Apple Execs Now Facing Jail Time for Deliberately Slowing Down iPhones

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After a report and subsequent bombshell admission last week by Apple—that they are deliberately slowing down phones in an effort to make them ‘perform better’—lawsuits have sprung up across the nation. Now, however, in France, Apple executives are facing far more than a potential civil suit, they are facing actual jail time.

In August 2015, France passed a law that makes it a crime to “deliberately reduce the lifespan of a product to increase the rate of replacement.” The aptly named group, Halte à l’Obsolescence Programmée (HOP – Stop Planned Obsolescence), has brought the criminal lawsuit against Apple this week.

If convicted of deliberate planned obsolescence, the tech giant’s executives found responsible will be jailed for up to two years and may have to forfeit up to 300,000 euros, and five percent of the firm’s annual turnover.

“Apple has put in place a global strategy of programmed obsolescence in order to boost its sales” of new iPhones, the group said.

According to the French Newspaper, The Local, HOP believes that the US firm can be sued over the sale of all iPhones in France since the introduction of a law in August 2015 that made it a crime to “deliberately reduce the lifespan of a product to increase the rate of replacement.”

It believes Apple could be liable for a fine in line with the value of all its iPhone French sales since the law came into force.

The suit will be heard in a criminal court if prosecutors decide it is legitimate.

“Everything is organized to force consumers to renew their smartphones,” said Laetitia Vasseur, the co-founder of HOP.

“However, when the phone is priced at 1,200 euros, which is more than the SMIC (the minimum monthly wage in France), these practices are unacceptable and must be punished.”

“It is our mission to defend consumers and the environment against this waste organized by Apple,” she said.

As TFTP reported last week, this discussion about throttled processor speed began after a Reddit post went viral earlier this month. The Redditor wrote that Apple appears to be slowing down old iPhones that have low-capacity batteries. After this post went viral, Apple was forced to respond and admitted to it.

According to Apple, this deliberate throttling of processor speeds on older phones is an effort to keep them running smoothly. Apple claims they are slowing down your older iPhone so they can keep your iPhone from unexpectedly shutting down.

The throttling, according to Apple, began last year—despite years of reports from users. Instead of fixing a hardware issue after users began to report widespread malfunctions with the iPhone 6s battery, Apple started to algorithmically alter how the phone uses power. The phone feels slower because it actually is slower. Apple says this improves safety.

Although Apple says this practice began only last year, if we look at the past 5 years of Google search data, we can see a trend of the search term “iPhone slow”—every September—the same month the new iPhones launched.

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When reached for comment, Apple basically confirmed the findings but disputes the assumed intention:

Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices. Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.

 

Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions. We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.

Instead of telling customers who bought the phones—which cost upwards of $850—that they were going to throttle the phone’s performance, Apple simply rolled out the update and told no one. And now, they have the audacity to call this deliberate throttling a “feature.”

Now, this tech giant has begun damage control and is telling everyone that they had to do this to keep the devices working smoothly. But this raises the question: would Apple customers willingly buy a device that they know will be throttled in upcoming updates and not perform like they expect?

Instead of dropping the performance of the devices which many of the users are probably still paying for through their cell carriers, Apple should replace the batteries—at no charge.

As CNBC notes, sure it’s an expensive undertaking for Apple, but a user should be guaranteed a certain level of performance for the lifetime of a product, until Apple stops supporting it with new software.

However, it appears Apple has no intention of doing so, most likely because the throttling of older iPhones undoubtedly boosts sales of newer ones. Instead of offering new batteries for the thousand dollar devices, Apple will now sell you one for $29. The marketing genius has turned a scandal into a profit and their users will likely eat it up.

While the move to jail Apple execs may sound like a solution, here at TFTP we believe that voting with your dollars is far more effective at forcing change than using the state. The choice is up to you, will you continue to buy a product you know will be deliberately slowed down, or will you refuse to give Apple your money until they make this right?

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Attacked from all sides: PM facing another Tory revolt amid signs she’s pushing soft-Brexit

Hardliners want to break free of the EU’s red tape seemingly at any cost. However, earlier this week Brexit Secretary David Davis’ suggested the whole country could stick to EU economic regulations once it withdraws from the bloc in March 2019. Davis made the proposals in a bid to make progress in Brexit talks after their embarrassing collapse on Monday.

