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Apple: EU set to fine Apple in Spotify music streaming case

Apple is set to be handed an EU antitrust fine of about 500 million euros ($543 million) next week in a music streaming case triggered by a Spotify complaint, sources said.The European Commission last year charged the iPhone maker with preventing Spotify and other music streaming firms from informing users of options outside Apple's App Store.Elevate Your Tech Prowess with High-Value Skill CoursesOffering CollegeCourseWebsiteIIM LucknowIIML Executive Programme in FinTech, Banking & Applied Risk ManagementVisitIIT…

Spain to fine Booking nearly €500M for elbowing out smaller firms

The parent company of Amsterdam-based Booking.com faces a record fine from Spain’s antitrust watchdog, as Europe steps up its efforts to crack down on tech giants and create breathing room for smaller companies. Following a probe launched in 2022, Spain’s National Markets and Competition Commission (CNMC) has found Booking Holdings guilty of anti-competitive practices, the online travel giant said in a statement on Thursday.  The alleged infringements include preventing local hotel groups from…

A fine actor remembered – Hindustan Times

Sadhu Meher (1940-2024), who died on 2 February, made his debut in Shyam Benegal’s Ankur (1974) with Shabana Azmi and won the National Film Award for Best Actor that year. He went on to work for a host of eminent directors including Mrinal Sen for Mrigayaa (1976), RN Sippy for Inkaar(1977), Bhim Sain in Gharaonda (1977) and Tapan Sinha in Safed Haathi (1977). He also appeared in a few episodes of Basu Chattarjee’s serial Byomkesh Bakshi (1993-97). Despite appearing only in a small number of films, his magnificent acting…

Carbon footprint of LLM fine tuning — a case study

Carbon Footprint of LLM Fine Tuning — A Case StudyI got surprising results when I measured the carbon emissions from instruction fine tuning an LLMPhoto by Ingmar H on UnsplashI recently LoRA fine-tuned a Danish LLM called Munin-7b-alpha on an instruction fine tuning dataset called SkoleGPT-instruct. During the fine tuning procedure, I measured the energy consumption and computed the carbon footprint. In this article, I present the surprising results. You can find the model here.IntroductionMunin-7b-alpha is a pre-trained…

Irish Rap Trio Kneecap Reveal Their Debut Album, ‘Fine Art’

The Rutz is like any great pub in Belfast, or anywhere in Ireland for that matter: Kinda dingy, people stumbling out of the bathrooms, wiping powder off their faces, traditional Irish music playing loud on the speakers.  “It’s one of those places where you never go for one pint — you’re always stuck there for longer,” says Móglaí Bap, one-third of the Belfast rap trio Kneecap. “The pubs here are like lobster pots,” adds Mo Chara. “You can get in them, but you can’t get out.” Well, technically, you can’t…

Apple Set to Face Over $500 Million Fine After EU Finds It Broke Rules to Silence Spotify, Other Rivals

Apple will face a European Union fine close to EUR 500 million ($539 million or roughly Rs. 4,475 crore) over the regulator's investigation into allegations it silenced music-streaming rivals, including Spotify Technology SA, on its platforms. The penalty — Apple's first ever from the bloc — will be set after the EU watchdog found that it fell foul of competition rules in thwarting rival music services from informing users that cheaper alternatives existed outside of its App Store, according to people familiar with the…

Apple is facing a €500 million fine over Spotify complaint from 2019

Apple might be slapped with a €500 million ($539 million) fine by the European Commission, revealed The Financial Times on Sunday. According to the report, the US company is responsible for deliberately pushing Apple Music on the App Store in favor of other music platforms such as Spotify. The complaint from the Swedish audio streaming platform dates back to 2019 when Spotify complained that Apple Music as a platform is not paying royalties to the mother company and is not facing the same harsh conditions as…

EU to fine Apple €500M amid big tech smackdown

The European Union is set to fine Apple €500mn for allegedly elbowing out competitors to its music streaming business, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing unmanned sources familiar with the matter.   EU officials first started investigating the matter in 2019, following a complaint for Spotify. The Swedish company claimed it was made to ramp up its monthly subscription to cover the 30% fee Apple charges to operate on its App Store. This would force it to charge more for its service…

Apple Set to Face Near €500 Million EU Fine in Spotify Row

Apple Inc. will face a European Union fine close to €500 million ($539 million) over the regulator's investigation into allegations it silenced music-streaming rivals, including Spotify Technology SA, on its platforms. The penalty — Apple's first ever from the bloc — will be set after the EU watchdog found that it fell foul of competition rules in thwarting rival music services from informing users that cheaper alternatives existed outside of its App Store, according to people familiar with the matter.  Apple, when…

The EU is reportedly set to hit Apple with a $539 million fine in antitrust probe

Apple may be facing a fine of roughly $539 million (500 million euros) from the EU and a ban on its alleged anti-competitive App Store practices for music streaming services, according to . The publication, which cites five unnamed sources with knowledge of the matter, reports that the European Commission will announce its ruling early next month.The probe stems from a 2019 antitrust complaint filed by Spotify and is focused on App Store rules that at the time prevented developers from directing customers to alternative…