Lawsuit fails due to optional nature of bringing bags to stores
A class-action suit relating to Apple's employee bag search policy was shut down by a federal judge over the weekend. The ruling on Saturday halts proceedings for the suit, which sought to force the company to pay its retail staff for their time spent waiting for their bag to be inspected by managers before and after their shift, with the judge primarily dismissing the suit over the fact employees could avoid being searched by not using bags at all.
Armed mugging victim saved from injury by iPhone deflection
A student in California owes his life to an iPhone, after it stopped a bullet during a robbery. Police advise that a Fresno State student was attacked by a thief nearby the campus early last week, and while they were shot at with a black semi-automatic handgun, the bullet luckily hit the iPhone and was deflected away from the student's body, preventing them from being seriously injured.
NFC-based contactless systems common at gas stations outside US
Chevron has initiated outdoor, direct-at-pump payments for NFC contactless systems -- including Apple Pay -- for at least one station in San Ramon, California, and promised that a second location in Cupertino -- home of Apple -- is coming soon. The company tweeted the news in response to a customer question asking whether any stations took Apple Pay at the pump. A number of Chevron and Texaco stations support Apple Pay, but only at the cash register in-store.
Comcast bringing 2 gigabit Internet to California in June
Comcast will be bringing its 2 gigabit Internet service to California, following the "Gigabit Pro" initial announcement for the service in Atlanta. Part of a number of upgrades to service speed for customers in the area starting from May, including free speed increases and a new 250Mbps tier, Comcast will introduce its gigabit-level service to nearly three million homes in the state starting in June. Pricing for the service has yet to be announced.
Lack of emergency services in California costs Verizon dearly
Verizon is agreeing to pay a fine of $3.4 million to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over an outage of emergency 911 services in multiple states last year. While the entire outage affected over 11 million people and at least 83 emergency call centers in seven states last April, the FCC centered its investigation over a lack of communication by the carrier during the outage in California.
To be built just south of HQ, will supply enough power for 60,000 homes
At the Goldman Sachs Technology and the Internet conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that the company is planning to build its "biggest, boldest, and most ambitious project" in renewable power ever -- an $850 million solar farm to be built in Monterey county, which is expected to eventually provide enough power to run all of Apple's operations -- from the new HQ to retail stores -- in the state of California.
Problems included finances, heavy dependence on Apple ecosystem
The Los Angeles Unified School District's failed iPad deployment was botched early on, according to a review by the US Education Department. The federal agency says that the LAUSD put too hard an emphasis on using Apple hardware and software, ignoring cheaper options that could have saved money for the district and taxpayers. In July the LAUSD said it was shifting to a strategy involving Chromebooks and Windows devices, such as the Microsoft Surface.
Structure dates back to 1916
Apple's upcoming Campus 2 complex will preserve a historic structure located on the property -- the Glendenning Barn, says the San Jose Mercury News. The barn was built in 1916, belonged to the family that originally owned the Campus 2 site, and is one of the few remnants of Cupertino's past as an orchard-growing town. The News writes that while tearing down the abandoned HP campus previously on the site, Apple dismantled the barn and made detailed notes on its construction, promising to restore it elsewhere.
FBI leaves with 20 boxes of documents, school district officially terminates contract
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) visited the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) on Monday in relation to an investigation of the latter's botched iPad program. The Common Core Technology Project attempted to bring iPads to each student in the 47 schools in the district, but drew scrutiny based on the way the district handled the implementation under former Superintendent John Deasy.
Location could include store, office space
Apple has leased a major portion of the Broadway Trade Center in downtown Los Angeles, a new rumor claims. The building measures 1.1 million square feet, and currently has several shops on the ground floor and a manufacturer above. Apple has allegedly signed a lease for "several hundred thousand" square feet; the rumor, from an anonymous source, further suggests that Apple may turn the building into miniature campus with offices, residences, and an Apple Store. A portion of the campus might even be dedicated to selling Beats products.
