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Monday January 22, 2018
Shh! Apple's Always-On HomePod Can Be Muted for Privacy
To assuage privacy fears there are mute functions in many smart speakers, and now we seem to have confirmation that Apple's upcoming HomePod will also have the ability to mute its mics.

On Heels of Tax Bill Savings, Apple Touts $30B U.S. Investment Plan
Despite being constantly criticized by President Donald Trump, Apple now appears to be one of the U.S. tech firms to benefit most from the Trump- and GOP-led tax bill approved by Congress in December.

Tim Cook Says iPhone Users Can Turn Off Throttling -- Soon
Apple will give users the option to turn off a feature that temporarily slows down older iPhones in order to prevent unexpected battery shutdowns, chief executive Tim Cook is promising.

Apple, Google Employee Shuttle Buses Attacked
The California Highway Patrol is investigating what caused windows to shatter on five shuttle buses carrying employees from tech giants Google and Apple along the peninsula on Highway 280.

Apple Supplier Workers: Grueling Conditions, Toxic Hazards
A report into the treatment of workers making iPhones for Apple claims that 90 workers were taken to a hospital in May last year after a leak of chemicals including sulphur and phosphorous.

With More Cash at Home, Will Mergers in the U.S. Heat Up?
With the new U.S. tax law providing a much lower cost for cash repatriation, companies such as Apple will bring home a sizable chunk of cash. Will they use this money to buy other companies?

Another Security Flaw Hits macOS High Sierra
Another password bug has been uncovered in macOS High Sierra, and while it's not nearly as serious as the one that cropped up late last year, it's still highly embarrassing for Apple.

Lawmaker Confronts Apple About iPhone Slowdown
The chairman of the U.S. Senate's commerce committee wants Apple to lift the veil on its once-secret slowdown of older iPhones. Sen. John Thune issued a request for more information to Tim Cook.

France Probes Apple for 'Planned Obsolescence' of iPhones
Alleging "deception and planned obsolescence," French authorities have opened an investigation into Apple over revelations the company secretly slowed down older versions of its handsets.



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