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Apple argues iMessage doesn’t qualify as gatekeeper service

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Apple is asserting that its iMessage service should not be categorized as a gatekeeper service under the European Union’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) regulation.

The rationale behind Apple’s argument remains somewhat unclear, despite iMessage being a preinstalled application on every iPhone sold and one of the most frequently used apps on the platform. Apple has refrained from providing public comments on the matter.

The first list of gatekeeper services, which will be mandated to adhere to the stringent DMA regulations, is scheduled for release this week. It is widely anticipated that Apple’s App Store will be included in this list, potentially paving the way for alternative app stores and third-party iPhone app side-loading.

The primary objective of the Digital Markets Act is to curb the monopolistic power of major online platforms. If iMessage were to fall under the jurisdiction of DMA rules, Apple would be compelled to open iMessage to third-party messaging services, although the specific mechanisms for achieving this are not yet clear.

45 million monthly users

To qualify as a ‘gatekeeper’ service under the published legislation, the service must have more than 45 million monthly active users in the EU. Furthermore, the company must generate an annual turnover in the EU exceeding 7.5 billion euros or possess a market capitalization in excess of 75 billion euros.

In financial terms, Apple comfortably meets these criteria. However, the crux of the debate surrounds whether iMessage has more than 45 million users in Europe.

There are over 1 billion iPhones in use worldwide. Nevertheless, Apple does not publicly disclose monthly active user figures for iMessage, making it challenging to ascertain its precise user count in each region. Competing messaging apps like WhatsApp tend to have a more prominent presence in Europe compared to the United States, where iMessage enjoys higher penetration.

Despite this, considering that iPhones constitute more than 25% of the European smartphone market, it is reasonable to assume that iMessage boasts millions of users. Nevertheless, whether it surpasses the 45 million threshold remains uncertain.

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Essential daily protein needs for better health

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Protein is a fundamental macronutrient essential for various bodily functions, including muscle repair, enzyme production, and immune system support.

Daily protein requirements can vary significantly based on factors such as activity levels, age, and gender.

To help unpack this topic, Kate Save from BeFitFood joins to share her key insights. #featured

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Can big tech be trusted to use AI ethically?

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Big tech giants like Google, Microsoft, and IBM announced comprehensive plans to enhance AI safety measures – but is that enough to convince the everyday worker?

On this episode of Ahron & Mike Live – Can big tech be trusted with AI? “The Fall Guy” takes a hard hit, Apple’s Top Ten controversy and a robot performs surgery on a piece of corn.

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Mike Loder discuss. #featured

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Biden slams the brakes on EV overcapacity

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President Biden’s has imposed new tariffs on Chinese EV imports, just as the Chinese EV industry is facing a critical challenge: overcapacity.

The move comes amidst escalating trade tensions between the two economic giants, with repercussions likely to reverberate across the automotive sector.

David Zhang, the China Insider explores this issue and more. #featured #trending

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