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Sunday, February 18, 2018

GOP Tax Plan Hides Trillions In Sweetheart Deals For Apple And Other Multinationals

Reprinted with permission from DCReport. James S. Henry, an economist and expert on global tax avoidance, reports that the new Trump tax law gives Apple and other multinational companies a sweetheart deal—several sweetheart deals, actually—that could total as much as $2.6 trillion. This is an important story that the mainstream news missed. We have it all […]

January 28, 2018

Who Really Pays For Subsidies To Big Business?

The hustlers claim that job incentives are a sound investment of our tax dollars, because those new jobs create new taxpayers, meaning investments soon pay for themselves. Hmmm … not quite. In fact, not even close. Last year, a watchdog outfit called Good Jobs First tracked the 386 incentive deals since 1976 that gave at […]

January 22, 2018

With Massive Tax Breaks, Corporate Chiefs Are Behaving Like Con Men

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced this week that the company would repatriate $252 billion, give or take a few billion, then create some American jobs and invest in America – for a change. This is a result of the massive tax cut Congressional Republicans awarded corporations like Apple that were hoarding trillions in profits overseas. […]

January 21, 2018

The World’s Biggest Mac App Bundle Will Pump Your Mac Up

The app world throws an unprecedented amount of new product at users every day. If you’ve got a Mac, you can choose from tons of new system optimization, productivity and entertainment apps — but with so much unveiled so quickly, it’s tough to know which ones are actually worth your time and hard drive space. […]

July 3, 2017
A 3D printed Apple logo is seen in front of a displayed cyber code in this illustration taken February 26, 2016. Apple Inc's stance on privacy in the face of a U.S. government demand to unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino attackers has raised awkward questions for the world's mobile network operators. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Justice Department Still Seeks Apple’s Help To Unlock A Drug Dealer’s iPhone

A federal magistrate judge felt the Justice Department went too far in using an 18th century law, the All Writs Act, to have Apple unlock the phone.

April 8, 2016
An Apple iPhone is pictured next to the logo of Apple in Bordeaux, southwestern France, February 26, 2016. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

FBI, DoJ Cracked The iPhone Without Apple’s Help

The Department of Justice announced on Monday that the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook has been cracked, ending the two-month struggle between the federal government and Apple over encryption in the age of terrorism attacks.

March 28, 2016
A man displays a protest message on his iPhone at a small rally in support of Apple's refusal to help the FBI access the cell phone of a gunman involved in the killings of 14 people in San Bernardino, in Santa Monica, California, United States, February 23, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Terrorists and Their Privacy

Suppose Belgian investigators cleaning up the body parts came across an encrypted iPhone of a terrorist impressed by Apple’s promise of privacy. Would Apple refuse to help uncover accomplices in that bloodbath, as well?

March 24, 2016
The Apple logo is pictured behind the clock at Grand Central Terminal in the Manhattan borough of New York

Apple, Public Safety And Selling Stuff

The idea that the cellphone is a privileged communications device that must be off-limits to law enforcement is nonsense.

February 23, 2016
Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Privacy

Zuckerberg Sides With Apple Over FBI With Backdoor Encryption Policy

Mark Zuckerberg has taken a side in the fight between Apple and the FBI in regards to the on-going issues with the San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook’s phone.

February 22, 2016
An Apple logo hangs above the entrance to the Apple store on 5th Avenue in the Manhattan borough of New York City

U.S. Ramps Up Apple Fight With New Filing In iPhone Unlocking Case

The executive said Apple was stunned that such a legal request had come from the U.S. government rather than a country with weaker traditions of protecting privacy and civil liberties.

February 20, 2016
Apple US Phone Hacking

USA – Apple plays digital privacy hardball with FBI, ‘but not China’

Apple was hailed as a champion of digital privacy this week after refusing to help the FBI hack into an iPhone belonging to a suspect in the San Bernardino shooting. But the firm hasn’t always been so scrupulous about user data, especially in China.

February 19, 2016
Will Pebble smartwatch be able to compete with Apple and Google?

Will Pebble Smartwatch Be Able To Compete With Apple And Google?

The smartwatch market is expanding.

June 17, 2015
Health, Apple, ResearchKit, Data, Collection, Privacy, Smartphones, Health Care

Apple’s ResearchKit Could Be Boon For Medical Research, But There Are Concerns

Apple unveils ResearchKit, which will collect participant’s data to analyze their health.

March 18, 2015

Late Night Roundup: John Lewis Looks Back On Selma

Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) appeared on The Daily Show, to retell his story of leading the historic Selma march 50 years ago.

March 10, 2015

Apple Chief Tim Cook Puts Focus On Gay Rights

What effect will Tim Cook’s announcement have on the gay rights movement?

October 30, 2014

FBI Head Criticizes Apple, Google Over Data Encryption

James Comey has some criticism saved for Google and Apple.

September 26, 2014

Apple Acknowledges Bug In iPhone Software, Offers Fix

Is your iPhone at risk of losing service?

September 25, 2014

FBI Widens Probe Of Naked Celebrity Photos

The FBI is investigating the widespread hacking and cyber theft that exposed naked photos of a variety of celebrities.

September 23, 2014

Apple’s New Encryption To Lock Out Government

Apple won’t be able to access its customers’ passwords.

September 18, 2014

An Apple A Day — Or Many

It’s been said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and for good reason. Apples are low in fat, have fiber and lots of nutrients, and they’re a delicious alternative to eating processed sugar and carbohydrates.  As a fruit in our culture, apples and apple products like juices are omnipresent. The good news for […]

September 12, 2014

U.S. Stocks Little Changed; Apple Up 0.2 Percent

New York (AFP) — Wall Street stocks were little changed in early trade Wednesday with Apple posting modest gains after unveiling a spate of new products, including a mobile-payment system and a smartwatch. About 40 minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 3.01 points (0.02 percent) to 17,010.86. The broad-based S&P 500 shed […]

September 10, 2014

New iPhone Can Make Payments, But Most Folks Don’t Care, Survey Says

By E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times Shoppers can use Apple’s newest iPhone instead of their credit and debit cards to buy goods and services from retailers who install the required technical system. But nearly two-thirds of Americans express little or no interest in making payments by tapping their cellphones at a register, according to […]

September 10, 2014

Apple Unveils Two Big-Screen iPhones

San Francisco (AFP) — Apple on Tuesday unveiled two new versions of the iPhone, boosting the screen size of the iconic smartphone to 4.7 and 5.5 inches. Unveiling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple chief Tim Cook said the company was launching “the biggest advancement in the history of iPhones.” Apple senior vice […]

September 9, 2014

LA Schools Leader Cancels iPad Program After Records Show Ties To Vendors

By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy has canceled the $1 billion program to provide all students with an iPad after public records showed he and his top deputy had developed a relationship with the vendors two years prior to the bidding. Recently released emails showed that […]

August 26, 2014

Samsung, Apple Call Truce In Patent War Outside U.S.

Seoul (AFP) – Arch-rivals Samsung and Apple decided Wednesday to drop all patent disputes outside the United States, marking a partial ceasefire in a long-running legal war between the world’s two largest smartphone makers. Both companies have been locked in a three-year battle of litigative attrition in close to a dozen countries, with each accusing […]

August 6, 2014