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China puts pressure on Apple – TechCrunch



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. 1 China attacks Apple for allowing Hong Kong police crowd-sourcing app app

. Apple's decision to publish an app called HKmaps, used by pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong to gather information about road closures and police presence, is fueling the wrath of the Chinese government.

In particular, an article in the Chinese state language China Daily attacks the iPhone maker because it has reversed an earlier decision not to allow the listing of the app in the iOS App Store.

. 2 What the hell is going on with this essential device?

Andy Rubin, CEO of Essential, tweeted photos of a "radically different form factor" ̵

1; basically a long, thin phone.

. 3 Uber's latest feature warns the driver to bring pets.

With Uber Pet, drivers pay a "small surcharge" for the privilege of bringing their pets. And drivers have the option of avoiding rides on non-operational animals by refusing Uber Pet rides.

. 4 Twitter admits that it has used two-factor phone numbers and emails to serve targeted ads

. Twitter is in the same boat as Facebook, which was intercepted last year with phone numbers and email addresses that were given to Facebook to secure user accounts targeted advertising.

. 5 Google's Grasshopper Encoding Class for Beginners Comes to the Desktop

A larger screen and keyboard access make it much easier to learn how to encode on the desktop than on the phone. For example, in the desktop app, Google can place columns for the instructions, the code editor, and the results side by side.

. 6 Amazon, Walmart confronts India's slowing economy with Christmas shutdowns

Even India's biggest holiday season with blinding marketing blitz and heavy rebates from Amazon, India, and Walmart's Flipkart, could not shake off the pain of a slowing economy.

7. With around 15 million US dollars and 100,000 tablets sold, the reMarkable CEO wants to outline the technology of "human" making – and nothing else. (Extra Crunch Membership required.)


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