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Apple is in hot water with Italy’s competition authority, which fined the company €10M ($12M) over iPhone water-resistance claims.
What’s interesting here is that Italy’s AGCM, in a report only in Italian but likely to be officially translated in the coming days, intends to fine Apple for concerns over water-resistance marketing, and warranty.
All iPhone models since October 2017, including the iPhone 8 through to the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models, are included in the report. Apple has 60 days to appeal.
(In case you were concerned: According to the report, Apple’s Italian business between September 2018 and September 2019, recorded revenues of €58,652,628; and an operating profit of €26,918,658. So, Apple Italy should survive!)
The machine-translated AGCM report says two commercial practices were unfair:
Then, on top of that, Apple’s “aggressive commercial practice” in post-sales warranty assistance for those with an iPhone that suffered water damage.
So, in short:
Apple's not alone:
What it means:
👨👩👦 Leak: OnePlus 9E could be a thing, joining OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 Pro. A real lack of detail here but this could be appealing, given the popularity of the Samsung Galaxy S10e (Android Authority).
📂 Samsung confirms it’s working on a ‘slimmer and lighter’ foldable phone. Naturally, yes, but the Galaxy Z Fold 2 was called a massive brick in our review this year so that may be a useful upgrade (Android Authority).
🤔 Renders of the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G have apparently leaked, and it doesn’t have the bog-standard dedicated camera housing for the rear shooters, a little like the LG Velvet? (Android Authority).
🎧 Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro: Everything we know so far about the new TWS earbuds, which surfaced at the FCC (Android Authority).
🥇 Disney+ is the best app of the year, according to Google Play users, while YouTube's top trending videos list for 2020 is led by Chappelle's '8:46' (Engadget).
👉 FCC chairman Ajit Pai out on Jan. 20, net neutrality back in (ZDNet).
🧬 Alphabet’s DeepMind achieves historic new milestone in AI-based protein structure prediction, using Alpha Fold (TechCrunch).
🤖 I’m really not across the biology here but a peer-reviewed paper on AlphaFold is coming. DeepMind’s blog post explains more. This is at least partly what Stanford’s Folding@Home project was trying to achieve for years, I think?
🍎 It looks like Apple Fitness+ is launching soon (Gizmodo).
💬 Facebook is buying Kustomer, which specializes in customer service tools and chatbots, reportedly for $1B+ (Reuters)
👨🏻🤝👨🏻 All the social media giants are becoming the same: news feed, disappearing posts, private messaging, and a live broadcasting feature… yep, that’s all of them (Wired).
⌚ Instagram has totally changed how watches are designed in “an aesthetic arms-race” (Wired).
📹 Zoom almost quadrupled its revenue year over year, again. Investors want more, though (The Verge).
🆙 A new actually useful Nintendo Switch firmware update lets you share screenshots to your phone or PC, no more private Twitter accounts required (Kotaku).
🍹 Elon Musk wanted to call his new tequila ‘Teslaquila’ but Mexico and the Tequila Regulatory Council said no (The Verge).
🦷 “What’s the go with sonic toothbrushes? Do they make any noticeable difference?” This one gets into if electric toothbrushes are worth it over manual, and people who say they’re dentists agree (r/askscience).
Here’s where the Daily Double is found on this Jeopardy! Heatmap, encompassing seasons 1-37:
All the best,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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