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French Election: Centrist Macron, Far-Right Le Pen Emerge Victorious
For the first time in French history, no mainstream candidate will be on the ballot: May's runoff will be between the pro-EU independent candidate Emmanuel Macron and the EU skeptic far-right populist Marine Le Pen.
GOP Scrambles to Keep Government Open As Demands Border Wall Funding
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told NBC?s Chuck Todd Sunday that he believed Congress would negotiate a deal before Friday?s deadline to keep the government open. However, Pres. Trump took to Twitter to make his demand known.
Palestinian wounds four in Tel Aviv stabbing attack: Israeli police
A Palestinian stabbed and slightly wounded four people along Tel Aviv's beachfront on Sunday and was arrested, police said, describing the attack as terrorism-related. A wave of street attacks by Palestinians in Israel and the occupied West Bank since October 2015 has previously killed 37 Israelis, two American tourists and a British student. At least 242 Palestinians have died during the period of sporadic violence.
CNN?s Camerota: ?Roger Ailes did sexually harass me?
The ?New Day? host revealed Sunday that the former Fox News chief propositioned her early in her career at the top-rated cable news network. Ailes, through his attorney, called the claims ?unsubstantiated and false.?
Haley warns NKorea about attacking US base or testing ICBM
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The United States could strike North Korea if it attacks a U.S. military base or tests an intercontinental ballistic missile, President Donald Trump's U.N. ambassador said Monday.
Erdogan accuses French researcher of inciting assassination
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's lawyer has lodged a complaint against a former French diplomat accusing him of inciting the assassination of Turkey's leader, his spokesman confirmed Monday. The move follows comments by Philippe Moreau Defarges about the outcome of the April 16 referendum on controversial constitutional changes that will tighten the president's grip on power. Defarges, now a senior fellow at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), said all legal paths to challenge Erdogan had been shut off and that the only two options left were civil war or assassination.
Remembering ?Happy Days? Star Erin Moran, an Icon from the 70s Generation
For nearly a decade, millions watched little Joanie Cunningham grow up on ?Happy Days.? She died Saturday afternoon at just 56 years old.
American Killed in Ukraine, Kremlin Coy on Alleged Abuses of Gay Chechens: The Weekend Behind, the Week Ahead
The headlines you might have missed this weekend, and the ones to watch this week.
Police pick up adorable intruders: A pair of pygmy goats
BELFAST, Maine (AP) ? Police in Maine have picked up some adorable intruders after two miniature goats escaped from their home and wandered the streets.
Lawyer for Philippines hit-man files complaint against Duterte at ICC
By Clare Baldwin and Stephanie van den Berg HONG KONG/THE HAGUE (Reuters) - A Philippines lawyer filed a complaint at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday against President Rodrigo Duterte and senior officials, accusing them of mass murder in a nationwide anti-drugs crackdown. Attorney Jude Sabio said in the 77-page complaint that Duterte "repeatedly, unchangingly and continuously" committed crimes against humanity and that under him, killing drug suspects and other criminals has become "best practice". Sabio is the lawyer for Edgar Matobato, a man who has testified in the Philippines Senate that he was part of a hit squad that operated on Duterte's orders.
Full Pelosi Interview: Trump Is Showing 'Weakness' With Wall
In an exclusive interview on Meet the Press, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tells Chuck Todd that Democrats unite around a variety of issues, but stand opposed to the president's border wall plan.
Dowd: New poll is 'good news, bad news, really bad news' for Trump
The Powerhouse Roundtable debates President Trump's progress as we approach 100 days in office.
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Bernie Sanders Aims To Revamp Democratic Party
The Vermont senator kicked off a cross-country tour aimed at sparking change within the party.
Egypt's Sisi visits Saudi Arabia as tensions ease
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi received a royal welcome from King Salman as he landed Sunday in Saudi Arabia for a visit to boost ties after months of tension. Salman, surrounded by key Saudi officials, greeted Sisi as he stepped off the plane in the capital Riyadh and hosted him for lunch, the official Saudi Press Agency said. The two Arab leaders then had talks during which they "reviewed the strong and brotherly relations as well as cooperation between their two countries" and regional issues, the agency said.
Ann Coulter's backers at UC Berkeley file lawsuit
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) ? University of California, Berkeley students who invited Ann Coulter to speak on campus filed a lawsuit Monday against the university, saying it is discriminating against conservative speakers and violating students' rights to free speech.
