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🎮 Unity does a U-turn after developer backlash
🔍 Intel unveils glass substrates for chips to advance Moore’s Law
🍏 Tim Cook says Apple is 'constantly' evaluating its decision to advertise on Elon Musk's X
🔋 Battery prices plummet as electric cars approach ‘tipping point’
⚽ Amateur Scottish soccer club is accusing Elon Musk's SpaceX of stealing its logo

🎮 Unity does a U-turn after developer backlashLINK

  • Unity apologizes for the confusion caused by the announcement of a new runtime fee policy, and announces that they will make changes following an uproar from the developer community.
  • The controversial fee policy was particularly poorly received because many had committed to Unity based on its previous pricing structure, and the new policy was seen as a fundamental change in their business transactions.
  • Despite attempts to clarify its policies, including exemptions for charities and demos and a stipulation that only subscription service owners would pay the fee, Unity's planned revisions to the policy have yet to be revealed.
  • 🔍 Intel unveils glass substrates for chips to advance Moore’s LawLINK

  • Intel has developed a breakthrough glass substrate technology for manufacturing processors, offering higher temperature tolerance and power efficiency, which can result in better performance.
  • The new technology allows for an increased transistor count, facilitating larger chiplet complexes, faster communication speed, and more bandwidth within the CPU core.
  • The glass substrate technology, applicable to any processor, might uphold Moore's Law by boosting processor performance and reducing power requirements, although it's not expected to be available until later this decade.
  • 🍏 Tim Cook says Apple is 'constantly' evaluating its decision to advertise on Elon Musk's XLINK

  • Apple's CEO Tim Cook is considering whether to continue advertising on Elon Musk's platform X amidst antisemitism accusations against Musk.
  • Cook highlighted the importance of X, formerly known as Twitter, but expressed concern over the promotion of antisemitism on the platform.
  • The comments come as accusations pile up against X and Musk for increased hate speech and offensive content under Musk's management.
  • 🔋 Battery prices plummet as electric cars approach ‘tipping point’LINK

  • The cost of lithium-ion battery cells fell below $100 per kilowatt-hour in August, marking a significant decline in prices that could propel the use of electric vehicles.
  • This price drop is crucial as energy analysts posit that battery pack prices reaching $100 per kilowatt-hour is the "tipping point" where electric vehicles can compete in price with fossil fuel vehicles.
  • The decrease in battery cost, contributed by declining lithium prices and discovery of extensive lithium deposits, could also significantly impact other technologies such as solar and wind energy storage.
  • ⚽ Amateur Scottish soccer club is accusing Elon Musk's SpaceX of stealing its logoLINK

  • SpaceX has displayed a logo similar to a Scottish amateur soccer team's at its Starbase spaceport.
  • Haddington Town AFC has made light of the situation, joking about Elon Musk joining the team and even purchasing it.
  • Despite the perceived logo theft, Haddington has no plans to take legal action against SpaceX.
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