Daily Crunch: China pressures Apple

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1. China attacks Apple for enabling Hong Kong crowdsourced police activity app

Apple’s selection to greenlight an app known as HKmaps, which is getting employed by pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong to crowdsource details about street closures and police presence, is attracting the ire of the Chinese government.

Particularly, an post in Chinese state mouthpiece China Every day attacks the iPhone maker for reversing an earlier selection not to let the app to be listed on the iOS App Shop.

2. What the hell is up with this Crucial device?

Crucial CEO Andy Rubin tweeted images of what he known as a “radically different formfactor” — generally, it’s a extended, skinny telephone.

3. Uber’s newest function alerts drivers that pets will be joining the ride

With Uber Pet, riders will spend a “small surcharge” for the privilege of taking their pets with them. And drivers will have the solution of avoiding trips with non-service animals by opting out of Uber Pet trips.

4. Twitter admits it employed two-element telephone numbers and emails for serving targeted advertisements

Twitter finds itself in the identical boat as Facebook, which final year was caught utilizing telephone numbers and e mail addresses — provided to Facebook to safe customers’ accounts — for targeted marketing.

5. Google’s Grasshopper coding class for newcomers comes to the desktop

A bigger screen and access to a keyboard tends to make finding out to code on the desktop considerably simpler than on mobile. For instance, in the desktop app Google is capable to place columns for the guidelines, the code editor and the final results subsequent to every single other.

6. Amazon, Walmart confront India’s slowing economy as vacation season development stalls

Even India’s largest festive season, featuring blinding promoting blitzkrieg and heavy discounts from Amazon India and Walmart’s Flipkart, has failed to escape the pains of a slowing economy.

7. With $15M round and 100K tablets sold, Exceptional CEO desires to make tech ‘more human’

The Exceptional tablet is a strange device in this era of ultra-clever gadgets, with a black and white screen meant for reading, writing and sketching — and nothing at all extra. (Added Crunch membership essential.)