Member of security watchdog OSCE killed in Ukraine
(Reuters) - A member of European security watchdog OSCE's monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine was killed and two others injured on Sunday after their vehicle drove over a mine near Luhansk, prompting calls for an investigation into the incident. The unarmed, civilian OSCE mission with more than 700 international observers was deployed in 2014. The role of the monitors includes verifying the withdrawal of heavy weapons as agreed under the 2015 ceasefire agreement.
Hernandez suicide notes ordered released ahead of funeral
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) ? Aaron Hernandez's family turned out Monday for a private funeral to say their farewells to the former NFL star, and a judge ordered that three suicide notes he left be turned over by the time he is buried.
Japanese demand for nuclear shelters, purifiers surges as North Korea tension mounts
By Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Sales of nuclear shelters and radiation-blocking air purifiers have surged in Japan in recent weeks as North Korea has pressed ahead with missile tests in defiance of U.N. sanctions. A small company that specializes in building nuclear shelters, generally under people's houses, has received eight orders in April alone compared with six orders during a typical year. The company, Oribe Seiki Seisakusho, based in Kobe, western Japan, also has sold out of 50 Swiss-made air purifiers, which are said to keep out radiation and poisonous gas, and is trying to get more, said Nobuko Oribe, the company's director.
Pelosi: 'The Wall Is in My View Immoral'
House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tells Chuck Todd in an exclusive interview on Meet the Press, that Democrats can't negotiate over the border wall proposal.
Spain's Canary Islands battles slick after ferry accident
Spanish coast guard crews worked Sunday to clean up a three-kilometre (1.9-mile) long diesel slick off the holiday island of Gran Canaria after a passenger ferry slammed into a pier. Emergency crews managed on Saturday to collect half of the roughly 60,000 litres (16,000 gallons) of diesel that spilled into the ocean, the regional government said. Three coast guard boats were on Sunday working to break up the slick -- which is three kilometres long and half a kilometre wide -- to help the diesel evaporate, it added.
Tesla is doubling the size of its charging network
The biggest complaint about electric cars has always been that there's nowhere to juice up. Well, that excuse just died if you own a Tesla. The company just announced plans to double the size of its charging network by the end of the year, promising more chargers at current locations, and new Supercharger sites for all those Model 3s that should be hitting the road.
According to Tesla's plans, the number of Superchargers available globally will double by the end of the year, from 5,000 currently to a total of 10,000. In the US, there's a planned Supercharger increase of 150 percent. The upgrades will be spread out between new sites along highways, capacity increases to existing sites, and more Supercharger locations in urban areas.
Currently, the Supercharger network exists to facilitate long road trips. Superchargers are Tesla-branded chargers that only work with Tesla vehicles, and are capable of charging Teslas much faster than any other kind of charger. Tesla has a network of charging stations along most major US highways, which allows owners to travel distances well in excess of the car's 200-mile range, without needing to stop overnight to charge.
With a flood of new vehicles expected to hit the roads when the Model 3 starts being delivered, the capacity improvements will be necessary to keep congestion down at Superchargers. Already, Tesla has begun seeing congestion at some stations, and it's had to start charging new Tesla owners for charging. Previously, charging at a Supercharger was free for Tesla owners.
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U.S. Citizen Killed In Ukraine Mine Blast
The victim, whose name has not been released, was a part of a patrol of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in eastern Ukraine.
The Latest: French candidate Macron revels at Paris eatery
PARIS (AP) ? The Latest on the first round of France's presidential election (all times local):
Qatar Airways chief accuses US carriers of 'bullying'
The chief of Qatar Airways on Monday accused American carriers complaining over alleged subsidies to Gulf airlines of "bullying", as he announced new US routes in defiance of mounting airport restrictions. US carriers Delta, United and American Airlines have accused Qatar Airways along with Dubai's Emirates and Abu Dhabi's Etihad of benefitting from government subsidies to expand their transcontinental networks. Speaking to reporters at the annual Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, Qatar Airways chief Akbar al-Baker said he didn't expect any action from Washington.
