Apple Sued An Independent Norwegian Repair Shop In Bid To Monopolize Repair — And Lost | Techdirt

More recently, Apple has been harassing an independent repair shop owner in Norway named Henrik Huseby. After Norway customs officials seized a shipment of 63 iPhone 6 and 6S replacement screens on their way to Huseby’s repair shop, Apple threatened to sue the store owner unless they agreed to stop using aftermarket screens and pay a hefty settlement

Source: Apple Sued An Independent Norwegian Repair Shop In Bid To Monopolize Repair — And Lost | Techdirt

Apple Says Nebraska Will Become A ‘Mecca For Hackers’ If Right To Repair Bill Passes | Techdirt

[T]he prospect of a Cupertino-based megacorporation losing business to local repair shops isn’t a very sympathetic argument at the Nebraska statehouse. And so Apple has tried a slew of other tactics, according to state Sen. Lydia Brasch, who was recently visited by Steve Kester, an Apple state government affairs specialist.”Apple said we would be the only state that would pass this, and that we would become the mecca for bad actors,” Brasch, who is sponsoring the bill, told me in a phone call. “They said that doing this would make it very easy for hackers to relocate to Nebraska.”

Source: Apple Says Nebraska Will Become A ‘Mecca For Hackers’ If Right To Repair Bill Passes | Techdirt

Apple Wants To Stop You Fixing Your iPhone And iPad: Source Says It Will Testify Against ‘Right To Repair’ Legislation | Techdirt

an Apple representative, staffer, or lobbyist will testify against the bill at a hearing in Lincoln on March 9. AT&T will also argue against the bill, the source said. The source told me that at least one of the companies plans to say that consumers who repair their own phones could cause lithium batteries to catch fire.

Source: Apple Wants To Stop You Fixing Your iPhone And iPad: Source Says It Will Testify Against ‘Right To Repair’ Legislation | Techdirt

CEO Tim Cook Decides Apple Doesn’t Have to Pay Corporate Tax Rate Because It’s “Unfair”


Cook is “optimistic” that both parties will want to slash corporate tax rates next year, at which point Apple may deign to pay its taxes.

Source: CEO Tim Cook Decides Apple Doesn’t Have to Pay Corporate Tax Rate Because It’s “Unfair”

Anti-Piracy Group Wants to Take Down ‘The Internet’ – TorrentFreak

It’s no secret that copyright holders are trying to take down as much pirated content as they can, but one anti-piracy outfit is targeting everything that comes into its path. Over the past week Copyright UNIVERSAL has tried to censor legitimate content from Netflix, Amazon, Apple, various ISPs, movie theaters, news outlets and even sporting leagues.

Source: Anti-Piracy Group Wants to Take Down ‘The Internet’ – TorrentFreak

Law Enforcement Groups File Amicus Brief In Favor Of FBI… But Which Undermines DOJ’s Claim That This Is Just About One Phone | Techdirt

Source: Law Enforcement Groups File Amicus Brief In Favor Of FBI… But Which Undermines DOJ’s Claim That This Is Just About One Phone | Techdirt

San Bernardino DA says seized iPhone may hold “dormant cyber pathogen” | Ars Technica


He says iPhone might be “a weapon” to trigger some nefarious worm of some sort.

Source: San Bernardino DA says seized iPhone may hold “dormant cyber pathogen” | Ars Technica

Stupid Patent of the Month: Microsoft’s Design Patent on a Slider | Electronic Frontier Foundation


For the first time ever, this month’s Stupid Patent of the Month is being awarded to a design patent. Microsoft recently sued Corel for, among other things, infringing its patent on a slider, D554,140, claiming that Corel Home Office has infringed Microsoft’s design. The design patent, as detailed by Microsoft in its complaint, is titled “User Interface for a Portion of a Display Screen” and entitles Microsoft to own this:

Source: Stupid Patent of the Month: Microsoft’s Design Patent on a Slider | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Apple and Google are KILLING KIDS with encryption, whine lawyers • The Register

Children are being raped, citizens murdered, and lost souls trafficked for sex and the police can’t do anything about it thanks to Apple and Google, senior government lawyers and a top cop have claimed.

In an op-ed in The New York Times, Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr; Adrian Leppard, commissioner of the City of London Police; Paris’ chief prosecutor François Molins; and Javier Zaragoza, chief prosecutor of the High Court of Spain, said that the current situation is unsupportable and legal changes are needed to keep the public safe.

Source: Apple and Google are KILLING KIDS with encryption, whine lawyers • The Register

Jeb Bush: Repeal Obamacare and replace it with APPLE WATCHES

John “Jeb” Bush, younger brother of ex-president George “Dubya” Bush and former Governor of Florida, has found the solution to America’s healthcare problems: his Apple Watch.

At a “town hall” meeting at the Chamber of Commerce in Tempe, Arizona, Jeb said: “I think we should repeal Obamacare,” before pointing at his wristjob, reports Cult of Mac.

“On this device in five years will be applications that will allow me to manage my healthcare in ways that, five years ago, were not even possible,” continued the Republican politician, who many expect to run for the US presidency.

David Doherty, from the doctors-on-the-video-phone service 3G Doctor told El Reg that Bush isn’t alone in thinking that wearables are the holy grail for healthcare, but that Bush misses the point.

“Wearables and Obamacare are incompatible,” Doherty said. “Obamacare is an insurance scheme; if insurance companies know what you are doing through your wearable they will refuse to insure you.”

Maybe confusing a $400 watch and an insurance scheme is a mistake only a man who aspires to be US President can make.

Link (The Register)