Today’s Tech Sightings:
Twitter burst into a flurry of activity Wednesday when Apple declared the death of the iPhone headphone jack at its iPhone 7 event in San Francisco. The tech giant replaced the jack with wireless earbuds, outfitted with their own communications chip. Apple described the move to do away with ancient technology and make room for more space as “courage.” But there are those who see profit as the motivating force for replacing the traditional headphone jack with $159 earbuds. While other news coming out of the event generated a lot of interest, the demise of the headphone jack was the most talked about – and mourned – on Twitter.
Microsoft’s president and chief legal advisor, Brad Smith, is taking on the U.S. federal government. In the past three years, he took the government to court four times for alleged constitutional violations in the process of trying to get access to Microsoft’s customer data. Smith believes government surveillance should be subject to checks and balances that protect privacy and says that balance needs to be restored.
The Irish government has won strong support in parliament to appeal the European Union’s decision to fine Apple billions of dollars in back taxes. The government denied giving Apple favorable tax treatment or any state aid and said the EU decision cannot be allowed to stand.
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