Google must over IP addresses, other information over trailer uploaded to Google Drive
While Marvel Entertainment handled the leak of the trailer for its upcoming film Avengers: Age of Ultron in rare fashion, it seems that the company didn't take the event lightly. On November 4, Marvel submitted a subpoena request to the US District Court for the Northern District of California, asking that Google turn information over on the source of the trailer's leak. The request was granted on November 5.
Details R&D buildings along North Tantau
Apple has a submitted revised plans for the second phase of its Campus 2 project in Cupertino, California. Next to the main "spaceship" complex, the company is looking to build three research and development-related buildings on opposite sides of North Tantau Avenue. It already has approval for the construction, but the updated plans reveal specific details.
Included 24-hour police security, $500,000 'disruption fee'
Apple paid in excess of $1 million to stage its September 9 iPhone/Apple Watch announcement, according to newly-obtained records from the Foothill-De Anza Community College district. The publicity event was held at De Anza College's Flint Center for the Performing Arts, where the Mac was premiered in 1984, and the iMac was shown off in 1998. The records state that Apple paid De Anza a $500,000 "disruption fee," plus rental fees for campus buildings, and still more money to enforce security using more than 35 police officers from three departments.
Texas court abused discretion, single California case heard for less confusion, resource savings
Google's battle with the Rockstar Consortium is getting closer to a trial, as the matter of the venue for the case has finally been settled. While several cases were ongoing in California and Texas, judges gave different opinions on where the court battle should take place. Google asked the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to weigh in, a risky move that ended up working in its favor.
Twitter lawsuit accuses FBI, DOJ of First Amendment violations
Twitter has launched a suit against the US government. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court of Northern California, demands that Twitter's full transparency report about law enforcement requests be published in its entirety, and that restrictions placed on what may be disclosed are illegal under the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
Construction remains in early stages
Apple and the City of Cupertino have issued an updated aerial photo illustrating the progress of the former's upcoming Campus 2 complex. The image shows advancements in laying foundations and earthwork, part of a phase that that began in the second quarter of the year. Significantly more construction is in store; work on demolition and street utilities won't be finished until the end of 2014.
Items collected can only be limited to school, pupil safety, parents must be notified
While California Governor Jerry Brown's signing of a bill banning single-use plastic bags across the state made its way to headlines this week, another bill signed the day prior made headway on how social media, schools and information collection interact. Brown signed Assembly Bill 1442 on September 29, limiting the amount of information schools can collect on student activity on social media.
Bill imposes fines on parties, businesses trying to enforce non-disparagement clauses
Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that would make it illegal for businesses that provide services or sell goods to impose a contract on consumers that would waive their right to make statements against it. Assembly Bill 2365 adds a section into the California Civil Code that makes it unlawful for a business to take action against a customer who decided to voice their displeasure, imposing penalties for each attempt to do so.
One complaint alleged service dog transported in trunk of driver's car
Ride sharing service Uber is being sued by the California branch of the National Federation of the Blind for mistreatment of the disabled. The complaint, filed in the Northern California District Court, alleges refusal of rides to blind persons with service dogs, abandonment of blind travelers in harsh weather conditions, and cancellation fee being charged after being refusing to transport blind riders. Additionally, there is one report of a Uber ride share driver putting a service dog in the trunk of the car, with the driver refusing to pull over and rectify the situation when the passenger realized where the dog was riding.
Superintendent, deputy had close links to Apple, Pearson
The superintendent of Los Angeles' Unified School District, John Deasy, has formally suspended future implementation of an iPad contract with Apple. "Moving forward, we will no longer utilize our current contract with Apple," he writes in a memo issued to the Board of Education. "Not only will this decision enable us to take advantage of an ever-changing marketplace and technology advances, it will also give us time to take into account concerns raised surrounding the [project]."
Senate passed the bill earlier this month, office announces bill signed today
The office of California Governor Jerry Brown announced that bill SB 962 was signed today, making cell phone "kill switches" mandatory in the state. While the bill won't go into effect immediately, manufacturers must have the kill switches in place for all smartphones made after July 1, 2015. It was widely believed that Governor Brown would sign the bill after it was sent to his office after passing through the Senate on August 12.
