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Trump administration subpoenaed Apple as part of White House leaks investigation

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President Trump: Apple encryption could protect ‘criminal minds’
Trump and Apple had something of a mixed relationship.
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When people talk about “Apple” and “leaks” in the same sentence, they’re usually referring to rumors about upcoming products. But the Justice Department of the Trump administration took the step of subpoenaing Apple in an effort to quell White House leaks during the Trump presidency.

Specifically, it sought to gain information from Apple regarding data from the accounts of at least two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, their aides, and family members — including one minor. The New York Times reports that the gag order on the subpoena only expired this year, allowing those investigated to know they had been under scrutiny.

Trump snagged the very first 2019 Mac Pro

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Apple CEO Tim Cook talked Mac Pro with President Trump
“Mr. President, we have some lovely parting gifts for you.”
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It’s good to be the president. People just give you things, like the first 2019 Mac Pro assembled in Austin, Texas. Tim Cook gave this pricy computer to Trump, probably after the president toured the factory.

Tim Cook says US must complete transition to Biden administration

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Apple CEO Tim Cook talked Mac Pro with President Trump
Trump speaking with Tim Cook at Apple's Mac Pro factory.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook decried the shocking scenes that took place Wednesday in Washington, D.C., as supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol building.

“Today marks a sad and shameful chapter in our nation’s history,” Cook wrote on Twitter. “Those responsible for this insurrection should be held to account, and we must complete the transition to President-elect Biden’s administration. It’s especially when they are challenged that our ideals matter most.”

Apple employees overwhelmingly back Biden over Trump

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Election contributions by Apple employees for heavily toward Democrats
Political contributions by Apple employees show a clear preference for Democrat candidates.
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Apple employees show they lean to the left in the clearest way possible: with their wallets. Election contributions by Apple employees inclined strongly toward Democrats in the 2020 presidential race.

It’s not even close. Apple employee contributions to Joe Biden’s campaign were more than 13 times greater than they were to President Donald Trump’s, for example.

Trump’s WeChat ban could cost Apple more than $25 billion per year

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WeChat is threatened by Trump's executive order.
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A WeChat ban imposed by President Donald Trump could cost Apple more than $25 billion per year, claims a report published Monday.

Those numbers are based on the idea that 75% of iPhone and iPad sales could dry up in China. Apple would lose money not just from the missing device sales, but also from the resulting decline in its subscription services.

Trump’s executive order won’t hurt Fortnite or League of Legends

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Fortnite developer Epic Games is part owned by Tencent.
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President Donald Trump’s executive order blocking “transactions” involving Tencent’s WeChat will not hurt games owned, or partially owned, by the company.

That means it would not affect the likes of Riot Games’ League of Legends or Epic Games’ Fortnite, both of which have financial ties to Tencent. Instead, the executive order covers only WeChat transactions.

Trump’s TikTok standoff could wind up hurting Apple

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U.S. investigations of TikTok gather steam.
Apple relies on both the U.S. and China.
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President Donald Trump’s dispute with TikTok and other Chinese tech companies could wind up hurting Apple.

Trump threatened to ban TikTok from the United States if Beijing tech company ByteDance does not sell the app by Sept. 15. (Microsoft is in talks to acquire TikTok. Apple on Tuesday shot down a rumor that it was interested in buying the social media company.)

According to multiple reports, China could respond to the United States’ “bullying” over TikTok by hitting back in its own way. The language in the reports, some of which come from government-backed Chinese newspapers, is vague. However, others suggest Apple could be an obvious target of China’s wrath.

Trump’s war with Huawei could result in ‘endless investigations’ of Apple in China

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Chinese company Huawei wants the media buzz that would come with releasing the world's first foldable phone.
Trump's war with Huawei could hurt Apple.
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President Donald Trump’s Huawei sanctions could result in the Chinese government hitting American companies, including Apple hard, new reports claim.

Fresh reports by the Washington Post, Global Times and Daily Mail say China could launch “rounds of endless investigations” on U.S. firms operating in China. These will have the effect of “[dampening] investors’ confidence” and squeezing the income of these firms in the China market.

Trump will consult Tim Cook about the best way to reopen US economy

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Apple CEO Tim Cook talked Mac Pro with President Trump
Trump and Cook speak during a previous tour of Apple's Mac Pro factory.
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Tim Cook is one of the advisers President Donald Trump will consult about the U.S. plans to reopen the economy following coronavirus lockdown.

Cook is one of a panel called the Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups that the president will consult via telephone. In total, the group consists of upward of 50 executives, think tank representatives and industry leaders.

Apple shares shoot up after Trump declares national emergency

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Finally, some good news for Apple this week.
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President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency provided some much-needed relief to Apple’s stock price just before the market closed this afternoon.

