Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for today:
Google to Settle Internet Tracking Charges: Internet search giant Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is on the verge of negotiating a $22.5 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that it evaded security settings on Apple‘s (NASDAQ:AAPL) Safari browser to obtain user data, Apple Insider says. According to the government Google created an advertising cookie that allowed the company to monitor user’s Internet activities. Google said it had removed the cookies from its websites. Google will pay “$16,000 per per violation, per day” for implanting the cookies in Safari.
The Newest iPad Arrives in China: Chinese consumers will finally be able to get their hands on the latest iPad, starting on July 20, Apple Insider notes. The current model iPad will be available at Apple Stores and online. The announced availability comes just over a week after Apple settled a trademark infringement suit with a Chinese company over use of the iPad name in China. Apple paid $60 million to settle the litigation.
EPEAT Fallout Begins: Apple’s request to have 39 of its products removed from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) registry will make it harder for the company to sell its computers to government officials, the Wall Street Journal notes. San Francisco has moved to halt city purchases of Apple computers that no longer have EPEAT certification. Apple apparently removed its products from the EPEAT registry because of requirements for easy dis-assembly, a standard that newer Apple designs cannot meet. San Francisco officials said that city agencies could obtain waivers in order to purchase Apple products, but it would be “very problematic.”
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