The Latest: California police ask for help to find boy
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? The Latest on a missing boy whose father was found passed out in a Los Angeles County park (all times local):
Al Qaeda chief urges jihadists to use guerrilla tactics in Syria
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has called on Syrian Sunni jihadists to wage guerrilla war against enemies ranging from Syrian President Bashar al Assad and his Iranian-backed allies to Western powers. In an audio recording posted online on Sunday, Zawahri called for the rebels to be patient, saying they should be prepared for a long battle with the Western-led coalition in Iraq and Syria and Iranian-backed Shi'ites fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar al Assad's government. "Our people in Sham (Syria) prepare yourselves for a long battle with the Crusaders and their allies the Shi'ites and Alawites," the successor to Osama bin Laden said.
Wooden Figurines 'Weave' at Tiny Looms Placed in Ancient Grave
Tiny wooden figurines have stood upright "weaving" at appropriately sized looms for more than 2,100 years in a Chinese tomb containing the remains of a middle-age woman, a new study finds. The discovery of the miniature scene astonished archaeologists, who were surveying an area slated for subway construction in Chengdu, a city in China's southwestern Sichuan province, in 2013. The looms may be small ? the largest is about the size of a child's toy piano ? but they're the earliest evidence on record of looms that could be used to weave patterns, the researchers said.
ESPN Is an Albatross For Walt Disney Co (DIS) Stock
Published reports indicate that cable channel ESPN is preparing another round of cuts to its on-air talent, as parent company Walt Disney Co (ticker: DIS) continues to try to right the ship at the popular network. Traditional cable TV viewers have flocked to cheaper alternatives, and Disney is still trying to solve its ESPN problem. ESPN is expected to cut 40 jobs starting on May 1, including radio hosts, on-air personalities and writers.
2017 Honda Civic Type R sets Nürburgring lap record
The all-new version of the Honda Civic Type R was always going to make a big slash when it was unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, but the Honda has now proved it has just as much substance as it undoubtedly has style. The Civic Type R has always been renowned for outstanding performance, but this model, which set the new record and was part of the all-new tenth-generation Civic's development program, really has set a new benchmark for the Type R and for its rivals. This development car set a time of 7 minutes, 43.8 seconds, which is almost seven seconds faster than the previous generation Civic Type R managed.
French election will be 'major test' for populism
ABC News' Foreign Correspondent Alexander Marquardt reports about the French election.
Elizabeth Thomas Reunites With Family
The 15-year-old Tennessee teen was allegedly kidnapped by ex-teacher Tad Cummins.
California moves - slowly - toward resuming executions
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ? California has long been what one expert calls a "symbolic death penalty state," one of 12 that has capital punishment on the books but has not executed anyone in more than a decade.
Italy prosecutor stirs migrant 'taxis' row with NGOs
Charity boats rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean are colluding with traffickers in Libya, an Italian prosecutor was quoted as saying Sunday, stirring up a simmering row over aid groups' role in Europe's migrant crisis. In an interview with Italian daily La Stampa, Sicily-based prosecutor Carmelo Zuccaro made his most specific claims yet over NGO activities off Libya, which the EU border agency Frontex recently described as tantamount to providing a "taxi" service to Europe.
American Airlines apologizes for onboard clash over stroller
American Airlines on Saturday apologized to a female passenger and suspended an employee after a video showing an onboard clash over a baby stroller went viral, in the latest embarrassment for a U.S. carrier over how it treated a customer. The clip, posted on Facebook on Friday by a bystander aboard the flight, shows a woman in tears with a young child in her arms, and a man emerging from his seat to confront a male flight attendant who apparently wrested the stroller from the woman. Facebook user Surain Adyanthaya, who posted the video, wrote that the flight attendant had forcefully taken the stroller, hitting the woman with it and just missing her child.
The Latest: Venezuelan protesters cross into western Caracas
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) ? The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):
Brain-Damaged Woman Grins as Future Sister-in-Law Asks Her to Be a Bridesmaid
"There's no reason not to include her," said Nichole Sullivan of her sister-in-law to be, who suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Tomb Full of Mummies Unearthed at Luxor
Several mummies and more than 1,000 figurines have been discovered at an ancient cemetery located at Luxor in Egypt, archaeologists reported. A team of archaeologists with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities uncovered the funerary complex during the ministry's ongoing excavations at the site. The funerary complex contains multiple tombs that were originally built for a man named Userhat, who was a judge in Luxor sometime during what modern-day archaeologists call Egypt's New Kingdom (1550?1070 B.C.) period, the ministry said in a statement.
