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Germany passed a law on Thursday that could force Apple to open up the iPhone’s NFC chip to rival mobile payment platforms in the country

“BERLIN (Reuters) – Apple said on Friday moves in Germany to force it to open up its Apple Pay mobile payments system to rivals could hurt data protection and the security of financial information” writes Min Read for reuters.com. The legislation, which did not name Apple specifically, will force operators of electronic money infrastructure to offer access to rivals for a reasonable fee.The law highlights the growing desire in Germany for tighter regulation of U.S. technology companies.The only question mark had been over whether the Finance Ministry had checked the…

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Apple warns of risks from German law to open up mobile payments

“BERLIN (Reuters) – Apple said on Friday moves in Germany to force it to open up its Apple Pay mobile payments system to rivals could hurt data protection and the security of financial information” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. “We fear that the draft law could be harmful to user friendliness, data protection and the security of financial information.”. The legislation, which did not name Apple specifically, will force operators of electronic money infrastructure to offer access to rivals for a reasonable fee. Source: 95kqds.com

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Germany forces Apple to let other mobile wallet services use iPhone’s NFC chip

“The piece somewhat confusingly refers to access to the NFC chip by third-party payment apps as Apple Pay” writes Apple Watch Series for 9to5mac.com. It later allowed some third-party apps to use the chip but has always refused to do so for other mobile payment apps… Banks have been demanding access to the NFC chip for their own payment apps since 2016.A new German law passed yesterday requires Apple to allow other mobile payments services access to the iPhone’s NFC chip for payments to allow them to fully compete with…

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Tax rules have been largely written by rich, white men — and it shows, researchers say

“A second child-care tax break lets workers use pretax money up to $5,000 to pay for child care” writes Andrew Keshner for marketwatch.com. Either way, the tax code is in bad need of many updates, according to Boteach.And for working families, the tax breaks on child care haven’t kept up with the ballooning price, which can gobble up household income.Likewise, the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit also offers tax incentives for businesses that hire ex-felons, food-stamp recipients, military veterans, qualified Social Security recipients and other targeted groups. Source: marketwatch.com

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Truckers file 1st suit contesting California gig economy law

“The law implements a legal ruling last year by the California Supreme Court regarding workers at the delivery company Dynamex” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. The legislation violates federal law and would deprive more than 70,000 independent truckers of their ability to work, the association said.Categories specifically exempted under the law make up another 9%, mostly high-wage jobs including doctors and dentists, lawyers, accountants and real estate agents. Source: seattletimes.com

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Google to store and analyze millions of health records. Here’s why the push is raising concerns.

“At least a few Ascension employees in the project have raised concerns that Google employees downloaded patient data, according to the internal documents” writes This Story Was for seattletimes.com. It is legal for health systems to share patients’ medical information with business partners like electronic medical record companies.They have also raised concerns about whether all the Google software involved in processing Ascension patient data complies with a federal privacy law.Google’s handling of health care data is a touchy subject.Google’s health efforts include a push to use artificial intelligence to read…

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Man accused of shooting at feds during pre-dawn raid expressed surprise that he fired on law enforcement, agent says

“Assistant U.S. Attorney Ranya Elzein said, however, that case law says a shooter need not know they were firing on a federal agent to face such an assault charge” writes Cleveland Com for cleveland.com. An agent fired one shot back, Sullin testified.He made his statement about shooting at law enforcement after he was out of the car and agents cuffed him, Sullin said.The 34 year old faces federal charges, including assault on an agent and felon in possession of a firearm. Source: cleveland.com

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UC President Janet Napolitano defends DACA policy she created under Obama

“Napolitano and the UC Board of Regents filed one of the first lawsuits against the Trump administration after it announced in 2017 that it would rescind the DACA program” writes Teresa Watanabe Covers for latimes.com. The UC lawsuit argued that Trump’s actions violated constitutional guarantees of due process and federal law against government actions that are arbitrary, capricious or an abuse of discretion.It was legal to begin with.” Napolitano said UC would continue to stand by its DACA students even if the Trump administration won the case and began winding…

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Australian Man Arrested for Unregistered Crypto Transactions

“During the arrest, law enforcement found a substantial quantity of cash and false identification documents, which were seized along with a cryptocurrency ATM from a shopping center in Braybrook” writes Adrian Zmudzinski for cointelegraph.com. As Cointelegraph reported in late October, Ivan Manuel Molina Lee, the president of controversial Panama-based payments processor Crypto Capital, tied to Bitfinex and other major cryptocurrency exchanges, was arrested by Polish authorities under money laundering accusations.AUSTRAC’s national manager of intelligence operations, David Hawkins, said that the outcome of the investigation underscores the importance of collaboration between…

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