Tim Cook set to advise Trump’s ‘Office of American Innovation’

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Peter Thiel separates Tim Cook and Donald Trump at tech summit.
Peter Thiel separates Tim Cook and Donald Trump at tech summit.
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President Donald Trump is set to unveil a new government office today that’s tasked with overhauling federal bureaucracies, and he’s asked Tim Cook and other tech leaders for advice.

Even though Trump sparred with Cook on numerous issues during his presidential campaign, the Apple CEO will reportedly lend a hand to the Office of American Innovation. The new office will be led by Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and will be tasked with making the country run more like a “great American company.”

iPhone chipmaker will decide on U.S. plant in 2018

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TSMC is one of Apple's biggest partners.
TSMC is one of Apple's biggest partners.
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Apple’s favorite chipmaker in Asia may be ready to move to the United States next year.

TSMC — the world’s largest contract chipmaker, and sole supplier of the A10 Fusion processor that powers the iPhone 7 — says it is weighing the benefits of setting up shop in the U.S. under President Donald Trump.

Apple absent from new legal brief opposing Trump’s latest travel ban

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Yeah, we're pretty incredulous about your ideas, too, Mr. Trump.
The brief has been successful despite support from big companies.
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Apple’s name is notably absent from a new legal brief opposing President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban.

Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and more than 60 other companies are also missing from the lawsuit that hopes to block a second, “watered-down version” of the controversial executive order.

iPhone-toting woman assails Sean Spicer in Apple store

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Sean Spicer at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.
Sean Spicer at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.
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White House press secretary and part-time Melissa McCarthy impersonator Sean Spicer’s trip to the Apple store this weekend was a complete disaster. And it had nothing to do with iPhones.

While purchasing what appears to be an Apple Watch Sport, Spicer got confronted by an Indian-American woman who asked him, “You know you work for a fascist, right?”

The entire confrontation got caught on video as Spicer tried to smile his way through the questions before telling the woman the United States is “such a great country that allows you to be here.”

Foxconn chairman says Trump should pay to get iPhone made in USA

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Foxconn is moving to India
Foxconn doesn't want to be forced to choose between China and the US.
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If President Donald Trump wants Apple to bring iPhone manufacturing to the United States, America needs to open up its wallet first, according to the company that actually assembles the devices.

Foxconn CEO Terry Gou said that if Trump truly wants iPhones to be made in America, he’ll need to push new laws through Congress that offer incentives and tax breaks to foreign companies.

Watch Tim Cook introduce Al Gore’s new movie to Silicon Valley

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Life at Apple is great for Tim Cook.
Tim Cook has pushed Apple to be one of the world's most environmentally friendly companies.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook made a special appearance during one of the first screenings of former vice president Al Gore’s new movie this week.

To kick off the Silicon Valley screening of Gore’s film, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” Cook gave a short speech before the silver screen lit up. Tim praised Gore for his work on the movie which is a direct sequel to the Academy Award-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” which highlighted the signs and dangers of climate change.

Apple slams Trump’s reversal of transgender bathroom ruling

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Donald Trump speaks to supporters at an immigration policy speech at the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona.
Apple is clashing with President Trump again.
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Apple has criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to reverse a policy that allowed transgender students to use bathrooms according to the gender they identify as.

The controversial stance on bathroom usage was put in place by former President Barack Obama’s administration last May. At the time, it was hailed as a significant victory for transgender rights.

Tim Cook warns that world needs to fix ‘fake news’

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Apple wants to tamp down on fake news.
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Alternative facts and fake news have become so pervasive in the the we consume lately that Apple CEO Tim Cook says it’s “one of today’s chief problems.”

During an interview this week in the U.K., Cook talked about the challenges tech companies face on how to combat stories that perpetuate false information without hurting the free flow of ideas on the internet.

Tim Cook talks Brexit with U.K. prime minister

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The staff at the Apple Buchanan Street store give Tim Cook a warm welcome.
The staff at the Apple Buchanan Street store give Tim Cook a warm welcome.
Photo: Tim Cook/Twitter

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s tour of western Europe continued today with a pit stop at Downing Street to meet with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.

Cook was in the country to accept an honorary degree from the University of Glasgow, but took a break from the fun to discuss some serious topics with May, such as the impending Brexit and Apple’s investment in the country.