9 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today
A new week means a fresh new batch of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. We finished off last week with a terrific list, and we're picking things up on Monday right where we left off. You'll find nine fresh premium apps in today's list, and they're all free downloads right now for a limited time ? so hurry!
These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now ? obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word ?get,? it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged.
? Creative Arts
30 unique levels based on one line art
? Cut the Art Into Equal Parts as Possible
Give direction the colored balls by clicking on the screen. Some of the balls are connected to line but some aren't. Some of them can cut the line but some can't. Some of them have friction but some don't. The objective is simple; divide the line into as equal parts as possible. Collect points and open new levels.
30 challenging levels 30 different leaderboards
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Feel the cut in your hand
? 3D Touch Shortcut
Reach last played level via 3D Touch Shortcut
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Remind Yourself by Your Voice!!
The Fast and Easy way to create Reminders to notify yourself to do daily life activities
i.e. Meet Friend, Meet Customer, Buy Food, Bring documents to the office, etc.
To create a new reminder is very fast and easy. Just Recording your reminder voice, setting time to alert, setting reminder title (optional), that's all.
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IQ Test Pro Edition. 2 Differents Tests With solutions
"There's always another app claiming to test your brain. This one delivered!
I am very pleased with it. I'll be recommending this to all my friends. It's a great way to get the juices of the mind flowing. I don't know what the actual standard test consists of, however I can imagine it's pretty similar to this apps knowledge base! In closing -Sending my thanks to the developers!"
"I can't believe all these people bragging that they got IQ's of 135 and 140. The average is 100. Obviously, most of you people are lying. 3% of people have an IQ of 125 and over. 0.39% have an IQ over 140. One things I say, is that, 'the person who tells everyone how smart they are probably are not.' My sister is is pretty smart and has an IQ of 128. She's going to MIT. I think you people bragging about your iq probably aren't the smartest. If you were really smart, you'd know everyone would just say your lying and not tell everyone your IQ. I think it's a good, accurate app because my sister took a really long iq test and got the exact same score."
"I made the official Mensa test online few years ago and got 138. This time I have 130 with the app. I think it's accurate but it always depends on how you focus to the test and the time spent to answer the 39 questions. Good app overall."
IQ Test like a Job Interview
Available for iPad and iPhone.
2 different tests! And... IQ average ;)
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An intelligence quotient (IQ) is a score derived from one of several standardized tests designed to assess intelligence. The abbreviation "IQ" comes from the German term Intelligenz-Quotient, originally coined by psychologist William Stern.
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Shopping Cart Hero 3
Shopping Cart Hero 3 is here with more action than ever before!
An addicting jumper that will keep you coming back for more, Shopping Cart Hero 3 takes the adventure to all new locations to jump and explore. Discover new abilities and learn new tricks, then use your skills to defeat the bosses and save the world!
- Three beautiful worlds!
- Six different bosses to battle!
- New combos!
- Hidden tricks and bonus upgrades to find!
- Downhill trick battles!
- Flying, swimming, swinging!
- Achievements: Are you good enough to get them all?
- Online leaderboards: Do you compare to the best?
- More new upgrades than you can shake a banana at!
- Jump to fame and fortune.
Do you have what it takes to be a hero?
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Browser Web Page Recorder
***Just record the Web Page in this app, not the screen!***
A tool for recording web page *not the screen* in real time!That means you can record while browsing web page!
The recorded video is smooth and with high-quality.
-Record any web page in real time.
- Save and share the recorded video.
- Favorite common web pages to help you view them quickly.
- Web page screenshot function
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ContextIsKey allows you to seamlessly provide context and tone to your messages with our fonts: SarcasticText ?, MadText ?, HappyText ?, & SadText ?
To send a Sticker use the iMessage App! If you are sending a picture you are using the Keyboard Extension!
HOW TO USE STICKERS AND PEEL AND PASTE ON TOP OR TO THE SIDE OF MESSAGES AFTER YOU DOWNLOAD:
1) Tap any iMessage conversation, and tap the ">" button next to the text box;
2) Tape on the "A" for App Store in iMessage;
3) Tap the four ovals in bottom left hand corner of your screen;
4) Click Manage then activate ContextIsKey;
5) Click Create New Context and Create Your Sticker;
6) To Peel & Paste: Hold down on Sticker under "Create New Context" for one second then paste wherever you like! You can paste it on top or to the side of any message/picture; and
7) You can also use a 2nd finger to pinch-to-scale the sticker or rotate it.
