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A new advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to increase taxes stemming from US companies trading in the country, in an attempt to try and make it easier for local competitors to take on their American counterparts. German Klimenko, the country's Internet czar, is going after Apple, Google, and Microsoft just six weeks after taking the role, with the taxation plan expected to help raise revenue for the government at the same time as making services such as Yandex and Mail.ru more attractive to citizens.
Apple is apparently getting closer to launching its first retail stores in India, with the government reportedly preparing to fast-track the company's application. A source of a report claims Apple will be able to bypass a number of regulations that typically prevent foreign entities from setting up stores to sell their own products, with Apple deemed a "provider of cutting-edge technology" and is being given preferential treatment.
The Canadian government has received criticism from graphic designers, for its selection of font to celebrate the country's 150th anniversary of Confederation. The government's decision to use a free font has drawn the ire of the Graphic Designers of Canada, among other complainants, for not going through a standard process of creating a font and paying a lot of money for the finished product, instead of attempting to save money.
The White House has reportedly come under fire from Apple CEO Tim Cook, accusing it of failing to provide leadership in the ongoing debate over device security and encryption. Speaking to Obama administration officials who talked to leaders in the tech industry in San Jose last week, Cook is said to have asked for the administration to issue a statement that defends the use of strong or unbreakable encryption to protect user data.
Apple has criticized proposed legislation that would "weaken security" of data relating to citizens of the United Kingdom, if adopted by the country's government. In a submission passed to the bill committee, Apple advised it had major concerns with the "Investigatory Powers Bill," calling for changes to be made before it threatens the "personal data of millions of law-abiding citizens."
On a European tour ostensibly to promote the new iPad Pro, Apple CEO Tim Cook has had a variety of meetings -- ranging from his usual unannounced appearances at Apple Stores to meeting with the finance chief of the UK to a speech to students at an Italian university. With the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, Cook wanted the government to help speed up adoption of mobile payments; in various UK newspaper interviews, he hinted at further health products, and in Italy, he waxed reminiscent on his own schooldays.
The government of Indonesia has approved an Apple proposal to build a research and development facility in the country, a move that will allow Apple to comply with a government rule that at least 30 percent of components in foreign-made smartphones must be produced within the country. The government allows companies to interpret "components" as either hardware, software, or development, allowing Apple a way to obey the law without having to alter the iPhones.
The government of the United Kingdom is attempting to force Internet service providers to keep a record of a customer's online browsing habits, in order to assist the country's security services. The draft Investigatory Powers Bill, presented to Parliament earlier today, would require ISPs to hold onto logs of websites visited by its users for a 12-month period, letting the police and other security-related agencies legally see where suspects have been online.
Apple CEO Tim Cook took to National Public Radio's All Things Considered radio show yesterday to discuss Apple's stance on several hot-button issues. In his interview with host Robert Siegel, Cook addressed governmental information requests, as well as the requests for "back doors" into Apple's encryption. Additionally, Apple's stance on user privacy was delved into, and a conversation was had about how Apple utilizes customers' purchasing history.
As has been predicted for some time, the US government is clashing with technology companies over the encryption of personal data when it comes to law enforcement. The Justice Department is accusing Apple of disobeying a court order that it turn over text messages, in real time, between suspects in a guns-and-drugs case who are using iPhones. Apple has said the messages are encrypted without third-party keys, and thus it cannot comply with the order. Microsoft is also fighting the government, over whether emails stored outside the US should be given to US officials.