Apple hit with £1.5m fine after Spotify spat - Tech & Science Daily Podcast

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EU lawmakers have slapped Apple with a €1.8 billion fine, for not allowing music streaming apps like Spotify to tell customers they can subscribe for cheaper if they don’t use the App Store.

Back in 2019 the Swedish music giant filed a complaint to the EU, claiming that Apple limits choice and competition by charging a 30 per cent fee on purchases made through the App Store.

The European Commission said that Apple had abused its dominant position in the market for distributing music streaming apps, and had broken EU antitrust rules in the process.

Apple said it would appeal the decision, which it said was reached “despite the Commission’s failure to uncover any credible evidence of consumer harm, and ignores the realities of a market that is thriving, competitive, and growing fast.”

For the first time “mini organs” have been grown using human stem cells taken during pregnancy, potentially leading to advances in prenatal medicine.

It means human development can be observed in late pregnancy for the first time, raising the possibility of monitoring and treating congenital conditions before birth.

Researchers from University College London (UCL) led by Professor Paolo De Coppi managed to grow the mini organs by taking cells from the amniotic fluid, which surrounds the child in the womb and protects it during pregnancy.

Professor Mattia Gerli from UCL, the first author of the study, told Tech & Science Daily, in future they hope to use this method of growing organs to offer personalised medicine for babies in the womb.

Research has linked sweetened drinks containing added sugar or artificial sweeteners with an increased risk of developing an irregular heartbeat.

Data from more than 200,000 adults in the UK found those who said they drank two litres of low-calorie drinks, with sweeteners such as sucralose, aspartame and saccharin, every week had a 20 per cent higher risk of atrial fibrillation - which causes irregular heartbeat.

Plus, those who drank similar amounts of drinks with added sugar - such as white sugar, sucrose or syrup, had a 10 per cent higher risk of developing the condition.

MrBeast, the most-subscribed creator on YouTube, has revealed he’s changing tack, moving away from jump-cuts and fast-paced videos, and instead making slower, more long-form content.

In a post on X MrBeast said he’s slowed down his videos, “focused on story telling, let scenes breathe, yelled less, given more personality,” and revealed his views have skyrocketed as a result.

He pleaded with his “fellow YouTubers” to get rid of the ultra fast paced/overstimulated era of content, saying “it doesn’t even work”..

Also in this episode:

MacBook Air gets M3 chip upgrade, Nothing officially unveils Phone 2(a) smartphone, and YouTuber creates portable versions of the Nintendo Wii.

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