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Spotify files EU antitrust complaint against Apple

Spotify files EU antitrust complaint against Apple

Spotify has filed a complaint with EU antitrust regulators against Apple, saying the iPhone maker unfairly limits rivals to its own Apple Music streaming service.Spotify, which launched a year after the 2007 launch of the iPhone, said on Wednesday that Apple’s control of its App store deprived consumers of choice and rival providers of audio streaming services to the benefit of Apple Music, which began in 2015.Central to Spotify’s complaint, filed to the European Commission on Monday, is what it says is a 30 percent fee Apple charges content-based service providers to use Apple’s in-app purchase system (IAP).
Forte and Ripple form $100 million fund for mainstream blockchain games

Forte and Ripple form $100 million fund for mainstream blockchain games

Just a couple of weeks after coming out, blockchain gaming startup Forte has announced a big deal with Ripple’s Xpring cryptocurrency platform to invest $100 million in game developers who make games based on blockchain technology.Kevin Chou, who led Kabam in mobile games and Gen.G in esports, announced in February that he had created a blockchain gaming company called Forte. Together with industry veterans such as Brett Seyler, Chou’s company is making a platform for adoption of blockchain technologies for new and existing games.
Now part of Amazon, Eero reaffirms commitment to customer privacy

Now part of Amazon, Eero reaffirms commitment to customer privacy

Eero wants you to know it still cares about your privacy, regardless of who owns it.Amazon's acquisition of the five-year-old startup, which makes home Wi-Fi hardware, is complete, Eero CEO and co-founder Nick Weaver said Tuesday in a blog post. In the post, Weaver wrote extensively about Eero's promise to maintain customer privacy and trust under its new ownership."We want to reaffirm our commitment to your privacy head-on," he wrote "At eero, we have always believed everyone has a fundamental right to privacy, especially in their own homes, and we take this extremely seriously."An Amazon spokeswoman said in an email statement that the deal "changes nothing for customers, especially how we are treating their privacy and security."
Congressional Bill Would Let VA Doctors Recommend Marijuana To Veterans

Congressional Bill Would Let VA Doctors Recommend Marijuana To Veterans

Doctors with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) would be able to recommend medical marijuana to military veterans under a new bill filed by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and a bipartisan list of cosponsors.The legislation is similar to bills that the congressman has continually introduced since the 113th Congress. The latest version has 12 initial cosponsors, while the previous interation ended the 115th Congress with 30 lawmakers signed on.The proposal, which was introduced in the House late last week, stipulates that the VA must authorize health care providers to issue “recommendations and opinions to veterans who are residents of States with State marijuana programs regarding the participation of veterans in such State marijuana programs,” according to text of the bill.
Apple confirms March 25th event, expected to announce new TV service

Apple confirms March 25th event, expected to announce new TV service

Apple has officially confirmed that it will hold an event on March 25th where it’s is expected to announce its long-rumored TV streaming and Apple News subscription services.As usual, the invitation doesn’t have much to go by, but the animated countdown GIF and “It’s show time” tag seem to hint that the new TV service will play a big role. Rumors of an event at the end of March began last month, saying that the company will reportedly focus exclusively on services. Although, there is always a chance that we could see the anticipated announcements of revamped AirPods, a new entry-level iPad, and the long-delayed AirPower wireless charging pad.
Over a quarter of US adults now own a smart speaker, typically an Amazon Echo

Over a quarter of US adults now own a smart speaker, typically an Amazon Echo

U.S. smart speaker owners grew 40 percent over 2018 to now reach 66.4 million — or 26.2 percent of the U.S. adult population — according to a new report from Voicebot.ai and Voicify released this week, which detailed adoption patterns and device market share. The report also reconfirmed Amazon Echo’s lead, noting the Alexa-powered smart speaker grew to a 61 percent market share by the end of last year — well above Google Home’s 24 percent share.These findings fall roughly in line with other analysts’ reports on smart speaker market share in the U.S. However, because of varying methodology, they don’t all come back with the exact same numbers.
HoloLens 2 puts the future of computing in Microsoft's hands

HoloLens 2 puts the future of computing in Microsoft's hands

The new capabilities of HoloLens 2 reinforce Microsoft's leadership position in a pillar of computing's future. The company's steadfast focus on enterprise productivity, though, may leave it vulnerable as mixed reality becomes more mainstream.The lengthy incubation of HoloLens 2 left a huge window for another company to jump into the leadership role in mixed reality devices. Despite the progress of Magic Leap in that time, none did, and the HoloLens 2 has shown it was worth the wait.With the second generation of the pioneering headset, Microsoft has tackled the most glaring deficiency obvious to anyone who tried the original headset: The limited field of view. This had emerged as a particular disappointment when demos of the HoloLens make it appear as if massive holograms can be fully viewed from any angle alongside real-world objects.
Model Legislation Aims To Help Cities Bring People Of Color Into Marijuana Industry

Model Legislation Aims To Help Cities Bring People Of Color Into Marijuana Industry

In the continuing work to diversify the legal cannabis space and include communities that have been hurt the most by the war on drugs, advocates have unveiled a model local ordinance that would help more people of color enter the industry.The Model Municipal Social Equity Ordinance, released Monday by the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA), “creates a baseline framework for adopting and advancing social equity in the cannabis industry as official public policy.”The document was drafted with assistance from the National Cannabis Industry Associationand the Drug Policy Alliance.
Nielsen, Headset partner to study U.S. cannabis market

Nielsen, Headset partner to study U.S. cannabis market

(Reuters) - Consumer research services provider Nielsen Holdings Plc said on Wednesday it had teamed up with cannabis analytics company Headset, to help packaged goods companies understand the U.S. cannabis market.The U.S.-specific strategic alliance builds on Nielsen’s recent acquisition of Cannabiz Consumer Group, a firm which focuses on studying the impact of marijuana legalization on consumer spending and shopping trends.
Firefox to add Tor Browser anti-fingerprinting technique called letterboxing

Firefox to add Tor Browser anti-fingerprinting technique called letterboxing

Mozilla is scheduled to add a new user anti-fingerprinting technique to Firefox with the release of version 67, scheduled for mid-May this year.Advertising networks often sniff certain browser features, such as the window size to create user profiles and track users as they resize their browser and move across new URLs and browser tabs.Called "letterboxing," this new technique adds "gray spaces" to the sides of a web page when the user resizes the browser window.


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