Apple shares jumped up over $20 in value during the last 30 minutes of trading today, just after President Trump announced that the U.S. government will free up $50 billion in federal resources to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

Tim Cook takes wait-and-see attitude toward constantly changing coronavirus; ‘reason for optimism, but we’ll see’

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Apple CEO Tim Cook is optimistic about Apple’s future
CEO Tim Cook says “Apple is fundamentally strong.”
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CEO Tim Cook promises Apple is fundamentally strong and will weather the problems resulting from the coronavirus spreading around the world. He says his focus isn’t on short-term changes in Apple’s share price, despite a recent significant drop.

In a wide-ranging interview with Fox Business recorded Thursday in Birmingham, Alabama, Cook also discussed whether his company will move more device production out of China, and his relationship with President Donald Trump.

Trump: Apple encryption could protect ‘criminal minds’

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President Trump: Apple encryption could protect ‘criminal minds’
Donald Trump thinks Apple needs to help authorities by unlocking iPhones.
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President Donald Trump is no fan of Apple’s refusal to unlock iPhones for authorities in encryption-stymied criminal cases. In an interview with CNBC, Trump said, “Apple has to help us. And I’m very strong on it. They have the keys to so many criminals and criminal minds, and we can do things.”

Trump is currently in Davos, Switzerland, attending the World Economic Forum. This morning, he met with Tim Cook for a working breakfast.

Cook and Trump schedule breakfast date in Davos

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Trump’s China deal may stop Apple hiking prices of iPhones and iPads
Cook has been one of the few Silicon Valley CEOs who still meet with Trump.
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President Donald Trump and Apple CEO Tim Cook are taking their awkward bromance to Davos.

Cook is reportedly slated to attend breakfast with Trump this Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Trump, who used his opening speech at the international gathering to slam climate change activists, also will be briefed by IBM CEO Ginni Rometty during the breakfast meeting.

FBI cracks iPhone Pro 11, raising doubts about demand for Apple backdoor

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Apple Store employee fired after stealing personal photo from customers' iPhone
Why is the FBI demanding Apple help to create a ‘backdoor’ to unlock iPhones when it has GrayKey? That's a good question.
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Revelations that the FBI has access to a tool that can unlock data on secure iPhones are raising questions as to why the agency is demanding Apple help to create a “backdoor” to recover data on the iPhones of a Florida shooting suspect.

Steve Bannon says Trump could ‘drop the hammer’ on Apple

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Steve Bannon was formerly an advisor to President Trump.
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Steve Bannon, the ex-Breitbart chairman and former chief strategist for Donald Trump, warns that the president will “drop the hammer” on Apple if it doesn’t work with authorities.

Bannon is referring to the current standoff regarding whether Apple should unlock iPhones used by the shooter who killed three people at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in December.

Trump calls for Apple to ‘step up’ and unseal iPhones used by ‘killers, drug dealers’

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Apple CEO Tim Cook talked Mac Pro with President Trump
President Trump called on Apple to cooperate and unlock two iPhones belonging to a gunman who killed three in Florida in December.
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President Donald Trump called on Tuesday for Apple to “step up to the plate” and “help our great country” by unlocking the iPhones used by a Saudi aviation student that killed three people at a Florida Navy base in December.

Trump’s China deal may stop Apple hiking prices of iPhones and iPads

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Trump’s China deal may stop Apple hiking prices of iPhones and iPads
That's good news for Apple and its customers.
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Apple has been given a welcome reprieve on tariffs for the iPhone, iPad and Mac after President Donald Trump agreed to a limited trade deal with China on Thursday.

The phase one agreement means rolling back existing tariff rates on Chinese goods and canceling new tariff rates that would have gone into effect Sunday.

Apple shares suffer biggest decline since August

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Apple shares suffer biggest decline since August
President Trump says no immediate end in sight to trade tensions with China.
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Apple shares suffered their biggest decline since August on Tuesday, due to trade tensions between the United States and China.

President Trump told reporters that he had “no deadline” on agreeing a trade deal with China. Many people had hoped that a deal could be reached within weeks.

Trump will tour Apple’s Mac Pro factory in Texas this week

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President Trump will tour Apple's Mac Pro factory in Texas this week
Mac Pro is being made in the US of A.
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The White House has confirmed that President Donald Trump will visit Apple’s Mac Pro factory in Austin, Texas, this Wednesday.

While the Mac Pro is only a bit player in Apple’s overall revenue and profit strategy, its “made in Texas” status reflects Apple’s desire to invest in the United States. Since Trump took office, Apple has expanded its “job footprint” to 2.4 million people in the United States.

Tim Cook might take Trump on tour of Texas Mac Pro factory

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Apple shares suffer biggest decline since August
Trump and Cook have had a complex relationship since 2016.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook and President Donald Trump will reportedly tour facilities in Austin, Texas, where the company makes its Mac Pro desktops.

The trip would be part of Trump’s ongoing efforts to highlight U.S. manufacturing. Last month, Trump toured the Louis Vuitton factory in Alvarado, Texas.