UK antitrust regulator doesn’t like Google paying Apple billions of dollars a year to use its iOS search engine
It’s no secret that Google has been paying Apple a lot for a long time to have its search engine used in Safari on iOS by default. However, it has now become known that the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) did not like this state of affairs.
According to Reuters, the British body is concerned that this kind of cooperation discourages Apple from developing its search system, that is, the company refuses to compete. The document released by the CMA also mentions that Google also pays Apple a significant portion of the revenue generated from running Chrome on iOS, although this may seem counterintuitive, because Chrome is just another iOS browser like the others.
How much Google paid Apple last year is still unknown, but for 2021 the total payment was about $15 billion. At the same time, the cooperation of the two giants began with $ 1 billion a year.
As a result, the CMA believes that there is an agreement between the companies that is contrary to antitrust laws, but it is not yet clear whether the regulator can prove such a collusion.
Pebble founder wants to release a compact Android smartphone with a good camera and quality materials
It is quite possible that a compact smartphone from the founder of Pebble will appear on the market in the foreseeable future.
Eric Migicovsky, who founded the acclaimed Pebble, is literally now gathering a new team to release a compact smartphone with Andorid. In fact, at the moment there is no company that will eventually be created for these purposes. Now the Small Android Phone team is only discussing options, but even now the participants are trying to decide on the characteristics.
The team now includes several former Pebble employees, including the founder, GoPro designer, MongoBD manager, and other enthusiasts. Interestingly, it all started, in fact, simply with the cry of Migikowski on the Web for someone to make a good compact smartphone. But, as we know, even the iPhone mini sold very mediocrely.
However, perhaps they were too small. The Small Android Phone team has not yet finalized the dimensions, but has repeatedly mentioned, firstly, that the screen should be less than 6.1 inches diagonally, and secondly, the participants often mentioned ZenFone 9 with a 5-screen diagonal as a reference point. 9 inches.
The team’s designer even already has a number of sketches, although it’s hard to say what the smartphone will be like in the end. But the team definitely focuses on good photo opportunities as well. In addition, apparently, the emphasis will be placed on the materials of the case, along with the tactile sensations of users.
In terms of performance, the smartphone will definitely be very powerful, but not necessarily one of the best. The team is currently looking at two platforms: the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 and a mid-range Qualcomm chip that has yet to be released. Although, perhaps, this meant the new SoC Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2, which was just announced the other day, but has not yet hit the market. By the way, such a selection of platforms hints that the smartphone will not be released sometime in a few years, but relatively soon. Perhaps in a year and a half.
There is a guideline for the price: about $ 850.
Elon Musk announced the availability of Twitter Blue around the world: what does a paid subscription give
Paid verification of accounts on the social network Twitter, which is given using a subscription called Twitter Blue, has become available to users around the world.
This was announced by the head of Twitter, American billionaire Elon Musk, who also heads Tesla, SpaceX, The Boring Company and Neuralink.
A Twitter Blue subscription allows users of the social network to receive a blue check mark in their accounts, which indicates the authenticity of their accounts. You can subscribe for a price of $ 7 per month, which was confirmed by Elon Musk himself.
Sign up today to get blue tick, conversation priority ranking, half ads, long tweets, bookmark folders, custom navigation, tweet editing, untweeting and more.
Employees of Apple and Twitter are driven to the offices. You can get fired for working from home
Zoe Schiffer, who was recently managing editor of Twitter and now holds the same position at Platformer, said that Apple strictly monitors how employees visit offices.
Apple tracks employee attendance (using electronic badge records) and alerts employees if they don’t show up to the office at least 3 times a week.
Some at Apple, according to Schiffer, say that non-compliance could lead to dismissal, but she added that this does not seem like company policy.
In addition, she revealed that her former boss, Elon Musk, sent an email to Twitter employees at 2:30 a.m. stating that “office visits are no longer optional.” The billionaire noticed that the San Francisco office was half empty when he last visited.
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