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A customer tries out a new Apple iPhone 6S at an Apple store in Chicago. Photo: Kiichiro Sato / AP

Two lawsuits have been filed against Apple on Thursday by plaintiffs in California and Illinois, who argue that the company did not have consent to slow down their iPhones, according to multiple reports.

Background: The legal challenges come after the company admitted, under specific circumstances, it does reduce performance on devices. However, it said the practice is necessary to avoid total device shutdowns on devices with underperforming batteries. The acknowledgment came after a Reddit discussion was followed up with a benchmarking firm confirming something amiss in its testing.

What's happening: The plaintiffs claim they are entitled to various forms of compensation, per the Guardian. They are also reportedly seeking class action status, along with owners of Apple smartphones older than the iPhone 8 in the country who found similar issues.

Go deeper: Listen to Axios' Ina Fried, who spoke about the issue on Marketplace; Searches for "iPhone problems" spike near new releases

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45 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Stalemate over filibuster freezes Congress

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell's inability to quickly strike a deal on a power-sharing agreement in the new 50-50 Congress is slowing down everything from the confirmation of President Biden's nominees to Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

Why it matters: Whatever final stance Schumer takes on the stalemate, which largely comes down to Democrats wanting to use the legislative filibuster as leverage over Republicans, will be a signal of the level of hardball we should expect Democrats to play with Republicans in the new Senate.

Dave Lawler, author of World
1 hour ago - World

Biden opts for five-year extension of New START nuclear treaty with Russia

Putin at a military parade. Photo: Valya Egorshin/NurPhoto via Getty

President Biden will seek a five-year extension of the New START nuclear arms control pact with Russia before it expires on Feb. 5, senior officials told the Washington Post.

Why it matters: The 2010 treaty is the last remaining constraint on the arsenals of the world's two nuclear superpowers, limiting the number of deployed nuclear warheads and the bombers, missiles and submarines which can deliver them.

Updated 2 hours ago - Technology

Facebook refers Trump ban to independent Oversight Board for review

Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

Facebook's independent Oversight Board has accepted a referral from the platform to review its decision to indefinitely suspend former President Trump.

Why it matters: While Trump critics largely praised the company's decision to remove the then-president's account for potential incitement of violence, many world leaders and free speech advocates pushed back on the decision, arguing it sets a dangerous precedent for free speech moving forward.