Attempts by May and EU Commission President Jean Claude-Juncker to reach an agreement in Brussels failed when the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) – which is effectively propping up May’s government – refused to back the government’s Brexit strategy.

The DUP was angered by a plan that would reportedly see Northern Ireland keep a soft border with the Republic of Ireland, effectively remaining under EU trade laws, something which has become known as ‘regulatory alignment’. It’s not clear what that would mean for the rest of the United Kingdom.

Hardline Brexiteers are now said to be planning a revolt against the PM over the plans and her apparent failure to make ministers aware of what deal she was offering Brussels.

“Cabinet is in the dark about what the PM is doing, which is a very strange state of affairs to be in,” a senior insider told the Sun.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and International Trade Secretary Michael Gove, who for 18 months spearheaded the Vote Leave campaign, are said to be concerned about May’s softening stance. Johnson reportedly confronted the PM in a clash during a Tory cabinet meeting Tuesday as he told her that he “would worry if regulatory alignment bound us into the EU,” the Sun reported.

Former Secretary of State for Works and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith described the new plans as “intolerable”, and suggested it was time for the UK to turn its back on negotiations.

“We cannot sign up to regulatory alignment. It means we can’t do trade deals,” Smith said. “These are demands that are designed to box us in. We have to say to them, ‘not good enough’. We simply can’t pay this price.”

May has until the end of the week to draft up a plan that will convince the EU that Britain is ready to move on to trade talks.

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Ottawa Police Officer Facing Fresh Misconduct Allegations


An Ottawa police constable with a history of misconduct is facing more than a dozen fresh charges, including allegations he had sex with someone while on duty and sent sexually explicit photos using police-issued computers.

The new charges against Const. Jason Mallett, a former CFL player, are the latest blemishes on the officer’s tenure with the city’s police force, and could end up costing him his job.

Mallett was found guilty on March 2, 2016, of criminal harassment and was still on suspension when the latest charges were laid.

During a teleconference hearing on Tuesday, he was formally charged with 15 offences under the Police Services Act, the legislation that governs police officers in Ontario.

The new allegations include three charges of neglect of duty, two charges of corrupt practice, five charges of insubordination, four charges of deceit and one count of discreditable conduct.

The more serious charges arise from allegations of sexual encounters with a woman in the summer of 2014 and other “personal encounters with various female members of the public” in 2013 and 2014, according to a notice of disciplinary hearing.

Mallett, a member of the force for 12 years, is accused of giving “false, misleading or inaccurate” statements to two sergeants multiple times relating to his official duties, and performing unnecessary police record checks on members of the public and on fellow officers.

He also allegedly used his “character and position as a member of the Ottawa Police Service for private advantage” to approach a woman over a five-year period.

‘Shocking and disheartening’ actions

This is not the first time Mallett has faced internal misconduct charges. On Dec. 15, 2015, he was demoted to a second-class constable after pleading guilty to three charges under the Police Services Act for misconduct in his role as a school resource officer.

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Wells Fargo Facing Penalties Over Ignoring Student Loan Included in Bankruptcy

Austin said, “I confess when we filed this case, I was hoping Wells Fargo would quickly see that we were right, acknowledge the mistake, and fix it. And naively, I thought they might be willing to sit down and fix the problem for all their customers. Everybody makes mistakes, and this could have been a real opportunity for Wells to prove that they’ve changed their business culture. But now I fear that Wells Fargo has no intention of changing its culture or business practices despite their public protestations to the contrary over the last year. They have dug in their heels on this issue, and seem intent to keep doing what they’re doing, which is plainly a violation of the bankruptcy laws.”

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Maui Police Officer Facing Federal Charges For Robbing a Citizen During Traffic Stop

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A former Maui Police Department officer is facing federal charges alleging he stole money from a man during a traffic stop two years ago and conspired with others to bribe the victim to withdraw his theft complaint.

Anthony Maldonado, 28, of Pukalani was arrested Thursday morning on an indictment handed down Nov. 9 by a federal grand jury.

