spoilers] Dune: Part Two - Denis Villeneuve - 2024
  • Mostly OK but largely underwhelming after how good first part was. My main gripe is that some of the changes were just baffling and some boil down to having Zendaya more prominent role for the sake of it. Spoilers ahead.

    The good:

    • Jessica change after becoming reverend mother, her ruthless abuse of believers and complete disregard of social norms when talking to Alia was top tier,
    • Showing the division between believers and sceptics among Fremen,
    • Skipping Leto the Elder,
    • Skipping Jessica/Gourney drama,

    The meh:

    • Feyd Rautha while acted well was just Jared Leto Joker,
    • Stilgar going full moron,
    • Giedi Prime color palette was annoying,
    • Paul changing water of life was almost glossed over and had to make room for Chani giving her tear to bring Paul back,
    • Correct me if I'm wrong here but book Paul wasn't fully aware of the consequences of going on revenge path before becoming KH and it's the opposite in the movie which is going to make Messiah part even weirder,

    The wtf:

    • Chani drama at the end is extremely bad writing. It doesn't stand the test of "would two adult people who talk to each other do that?". It's unnecessary too since Chani could be similarily displeased with instrumental use of Fremen but the acting makes it obvious this is about marrying Irulan (who's the tragic story here, not Chani ffs),
    • There's no Spacing Guild in the last scenes, therefore there is noone to explain how big of a deal to prescience Kwizatz Haderach is,
    • The end where Landsraad rejects Paul ascendancy and everyone immediately hops on spaceships to do battle. Like get some rest, maybe have a drink and orgy, I don't know.
  • Swiss vote to give themselves a bigger pension
    www.bbc.co.uk Swiss vote to give themselves a bigger pension

    Majority votes for a '13th month' payment to address a cost of living crisis, but the government says it could not afford it.

    Swiss vote to give themselves a bigger pension
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    A most wanted man: Fugitive Wirecard COO Jan Marsalek exposed as decade-long GRU spy
    theins.ru A most wanted man: Fugitive Wirecard COO Jan Marsalek exposed as decade-long GRU spy

    Fugitive Wirecard COO Jan Marsalek wasn’t just responsible for Germany’s largest financial fraud in history. He was also a decade-long Russian spy.

    A most wanted man: Fugitive Wirecard COO Jan Marsalek exposed as decade-long GRU spy
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    Cambridge academic escapes toilet using eyeliner and cotton
    www.bbc.com Cambridge academic escapes toilet using eyeliner and cotton

    The woman says she knew no-one could save her for another five days.

    Cambridge academic escapes toilet using eyeliner and cotton

    cross-posted from: https://sopuli.xyz/post/9902081

    > Cambridge academic escapes toilet using eyeliner and cotton

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    Germany's Scholz vows probe into 'very serious' leak of army talks on Ukraine war
  • Apparently the leak happened because the discussion took place over an unsecured Webex call which is damning but at least means it's not a bug or inside source. Still awful security awareness.

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    Is there something like open_agb_firm for DS games?
  • I own a N3DS and DSI (both non-XL). DS games on N3DS with scaling disabled are uncomfortably small compared to DSI. It might not bother you that much if you're used to DS Lite but those black borders just compound on how off it looks like.

  • Hands up if you want to volunteer for layoffs, IBM tells staff
    www.theregister.com IBM launches voluntary redundancy scheme in latest job cuts

    Global 'Resource Actions' to hit Europe hard, with Enterprise Ops & Support, CIO, HR and Real Estate in firing line

    IBM launches voluntary redundancy scheme in latest job cuts
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    Is there something like open_agb_firm for DS games?
  • You could set up a forwarder for a pretty seamless experience or go with a DS flashcart. Personally I always found DS on 3DS pretty ugly due to scaling so I recommend getting DS Lite or DSi while they are still dirt cheap.

  • Movies and TV Shows @lemm.ee misk @sopuli.xyz
    Here’s your first look at Tron: Ares, premiering in 2025
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    Furby Alert: When a toy frightened the US intelligence services
    english.elpais.com Furby Alert: When a toy frightened the US intelligence services

    It may make us laugh, but perhaps the overreaction by the NSA, which has once again come to light through the publication of thousands of emails, was not so different from our current attitude towards technological change

    Furby Alert: When a toy frightened the US intelligence services
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    European banks are scared of the digital euro. Here's how their secret lobbying could torpedo it
  • I don't want to but keep getting into devils advocate shoes all the time so apologies in advance.

    In my opinion blacklisting of sources is OK but the reason for doing so should be well sourced (Wikipedia paints that institute in rather positive light). I modded polish national sub for a while and we kept this documented as a list with reasons for blacklisting (usually connection to Russian misinfo reported by reputable NGOs) in a public wiki which might be overkill made our lives easier in a long run.

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    EU unblocks frozen funding for Poland
  • It's not about boosting anti-EU parties, I'm saying neither PiS nor KO led government did what's necessary to unlock the funds. KO didn't change any laws that are the issue, because it would be vetoed by the president. All that was done was essentially executive orders by minister of justice and various legal tricks that could be undone immediately if KO lost power. Things working on a whim of a single person without any checks and balances is not exactly rule of law.

    EU critics accused commission of withholding those funds based on sympathies alone and now they have very reasonable proof for just that. It's not good long term, especially for deeper integration.

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    EU unblocks frozen funding for Poland
  • It's nice that we'll be getting this money but...

