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2011 December 02
According to a report by the German Press Association (via Haaretz ), Syrian authorities have banned the use or importation of the iPhone into Syria in an attempt to crack down on protesters in that country. International media has been banned from Syria for months, so virtually all we know about the protests currently happening there comes from footage uploaded to the Internet, usually via protesters’ cell phone footage of events. The BBC reports that other smartphones have yet to fall under the blanket ban, which seems curious at first; however, it’s not so curious when it turns out there’s actually an iPhone app dedicated to the protest movement
Apple has already made a statement on the company’s use of Carrier IQ , saying that “We stopped supporting Carrier IQ [a piece of software that tracks user activity] with iOS 5 in most of our products, and we’re going to remove it completely in a future software update.” Apparently that’s not good enough for The Bavarian State Authority for Data Protection. The German data regulator requested today that Apple provide more information about the software and its use.
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Australia’s High Court has decided to extend Apple’s temporary injunction against sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1 in Australia for a week , reports GigaOM. The delay will give the court time to consider Apple’s request for permission to appeal the end of the ban, which was struck down on Wednesday .