Meeting tomorrow aims to combine 59 iPhone throttling lawsuits into one class action case

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The interval between Apple being accused of wrong-doing and the first lawsuit is never very long, but the revelation that the company was deliberately slowing older iPhones appears to have resulted in a record number of cases.

Last time we counted, there were 30 separate cases, and that number has now almost doubled. However, a meeting tomorrow aims to combine all the US cases into a single class action lawsuit …

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Facebook will hold an emergency meeting to let employees ask questions about Cambridge Analytica

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Facebook has scheduled an open meeting to all employees Tuesday to let them ask questions about the unfolding Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, according to an internal calendar invitation reviewed by The Verge. The meeting, which is scheduled for 10AM PT, will be led by Paul Grewal, the company’s deputy general counsel. Grewal is expected to explain the background of the case, which involves the user profiles of as many as 50 million people being used by Cambridge Analytica as part of its ad targeting efforts during the 2016 election. Grewal is also expected to take questions via a polling feature found on the meeting’s internal event page.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin visits Apple Park as Saudi Crown Prince plans meeting with CEO Tim Cook

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met with Apple CEO Tim Cook at the company’s newly opened Apple Park campus in Cupertino, Calif., on Friday, where he touted the firm’s $ 350 billion "commitment" to America. A separate report notes Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is planning to meet with Cook and other tech executives later this month.
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Qualcomm’s pivotal shareholder meeting is bumped up following Broadcom hostile takeover block

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 After getting delayed by at least a month or so following a regulatory investigation just days before the meeting was scheduled to take place, Qualcomm’s timetable to hold the meeting is now bumped up to ten days from now — and possibly before Broadcom may complete its move to the U.S. The new change is coming as part of a presidential order by the Trump administration to block… Read More
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US Absent From Global Meeting on Ocean Health. That’s Bad News for the Planet

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Last week, world leaders, researchers, and advocates of ocean health gathered in Mexico for the fifth annual World Ocean Summit. But one global presence was noticeably absent: No United States government representatives attended the summit, either in person or via teleconference.

In contrast, the presidents of Iceland and Norway, the former president of Costa Rica, and officials from Canada, Portugal, Uruguay, the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Ecuador, Sweden, Thailand, and Chile were listed as speakers for the three-day event.

A U.S. State Department travel ban for the area may have prevented government officials from traveling to Playa del Carmen. Yet the ban doesn’t explain the country’s lack of virtual presence, even while U.S. university researchers and companies were present.

Rather, the move seems to reflect the stance of the current administration, which has largely de-prioritized climate and environmental science.

The U.S. already has the extensive financial and academic resources to support marine and climate science research — after all, the county’s (often government-supported) research up to this point has played a major role in scientific understanding of our planet. But the U.S. is also the biggest carbon polluter in history, and currently the second largest in the world.

“We’re facing an unreliable partner today in the United States for marine funding,” said Steven Adler, chairman of the Ocean Data Alliance, at one of the meeting’s panel sessions, Oceans Deeply reported. (Compare that to 2015, when the U.S. undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment presented at the summit, and 2014, when then-secretary of state John Kerry spoke.)

Since entering office, the Trump administration has pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, removed climate change from government websites, and shifted the country’s energy industry away from renewable resources and back towards greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels. Most recently, Trump opened up US waters to offshore oil drilling, and even considered shrinking or removing 11 marine sanctuaries to do so.

Many believe the president is already putting the planet’s future at risk by neglecting to take action on climate change. But ignoring the oceans could have a much bigger impact than Trump may realize. The ocean naturally moderates the planet’s climate by storing both heat and carbon dioxide; according to NASA, more heat is stored in the upper 3 meters (10 feet) of ocean water than the entire atmosphere. Without this storage capacity, the atmosphere would be a full 20 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than it already is — making life on land difficult, if not impossible, in many places on Earth.

