Mar 3, 2020 - Technology

Apple agrees to pay up to $500M to settle iPhone slow-down lawsuit

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Some iPhone owners could receive $25 from Apple after the tech giant agreed to pay up to $500 million to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing it of slowing down older models.

The big picture: While Apple admitted in 2017 it slowed devices to avoid shutdowns, it has not admitted wrongdoing in the settlement. A federal judge must approve the settlement and a hearing is set for April 3.

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Tim Cook to allow most Apple staff to work from home this week

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has informed employees in most global offices that they may work from home between March 9–13 as the company grapples with the "unprecedented" coronavirus outbreak, according to a memo first reported by Bloomberg and confirmed by Axios.

The big picture: Apple joins a chorus of other companies encouraging workers in Seattle or the Bay Area to work from home, including Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and Salesforce. Apple, like these other companies, said in the memo will continue to pay its hourly staff while full-time workers telecommute.

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Apple allows push notifications for ads

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Apps on Apple products can now send push notifications for ads and promotions as long as customers explicitly opt in to get those alerts, according to the company's updated App Store guidelines.

Why it matters: Apple has long prevented ads in notifications. Including marketing material alongside alerts for personal messages and breaking news runs the risk of further cluttering peoples' feeds.

Some Ivy League schools increase rate of admissions

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Some Ivy League schools saw freshman admission rates slightly tick up this year, reversing a multi-year trend of frantic competition and scrutiny over the selective spots, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Why now: The novel coronavirus has presented colleges with a variety of challenges, with the pandemic confusing enrollment projections for the coming academic year. Some schools took students off waitlists or changed their denials and admitted them to ensure they enroll full classes, per the WSJ.