Apple reportedly dropping camera supplier O-Film after forced labor allegations

Apple has begun severing ties with iPhone camera module supplier O-film after learning the company had been using forced labor.

In July, the U.S. Department of Commerce had added O-Film to a list of companies implicated in human rights violations against Uighur Muslim minorities.

The Elec claims that Apple is only allowing the company to supply camera models for older iPhone models. This may hint that the Cupertino-based tech giant needs time to find a replacement, though it isn’t quite clear from the source.

It is estimated that O-film Tech supplies about 10% of Apple’s camera modules — a number that has declined over the last four years. LG InnoTek is said to supply about around 50% of what Apple needs for the iPhone, and Sharp fulfills about 30% of demand. Specific product mix between the trio isn’t clear.

It was recently reported that Apple had been lobbying

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Private spies reportedly infiltrated an Amazon strike, secretly taking photos of workers, trade unionists, and journalists. Now a union is taking legal action.



a person wearing sunglasses and standing in a parking lot: November 2018: An Amazon worker with a mask of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos posing during a strike on Black Friday in the main logistic center protesting demanding better working conditions. Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images


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November 2018: An Amazon worker with a mask of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos posing during a strike on Black Friday in the main logistic center protesting demanding better working conditions. Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images

  • Private spies sub-contracted by the infamous Pinkerton Agency, a firm Amazon employs, infiltrated and photographed a worker strike at a warehouse on Black Friday 2019, according to a Spanish media report.
  • The spies compiled a 51-page document, which included photos of trade unionists, workers, and journalists who attended the strike, Spanish news site El Diario reported.
  • Amazon has used Pinkerton spies to track warehouse workers and labor movements at the company in the past, according to a November report.
  • Spanish labor union CCOO has asked a judge to seize documentation relating to the report ahead of potential legal action against Amazon. An Amazon spokesperson told El Diario
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The FTC and state attorneys general are reportedly aiming up to 4 new antitrust lawsuits at Facebook and Google as talk of regulation continues to heat up



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  • The Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general are gearing up to hit Google and Facebook with new antitrust lawsuits in the coming weeks, per a Monday report from The Wall Street Journal.
  • The probes will focus on whether the companies have had unfair advantages in their domination of the search and ad market and social media.
  • The DOJ and state attorneys generals have been probing aspects of Google’s business, including its search, online advertising, and Android practices, since 2019. The DOJ filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google in October.
  • But if the government sued Facebook, it would be the first major US government antitrust action taken against the social media company.
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Federal and state officials are gearing up to slap Facebook and Google with up to four new antitrust lawsuits by

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49ers, NFL Reportedly Consider San Diego for Relocation Amid COVID Restrictions | Bleacher Report

A San Francisco 49ers helmet sits next to a bottle of Gatorade during an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Scot Tucker)

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The San Francisco 49ers are reportedly discussing San Diego, Arizona and Dallas as possible options for home games in the coming weeks, according to Mike Jones of USA Today.

The team will not be allowed to play games or practice at its usual home for at least three weeks as a result of COVID-19 restrictions in effect in Santa Clara County, California. Per Steve Gardner of USA Today, there is a temporary ban on all high school, collegiate and professional contact sports.

There is also a mandatory quarantine for anyone traveling to the county, potentially creating a longer time away.

San Francisco is set to play a road game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday but have home games the next two weeks, including a Monday Night Football matchup against the Buffalo Bills in Week 13.

They could share stadiums with the Arizona Cardinals

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Mysterious Monolith In US Desert Reportedly Disappears

The shiny, triangular pillar which protruded some 12 feet from the red rocks of southern Utah was spotted on November 18 by baffled local officials counting bighorn sheep from the air


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A mysterious metal monolith found in the remote desert of the western United States, sparking a national guessing game over how it got there, has apparently disappeared, officials said Saturday.

The Bureau of Land Management in Utah said it had received “credible reports” that the object had been removed “by an unknown party” on Friday evening.

The bureau “did not remove the structure which is considered private property,” it said in a statement.

“We do not investigate crimes involving private property which are handled by the local sheriff’s office.”

