DOJ Wants Apple’s Help…Again | Crunch Report


The department of justice says it needs Apple’s
help unlocking a different iPhone, Facebook’s expected to announce chatbots at F8, BMW launches
a car-sharing business in the U.S. and more… It’s Friday, April 8 this is Crunch Report. Nope. The fight between Apple and the government
isn’t over yet. The department of justice said in a letter today that it needs Apple’s
help in unlocking an iPhone 5S running iOS7 that belonged to a meth dealer in Brooklyn.
The letter confirms that the government is appealing the judge’s decision as the judge
had previously sided with Apple. This case is different from the San Bernadino one, but
the government is using the same argument…the All Writs Act. But here’s the thing…that
act doesn’t work if there’s an alternative remedy. So the government needs to prove that
only Apple can unlock this phone. As TechCrunch’s Romain Dillet said, it’s relatively easy to
unlock iOS 7 devices, so the government is basically asking Apple to do the work for
them. Since people can’t seem to do work themselves,
Facebook is gearing up to announce chatbot and live chat APIs for business clients who
don’t have the resources or skills to build those themselves. These bots would live inside
Facebook’s Messenger platform. Chatbots are artificial-intelligence powered robots designed
to simulate human conversation. Facebook is expected to announce this next week at F8,
its annual developers conference. Meanwhile, over in the transportation world,
BMW has made its way into the U.S. car-sharing business with the launch of ReachNow. Right
now, the service is available in Seattle and will give residents access to 400 cars for
pick-up and drop-off throughout the city. BMW is already operating car-sharing services
in Europe, but used the help of San Francisco-based startup RideCell to launch in the states.
RideCell pegs itself as an operating system for car-sharing….not to be confused with
car-hailing, which is Uber’s bread and butter. [
Speaking of Uber, the company has agreed to pay up to $25 million to California prosecutors
to settle a case around misleading consumers about the safety of its service. The lawsuit
was filed in December 2014 and took issue with Uber’s background checks. Uber was also
accused of misleading drivers regarding fees for airport rides. Uber must pay the first
$10 million within 60 days. The remaining $15 million will be waived if Uber complies
with the terms of the agreement, which involve the company’s marketing tactics and airport
toll charges over the next two years. Now, because Uber is so sketchy, an opportunity
has emerged for other car-hailing startups. On April 19…aka my birthday…Chariot for
Women will launch a car service just for women. That means all drivers and passengers will
be female-identified. Initially, the service will be available in Boston. In order to ensure
safety, Chariot for Women uses Safer Place, which has a reputation for performing very
stringent background checks. it also requires drivers to pass Massachusetts’ Criminal Offender
Record information check, which is a deep background check used in daycare centers and
schools. That’s the report for today. I’m Megan
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10 thoughts on “DOJ Wants Apple’s Help…Again | Crunch Report

  1. If apple was smart it would authorize release of "adult and child/kiddy porn apps" on its app store, that way, FBI/DOJ would be busy doing something else!

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