Phones Security Apple Apple See All Share your voice Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Tags reading • Lawmakers have questions for Apple about FaceTime eavesdropping bug Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Post a comment 0 Congressional lawmakers want answers about FaceTime’s eavesdropping bug. César Salza / CNET Congressional lawmakers sent a letter Tuesday to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking for more information about a FaceTime bug that allowed users to eavesdrop on each other.The letter — penned by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), chairwoman of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee — said they’re “deeply troubled” by reports that the vulnerability could inadvertently or intentionally turn any Apple device into a listening device.”We are writing to better understand when Apple first learned of this security flaw, the extent to which the flaw has compromised consumers’ privacy, and whether there are other undisclosed bugs that currently exist and have not been addressed,” the letter said (PDF).The bug, revealed in late January, is a black eye for a company that prides itself on its efforts to protect its users’ information. Cook has advocated for more privacy regulation and taken subtle shots at companies that use people’s data to create personalized ads.The vulnerability allowed FaceTime users to call another device and hear audio on the other end before the recipient answered the call and without the other user’s knowledge. Apple said Friday it’d fixed the vulnerability on its servers and that it would issue a software update to re-enable Group FaceTime sometime this week.”As a first step, we believe it is important for Apple to be transparent about its investigation into the Group FaceTime vulnerability and the steps it is taking to protect consumers’ privacy,” Pallone and Schakowsky wrote. “To date, we do not believe Apple has been as transparent as this serious issue requires.” The letter requests specific information about when the company first learned of the vulnerability and a timeline for Apple’s response, including why it took so long to address the bug once it was identified. They also have questions about testing procedures and what the company is doing for those consumers who may have been affected by the bug. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Privacy fight: Apple restores Facebook’s permission to run internal appsThe return of the iPhone SE: The phone’s available in the box, not as a refurb. •
Sears Canada has received court approval to proceed with a full liquidation of its remaining stores, signalling the end of an era for a 65-year-old chain that was once a staple at malls across the country.Ontario Superior Court heard Friday that after weeks of discussion and a bid from the company’s executive chairman, no viable buyer has been found. The move will put 12,000 of its employees out of a job.Justice Glenn Hainey approved Sears Canada’s motion to liquidate its remaining 130 stores, and said he was satisfied that there was no viable alternative following a months-long saga stemming from the embattled retailer’s decision to seek protection from its creditors in June.Liquidation could start as early as Oct. 19, and could continue for 10 to 14 week, stretching closing sales across the busy holiday shopping period.Orestes Pasparakis, a lawyer representing the court-appointed monitor FTI Consulting Canada, said it supported the liquidation because it did not think there was any other option.“We recognize that today the order will effectively bring Sears Canada’s 65 years as a national retailer to an end,” he told the court. “Many people have worked hard to understand whether there is a viable alternative. It appears that there is not.”A buyer group led by Sears Canada executive chairman Brandon Stranzl had been in discussions to purchase the retailer and continue to operate it. Stranzl, who stepped away from his role with the company in August to launch a bid, was in the Toronto courtroom on Friday.Jeremy Dacks, a lawyer for Sears Canada, told the court Friday the company had remained optimistic and many stakeholders worked “tirelessly around the clock,” but ultimately decided liquidation was the best way forward.Under the terms of the liquidation agreement, Sears Canada can terminate the agreement if another potential transaction emerges, but will need to pay a break fee and expense reimbursement totalling $4.55 million, the court heard.Susan Ursel, a lawyer representing current and former employees, told Justice Hainey Friday that they will continue to support discussions towards a potential transaction.“This company has touched the lives of generations of Canadians,” she told the court.“For employees and their families, it has been a source of livelihood, community, camaraderie and pride. That we’ve come to this juncture is a source of frustration, anger in some corners, and apprehension for many.”Sears Canada currently has 74 full department store locations, eight Sears Home Stores, and 49 Sears Hometown stores, facing closure. It currently has approximately 12,000 employees, three-quarters of which are part-time.That tally doesn’t include the 2,900 job cuts Sears Canada previously announced in June, when it announced the closure of 20 department store locations, 15 Sears Home stores, 10 Sears Outlet and 14 Sears Hometown locations.
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Tags 5,000,000,000 shipments. F I V E B I L L I O N .The most heartfelt thank you to our incredible members that have been with us for the past 21 years of DVD Netflix. Five billion discs delivered is a huge milestone and we owe it all to our amazing members and team members. pic.twitter.com/Eg1bjEMtcx— DVD Netflix (@dvdnetflix) August 26, 2019 The 21-year-old company made its bones as a DVD-by-mail rental service but has steadily been pushing subscribers toward its streaming service for the past decade. Netflix announced last month it had surpassed the 150 million streaming subscriber mark, but it still has 2.4 million DVD-rental subscribers, which translates to roughly $157 million in revenue.So what was the movie tucked into that familiar red envelope that pushed Netflix across the 5 billion threshold? Entertainment Weekly reports that it was the Elton John biopic Rocketman that propelled Netflix past its milestone. It’s worth noting that while Rocketman is available to rent on disc through Netflix, it’s not available to streaming customers yet. So maybe there’s not much mystery in why many people choose to stick to the DVD program. TV and Movies Home Entertainment Digital Media Comments 6 Netflix Share your voice Netflix still ships a million discs each week. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images It’s no secret that the major focus of the home entertainment business is streaming, but many may be surprised to learn that people still rent DVDs and Blu-ray discs. So much so that Netflix shipped its 5 billionth disc this week.The company, which ships a million discs each week, announced the milestone in a tweet Monday.”The most heartfelt thank you to our incredible members that have been with us for the past 21 years of DVD Netflix,” Netflix said in its tweet. “Five billion discs delivered is a huge milestone and we owe it all to our amazing members and team members.”