Suit makes a third attempt at suing tech company over March 2012 policy change
Google's attempt to dismiss a lawsuit that dates back to 2012 failed today, after a California district judge ruled that the search company will have to fight the breach of contract and fraud claims. The first lawsuit was dismissed last December, with the stipulation that any further pursuit would require an amended complaint. The new complaint could have been dismissed "with prejudice" after two previous complaints were dismissed by the judge.
Shows behind-the-scenes prepping of t-shirts, flags, bicycles
Via its YouTube channel, Apple has posted a new video (below) promoting its participation in San Francisco's 44th annual Pride parade. The clip shows brief shots of executives such as CEO Tim Cook and Environment director Lisa Jackson, but mostly concentrates on scenes of Apple workers preparing flags, t-shirts, and bicycles, and then actually participating in the parade. The description claims that "thousands of Apple employees and their families " were at the event, "from cities as far as Munich, Paris, and Hong Kong."
Currencies like Bitcoin, Dogecoin now legal to put into circulation in the state
Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed bill AB 129, regarding the definition of "lawful money," into law. The bill effectively ends a ban on alternative currencies in the state, meaning online currencies such as Bitcoin, Dogecoin and other cryptocurrencies can now be used in commerce transactions. The bill modifies California Corporations Code 107, which previously banned currencies that were "anything but the lawful money of the United States."
More than 1,450 employees will be located in 290,000 square-foot complex
Amidst continuing expansion into nearby California towns, Apple has taken a medium-term lease on a seven-building office complex in Sunnyvale, California. The facility, which boasts 290,000 square feet, is expected to house nearly 1,500 workers and is an expansion from the one building the company previously occupied. It plans to take over the entire office park and has filed permit applications for interior improvements.
Possibility of robbery still unconfirmed
Early Friday morning, a car rammed through the glass facade of the 4th Street Apple Store in Berkeley, California, according to AppleInsider. It's unclear still if the incident was part of a robbery attempt, but the car appears to have smashed cleanly through the shop's front door, leaving the rest of the facade untouched. The car also bent the store's internal security gate, which like the gates at most other Apple Stores isn't designed to cope with a vehicle's force.
Group working toward $10 million goal
Apple has joined a list of companies that have agreed to donate $500,000 apiece to a San Francisco anti-poverty charity, SF Gives, two sources tell Fortune. In all about 15 companies have signed up for the initiative so far, including Google, Zynga, and LinkedIn. SF Gives was started by Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Tipping Point CEO Daneil Lurie; the goal is to have 20 business sign up by Wednesday, leading to a total contribution of $10 million. That money in turn will be donated to local charitable programs.
Opposition claims tech would create security problems
California's state Senate has narrowly rejected a bill that would've made "kill switch" anti-theft software mandatory on all new smartphones, reports say. A majority actually voted in favor, at a ratio of 19 to 17 with one abstaining, but the pro faction required a minimum of 21 votes. The bill was championed by Sen. Mark Leno, and San Francisco district attorney George Gascon, the latter of whom has campaigned heavily alongside New York attorney general Eric Schneidermann to get smartphone makers to implement better anti-theft measures.
Long-delayed outlet ready to begin construction
Following preliminary approval last month, Apple has received final approval to build its upcoming Union Square store from the San Francisco Planning Commission and the city's Board of Supervisors. "We are thrilled that the city of San Francisco has given its final approval to begin work on our new store and public plaza, which will make a wonderful addition to Union Square and create hundreds of local jobs," says Apple spokeswoman Amy Bessette. "Our Stockton Street store has been incredibly popular, welcoming over 13 million customers since it opened nine years ago, and we look forward to making a new home on Union Square."
Short video clip made available by Israeli PM's office
As reported previously, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Wednesday with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple headquarters as part of a California-driven initiative to strengthen commercial ties between the state and Israel. In a short video posted to the prime minister's official YouTube channel, Netanyahu can be seen touring Apple's headquarters and posing with Cook ahead of a lunch meeting.
