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In today's roundup, the US economy is performing well, but its debt is set to soar to $40 trillion by next year. Netflix is gaining an edge in the streaming wars, but Apple has warned that new regulation will affect EU customers. Hong Kong is set to launch its own BTC spot ETFs, and Big Tech's links with AI startups is under the microscope.


Hong Kong Eyes Own BTC ETFs

Following the launch of ten bitcoin spot ETFs in the US, Hong Kong is set to approve its own to cater to the Asian market. Despite the hype around crypto, though, providers are taking a more cautious approach.

Hong Kong Eyes Own BTC ETFs
Hong Kong is set to approve its own spot bitcoin ETFs, providing crypto exposure to the Asian market.

US Debt To Hit $40 Trillion By End Of Next Year

The US's large and accelerating levels of debt are set to top $50 trillion within a decade, with interest payments potentially tripling to $3 trillion. Neither party has been willing to reduce debt in recent years.

US Debt To Hit $40 Trillion By End Of Next Year
US debt is set to spiral by another $20 trillion in a decade, and there’s little hope that either Republicans or Democrats will bring it under control.

Big Tech's AI Partnerships Under FTC Scrutiny

The FTC is probing the alliances between tech giants like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft, and AI startups OpenAI and Anthropic, assessing potential anti-competitive risks. The inquiry examines their multi-billion-dollar partnerships, scrutinizing aspects such as governance and product development strategies.

Big Tech’s AI Partnerships Under FTC Scrutiny
FTC investigates Big Tech and AI startups’ partnerships, focusing on competition and anti-trust concerns.

EU Digital Rules Set To Transform Apple User Experience

Apple, led by Phil Schiller, warns of negative impacts to UX in the EU due to new Digital Markets Act regulations. These changes, including alternative app store access and reduced fees, aim to comply with EU rules but raise concerns over privacy, security, and app quality.

EU Digital Rules Set To Transform Apple User Experience
EU’s new digital regulations prompt Apple to modify its App Store and iOS, impacting user experience and security.

US Economy Surges With 3.3% Growth In Q4

In Q4 2023, the US economy grew by 3.3%, capping a year of 3.1% growth and outpacing other advanced economies. This performance, countering recession fears, suggests a "soft landing" with inflation easing to 1.7%. The data boosts prospects for Biden's economic strategy ahead of elections.

US Economy Surges With 3.3% Growth In Q4
US economy grows 3.3% in Q4 2023, leading as the world’s fastest-growing advanced economy.

Netflix Triumphs In Streaming Wars

Netflix has gained an edge in the streaming wars, marked by Disney licensing TV shows to it. The company's strategic expansion and cost-cutting efforts, including managing a $17 billion content budget and improving operating margins, have positioned it ahead of rivals like Disney and contrasted with YouTube's different model.

Netflix Triumphs In Streaming Wars
Netflix emerges as the leader in the streaming industry, balancing content expansion with financial discipline.

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