***If ContextIsKey does not pop up in your iMessage apps, please update your iPhone software to version 10.2***
iMessage App- Create your own custom stickers! Peel and paste them wherever you want!
Keyboard Extension - give your messages tone and context wherever you chat including WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, etc.
Awesome Video Filters
Have a video and want to crop, filter or just pimp it a little, it doesn't matter how novice you are at editing your videos, with this app everything and more will be possible!
Add a simple stock filter or maker your own one for to use for all your videos! Or if you just want the right cropping for your video, no problem, with the custom built cropping tool it will be as easy as staying in bed every morning.
Awesome Video Filters offers an uniq feature called Levels, Don't be afraid it's easy to use and it's very similar to the photo/video editors levels panel on pc's and macs. With Levels you can change red-, green- or blue channel or all in one called RGB.
Note : Dear users Special Effects edits videos which are in album. If you don't have any videos it shows empty page. So please take video then you can see it in app and edit it.
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Max Tube LIVE
Max Tube LIVE - Sport, Games & Entertainment brings top content around the globe in a single app for iPhone users to watch content of their choice.
-> Top Games
-> Science & Technology
-> Latest Muic
-> Top Music with categories
-> Bollywood Content
-> Hollywoood Content
* Top (Top from category)
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* Latest (That are not too old)
* Live (Currently happening)
With these filters you can watch the Full videos of each and every category, Live, Latest, Long and shorts videos absolutely free for the first time.
It is kind of a browser where you can find everything you needed.
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There are 13 different categories and each category conatains alot of sub categories content absolutely free.
Now, there is no need to search anywhere just Download This app to watch all the favorite content in a single app.
Disclaimer: All rights belong to their respective owners. All the content displayed in the app is brought through the YouTube's Public API.
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Alice is a network proxy utility. It aims to enhance network security with encrypted traffic when user uses public network access point, such as using the wireless internet in cafes, bars or airports.
- Shadowsocks and ShadowVPN proxy.
- Custom DNS.
- IP-CIDR Rules policy.
- Network request history.
- Easy proxy configuration import and export by using QR code.
Alice does not provide a proxy server. Users need have their own proxy server. Alice stores only the required account information in the mobile device. Alice itself does not initiate network requests, except Crashlytics and its own official site.
If you have any question or suggestion, please fell free to contact us.
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Should The Bible Be Taught In Schools?
A lawsuit alleges that the few who opted out of a bible class at one school were harassed and discriminated against.
Trump heads into tough week with budget, health care battles
WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Donald Trump is heading into one of the most challenging weeks of his presidency, juggling a renewed health care push and a looming budget deadline. It's all complicated by a potential showdown with Democrats over paying for a border wall.
French election: what you need to know
Paris (AFP) - Nearly 47 million French voters go to the polls on Sunday in the first round of the country's presidential election.
Revised Mazda2 gets significant updates
Despite having been in production now for more than two decades, it's probably fair to say the Mazda2 isn't the best-known or best-loved model in Mazda's range, but the manufacturer is giving it some significant updates to try to challenge that perception. The current model is part of the car's fourth-generation, and it's sold around the globe under a number of different names and by several different manufacturers. The refreshed Mazda2 range goes on sale from June 1, and all variants will now feature Mazda's G-Vectoring Control technology, along with a number of detailed improvements to the car's suspension and steering to deliver improved levels of comfort and a more responsive feel for the driver.
Abu Sayyaf militants behead kidnapped Philippine soldier: army
A Filipino soldier kidnapped last week in the southern Philippines by Abu Sayyaf militants was found beheaded, the military said on Sunday, hours after government troops killed three more members of the Islamic State-linked group in a clash elsewhere. The head of Sergeant Anni Siraji of the Army's 32nd Infantry Battalion was found 50 meters away from his body in Patikul town in Sulu, Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu, said. Sobejana said Siraji was probably abducted and executed because of his involvement in peace initiatives in Sulu.
Police ambush killer's strategy to avoid death: Blame Dad
MILFORD, Pa. (AP) ? As Eric Frein tries to avoid death row for ambushing two Pennsylvania State Police troopers at their barracks, defense lawyers are suggesting they intend to raise questions about his father's influence on the gunman, a college dropout and ne'er-do-well who lived with his parents into his 30s.
