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U.S. census employees will trade paper forms for 500,000 iPhone 8 handsets this year

04/01/2020, 08:04 pm

It's a census year in the U.S., which means that hundreds of thousands of enumerators will soon be going door-to-door. But instead of a pen and clipboard this year, they may be equipped with a familiar device.

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US lifts tariffs on Apple Watch imports from China

03/23/2020, 02:03 pm

The Apple Watch is no longer being impacted by a tariff applied by the U.S. government on goods imported from China as part of its trade war, with the U.S. Trade Representative approving the exclusion of the wearable device from the financial measures.

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US VP Mike Pence says Apple donated 2M face masks to coronavirus fight

03/21/2020, 03:03 pm

Apple is assisting in efforts to fend off the coronavirus pandemic with a donation, US Vice President Mike Pence has revealed, providing approximately 2 million face masks to healthcare employees across the country.

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Apple & big tech urged to fight online child sexual abuse with more vigor

03/05/2020, 01:03 pm

Attorney General William Barr has urged Apple and other tech giants to fight child sexual-abuse material circulation in a set of voluntary principles, but despite eliminating any mention of encryption, the general sentiment that tech companies should introduce backdoors is still present.

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Apple's China game license check will pinch indie developers

02/27/2020, 08:02 am

Developers are concerned over Apple's sudden decision to start checking game licenses issued by the Chinese government for titles with in-app purchases, as the new requirement may force many games to be delisted in the regional App Store due to not having the authorization.

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US DoJ antitrust probe interviewing developers over Apple's App Store activity

02/04/2020, 01:02 pm

Developers of iOS apps have been interviewed by investigators working for the US Justice Department about Apple's App Store, as part of an antitrust probe into major tech companies and their control over digital marketplaces, and whether they are competing fairly.

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Senators flout impeachment trial electronics rules by wearing an Apple Watch [u]

01/21/2020, 04:01 pm

Senators taking part in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump may be breaking the rules regarding electronics, as a number were spotted keeping their Apple Watch on their wrist instead of taking it off before heading to the chamber where such devices are usually banned.

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US Attorney General William Barr's push against encryption concerns some FBI officials

01/17/2020, 09:01 am

The continuing push by US Attorney General William Barr and government officials for Apple and other tech companies to assist law enforcement by weakening encryption is a continuation of a long-standing argument, but some within the FBI disagree with the latest political volleys to break device security.

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The FBI has the tools it needs to break into the iPhone, and shouldn't ask for backdoors

01/14/2020, 11:01 am

Demands from the FBI and Attorney General William Barr for Apple to provide more help to the ongoing Pensacola shooter investigation did not need to be made, as security experts have pointed out the existence of hacking tools that could have granted access to locked iPhones -- which law enforcement has at their disposal already.

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Attorney General Barr demands Apple unlock iPhones in Pensacola shooting

01/13/2020, 03:01 pm

US Attorney General William Barr has publicly asked Apple to unlock a pair of iPhones used by the gunman who killed three people in Pensacola, Florida in December, complaining Apple has so far provided no "substantive assistance" to the investigation.

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Senators threaten Apple, Facebook with mandated encryption backdoors

12/10/2019, 03:12 pm

Tech companies including Apple and Facebook should provide encrypted user data to members of law enforcement, U.S. Senators said on Tuesday, with the added threat of imposing regulatory measures over the technology if they fail to do so.

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Apple working on ways to securely present government ID from an iPhone or Apple Car

10/24/2019, 06:10 am

New research from Apple details methods that iPhone or Apple Car owners could securely store their identity credentials and securely share them with governmental agencies when required.

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US lawmakers urge Apple CEO Tim Cook to reinstate HKmap Live app

10/18/2019, 03:10 pm

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators and representatives have called for Apple to reinstate the controversial HKmap Live app, an iOS app allegedly relied upon by protestors in Hong Kong in their efforts against the Chinese government, by writing to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

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FCC approves $26.5 billion T-Mobile and Sprint merger

10/16/2019, 02:10 pm

The Federal Communications Commission has given the green light for the merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, with Wednesday's vote of approval for the joining of the two companies being one of the last hurdles needed to be cleared for the transaction to proceed.

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Apple, Tim Cook, Deirdre O'Brien jointly file in support of DACA

10/02/2019, 04:10 pm

Apple has filed a brief with the Supreme Court supporting the preservation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, with CEO Tim Cook and SVP for Retail and People Deirdre O'Brien putting their names on the filing alongside the company for the first time.

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Half the states in the US reportedly ready to launch Google antitrust investigation

09/04/2019, 08:09 am

Google is reportedly the target for an antitrust investigation that will be announced next week, a report claims, with more than half of the state attorneys general in the United States onboard.

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States and 12 phone carriers agree to implement anti-robocall technology

08/22/2019, 05:08 pm

As Congress considers legislation designed to put an end to robocalling, state attorneys general and 12 telephone companies intend to take action and on Thursday announced an agreement to implement spam call identification and blocking technology.

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DOJ working with state attorneys general on big tech probe

08/20/2019, 08:08 pm

The U.S. Department of Justice is consulting a group of state attorneys general on what promises to be a wide-ranging antitrust probe into major technology industry firms Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

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FTC chief open to tech company breakups over antitrust concerns

08/14/2019, 08:08 am

Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joe Simons is open to the idea of breaking apart giant tech firms like Apple by undoing mergers, if it is determined large entities like Facebook are harming competition across the tech industry as a whole by being too dominant.

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Trump open to China trade deal talks to minimize new tariff impact

08/06/2019, 12:08 pm

New tariffs on Apple products imported to the United States from China are again in question, as White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow suggests President Donald Trump is still open to making a trade deal that could change the situation.

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