    This is not a great look for the EU since we have not reached barely any of the milestones. We pinky promised to do so and are likely to achieve them in 2 years (after current presidential term), which is likely but not guaranteed. EU commission president and our prime minister (both EPP coincidentally) are supporting each other's personal political goals which will be brought up by anti-EU crowd for sure. This screams lack of long term vision, again.

  • EU unblocks frozen funding for Poland
    www.dw.com EU unblocks frozen funding for Poland – DW – 02/29/2024

    The money had been withheld because of a dispute between the EU and the former government, but now Donald Tusk's administration started to roll back some legal reforms in return for billions in funding.

    EU unblocks frozen funding for Poland – DW – 02/29/2024
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    European banks are scared of the digital euro. Here's how their secret lobbying could torpedo it
  • There's a catch here. Large amount of AML regulations imposed on banks is an indirect form of taxation, even if it wasn't the original goal. Banks have to do bulk of investigative work that makes sense to do there. To do that they have to employ crapload of people (in Poland, Hungary, Estonia etc). I'm not sure individual governments or EU want to get into that because they could turn out to be less competitive than private sector which has no qualms with outsourcing / offshoring as much as possible.

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    European banks are scared of the digital euro. Here's how their secret lobbying could torpedo it
  • This is confusing, doesn't EU mandate a free / basic tier of banking account already? And isn't pretty much every currency digital too?

    Public payment processor is a pipe dream though. Someone has to do AML, insurance. Free wire transfers are subsidized by other revenue streams.

  • Consumer organisations file GDPR complaints against Meta
    www.euronews.com Consumer organisations file GDPR complaints against Meta

    The claims come after privacy organisations and data protection authorities voiced similar concerns in recent months.

    Consumer organisations file GDPR complaints against Meta

    cross-posted from: https://sopuli.xyz/post/9772164

    > Consumer organisations file GDPR complaints against Meta

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    Consumer organisations file GDPR complaints against Meta
    www.euronews.com Consumer organisations file GDPR complaints against Meta

    The claims come after privacy organisations and data protection authorities voiced similar concerns in recent months.

    Consumer organisations file GDPR complaints against Meta
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    Leap year: French readers enjoy world’s only four-year newspaper
    www.bbc.co.uk Leap year: French readers enjoy world’s only four-year newspaper

    La Bougie du Sapeur only comes out every four years - so since 1980 only 12 copies have been published.

    Leap year: French readers enjoy world’s only four-year newspaper

    cross-posted from: https://sopuli.xyz/post/9772107

    > Leap year: French readers enjoy world’s only four-year newspaper

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    Leap year: French readers enjoy world’s only four-year newspaper
    www.bbc.co.uk Leap year: French readers enjoy world’s only four-year newspaper

    La Bougie du Sapeur only comes out every four years - so since 1980 only 12 copies have been published.

    Leap year: French readers enjoy world’s only four-year newspaper
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    Apple is turning William Gibson’s Neuromancer into a TV series
  • Isn't that Amazon production?

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    Apple is turning William Gibson’s Neuromancer into a TV series
  • Foundation is pretty good, it's an adaptation of unfilmable series and I understand choices that had to be made. Back in the day I was willing to die on Tom Bombadil shaped cross but since then have learned to enjoy different takes on established stories.

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    'Naked Gun' Reboot Finally Sets Release Date for Summer 2025
  • This is not a remake but a reboot. Liam Neeson is really good at deadpan comedy so that part is likely going to remain similar. Lonely Island brand of comedy is the big unknown, I can't imagine how that's going to work but I'm curious.

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    Austria — it’s time to join NATO
  • IIRC the issue is that NATO doesn't necessarily want Austria since their institutions are heavily infiltrated by Russian spies?

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    Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance - Reveal Trailer - Nintendo Switch
  • The best part about Vengeance is that it releases on hardware that can actually run it. Original release performance left a very bad taste in my mouth and I have been hoping for ports ever since. It's a shame since SMTV tease before Switch released was one of the more exciting announcements at the time.

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    Russia to Ban Gasoline Exports for 6 Months - The Moscow Times
  • Interfax mentions unscheduled repairs at refineries in Nizhny Novgorod and Volgograd but fails to mention that they were recently targeted by drone attacks. Oh well.

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    Analogue's Nightmare: This FPGA Game Boy is Half the Price
  • It's a dumb title but there seems to be plenty of people buying Analogue just to play cartridges. This is a low cost alternative to AP and modded Gameboy.

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    Germany legalises cannabis, but makes it hard to buy
  • I think this is fine because while people should be allowed to do light drugs I don't mind making them jump through some hoops so that it's not that convenient. Alcohol and nicotine are definitely way too accessible and it affects perception of this law.

    I use cannabis in Poland where we accidentally legalized it by allowing doctors to prescribe it online which combined with corruption means anyone who wants it can get it but it's not so obvious unless you're interested. It's a surprisingly OK compromise.

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    Has anyone else received the Direct Share Program email for Reddit's IPO?
  • I love that my moderation and novelty bots that reddit broke received IPO email spam lol.

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    Microsoft and Intel strike a custom chip manufacturing deal - The Verge
  • This is most likely for manufacturing of Microsoft designed AI/ML accelerators used in Azure and not related to Xbox.

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    Meta and Microsoft ask EU to reject Apple's new app store terms
  • DSA and DMA limit the way big players can abuse their dominant positions. They let smaller companies get a foothold in fortresses of tech giants. They enforce interoperability. Consumers benefit from those in plenty of ways.