Apr 23, 2017

How Uber nearly got kicked out of Apple's App Store

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Between 2014 and 2015, Uber secretly tagged iPhones even after users uninstalled its app as a fraud detection tactic and hid this from Apple engineers, according to a report by the New York Times. The practice, known as "fingerprinting," is not allowed in that form under Apple's rules and earned CEO Travis Kalanick a meeting with Apple's CEO, who was understandably not happy and threatened to kick the ride-hailing company out of the App Store.

Uber trend: Allegations of breaking, ignoring, or bending rules are nothing new for Uber, which has used aggressive tactics to fight off regulations and competitors alike. Until recently, for example, Uber used secret software to evade local law enforcement, and built a way to track drivers who work for its main U.S. competitor, Lyft, to target them with incentives to remain loyal.

"Devices fingerprints are a common technique used across the industry for a variety of security purposes, including fraud detection," an Uber spokesperson told Axios. "It's also the method through which service providers can authenticate a 'trusted device' on your account."

Uber still uses fingerprinting but has modified it to comply with Apple's rules, according to the spokesperson.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 932,605 — Total deaths: 46,809 — Total recoveries: 193,177Map.
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  4. World update: Spain’s confirmed cases surpassed 100,000, and the nation saw its biggest daily death toll so far. More than 500 people were reported dead within the last 24 hours in the U.K., per Johns Hopkins.
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World coronavirus updates: Spain's health care system overloaded

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

Two planes with protective equipment arrived to restock Spain’s overloaded public health system on Wednesday as confirmed cases surpassed 100,000 and the nation saw its biggest death toll so far, Reuters reports.

The big picture: COVID-19 cases surged past 900,000 and the global death toll surpassed 45,000 early Wednesday, per Johns Hopkins data. Italy has reported more than 12,000 deaths.

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FBI sees record number of gun background checks amid coronavirus

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The FBI processed a record 3.7 million gun background checks in March — more than any month previously reported, according to the agency's latest data.

Driving the news: The spike's timing suggests it may be driven at least in part by the coronavirus.