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❌ US sues SpaceX over alleged hiring discrimination
🇪🇺 EU tightens regulations on Big Tech platforms
🛠️ Apple surprisingly backs right-to-repair bill in California
☁️ Dropbox limits storage, pointing fingers at crypto miners
🧠 AI implants enhance communication for paralyzed patients

❌ US sues SpaceX over alleged hiring discriminationLINK

  • The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against SpaceX, accusing it of discriminatory hiring practices towards refugees and asylees.
  • SpaceX allegedly discouraged, ignored applications from, and rejected job applicants who were refugees or asylees based on citizenship status.
  • SpaceX wrongly cited federal regulations like ITAR to justify its U.S. citizen and permanent resident hiring policy, which the DOJ claims is not supported by the regulations.
  • 🇪🇺 EU tightens regulations on Big Tech platformsLINK

  • Major tech companies, including Facebook, Apple, and Google, are facing new regulations under the European Union's Digital Services Act (DSA), which focuses on content moderation, user privacy, and transparency.
  • The DSA requires these companies to prevent harmful content, restrict certain user-targeting practices, and share internal data with regulators; fines for non-compliance could reach up to 6% of global turnover.
  • The DSA's impact will influence global tech regulations, but questions remain about whether companies have met expectations, and legal challenges have arisen, with Amazon and Zalando disputing their inclusion on the list.
  • 🛠️ Apple surprisingly backs right-to-repair bill in CaliforniaLINK

  • Apple has expressed conditional support for California's proposed Right to Repair law, backing the legislation that allows consumers to repair their devices while preserving privacy and data security.
  • Previously, Apple opposed such laws, but now it acknowledges the benefits of repair options for consumers and the environment.
  • The company's endorsement comes with conditions: the law must not require disabling security features for repairs and should not extend repair requirements to older products predating 2021.
  • ☁️ Dropbox limits storage, pointing fingers at crypto minersLINK

  • Dropbox is ending unlimited storage in its Advanced plan due to misuse, such as crypto mining and reselling storage.
  • Abusive behavior by certain users consuming excessive storage prompted this change.
  • Dropbox is transitioning to a metered model, with most users having a 30-day notice and maintaining up to 35TB per license, while those exceeding it receive a similar offer for one year; all versions of the Advanced plan will cap at 1,000TB.
  • 🧠 AI implants enhance communication for paralyzed patientsLINK

  • Two paralyzed women with ALS and stroke-induced paralysis have regained the ability to communicate through brain implants, achieving speech decoding rates of 62 and 78 words per minute.
  • Brain implants decode neural activity associated with facial movements for speech, enabling fluid conversation and accurate communication.
  • The breakthrough research was conducted by separate teams at Stanford University and UC San Francisco.
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