Tour of Silicon Valley part of California-Israel technology partnership deal
On Wednesday, visiting head of state Benjamin Netanyahu -- the prime minister of Israel -- met with Apple CEO Tim Cook and the founders of Facebook's recently-acquired WhatsApp as part of a tour of Silicon Valley, part of a state government initiative to forge stronger trade and business relationships between California and Israel. According to reports, Netanyahu had lunch with Cook at Apple's Cupertino headquarters.
Complex still not due to be finished until 2016
Crews contracted by Apple have already demolished a good deal of the structures at the site of the company's future Campus 2 complex in Cupertino, an aerial photo reveals. The photo (below) was taken by Ron Cervi, a news and traffic reporter with KCBS. The demolition process began in November of last year.
Los Angeles, San Diego first non-test deployments
Major League Baseball has completed its first post-test iBeacon deployments at two stadiums, according to an announcement. 65 iBeacons have been put in place at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, and Petco Park, the home of the San Diego Padres. The league says that plans are underway to have over 20 parks outfitted by Opening Day; the main reason for the initial two stadiums is that the Padres are hosting the Dodgers on March 30th.
San Francisco hotbed of phone theft
Democratic State Senator Mark Leno of California has introduced a bill that would require any smartphone or tablet sold in the state to include some form of "kill switch" antitheft technology, says the New York Times. The bill is being sponsored by San Francisco district attorney George Gascón, who along with the attorney general for New York has been pressuring cellphone makers to add the technology for some time. Under the proposed law, any unprotected mobile device sold in California on or after January 1st 2015 would net the vendor a fine up to $2,500 per unit.
Structure used to test look, methods, tolerances
Contractors have assembled a life-sized section mockup for Apple's upcoming Campus 2 complex in Cupertino, reports say. The structure can be seen at a parking lot at Tantau Avenue between Pruneridge and Vallco, just a short distance from the Campus 2 site. Submitted permit documents indicate that the mockup measures 9,000 square feet, and is meant to "test construction methods, tolerances and the visual appearance of precast concrete elements."
Police cite visible-monitor law
A California driver is reportedly set for one of the first legal skirmishes over the use of Google Glass while driving. After being pulled over for traveling 80mph in a 65mph zone on Interstate 15 near San Diego, Cecilia Abadie received a second citation for "driving with a monitor visible" due to the electronic eyewear.
Controversial program to grow by $115 million
The Los Angeles Board of Education has announced plans to expand its distribution of iPads to 38 more campuses before state testing begins this spring, according to the Los Angeles Times. The tablets will be given to students, teachers, and administrative staff; the Unified School District is also set to equip seven high schools with laptops.
Helicopter, K-9 unit brought in for high-profile location
Over the weekend, police for Santa Clara County arrested a man accused of trying to steal copper wire from Apple's future Campus 2 building in Cupertino, reports say. Around 9:30PM on Saturday, Apple security asked police to investigate a burglary in progress, having discovered that a gate to fenced-off ground had been opened. Not knowing the extent of the situation, the police called in both a helicopter and a K-9 unit, who found a hiding 56-year-old Belmont man, Glenn Cartwright.
ISP looking to reverse
Time Warner Cable is planning to double the Internet speeds of its Ultimate 50 customers, but only in a handful of cities, according to an announcement. First up is Los Angeles, which should shortly see speeds reach up to 100Mbps. By the end of the year, New York City and cities in Hawaii will get the upgrade.
Site represents origin of first Apple computers
The one-time Los Altos home of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, 2066 Crist Drive, has been designated a "historic resource" by the Los Altos Historical Commission. The group has voted unanimously in favor of an initiative to protect the space, which the Commission itself has been pursuing for about two years. As a consequence of this week's decision, Patricia Jobs -- Steve's sister, and the current owner of the home -- will be subject to extra review requirements if she chooses to make renovations. The Commission will also be able to make recommendations to City Council about any proposals.
