9to5Mac: The Unofficial Apple Archive is on a mission to save Apple history and inspire new creators. “‘I totally forgot that Rihanna was used as the track for an iPad 2 guided tour. What a weird year.’ Sam Henri Gold was giving me a progress update on what would eventually become The Apple Archive. He had just made it to 2011. Compiled from hundreds of videos and images spanning Apple’s near 44-year history, the collection is believed to be one of the largest of its kind ever made available. It launches today.”
CNBC: This developer was surprised that Apple Card didn’t let him download spending data, so he built a fix. “The Apple Card was designed to be loaded into a user’s iPhone, with spending history living inside the Wallet app and transaction data arranged in a colorful interactive interface. But consumers who want to analyze their transactions in Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets for tax or budgeting purposes, a tool that many credit card companies offer, are out of luck.”
Bloomberg: Amazon and Google to Hit CES With Digital Assistants in Tow. “The world’s biggest technology companies are heading to Las Vegas for the annual CES trade show next week, with even Apple Inc. making a rare official appearance. But don’t expect any breakthrough new hardware.”
ZDNet: Apple opens public bug bounty program, publishes official rules. “Apple has formally opened its bug bounty program today to all security researchers, after announcing the move earlier this year in August at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. Until today, Apple ran an invitation-based bug bounty program for selected security researchers only and was accepting only iOS security bugs.”
Ars Technica: Apple, Google, and Amazon team up to create “CHIP,” a new smart home standard. “Apple, Google, Amazon, and the Zigbee Alliance have all teamed up to make a new smart home standard. The new working group went live today under the name of ‘Project Connected Home over IP’ with announcement blog posts from Google, Apple, Zigbee, and a new website, connectedhomeip.com.”
The Guardian: Apple and Google named in US lawsuit over Congolese child cobalt mining deaths. “A landmark legal case has been launched against the world’s largest tech companies by Congolese families who say their children were killed or maimed while mining for cobalt used to power smartphones, laptops and electric cars, the Guardian can reveal.” This is the Democratic Republic of the Congo, not the Republic of the Congo.
Reuters: Google, Apple asked if apps like TikTok must disclose foreign ties. “The chair of a U.S. congressional panel wrote to Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Google and to Apple (AAPL.O) on Friday to ask what if any disclosures mobile apps are required to make regarding overseas ties, a concern that follows reports of Chinese investment in popular apps such as TikTok and Grindr.”