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How the FCC's repeal of net neutrality could affect Apple

12/16/2017, 12:12 am

This week, the Federal Communications Commission rolled back net neutrality rules, sparking a firestorm of debate and speculation over the future of the internet in the U.S. But Apple, who supports net neutrality, finds itself in a unique position in the discussion: It is one of the few companies that has actually been affected by the kind of restrictive internet provider practices that net neutrality aimed to prevent.

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This week on AI: iMac Pro launch, Apple buys Shazam, FCC repeals net neutrality & more

12/16/2017, 12:12 am

Somehow news accelerated this week, even with the impending Christmas holiday -- the biggest stories being the launch of the iMac Pro, and Apple's takeover of song recognition service Shazam.

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Why Apple opposes the FCC's repeal of net neutrality

12/15/2017, 04:12 pm

Apple was one of a number of parties that fought the repeal of net neutrality protections, originally instituted in 2015 during the Obama administration. The company has a lot of pragmatic reasons for taking a pro-neutrality stance.

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Court rejects US bid to intervene in Apple's appeal of EU tax ruling

12/15/2017, 01:12 pm

The European Union's General Court has refused a U.S. government request to intervene in Apple's appeal of a 2016 European Commission ruling, which ordered Ireland to collect approximately $15.3 billion in back taxes from the company.

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Apple's first Korean store expected to open on Dec. 30

12/15/2017, 12:12 pm

Apple's first-ever outlet in South Korea is reportedly scheduled to open on Saturday, Dec. 30, deepening a footprint in the home of key rivals -- and suppliers -- like Samsung and LG.

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Long-running AOL Instant Messenger shuts down for good

12/15/2017, 11:12 am

As promised, Verizon's Oath on Friday shut down AOL Instant Messenger, once as omnipresent on the internet as services like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are today.

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AppleInsider podcast talks GymKit, iMac Pro, and Jony Ive's return to product design

12/15/2017, 08:12 am

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the powerful iMac Pro and its custom T2 chip, GymKit and the opening up of NFC connectivity, and Jony Ive's return to focusing on product design.

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Samsung's Bixby-powered HomePod competitor to debut in first half of 2018, report says

12/14/2017, 07:12 pm

According to a report on Thursday, Samsung's smart home speaker is expected to debut in the first half of 2018 with support for the firm's Bixby virtual assistant, setting the device up for direct competition with Apple's delayed HomePod.

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Apple SVP Eddy Cue to participate in Q&A session at Pollstar Live! conference in February

12/14/2017, 06:12 pm

Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue will be making the rounds early next year when he takes part in a live Q&A session at Pollstar Live! 2018, an annual conference serving concert industry professionals.

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Apple launches podcast analytics service as iTunes Connect beta

12/14/2017, 04:12 pm

Apple made good on promises to launch an iTunes podcast analytics service on Thursday with a new iTunes Connect beta feature dedicated to tracking granular listener data, though the service is limited to iOS 11 devices.

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Tim Cook writes opinion piece with Charles Koch urging Congress to protect 'Dreamers'

12/14/2017, 02:12 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook is continuing to campaign on behalf of 'Dreamers,' participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, by writing an opinion piece with Koch Industries chairman and chief executive Charles Koch demanding action from Congress over the issue.

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FCC votes to undo net neutrality protections despite public protests

12/14/2017, 01:12 pm

As predicted, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted 3 to 2 along party lines to rescind net neutrality protections instituted under the Obama administration, potentially radically reshaping the nature of the U.S. internet.

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Apple Pay promotion launched, granting $5 iTunes gift card for some online shoppers

12/14/2017, 11:12 am

To celebrate the holiday season, and boost Apple Pay adoption, Apple has launched a promotion with select vendors that will award online purchasers that use the payment service a $5 App Store and iTunes gift card.

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Protests mount online and offline over impending FCC Net Neutrality vote

12/14/2017, 10:12 am

The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on a possible repeal of net neutrality rules later today, but as the decision-making time draws closer, Internet users continue to fight the proposals of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, taking to Twitter and protesting outside government buildings to pass the message and attempt to influence the result.

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'Intentional' event redirects cloud traffic from Apple, Google & others through Russia

12/14/2017, 09:12 am

Internet traffic coming into and out of Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and other companies was briefly redirected through a Russian provider on Wednesday, in what appears to have been a deliberate move.

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Redbox On Demand is rental service's second attempt at internet streaming

12/13/2017, 09:12 pm

Redbox, known for its DVD and Blu-Ray rental kiosks, is making a second attempt at internet streaming with Redbox On Deman, a service that looks to take on industry incumbents Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

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Lisa Jackson details iPhone 8, iPhone X environmentally friendly design, more in interview

12/13/2017, 08:12 pm

Apple routinely touts environmentally-friendly aspects of new product releases, and that was no different with iPhone 8 and iPhone X. In a newly unearthed interview, Apple's VP for Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson details how the company designed its latest flagships to be the greenest ever offered.

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Apple ready to expand Advanced Manufacturing Fund beyond $1B, COO says

12/13/2017, 07:12 pm

After Apple announced plans to infuse $390 million into U.S. firm Finisar as part of its $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund, COO Jeff Williams commented on the company's investment strategy, saying the figure is "absolutely not" a final cap.

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Sen. Marco Rubio says Apple bending to Chinese authoritarianism to gain market access

12/13/2017, 07:12 pm

Speaking at a Congressional hearing on Wednesday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio took Apple CEO Tim Cook to task for his policies on China, accusing him of hypocrisy when it comes to the company's stated values.

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Spotify, others complain to EU about Apple's 'unfair' App Store practices

12/13/2017, 06:12 pm

Europe's streaming services are again on the hunt for better business arrangements, as Spotify, Deezer and others this week asked the European Commission to rein in U.S. tech firms that are "regularly abusing their advantaged position."

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