School district has yet to meet order threshold for promised discount
The Los Angeles Unified School District is running well over budget in its plan to equip 47 schools with iPads, the Los Angeles Times reports. The program was originally budgeted for $50 million, but this was based on an early iPad pricing estimate putting each tablet at $650; in all $20.3 million was budgeted for iPads, the rest going to needed training and infrastructure. When the program was formally announced this summer iPad pricing had already crept up to $678, and budget disclosures now reveal that the District is actually paying about $770 per device, adding another $4 million to the program's cost.
Case pursued through small claims court
A California man, Mark Menacher, has filed a small-claims lawsuit against Apple CEO Tim Cook over an automatic update to iOS 7. The case is being handled through the San Diego County branch of California's Superior Court, and asks for a method to remove update files plus $50 in compensation. Automatic over-the-air downloads of iOS updates became an option with iOS 6; although people must give permission for an update to install, the associated file can't be removed if a person chooses to back out, consuming 1GB or more of free space.
Final go-ahead dependent on City Council vote
Cupertino's planning commission has voted to approve Apple's future "spaceship" campus, officially known as Campus 2. The vote took place on Wednesday, following a Tuesday night "shared study session" with public participation. Final approval is only waiting for a vote by the Cupertino City Council, which is expected to take place October 15th.
Apple relocating to Post and Stockton
A New York real estate firm, Ashkenazy, is paying $50 million for the building housing Apple's current One Stockton Street store in San Francisco, industry sources say. The deal is believed to be worth $3,000 per square foot, well in excess of the previous record for Union Square, $2,328, set in 2008. Ashkenazy is also paying $110 million -- $2,500 per square foot -- for a building at the corner of Geary and Stockton. Prior to this week One Stockton was controlled by a German fund, Deka-Immobilien.
Garage famous as birthplace for Apple I
The Los Altos Historical Commission will soon determine whether or not the childhood home of Steve Jobs is a historical site, reports say. Today the Commission is conducting a "historic property evaluation" of the building, located at 2066 Crist Drive. Should the group give the go-ahead, the city will have to preserve the structure for future generations.
Shoppers find many models unavailable
Apple CEO Tim Cook made a surprise appearance this morning at the new Palo Alto Apple Store in California, accounts say. As some 200 or more people waited in line to buy new iPhones, Cook is said to have spoken with people in line and shook their hands. Palo Alto is roughly a 15-25 minute drive from Apple's headquarters in Cupertino.
Fountain moved slightly to accommodate new steps
Apple has presented revised plans for its upcoming Union Square Apple Store to San Francisco city officials, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The plans were submitted Monday, and mayor Ed Lee says he is "happy" that Apple was able to work with city planners to keep a popular fountain by Ruth Asawa near its current location. Apple has also added things like a glass "notch" to a wall along Stockton Street, which would otherwise have been a featureless, 80-foot-long block of steel.
Fountain may stay
San Francisco's city planning department has called for changes to Apple's upcoming Union Square store in a preliminary project assessment, the San Francisco Chronicle says. Apple's current proposal was sharply criticized in May, mainly for issues like an 80-foot blank wall along Stockton Street, and the expected removal of a popular fountain sculpted by Ruth Asawa. The Chronicle's coverage drew attention from SF mayor Ed Lee, who said he would re-examine Apple's plans.
Public to get chance to comment on issues like deforestation
The City of Cupertino is scheduled to host a public meeting Wednesday on the environmental impact of Apple's upcoming "spaceship" campus, officially known as Campus 2. The meeting starts at 6:30PM at the Cupertino Community Hall, and will offer the public an opportunity to raise questions or argue for or against changes. People who can't attend in person will be able to watch a live stream or submit comments online.
Complaint to cease and desist money transfers sent to Bitcoin support organization
The California Department of Financial Institutions has attacked the Bitcoin virtual currency, by sending a cease and desist letter to the Bitcoin Foundation. The group, which serves to standardize, support, and promote the Bitcoin protocol, was sent the order to stop late last month due to alleged monetary transmissions without proper licensing.