Throttlegate and Politics


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As if there weren't enough political fireworks occurring in Washington, you can bet that Apple will find itself involved, somehow. It all started with what I've been calling Throttlegate, the faux scandal that erupted when it was discovered that older iPhones, with failing batteries, were running a lot slower.

Apple CEO Tim Cook gets a big bump in pay, use of private aircraft

For Apple CEO Tim Cook, fiscal year 2017 brought good tidings in the form of a hefty 47 percent pay increase and use of a private aircraft. Apple's CEO since 2011 saw his salary rise to about $12.8 million in fiscal year 2017, which ended in September, from about $8.7 million in the prior fiscal year, according to a SEC filing from Apple on Wednesday.

Stossel: How the Working Rich Improve Our Lives


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Bernie Sanders and others on the left want higher taxes on "millionaires and billionaires." Would that be a good idea? Most rich people became prosperous by creating wealth, not taking it from others.

Supreme Court rejects Samsung appeal of patent loss to Apple

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to step back into the years-long feud over patents between the world's top smartphone makers, declining to hear Samsung's appeal of a lower court ruling that reinstated a $120 million jury award in favor of Apple. The justices left in place a 2016 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that upheld a verdict that found South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd had infringed Apple Inc's patents on several popular features of the California-based company's iPhone.

Apple Shares Are Getting Hammered Over Lingering iPhone 8 Worries

Apple Inc's shares fell 1.5 percent in premarket trading on Thursday as brokers and traders speculated over poor demand and cuts in production of iPhone 8, ahead of the November launch of the 10th anniversary iPhone X. Apple no longer gives regular updates on sales numbers but indications from supply channels, phone operators and analysts who track the sector have fueled talk of poor sales for the latest update of the smartphone. KeyBanc Capital Markets analyst John Vinh reported earlier this week that a carrier store survey suggested the iPhone 7 was outselling the new phone just a month after the latter's launch.

Shady world of online mattress reviews


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Fast Company has a deep dive with a recent lawsuit filed by online mattress seller Casper and review sites. Email were disclosed in the lawsuit, including this from Casper CEO Philip Krim: "As you know, we are much bigger than our newly formed competitors.

Lawmakers seek Puerto Rico exemption to law that slowed aid

Republicans and Democrats in Congress are pushing to exempt Puerto Rico from a federal law that prohibits foreign-flagged ships from shuttling goods between U.S. ports. President Donald Trump temporarily waived the Jones Act last month amid criticism that the once-obscure law hindered relief efforts to in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.

Apple names former Honeywell executive as new general counsel

Apple Inc said on Friday its general counsel, Bruce Sewell, will retire and be succeeded by former Honeywell International Inc executive Katherine Adams, who will take over Apple's multinational legal battle against Qualcomm Inc. Apple Inc said on Friday its general counsel, Bruce Sewell, will retire and be succeeded by former Honeywell International Inc executive Katherine Adams, who will take over Apple's multinational legal battle against Qualcomm Inc. Adams, who will also be senior vice president of legal and global security, will report to Chief Executive Tim Cook, the company said. Before joining Honeywell in 2003, Adams was an attorney with Sidley Austin LLP in New York.

David Von Drehle: Steve Jobs gave us our president

As Congress returned from summer recess to a plate heaped with work - President Donald Trump added a gooey serving of immigration reform Tuesday on top of the debt ceiling, the budget, hurricane relief and tax reform - another of America's key institutions is marking 10 years that shook the world.

Moment a pregnant woman runs over a young boy in China

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Vocational Ed, Reborn

"Those jobs aren't coming back," the typically blunt Apple cofounder told the president. Examining Jobs's claim, the New York Times looked at Apple's vast Chinese operations and found that workers there not only worked for less than Americans did; more of them were skilled.

Apple Vs. Qualcomm Heats Up

We learned that Apple is stepping up its efforts against chipmaker Qualcomm in a new filing . This follows from the lawsuit filed in January of this year with Apple claiming that Qualcomm's business practices were unfair and that the company had withheld $1b in rebates from Apple after it had participated in aiding a South Korean antitrust investigation.

Apple is adding ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ feature

Apple said increasing driver focus is the aim of the development, which will be included in the next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 11 , in the autumn. You will get to see reminders, messages , or even old photos on your watch based on their relevance in a particular point in time.

Everything You Need to Know About Apple iOS 11

Of the new features, the Do Not Disturb while driving features has been designed "to help users stay more focused on the road". Apple has not given a specific release date for iOS 11, although we are expecting them to release it some time in September along with their new iPhone 8 smartphones.

Conan mocks Republican Congressman with a hilarious Apple healthcare ad


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In the wake of Congressman Jason Chaffetz's controversial remarks regarding the cost of an iPhone relative to the cost of purchasing affordable health care, Conan O'Brien last night rolled out a mock Apple Healthcare ad showcasing how various Apple products could comically pull double duty as medical tools and instruments. For those unfamiliar with the extent of Chaffetz's remarks, the Utah Congressman this week said that low-income Americans might be able to afford better health care if they weren't so intent on spending money on a brand new iPhone every year.

