Amazon countersuits Parler

The attempted coup on the US Capitol on January 6th forced several tech companies such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to ban US President Donald Trump for its failure to comply with its policies inciting an insurrection, which caused deaths, damages, and theft. Parler, a “free speech” social media app used by pro-Trump members was also shut down filed a breach of contract against Amazon. On Tuesday January 12th however, Amazon submitted a new filing in Federal court in response to Parler’s claims (see snapshot of the case below)

This case is not about suppressing speech or stifling viewpoints. It is not about a conspiracy to restrain trade. Instead, this case is about Parler’s demonstrated unwillingness and inability to remove from the servers of Amazon Web Services (“AWS”) content that threatens the public safety, such as by inciting and planning the rape, torture, and assassination of named public officials and private citizens. There is no legal basis in AWS’s customer agreements or otherwise to compel AWS to host content of this nature. AWS notified Parler repeatedly that its content violated the parties’ agreement, requested removal, and reviewed Parler’s plan to address the problem, only to determine that Parler was both unwilling and unable to do so. AWS suspended Parler’s account as a last resort to prevent further access to such content, including plans for violence to disrupt the impending Presidential transition.

Despite Parler’s rhetoric, its lawsuit is no more than a meritless claim for breach of contract. But the facts are unequivocal: If there is any breach, it is Parler’s demonstrated failure and inability to identify and remove such content. AWS was well within its rights to suspend Parler immediately for those failures. Parler also cannot hold AWS liable in tort for enforcing the agreement’s express terms. And there is no antitrust claim where, as here, Parler cannot plausibly plead an agreement to cause it harm and the complained-of conduct is undeniably compatible with a legitimate purpose.

Compelling AWS to host content that plans, encourages, and incites violence would be unprecedented. Parler has no likelihood of prevailing on the merits, and the balance of equities and public interest strongly tip against an injunction. The motion for a temporary restraining order should be denied.

Read the full story from [gizmodo.com]

Apple shut stores in California due to COVID-19

Apple is set to shut 53 of its stores in California because of COVID-19 surge in the state.

“Due to current Covid-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas… We take this step with an abundance of caution as we closely monitor the situation and we look forward to having our teams and customers back as soon as possible.”

Read more from The New York Times.

Apple Introduces iWork for iCloud

iWork has always been the best way to be productive on the Apple Mac. iWork for iOS made it easy to create beautiful documents on iPad and iPhone. With iWork for iCloud, Apple is bringing Pages, Numbers, and Keynote to the web — on Mac,  and PC and can readily be synced with all your iOS/Apple devices.

Apple is currently putting in the finishing touches on the iWork for iCloud apps and will be available on iCloud.com. Just log in from your browser on your Mac or PC to get started. All the documents you create will be saved in iCloud, and any changes you make will automatically reflect in the iWork apps on your iOS devices and your Mac. 

read more [https://www.apple.com/iwork-for-icloud]

Apple – Making a difference. One app at a time

“Each iOS app offers remarkable — and often delightful — possibilities. But the most powerful iOS apps ever are ones that change people’s lives in ways they never imagined.” – Apple



Apple especially in the past decade has truly reached many people via their varying technologies, iMac, iPod, iPhone, iPad etc.. but how much really have they changed the way people live?  check this video creates by Apple 

Apple Introduces IOS 7

Apple has just suit up a new and improved look via launching IOS 7 in Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC).

here are some of the said changes:

IOS 7 sports a thinner, cleaner font (Helvetica Neue Ultra). Application icons are flatter, and for the first time in Apple OS history, the lock screen has changed.  

it also allows multi-tasking and claims improvement in battery consumption. their safari browser now opens in full screen mode with a unified smart search field.  

meanwhile, the camera app now lets you swipe between camera types and has added filter for searching.  

users can now also share photos and videos via AirDrop, an iCloud photo-sharing tool.  you will also now be introduced to iTunes Radio (similar to Pandora). finally, SIRI‘s got a new voice as well as support for other languages (such as french and german).

nope, there were no phone changes as previously predicted but they also introduced MacBook Air laptops, thinner and with faster processors, and with promises of improved battery life.

Apple Reveals iPhone 4S with Siri

PINOYs waiting for an iPhone 5 may have to wait a little more, as Apple today instead revealed iPhone 4S!


iPhone 4S looks exactly like iPhone 4, claims to run 7x faster (with its dual core A5 chip), 8MP camera (shoots 1080p HD video), iOS5 (with over 200 new software features), and iCloud to sync your data to several of your devices (e.g. iPhone, iPod, etc.).  


unlike the past Apple events, this latest gathering was somehow below expectations. everybody was looking for an iPhone 5, and with a new management @ the helm (CEO Tim Cook), many were expecting Apple will continue to surprise us. 


the saving grace probably of this new iPhone version is its new feature, Siri – voice activated, it gives you reminders, even takes dictation, helps you quickly find places,  it claims to understand what you mean as it provides you your needed information. basically as Apple put it, Siri allows you to converse with your iPhone 🙂   




see more [http://www.apple.com/iphone]

Who is Tim Cook

for all PINOYs who aren’t familiar with the CEO of Apple, here’s a summary profile of Tim Cook as seen on Apple.com

Before being named CEO in August 2011, Tim was Apple’s Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for all of the company’s worldwide sales and operations, including end-to-end management of Apple’s supply chain, sales activities, and service and support in all markets and countries. He also headed Apple’s Macintosh division and played a key role in the continued development of strategic reseller and supplier relationships, ensuring flexibility in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace.

Prior to joining Apple, Tim was vice president of Corporate Materials for Compaq and was responsible for procuring and managing all of Compaq’s product inventory. Previous to his work at Compaq, Tim was the chief operating officer of the Reseller Division at Intelligent Electronics.

Tim also spent 12 years with IBM, most recently as director of North American Fulfillment where he led manufacturing and distribution functions for IBM’s Personal Computer Company in North and Latin America.

Tim earned an M.B.A. from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University.

here are other intriguing details of Tim c/o gawker.com

Age: 50

Temperament: Calm, quiet — and deadly. His southern accent and “courtly demeanor” can disarm subordinates, and Cook never raises his voice, but his default frown and long, uncomfortable silent stares hint at the demanding leader underneath.

Work habits: Voracious. Cook is described as a workaholic who begins emailing his underlings at 4:30 am each morning and eschews Apple’s famously good cafes for an endless series of energy bars, which he’ll often devour during meetings. The COO prides himself on being the first into the office and the last one out.

Shortcomings: Cook is not known as a product visionary or for shepherding projects through Apple’s rigorous development pipeline.

Interests: Cook is a “fitness nut,” in the gym by 5 am, often on the hiking trail and even more often on his bike.

Social style: Cook is relatively withdrawn. A former college classmate described him as “not a real social person..”

Romantic interests: After Cook was profiled as a “lifelong bachelor” and “intensely private”

Signature look: Cook serves on Nike’s board, which is why you’ll see him sporting Nike shoes under his jeans around the Apple office.

see more [gawker.com]