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Apple just made some big changes to its controversial App Store rules — but critics argue the tech giant’s moves aren’t as open as they appear.
Heavyweights like Epic Games and Spotify are loudly gearing up for a digital showdown. Let’s investigate…
Epic, Spotify plot App Store moves after EU ruling
New 3D printing method creates metal parts in minutes
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FTC investigating tech giant’s AI investments
Pokemon investigating Palworld for IP infringement
Microsoft cuts jobs from gaming division
APPLE, EPIC, & SPOTIFY
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The Rundown: Epic Games is bringing Fortnite back to iPhones in Europe, with Spotify also exploring in-app purchase features following the EU’s DMA rulings forcing Apple to allow third-party app platforms.
Apple announced it will now allow third-party app stores and payment systems (with stipulations) on the App Store in the EU to comply with the Digital Markets Act.
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney called Apple’s changes ‘hot garbage’, in an X post detailing the finer points of the changes.
Epic intends to leverage the DMA ruling to sell Fortnite outside the Apple ecosystem via its own store and dodge its 30% cut.
Spotify, another vocal opponent of Apple’s practices, is also planning to launch in-app purchases like subscriptions, audiobooks, and podcasts with the new changes.
Why it matters: While tech companies scramble to shift to the new DMA ruling, it sounds like Apple has still found ways around truly opening its walled garden App Store. Further legal battles will likely be needed to truly loosen the tech giant’s grip on developers.
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The Rundown: MIT researchers just developed a rapid 3D printing technique using liquid metal that can create large aluminum components 10 times faster than other methods.
The new liquid metal printing approach directs molten aluminum into a bed of glass beads, which quickly harden into durable 3D structures.
The resolution is lower than finer metal printing techniques, but speed and scale are greatly boosted.
Other metals beyond aluminum could work with minor tweaks to the LMP process.
Why it matters: LMP's ability to quickly print strong metal pieces makes it ideal for larger structures needing fast, affordable production — and as the process improves, its transformative potential for construction and manufacturing grows.
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Microsoft announced layoffs impacting approximately 1,900 employees from its gaming division, including Xbox, Activision Blizzard, and ZeniMax teams.
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