Apple to face claims of monopoly in iPhone app market

An appeals court has ruled that Apple must face antitrust charges in a lawsuit that alleges that the company monopolized the market for iPhone apps. The U.S. Court for Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed Thursday a decision by a lower court and ruled that the app buyers filing the lawsuit are direct purchasers of iPhone apps from Apple, rather than from app developers, and hence have standing to sue.

US appeals court revives antitrust lawsuit against Apple

The Apple logo is seen on the facade of the new Apple Store in Paris, France, January 5, 2017. Photo: Reuters/Charles Platiau iPhone app purchasers may sue Apple Inc over allegations that the company monopolized the market for iPhone apps by not allowing users to purchase them outside the App Store, leading to higher prices, a US appeals court ruled on Thursday.

FBI deletes details about hacking effort in document release

The FBI has released 100 pages of heavily censored documents related to its agreement with an unidentified vendor to hack into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters, but it did not identify whom it paid to perform the work or how much it cost. The records were provided Friday in response to a federal lawsuit filed against the FBI by The Associated Press, Vice Media and Gannett, the parent company of USA Today.

FBI releases documents related to San Bernardino iPhone

The FBI on Friday released 100 pages of heavily censored documents related to its agreement with an unidentified vendor to hack into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters, but it did not identify whom it paid to perform the work or how much it cost. The records were provided in response to a federal lawsuit filed against the FBI by The Associated Press, Vice Media and Gannett, the parent company of USA Today.

US Supreme Court backs Samsung in smartphone fight with Apple

Photo: Reuters/Dado Ruvic The US Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Samsung in its big-money smartphone patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling that the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone designs. The 8-0 ruling, written by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, held that a patent violator does not always have to fork over its entire profits from the sales of products using stolen designs, if the designs covered only certain components and not the whole thing.

U.S. top court to hear Apple-Samsung feud over iPhone designs

After five years of litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday in the bitter patent dispute between the world's two top smartphone manufacturers over the amount Samsung should pay Apple for copying the iPhone's distinctive look. The justices' ruling, due by the end of June, could have a long-term impact for designers and product manufacturers going forward because the Supreme Court, if it agrees with Samsung, could limit the penalties for swiping a patented design.

New FBI head in San Francisco was key figure in iPhone hack

Special Agent Jack Bennett was at the FBI's computer investigation lab in Quantico, Virginia, on a Sunday in March when an outside company showed the bureau how it could hack into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. The tool would end the FBI's high-profile fight with Apple over access to the phone, but Bennett said there was no celebration.

Media sues FBI in demand for details on how it hacked San Bernardino terrorista s iPhone

In this July 27, 2014 file photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows Tashfeen Malik, left, and her husband, Syed Farook, at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. A schism has emerged among family members of victims and survivors of the San Bernardino, California terrorist attack, with at least a couple supporting Apple Inc. in its battle against a federal court order to help the FBI hack into a shooter's locked iPhone.

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At a black church in Detroit, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called Saturday for a "civil rights agenda for our time" that would deliver better education, good-paying jobs and and safer streets to inner-city neighborhoods. Mr. Trump touted his effort to bring economic and social justice to minority but also stressed the need to restore Christian values and forge racial unity, as he reached out to minority voters who historically vote as a Democratic bloc.

Calvin Klein thinks Apple was paid fairly in Samsung patent case


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The exhausting brawl between Apple and Samsung over patents simply refuses to die the horrible, gruesome death it deserves. Samsung is the more bloodied, you may recall, having paid Apple a $548 million settlement for violating a bunch of patents .

Spotify vs. Apple comes to Washington

Spotify, a Swedish service, last week blasted Apple for rejecting an updated version of its popular streaming app in the online store used by iPhone users. At issue, according to Apple, is Spotify's decision to take out a feature that let its users buy premium subscriptions through Apple's in-app purchase feature or take steps to sign up online.

Spotify accuses Apple of anti-competitive behavior

Apple is "causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers," by rejecting an update to Spotify's iOS app, goes a letter sent by Spotify's general counsel to Apple's top lawyer, reports Re/Code . The letter suggests the streaming service intends to use the issue in its fight over Apple's rules governing subscription services using its App store, and copies of it went to - among others - Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who yesterday said, "Apple has long used its control of iOS to squash competition in music."

In Raising Funds for Paul Ryan, Is Tim Cook Emulating Trump?

While there's been strong criticism of Apple CEO Tim Cook's decision to host a fundraiser for U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans, it seems he's doing what business leaders often do in the political world, even a businessman Cook deeply disdains. "As a businessman that deals all over the world, you give.