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Judge goes back and authorizes monopoly process against Meta

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THE Goal, the company that owns the Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram services, must even be formally sued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the main regulatory body for commercial activities in the United States.

District of Columbia Judge James Boasberg reviewed a decision he made in June 2021, when he denied the progress of the FTC lawsuit that accused the company of monopoly and anti-competitive market practices.

The accusation is the result of a years-long investigation by the FTC, but which had arguments considered insufficient on the first attempt. Now, however, Boasberg claims the redone document provides enough consistency to take the case to court.

What will be judged?

The FTC’s lawsuit involves allegations that Meta, when it was still called Facebook, exercised market dominance in its services and only expanded that by buying competitors.

GoalMeta, the company that controls social networks like Facebook and Instagram, is expected to be sued for a monopoly in the US.

“In contrast to the previous document, this statement makes specific and reinforced claims that lead to the same conclusion: Facebook maintained market dominance during the time period evaluated. (…) Facebook’s market share comfortably exceeds the levels that the court regards as sufficient to establish monopoly power,” the judge declared.

Now, the process can proceed normally, but it must involve the presentation of more concrete evidence by the commission. In a note, Meta regretted that its request to cancel the action was denied and is based on the argument that the previous acquisitions were already approved at the time.

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New Antutu record: a new leader reigns in the ranking of the most productive Android smartphones

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New Antutu record a new leader reigns in the ranking

The popular AnTuTu benchmark team has published its latest monthly rating of the most productive flagship smartphones based on the Android operating system.

New Antutu record: a new leader reigns in the ranking of the most productive Android smartphones

In November, there was a revolution in the ranking, which Antutu experts had been waiting for for several months. The latest smartphone Vivo X90 based on the new Dimensity 9200 platform scored almost 1.2 million points, overtaking all the flagships based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 that previously reigned in the ranking. Note that Vivo X90 became the world’s first smartphone on SoC Dimensity 9200.

However, places from second to ten belong to models equipped with SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1.

New Antutu record: a new leader reigns in the ranking of the most productive Android smartphones

Second place went to OnePlus Ace Pro with 1,115,759 points, and third place went to Red Magic 7S Pro. Rounding out the Top 10 are iQoo 10 Pro, Lenovo Legion Y70, iQoo 10, Moto X30 Pro, Xiaomi 12S Pro, Redmi K50 Extreme Edition and Vivo X Fold+

Statistics collected from November 1 to November 30, 2022. The AnTuTu ranking uses averages, not the highest scores. For each smartphone, the results of at least 1000 tests were taken into account – models with fewer tests are not included in the rating.

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Apple Declares 2013 and 2014 iMacs Obsolete and Watch Series 2 Smartwatches ‘Vintage’

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Apple Declares 2013 and 2014 iMacs Obsolete and Watch Series

Apple has added three models of iMacs to its list of obsolete products: a 21.5-inch screen from 2013, a 21.5-inch screen from 2014, and a 27-inch Retina 5K screen also from 2014.

Apple Declares 2013 and 2014 iMacs Obsolete and Watch Series 2 Smartwatches 'Vintage'

Apple typically deprecates products seven years after they were released, so it’s no surprise that the 2013 and 2014 iMacs are on the list.

As for smart watches Apple Watch Series 2, they are recognized as “vintage”. This category usually includes devices that have been released for five years. There may be problems with the official repair of the aforementioned iMacs.

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There are almost 1 billion 5G users. Ericsson report shows that operators often ask for more money for such tariffs.

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There are almost 1 billion 5G users Ericsson report shows

According to a report by Ericsson cited by The Verge, by the end of this year, the number of 5G subscribers in the world will reach 1 billion.

Of course, this is far from the performance of 4G networks, which are now used by about 5 billion people, but still this is a fairly significant part of the market.

There are almost 1 billion 5G users. Ericsson report shows that operators often ask for more money for such tariffs.

Of course, 5G adoption is far from uneven. In North America, about 35% of subscribers will use 5G networks by the end of this year.

At the same time, the report indicates that operators often ask for more money for the higher speeds offered by new networks. Dividing into corresponding tariffs is popular among operators in Western Europe, but overall, 25% of operators worldwide charge extra for 5G. And the average markup is 40%.

Ericsson believes that, unfortunately, this trend will continue for several more years, as operators need to compensate for the costs of developing a new network.

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