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Report: Apple cracking down on template applications, giving developers January 1 deadline

“Apple has been sending emails to companies taking advantage of templates, telling them that any new applications will be rejected” writes Dji Spark for 9to5mac.com. TechCrunch’s report goes on to explain how Apple’s new policy is affecting those who legitimately use app templates and app building services.Apple has been working diligently over the last year to clean up the App Store and rid it of spam and clone applications.Apple hasn’t yet commented on its apparent crackdown of template applications. Source: 9to5mac.com Share This:

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Cracking down on foreign-made solar panels would make U.S. less secure

“The U.S. International Trade Commission is proposing tariffs on imported solar energy panels for Trump to approve” reports washingtonpost.com. The U.S. military depends on a diverse set of energy resources, and increasingly that includes solar energy.Solar energy is already helping with that.The tariffs proposed would significantly raise the cost of solar energy, jeopardizing the financial viability of solar projects at U.S. military bases across the globe and threatening our long-term security interests. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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Cracking the vault: Artificial intelligence judging comes to gymnastics

“This is not a scene from Blade Runner 2049, but a possible vision of gymnastics future as it races to include artificial intelligence in its judging system” writes Paul Logothetis for theguardian.com. Gymnastics hasn’t had to invest a penny in the technology with Fujitsu footing the research and development bill. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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CFPB finalizes rule cracking down on payday loans amid GOP opposition

“A CFPB official told reporters Thursday that the rules would prohibit about two-thirds of loans currently made by payday lenders” writes Joseph Lawler for washingtonexaminer.com. “The CFPB’s new rule puts a stop to the payday debt traps that have plagued communities across the country,” Cordray said.The bureau does not have the authority to cap interest rates on payday loans, which can feature annualized rates over 300 percent, although many states have done so.With the election of President Trump in November, some in the financial industry thought the regulation might be…

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Federal judge temporarily blocks Texas law cracking down on sanctuary cities

“A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked most of a sweeping state immigration law designed to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities, less than two days before the measure was to go into effect” writes Alicia A for marketwatch.com. The law, which had been set to take effect Friday, would block municipalities and police agencies from adopting policies that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities.U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia in San Antonio said in a 94-page ruling issued Wednesday evening that much of the law is unconstitutional. Source: marketwatch.com Share…

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Sweden is cracking down on undocumented immigrants now

“A 22-year veteran who has caught thousands of illegal immigrants, Wiberg led the raid at the construction site in May” writes Johan Ahlander for businessinsider.com. In 2016, police made about 1,100 unannounced workplace checks, almost three times more than in 2015, and caught 232 illegal immigrants.Up to 50,000 undocumented immigrants already work in hotels, transport, construction and restaurants, the agency said last year.Expanded police powers include workplace checks without concrete suspicion of a crime, to be allowed from next year, with sharply higher fines for employing illegal immigrants. Source: businessinsider.com Share…

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Another Obama legacy Trump wants to undo: Cracking down on for-profit colleges

“The gainful employment rule was challenged several times in court over the past several years before finally becoming law” writes Jillian Berman for marketwatch.com. The Department of Education announced Friday that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will “press pause” on the gainful employment regulations developed by the Obama administration. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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