The first version of the upcoming contact tracing APIs that enable interoperability between Android and iOS devices using apps from public health authorities is coming earlier than expected, on April 28, according to Apple's chief executive.
Major video-streaming platforms like Netflix, Google-owned YouTube and Amazon's Prime Video have reduced streaming quality in the European Union to avoid straining the Internet as millions of employees switch to teleworking amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The European Union's competition authority is launching an antitrust probe into Apple’s conduct after considering Spotify's competition complaint which alleges that Apple's own music-streaming service gives the iPhone maker an unfair advantage over rivals.
Even though Apple added a toggle to iOS which disables the controversial CPU throttling and offered consumers discounted battery replacements, the Italian watchdog has fined the Cupertino technology giant ten million euros, which works out to about $11.4 million bucks, over using software updates to slow down iPhones and push people into buying new models.
As expected, the European Union antitrust regulators have officially approved Apple's planned acquisition of Shazam, the British music discovery app, for a reported $400 million.
Apple's acquisition of the British music identification service Shazam should be approved by the European Commission antitrust regulators after all, a new report has alleged.
The European Commission on Wednesday slapped Google with a record $5 billion fine claiming that the internet giant is anticompetitive and abuses its power when it comes to Android. As it readies an appeal, the company is now wondering why Apple's closed iOS system isn't being more scrutinized.
Facebook is launching new privacy controls following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
The European Commission announced on Tuesday that it is going to "assess the acquisition of Shazam by Apple." The regulatory group says that multiple countries, including Austria, France and Spain, have requested that it review the recently announced deal for possible violation of EU antitrust laws.
Later this week, Apple and the government of Ireland will appeal against the European Union's $14.5 billion tax ruling targeting Apple's sweetheart tax deal with Dublin that the EU deemed “illegal state aid.” According to Reuters today, the Cupertino firm will object to the fact that EU regulators ignored established tax experts and common corporate law.
Apple's legal strategy involves painting itself as a victim of its own success. EU deliberately singled out Apple due to its success and picked a method to maximize the penalty, said Apple's top lawyer Bruce Sewell.
In August, the European Commission slammed Apple with a tax bill from hell over a sweetheart deal it received from Ireland—which, in the Commission's view, constitutes “illegal state aid”.
Dublin promptly promised to join Apple's fight against EU and it's put its money where its mouth is.
Michael Noonan, Finance Minister in the Irish government, said that Dublin today challenged the EU judgment by submitting an appeal to the European courts in a bid to block the decision, ArsTechnica reports.
Following news earlier this week that the European Commission had ruled that Apple must pay €13 billion ($14.5 billion) in back taxes to the government of Ireland because its sweetheart deal with Dublin that lets it be subjected to a lower tax rate constitutes “illegal state aid,” the Irish government said today it would join Apple in its fight against the ruling.
“Paradoxically, Ireland is determined not to accept the tax windfall, which would be equivalent to what it spent last year on funding its struggling health service,” says the report.