Briefing: Raise Your Hand for Paid Search In The App Store. Anyone? etc.


(Insert picture of Edvard Munch's "The Scream" here) — "Apple Inc. has constructed a secret team to explore changes to the App Store, including a new strategy for charging developers to have their apps more prominently displayed, according to people familiar with the plans," according to Bloomberg.


Dingleberrys all the way down. "A high-level surveillance probe of Montreal's criminal underworld shows that Canada's federal policing agency has had a global encryption key for BlackBerry devices since 2010," with evidence that suggests that "law enforcement intercepted and decrypted roughly one million PIN-to-PIN BlackBerry messages in connection with the probe." That report from Vice News here.


Another reference to a pending OS X rebrand, this time on Apple's FAQ webpage regarding Apple and the environment: "In a section on the webpage that discusses Apple’s process for conducting a product life cycle assessment, it refers to MacOS, tvOS, iOS, and watchOS devices. There’s no mention of OS X anywhere on the site." The webpage has since been corrected to say "OS X" and somewhere in Cupertino an intern is on latrine duty.


Goldringers: "The average smartphone uses 30 milligrams of gold, mostly in circuit boards and other internal components," according to Fairphone. The total amount of gold recycled by Apple through its take-back initiatives in 2015? 2,204 pounds — or roughly $40 million at current market prices.


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