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Apple pulls older iPhone models from stores in Germany

Apple pulls older iPhone models from stores in Germany

Technology
Apple is to stop selling older iPhone models at its stores in Germany after losing two patent cases brought by a chip manufacturer, the company has announced. A Munich court ruled that the smartphone maker and its subsidiaries breached a European patent held by Qualcomm.In a statement, Apple said: "Qualcomm's campaign is a desperate attempt to distract from the real issues between our companies."Their tactics, in the courts and in their everyday business, are harming innovation and harming consumers."Qualcomm insists on charging exorbitant fees based on work they didn't do and they are being investigated by governments all around the world for their behaviour." The San Diego-based chipmaker has pursued similar cases in other jurisdictions in the past.Pending an appeal, ...
Apple Stores to employ human trafficking victims

Apple Stores to employ human trafficking victims

Technology
Apple has announced a programme to help human trafficking victims get behind-the-scenes jobs at its stores.The technology company has teamed up with an NGO that will help the victims pass interviews for caretaker and landscaping posts among other roles.The individuals will not be identified to Apple and will be employed by its suppliers rather than directly. But it intends to monitor the initiative.The announcement coincides with the company winning the Stop Slavery Award.The prize was given by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and accepted by Apple's retail chief Angela Ahrendts in London.It recognises companies that are at the forefront of efforts to combat forced labour in supply chains. Judges praised the Apple's "extremely robu...
Juul to end social media campaigns, stop selling flavored pods in some stores

Juul to end social media campaigns, stop selling flavored pods in some stores

Health
Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Juul, the company with more than 70 percent of the e-cigarette share in the United States, has agreed to stop selling its flavored pods in stores and to shut down its social media campaigns. The e-cigarette company made this announcement on Tuesday, in the face of a recent decision from the Food and Drug Administration to ban flavored e-cigarettes in gas stations and convenience stores. "We don't want anyone who doesn't smoke, or already use nicotine, to use JUUL products," the company said in a press release. "We certainly don't want youth using the product. It is bad for public health, and it is bad for our mission." Many anticipate that the FDA will move forward with a plan to beef up online sales age verification requirements for flavored e-cigarettes. The move to st...
Debenhams slumps to £500m loss as stores face axe

Debenhams slumps to £500m loss as stores face axe

Business
Debenhams, Britain's biggest standalone department store chain, will announce the biggest loss in its 240-year history on Thursday as it sets out a plan to shrink its footprint in a radically shifting retail environment. Sky News can reveal that Debenhams will report a statutory annual loss of almost £500m for the year to 1 September.The mass of red ink on its accounts will arise from an overall charge of more than £500m - offsetting underlying profits of about £33m - relating to goodwill and impairments connected to store leases and IT systems.Alongside the full-year loss, Debenhams will confirm the closure of one-third of its 165 stores over the next five years, a stark upward revision from earlier guidance that around ten of its stores were facing the axe....
Walmart stores close overnight amid financial fall

Walmart stores close overnight amid financial fall

World
Argentina is in an economic freefall — again — and the government of President Mauricio Macri may be too late to stem the tide of social and economic hardship that lies ahead. DOT, one of the most upscale malls in Argentina, is already taking a hit. The enormous shopping center was inaugurated in early 2009 with a Walmart and Falabella, a Chilean department store, as its flagship stores. However, those economic boom times are no more, and today, the DOT is an empty shell of a mall. "It's really sad", Sandra, who asked that her last name remains private, told ABC News from a completely empty, chic women's clothing store at the mall. "I've worked here for eight years but I don't know what tomorrow might bring. The only times we have customers is [when] people [come] from the m...