During his arraignment Thursday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Honolulu, Maldonado pleaded not guilty to deprivation of rights under color of law, conspiracy to commit witness tampering and engaging in misleading conduct.

He was released on a $50,000 bond.

Maldonado, who is also known as Ikaika, was working as a Lahaina patrol officer when he made the traffic stop Sept. 30, 2015, and stole about $1,800 from the driver, according to court documents.

The indictment alleges that from Oct. 10 to 15, 2015, Maldonado and others, including two other police officers, participated in trying to bribe the driver so he would falsely report to the Police Department that he had found his missing money and would withdraw his theft complaint against Maldonado.

Maldonado’s wife obtained $4,500 in cash from a relative and provided some of the money to Maldonado to use for a bribe, according to the indictment.

The indictment alleges that Maldonado communicated with officer Chase Keliipaakaua about the bribery plan on Oct. 13, 2015, and later that night met with police Sgt. Walter “Kepa” Ahuna and Damien Kaina Jr. to discuss the plan. Ahuna reportedly agreed to pick up his cousin Kaina after he offered the bribe to the victim on behalf of Maldonado on Oct. 13, 2015.

The next day, while he was working at the Lahaina police station, Keliipaakaua repeatedly texted Maldonado to say that the victim hadn’t shown up at the police station to withdraw his complaint, according to the indictment. At Maldonado’s request, Keliipaakaua called the victim and told him “to go to the police station soon,” according to the indictment.

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Facing eviction because baby was crying too loudly: Heartless reality for London’s ‘generation rent’

Attila and Ildiko Wurth, of London’s Hammersmith, live in a privately rented top-floor flat in a converted house with their 15-month-old daughter and three-year-old son. The Wurth family were shocked to receive an email from the managing agent of their property, stating that a complaint had been made “that at 5.30am this morning a baby was crying and stamping and then further noise starting again at 6.45am, which woke one of the other tenants in the property.”

“We have subsequently liaised with your landlord and are instructed that we are to agree arrangements with you to vacate the property as soon as possible. Please ensure to keep all movement and noise to a minimum,” the agent added.

The parents say the eviction threat is “horrible discrimination” against families renting with children. They were also told that if the noise continued, they would be “given two weeks’ notice” to vacate as neighbors had complained on “a daily basis.” According to the agent, other tenants had also complained about “banging, stamping, [and] loud footsteps.”

The Wurth family say they are now not sure what to do, with dad Attila insisting the family have been “very careful about noise.” He added: “We don’t even have a stereo or a TV to make noise with – and we have avoided making any noise with household activities.”

The father of two said if landlords are renting to families with small children, it’s not realistic to think that a baby won’t occasionally cry. However, the managing agent, Sheraton Management Ltd, says the Wurths “were in breach of contract as they were causing disturbance to the other occupants of the building … not only relating to noisy children, but also other noise nuisance.”

“Reluctantly, as there was no remission in the problem, it was on this basis that we advised Mrs Wurth that we may be left with no alternative but to serve a notice for possession. We manage numerous properties lived in by families, some with very young children. Our policy is always to avoid the necessity for repossession proceedings.”

The agent told the family that if the noise were to continue that they would be evicted under “section eight” of the Housing Act of 1988, which allows landlords to remove tenants from their property prior to the end of their tenancy. Forced removal from a property can occur if tenants fail to pay rent, breach the tenancy agreement, or display anti-social behavior. This would include if tenants were considered to be a nuisance to their neighbors, however a court has the final say on whether the nuisance claims are reasonable.

About a third of residents in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham are private renters, a reality that reflects the rising number of families living long-term in rental accommodation. According to the English Housing Survey, more and more people are tenanting into their 30s and 40s, whereas in previous years young families may have bought their own home.

The Wurth family fall into the “generation rent” category. Although Attila works as a vet, the couple can’t afford to buy a home in London.

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Trial Begins for Lincoln County Deputy Facing 22 Charges, Including Child Sex Abuse


AUGUSTA — Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Kenneth Hatch III was a decorated officer by day but at night was a different person, a man who preyed on girls for his own sexual gratification.

That was the contention of Assistant Attorney General John Risler during his opening statements Monday morning for Hatch’s trial in Kennebec County Superior Court.

