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European Commission fines Apple almost $2 billion over music streaming subscription policies

What just happened? Spotify has spent five years accusing Apple's music streaming subscription policies of being anti-competitive, and the European Union just ruled overwhelmingly in Spotify's favor. Apple argues that it deserves a cut for its role in Spotify's success. Meanwhile, another battle looms between the companies over sideloading and new fees.
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Nvidia is allegedly punishing customers with shipment delays, former AMD VP labels it a "GPU cartel"

Nvidia has a history of unsavory behavior
A hot potato: Nvidia is experiencing the kind of success most companies could only dream of right now, and it's all thanks to the generative AI boom. But not everyone is praising Jensen Huang and his firm. After a rival chip maker accused it of delaying orders of AI GPUs to customers who are courting other suppliers, a former AMD vice president has called Team Green "the GPU cartel."
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Wendy's will spend $20 million on digital menus to introduce customers to "dynamic pricing"

Imagine this: You are standing in line at a fast food restaurant, looking at the menu to decide what to order. You decide on a plain burger for $4. The queue finishes one order, so you move up, then notice your burger now costs $4.20. The line moves again, and now it's $4.40. There are still five more customers ahead of you. What do you do?
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British AI company Graphcore is trying to sell its accelerator business, perhaps to OpenAI

The company's IPUs are seemingly much better than GPUs for AI
The big picture: AI algorithms are spreading rapidly, and the demand for GPUs and other specialized chips designed to accelerate AI workloads is continuously increasing. Graphcore could offer an intriguing alternative to Nvidia's GPUs, but despite its potential, the company is struggling to attract buyers for its products and is now up for sale.
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