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The EU fines Apple nearly  billion for hindering music streaming competition

The EU fines Apple nearly $2 billion for hindering music streaming competition

[ad_1] EU Commission vice president Margrethe Vestager addresses the media about Apple Music streaming services at EU headquarters in Brussels on Monday. Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP hide caption toggle caption Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP EU Commission vice president Margrethe Vestager addresses the media about Apple Music streaming services at EU headquarters in Brussels on Monday. Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP LONDON — The European Union leveled its first antitrust penalty against Apple on Monday, fining the U.S. tech giant nearly $2 billion for unfairly favoring its own music streaming service by forbidding rivals like Spotify from telling users how they could pay for cheaper subscriptions outside of iPhone apps. Apple muzzled streaming services from telling users about payment options available through their websites, which would avoid the 30% fee charged when people pay through apps downloaded with the iOS App Store, said the European Commission, the 27-nation bloc’s executive arm and top antitrust enforcer. “This is illegal. And it has impacted millions of European consumers who were not able to make a free choice as to where, how and …

How gender inequality is hindering Japan’s economic growth

How gender inequality is hindering Japan’s economic growth

[ad_1] Japan’s economy is under pressure from rising energy prices and defence costs and the impact of the pandemic. Plummeting birth rates and an ageing population further threaten the sustainability of its labour market. A 2023 study by independent thinktank the Recruit Works Institute points to a labour supply shortage of 3.41 million people by 2030, and over 11 million by 2040. Gender inequality is another significant pressure point. Research shows that a gender-inclusive society and workforce leads to innovation and economic growth. However, Japan has one of the lowest levels of gender equality among G7 countries. It has slipped to its lowest ranking yet in the World Economic Health Forum’s latest Global Gender Report, particularly in terms of women in leadership positions. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida recently declared that Japan needs to urgently raise its birth rate. He also vowed to increase the percentage of women executives in Tokyo stock exchange-listed companies, from 11.4% to 30% or more, by 2030. A policy draft released in June indicates that this will be achieved through leadership …

Cyberattack disrupts hospital computer systems across US, hindering services | US news

[ad_1] A cyberattack has disrupted hospital computer systems across the United States, forcing emergency rooms in several states to close on Thursday and ambulances to be diverted. Many primary care services remained closed on Friday as security experts worked to determine the extent of the problem and resolve it. The “data security incident” began Thursday at facilities operated by Prospect Medical Holdings, which is based in California and has hospitals and clinics there and in Texas, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania. “Upon learning of this, we took our systems offline to protect them and launched an investigation with the help of third-party cybersecurity specialists,” the company said in a statement. “While our investigation continues, we are focused on addressing the pressing needs of our patients as we work diligently to return to normal operations as quickly as possible.” Cyber attacks and data hacking have been on the rise globally in recent years. In the US, such attacks have compromised the security of universities, public school systems, hospitals, local governments and federal agencies. In most ransomware …