The shiny, triangular pillar which protruded some 12 feet from the red rocks of southern Utah was spotted on November 18 by baffled local officials counting bighorn

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Salesforce Reportedly Kicks Tires on Slack Acquisition

Shares of work messaging app Slack Technologies jumped more than 7% Wednesday after the company was reportedly approached for an acquisition by Salesforce .



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Salesforce Reportedly Kicks Tires on Slack Acquisition

Any deal would value Slack above its current $17 billion market capitalization, The Wall Street Journal reported. It would represent Salesforce’s largest acquisition to date.

There is no guarantee that the acquisition talks will lead to a deal and Salesforce could ultimately choose a different target, sources told the Journal.

Slack jumped 7.1% to $31.68 on the news before being halted due to volatility. Salesforce shares dropped more than 3% on the news to $252.70, though the stock has risen about 55% year to date.

Requests for comment from both Slack and Salesforce weren’t returned immediately Wednesday.

Analysts at Wedbush published an industry note Wednesday afternoon following the news, saying “This would be an aggressive move for

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The Mandalorian Season 2 Reportedly Coming in December

To bring The Mandalorian to life, Star Wars filmmakers developed all-new technology to visit alien worlds in the galaxy far, far away, with audiences witnessing that behind-the-scenes process in the first season of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian. A new report from What’s on Disney Plus claims that the second season of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian will debut on the service in Australia on December 25th. With the streaming service often debuting programs at the same time around the world, this would seemingly confirm that global audiences will be able to watch the behind-the-scenes series before the end of the year.

While the debut season of The Mandalorian hit Disney+ last November, fans had to wait nearly six months to witness Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian. The second season of The Mandalorian is currently airing on Disney+, with the timing of this season allowing it to conclude before the behind-the-scenes

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Google Reportedly Wants to Buy Indian Social Media Firm ShareChat

Four months after taking a stake in India’s biggest mobile carrier, Google  (GOOG) – Get Report is reportedly interested in buying a fast-growing Indian social media firm.

The search giant is in talks to buy startup ShareChat in a deal that could be worth slightly more than $1 billion, according to a report from India’s Economic Times. For comparison, ShareChat was valued at $650 million in a 2019 funding round.

Following strong 2020 growth, ShareChat claims to have more than 160 million monthly active users (MAUs) for its core app. In addition, the company recently launched a short-form video app called Moj, around the time that TikTok was banned in India. Moj is said to have amassed more than 80 million MAUs in less than five months.

ShareChat’s core app lets users share videos and other content through both a core feed and groups that feature chat rooms

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PS5 Rest Mode Reportedly Causing Technical Issues

The PS5’s Rest mode is supposed to make it easier for players to pick up where they left off, just like its PS4 incarnation. Unfortunately, several PS5 owners–including multiple GameSpot staffers–have reported the console’s Rest mode appears to be causing a variety of technical issues, from persistent crashes to outright wiping saves.

Most users who have experienced these issues have been forced to rebuild their PS5’s database, similar to what happens when you accidentally unplug the system or experience a power outage. However, there appears to be no solution to the save-wiping issue. Some users have even reported that Rest mode can brick your PS5, though it’s not clear if that’s actually the case. It seems the vast majority of these complaints involve Spider-Man: Miles Morales, which led Insomniac’s James Stevenson to say that they’re investigating the issue.

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The US military reportedly bought location data mined from a popular Muslim prayer app to track users for ‘counterterrorism’



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  • The US military purchases location data mined from seemingly ordinary apps on peoples’ smartphones, public procurement records show.
  • One source of location data bought by the military is Muslim Pro, a prayer app with more than 98 million downloads worldwide, according to a new report from Vice’s Motherboard.
  • Apps like Muslim Pro — as well as other apps for exercise, weather tracking, and browsing Craigslist — sell people’s location data to third party brokers, which in turn sell the data to clients like the US military and military contractors.
  • The US has previously used location data harvested from smartphones in order to plan and carry out drone strikes.
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Muslim Pro, a prayer app with over 98 million downloads, reminds users about daily prayers and provides readings from the Quran. The company

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