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Apple's FaceTime chat app, as seen on a Mac. Photo: Apple
A day ahead of earnings — and on Data Privacy Day no less — Apple found itself with a major bug on its hands.
What's happening: The latest version of FaceTime allows some users to hear audio or see video even if a user hasn't answered or, in some cases, has declined a call. The bug kicks in when you add add people to a two-party call.
Apple's reaction: A solution is nearly ready, an Apple representative told Axios. "We’re aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week,” Apple said in a statement to Axios. As of late Monday, the company had temporarily disabled the function.
Why it matters: The timing of the bug is terrible, reminding customers that even with the company's pro-privacy stance, its technology is still entirely capable of fulfilling nightmarish surveillance scenarios.
What they're saying: Apple faced criticism from a number of corners in the wake of the bug's disclosure.
Our thought bubble: The bug is obviously separate from Apple's positions on privacy issues, but comes as the company is increasingly trying to make the case that its products are more private than those of its rivals.
It's not just the FaceTime bug that has all eyes on Apple. The iPhone maker has already warned its quarterly earnings won't meet estimates, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions for the company when it reports full financial results later today.
Why it matters: Apple is one of the most watched companies in tech and a rare earnings miss means there will be even more attention on the iPhone maker.
What we're watching:
Koch network leader Brian Hooks and Charles Koch. Photo: The Seminar Network
The influence network led by billionaire Charles Koch is watching a growing push to regulate big tech firms with alarm, Axios' David McCabe reports.
The big picture: For the libertarian-oriented network of political and philanthropic groups, regulation is the enemy, and even though many others on the right bristle at what they see as anti-conservative bias by Google and Facebook, the Koch crowd is not ready to cheer government intervention.
Why it matters: Though the Koch network has seen its influence wax and wane under President Trump, whom it did not back, it nonetheless possesses powerful tools to shape policy debates and influence elections.
The big picture: The Koch network has tried to reinvent itself as less bluntly partisan, and more focused on building coalitions and pursuing philanthropy — an approach modeled in its tech work.
Go deeper: David has more here.
Huawei, already under fire from the U.S. government on a number of fronts, is now the subject of criminal charges.
Details: The charges against the Chinese telecom giant cover two broad areas.
Why it matters: While many of the allegations themselves aren't new, the fact that the government is charging Huawei criminally further ratchets up the tension between the U.S. and China.
Huawei's response: In a statement to Axios, Huawei said it is "disappointed" by the charges and "denies that it or its subsidiary or affiliate have committed any of the asserted violations of U.S. law set forth in each of the indictments, is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng, and believes the U.S. courts will ultimately reach the same conclusion."
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