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Google and Apple face their greatest challenge yet

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Tech giants like Google and Apple are facing increasing regulatory scrutiny, with the possibility of breakup looming on the horizon.

 

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As governments around the world aim to curb the dominance of these tech behemoths, antitrust actions and investigations are intensifying.

In the United States, lawmakers have been ramping up efforts to rein in the power of big tech companies.

The Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission have launched investigations into alleged anti-competitive practices by Google and Apple, among others.

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This heightened regulatory focus suggests potential seismic shifts in the industry’s landscape.

Internationally, similar sentiments are echoed as governments in Europe and elsewhere also take aim at tech giants’ market dominance.

With concerns over unfair competition and stifled innovation, calls for stricter regulations and even breakup of these companies are gaining traction.

 

Giant’s Break-up

Regulators are still weighing their options, and it’s uncertain whether they’ll decide on a break-up order for Apple.

They may opt for fines instead. Legal experts, referencing the 1998 case against Microsoft, suggest that prosecuting Apple could be more challenging this time around.

A Commission official in the European Union, speaking anonymously, noted that breaking up companies is not a common practice and is typically considered a last resort. It has never been done before.

Damien Geradin, a lawyer at Geradin Partners advising app developers in other cases against Apple, highlighted the complexity of breaking up Apple compared to Google due to its highly integrated system. For instance, forcing Apple to divest its App Store wouldn’t be practical.

He suggested that imposing behavioral remedies on Apple might be more effective, requiring the company to adhere to certain practices. On the other hand, with Google, a break-up order could focus on undoing acquisitions that bolster its core services.

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AI tracks enigmatic cancers back to origins in new study

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In a groundbreaking development, scientists have unveiled a remarkable AI tool that promises to revolutionise the detection and treatment of metastatic cancers.

These elusive cancers often evade detection until they have already spread to distant organs, posing a significant challenge for diagnosis and treatment. Published in Nature Medicine, the study showcases an AI model developed by researchers at Tianjin Medical University (TMU) in China, led by Tian Fei and Li Xiangchun. Trained on a vast dataset of 30,000 images from 21,000 individuals, the AI model demonstrated an unprecedented accuracy rate of 83% in identifying the origins of metastatic cancer cells found in fluid samples from abdominal or lung regions.

Impressively, the model’s top three predictions included the tumour’s source with a staggering 99% accuracy.

This breakthrough not only surpasses the capabilities of human pathologists but also offers a beacon of hope for the 300,000 people annually diagnosed with cancer at TMU-affiliated hospitals, where approximately 4,000 cases rely on such image-based diagnoses.

By significantly reducing the need for invasive tests and providing timely and accurate predictions, this AI tool could potentially extend the lives of late-stage cancer patients. Faisal Mahmood of Harvard Medical School praises the study’s findings, highlighting the potential of AI as an indispensable assistive tool in healthcare.

Looking ahead, the integration of AI with tissue samples and genomic data holds the promise of further enhancing outcomes for individuals battling metastatic cancers of unknown origins, ushering in a new era of precision medicine and personalised care.

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Surprising Netflix subscriber surge despite price hikes

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Netflix Surpasses Expectations with 9.33 Million New Subscribers in Q1 2024

Netflix stunned analysts and the industry alike with its first-quarter 2024 earnings report, revealing a remarkable surge of 9.33 million paid subscribers, soaring past the anticipated 3.93 million additions and bringing its total subscriber count to an impressive 269.60 million.

This surge follows a record-breaking fourth quarter of 2023, where Netflix added 13.1 million subscribers. Despite this remarkable growth streak, Netflix announced it would cease reporting quarterly subscriber totals from 2025 onward, signalling a significant shift in industry dynamics. Notable contributors to this growth included high-profile releases like the live-action adaptation of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “3 Body Problem” by the show-runners behind “Game of Thrones.”

Regionally, the U.S. and Canada saw a growth of 2.53 million paid subscribers, while Europe, the Middle East, and Africa added 2.92 million, Latin America saw an increase of 1.72 million, and the Asia-Pacific market experienced a rise of 2.16 million.

Alongside surpassing subscriber expectations, Netflix exceeded financial projections, reporting a 15% increase in revenue from Q1 2023, with diluted earnings per share of $5.28 on $9.37 billion in revenue.

Looking ahead, Netflix forecasts robust financial performance for Q2, with expectations of $9.49 billion in revenue and diluted EPS of $4.68, aiming for revenue growth of 13% to 15% for the full year 2024, reflecting a bullish outlook on its operational margin.

 

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Why are Americans moving abroad?

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Inflation and the rising cost of living in the United States is motivating Americans to consider moving to other countries.

Have you ever dreamed of working or retiring abroad?

Well, more and more Americans are discovering that their income can stretch much further in other countries, allowing them to save more, pay off debts, and even get ahead financially.

Kelli Maria Korduck a contributor with Business Insider joins Veronica Dudo to discuss why Americans are deciding that the only way to get ahead is to leave.

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