Yet a warmer ocean also means more water vapor and energy fill the atmosphere, making storms stronger and less predictable. It makes for oceans that are inhospitable for ocean life, leaving humans with less to eat and even potentially driving food chains to catastrophic collapse.

Of course, the United States isn’t the only country that can provide global leadership on ocean health. As Oceans Deeply notes, the “void” that the U.S. has left is already being filled by other countries; the Canadian environment minister stressed at the World Oceans Summit that Canada will use its role as leader of the Group of Seven (G7) in 2018 to put ocean issues at the forefront.

Because the United States has contributed so much knowledge to our understanding of the planet — and so much pollution to it, too — the nation should be more involved. One would hope that, for one of the most decisive issues of our time, the “leader of the free world” would step up, not abdicate responsibility.

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Trump’s video game meeting may not lead to any further action

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Early this week, Trump at last announced that he would meet with leaders of the video game industry. Not to discuss the rising frustration with loot boxes, but to rehash the exhausted and research-debunked notion that playing games causes people to b…
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The White House meeting on video game violence was unproductive and bizarre

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‘There is some programming that contains just absolute mind-boggling violence.’

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Developers: We Want to See Your Games at GDC, Book a Meeting With Us!

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Yesterday we announced all of our GDC plans including a party sponsored by Jam City! If you’re going to be in San Francisco, we’d love it if you came out. The party is going to be at Bin 55 which is the hotel lobby bar of the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. It’s a great space, as the massive lobby area allows for loads of room to mingle without being super cramped. The party kicks off at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, March 21st and runs until last call. (From there, usually there’s a contingent of folks who wander off to Denny’s to keep the party rolling.) Jam City will be giving out a limited number of drink tickets, have a prize wheel, and other fun stuff like GDC themed cocktails. You don’t want to miss it.

TouchArcade tradition is if you’re coming to our party, you should bring stickers to trade with other developers of your game icon. The preferred place to get these printed is Sticker Mule as their 2″ x 2″ rounded corner sticker is about perfect for immediate printing of your icon art. Of course, you don’t need to bring stickers, folks have just mentioned it makes for a fabulous ice breaker! I cannot stress enough how much I enjoy our GDC parties, we don’t do any kind of invite list, and everyone is welcome, so the crowd often skews towards scrappy indies who aren’t able to get on any of the lists of other invite-only parties… Which I absolutely love! That level of inclusivity is what we’re all about. If you make or play mobile games of any kind, you’re welcome!

Anyway, this year we gave TouchArcade Patreon supporters first crack at booking meetings with us, and there’s still plenty of room in the schedule for everyone else! Like every GDC, we’re specifically looking for people to book meetings with us who have new, unreleased games or significant unreleased updates to existing titles. If you’ve got something to show off that you’re comfortable with us recording video of, mash this link, choose a time, and fill out the form to book a meeting with us. We don’t care how early along your upcoming game or update is as long as you don’t care if we share it with our readers.

For everyone else who just wants to meet us, talk about a game that’s already released, or whatever else, just come to our party! We’ll be there!

Again, to recap:

GDC Appointment Information:

-If you have an upcoming game or unreleased update we can shoot video of book an appointment here.

-If you don’t have a unreleased upcoming game or update, come to our party!

GDC Party Information:

-Where: Bin 55

-When: 7:00 PM on March 21st until last call.

-Why: To trade stickers from Sticker Mule and to drink free drinks graciously provided by Jam City (while supplies last)!

Last, but not least, Jared and I will be on Train Jam this year so if you’re also going to be on the train we’d love to hang out! We’ll have loads of time to drink expensive train beers, play Switch, and chat mobile games (or whatever else)!

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Qualcomm is pushing back its pivotal shareholder meeting this week amid a regulatory review

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 Massive chipmaker Qualcomm, currently targeted by aggressive acquisition attempts by Broadcom, is now delaying a pivotal meeting with shareholders this week that would determine its fate going forward by at least a month to comply with regulators regarding the deal. The CFIUS — the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States — has requested that Qualcomm delay the… Read More
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