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    • French parliament to vote on Covid-19 smartphone-tracing app

      French parliament to vote on Covid-19 smartphone-tracing app

      The French lawmakers will vote on the government plan to launch a contact tracing app to fight the coronavirus outbreak, lawmakers and the prime minister’s office announced on Tuesday. The government’s compromise came after mounting criticism from members of parliament, including MPs from President Emmanuel Macron’s party. It initially planned to hold a debate on April 28-29 without a vote.

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    • Apple and Google team up on virus 'contact tracing' tool

      Apple and Google team up on virus 'contact tracing' tool

      Google and Apple unveiled a joint initiative Friday to develop a coronavirus contact tracing technology that could potentially alert people when they have crossed paths with an infected person. The move, which brings together the largest mobile operating systems, would allow apps to be created enabling smartphones powered by Apple software and Google-backed Android OS to exchange information with a joint "opt in system" using Bluetooth wireless technology.

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    • Apple fined €1.1bn for anti-competitive behaviour

      Apple fined €1.1bn for anti-competitive behaviour

      France’s competition watchdog (Autorité de la Concurrence) on Monday fined iPhone maker Apple €1.1bn for anti-competitive behavior in its distribution network and an abuse of economic dependence on its resellers. Apple wholesalers Tech Data and Ingram Micro were also fined €76m and €63m, respectively, for unlawfully agreeing on prices, the authority said. Together, the three have achieved the dubious distinction of getting the highest-ever fine for anti-competitive sales tactics.

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    • Apple, Broadcom to pay $1.1bn for patent infringement

      Apple, Broadcom to pay $1.1bn for patent infringement

      A Los Angeles jury on Wednesday ordered Apple and Broadcom to pay a total of $1.1bn  to a California university for infringing wifi technology patents in what is thought to be one of the largest patent verdicts ever. In particularly, Apple was ordered to pay $837m and Broadcom must pay $270m  to the California Institute of Technology.

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    • iTunes pushed to the grave

      iTunes pushed to the grave

      After nearly 20 years, it's time to bid farewell to iTunes - the once-revolutionary programme that made online music sales mainstream and effectively blunted the impact of piracy. On iPhones, its functions have long been split into separate apps for music, video and books, but Mac computers followed suit last Monday with a software update called Catalina.

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