CA attorney general says neither Mexico nor taxpayers want to pay for 'medieval wall'
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who has joined multiple lawsuits against the president on behalf of his state, is interviewed on "This Week."
How a New Credit Card Can Boost Your Credit Score
Many people are wary of applying for a new credit card because they've heard that their credit score takes a hit when they do it. The truth is that if you play your cards right (pun intended), that credit score ding (typically about five points that lasts two years) will hardly even matter. It will be outweighed by the new card's positive effects on your credit score, which result primarily from your credit utilization rate.
The inside story of why Tim Cook almost kicked Uber off the App Store
Uber's willingness to openly disregard Apple's App Store guidelines almost prompted Tim Cook to kick the popular ridesharing app off the App Store altogether, according to a new report from The New York Times. In a fascinating profile of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, a controversial figure to say the least, we learn that Kalanick in late 2014 instructed his software engineers to develop a way for the company to identify specific iPhones even when individuals deleted the Uber app from their devices.
When Apple got wind of what was going on in 2015, Tim Cook -- who has long been an outspoken proponent of user privacy -- took the issue incredibly seriously.
For months, Mr. Kalanick had pulled a fast one on Apple by directing his employees to help camouflage the ride-hailing app from Apple?s engineers. The reason? So Apple would not find out that Uber had secretly been tracking iPhones even after its app had been deleted from the devices, violating Apple?s privacy guidelines.
But Apple was on to the deception, and when Mr. Kalanick arrived at the midafternoon meeting sporting his favorite pair of bright red sneakers and hot-pink socks, Mr. Cook was prepared. ?So, I?ve heard you?ve been breaking some of our rules,? Mr. Cook said in his calm, Southern tone. Stop the trickery, Mr. Cook then demanded, or Uber?s app would be kicked out of Apple?s App Store.
According to the report, Kalanick's meeting with Cook left him "shaken."
Uber's app was never removed from the App Store but this wouldn't be the last time that Uber's tracking activities would make headlines.
Incidentally, Uber has since responded to the New York Times story regarding user tracking via a statement provided to Engadget.
We absolutely do not track individual users or their location if they've deleted the app. As the New York Times story notes towards the very end, this is a typical way to prevent fraudsters from loading Uber onto a stolen phone, putting in a stolen credit card, taking an expensive ride and then wiping the phone?over and over again. Similar techniques are also used for detecting and blocking suspicious logins to protect our users' accounts. Being able to recognize known bad actors when they try to get back onto our network is an important security measure for both Uber and our users.
As the Times explains in detail, the Uber app installed a piece of code capable of identifying a particular iPhone as means to help detect when a device was likely stolen and its contents erased. That may sound reasonable enough, but it runs afoul of Apple's App Store rules, which is to say that when a device is wiped clean, Apple wants there to be no data capable of linking a device back to a previous owner.
Consequently, Uber engineers, at the direction of Kalanick, came up with a clever way to surreptitiously install the code.
So Mr. Kalanick told his engineers to ?geofence? Apple?s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., a way to digitally identify people reviewing Uber?s software in a specific location. Uber would then obfuscate its code from people within that geofenced area, essentially drawing a digital lasso around those it wanted to keep in the dark. Apple employees at its headquarters were unable to see Uber?s fingerprinting.
The ruse did not last. Apple engineers outside of Cupertino caught on to Uber?s methods, prompting Mr. Cook to call Mr. Kalanick to his office.
Uber's underlying objective here may have been reasonable, but clearly, the actions it took to achieve its objective were unquestionably deceitful. Indeed, the thrust of the entire Times profile on Kalanick paints a portrait of a man obsessed with winning at all costs and all too willing to make contemptible decisions to bolster the company.
The Times profile of Kalanick certainly doesn't come at a good time for Uber. Recently, the company has garnered widespread media attention for all the wrong reasons, including a viral video featuring Kalanick getting into an argument with an Uber driver over employee-pay. The video generated an avalanche of criticism and even prompted Kalanick to write an apologetic letter stating that he needs "leadership help" and that he plans on getting it.
As a final point, mobile security expert Will Strafach took a look at an old build of Uber's iOS app and found the "shenanigans" involving Uber's private API calls.