Hatch is charged with 22 criminal counts that are alleged to have occurred from September 1999 until January 2014 in Lincoln County.

Hatch has pleaded not guilty to all the charges and is free on bail. He remains on unpaid administrative leave from the sheriff’s office.

Hatch’s defense attorney Richard Elliott said in his opening statements that the case resulted from a false claim by one young girl who bragged that Hatch was the father of her child. The girl made the boast to show that she had someone inside the sheriff’s office, the defense attorney said.

Elliott said a paternity test proved that the girl’s claim was false and Hatch was not the father of the child. The defense attorney further said Hatch could not be the father because he never had sex with the girl.

The defense attorney repeatedly referred to the prosecution by the state as a “machine” and that it generated 22 charges in hopes that it could get even a few convictions. He said the charges by the state allege time frames so vague that it is impossible for his client to provide alibis.

Elliott said his client does not have to testify but that he will and denies all the accusations made by the state.
He said Hatch is a combat veteran who saw service in Kuwait City and is a veteran law enforcement officer.
Hatch was named its Deputy of the Year in 2015. He had previously been a detective sergeant but was demoted prior to these allegations being made publicly.

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Netanyahu Facing Indictment?

Netanyahu Facing Indictment?



by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)



An earlier article explained he’s being investigated for alleged bribery, fraud, breach of trust and money laundering – serious accusations.



He could be charged in so-called Cases 1,000 and 2,000 – the first on suspicion of inappropriately or illegally receiving lavish gifts from wealthy supporters, amounting to possible bribery.



The second case involves him getting caught red-handed on tape, negotiating a quid pro quo with Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes for more favorable broadsheet coverage in return for legislation prohibiting distribution of the free daily Israel Hayom, YA’s main competitor, owned by Netanyahu supporter Sheldon Adelson.



Netanyahu reportedly agreed to a quid pro quo deal, enough under Israeli law to hold him accountable for bribery even if no follow-through occurred.



Last summer, police recommended indicting him. On Sunday, Israeli police said they have enough evidence to indict him for bribery.



According to Israel’s Channel 10 News, he accepted gifts worth hundreds of thousands of shekels from wealthy supporters. A dollar is worth about four shekels.



Prosecutors haven’t decided whether to charge him. He’s been questioned five times in the case, further interrogation coming.



It involves billionaire motion-picture producer Arnaud Milchan. Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer was questioned about Netanyahu asking him to expedite his US visa request.



Another issue is whether Netanyahu tried aiding Milchan’s interests in Israeli media, including the sale of Channel 10 to billionaire investor Len Blavatnik – in 2015, named Britain’s richest man with an estimated 17 billion pound net worth.



It’s believed Australian billionaire James Packer gave Netanyahu gifts worth thousands of dollars. He’s yet to be questioned by police.



Netanyahu lawyer/confidents David Shimron and Isaac Molho were questioned four times about alleged misconduct in connection with Israel’s purchase of nuclear submarines from Germany.



Despite years of financial improprieties, Netanyahu remains unaccountable. 



For how much longer remains to be seen. All the prime minister’s billionaires may become chickens coming home to roost.



A Final Comment



Former Netanyahu residence worker Shira Raban filed suit against his wife Sara for abuses on the job, making her fear for her safety – asking $64,000 in damages.



Interviewed on Israeli television,  she said “I do not know what would have happened if I had stayed there another minute.”



“The last time the missus screamed at me she told me, ‘You’re a lump of nothing. You don’t understand anything. You don’t hear.’ ” 



“She screamed it at the top of her lungs. I was very hurt. I did not just leave. I ran away as fast as I could.”



Sara Netanyahu has a potentially more serious issue to deal with. She may be charged with using public funds for personal use. Earlier, Jerusalem’s Labor Court found her guilty of subjecting former employee Guy Eliyahu to humiliating treatment. Judge Dita Pruginin fined her around $30,000 in damages.



Will husband and wife Netanyahu end up behind bars? No Israeli  was ever prosecuted for high crimes against Palestinians, supporting terrorism, or terror-bombing other countries – far more serious than financial improprieties or treating employees abusively.



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