Apple cracked China when Facebook and Google couldn’t. Now that’s a problem for Apple.

Apple has been more successful in China than any other consumer tech company. Now that’s a problem for Apple.

On Wednesday, Apple said it removed HKMapLive, an app used by protest organizers in Hong Kong, from its Chinese app store. The app, which lets users track police activity, “violates our guidelines and local laws,” Apple said. The company says it made the decision on its own accord and not because the Chinese state-owned People’s Daily had been publicly criticizing the app.

“Over the past several days we received credible information, from the Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau, as …

Simone Biles is the greatest female gymnast ever

With (another) world-title win to her name Thursday in Stuttgart, Germany, Simone Biles is now the winningest female gymnast at the World Championship level in history. If she wins another medal at the World Championships — individual events will take place this weekend — she will tie the record for the most world-title medals won by anyone, male or female.

It is extremely difficult to quantify “greatness” in a sport where generally, female athletes may only compete for two to five years before retirement.

Consider the female gymnast third on the list for most World Championship medals won by a …

Trump may soon ban Russian observation flights over US military bases. That’s a bad thing.

The United States is on the verge of leaving a decades-old treaty that has helped it gain intelligence on the militaries of potential foes, especially Russia. If the Trump administration goes through with the decision, the US will lose a valuable intelligence-gathering method and potentially make the world less safe.

According to multiple reports, the White House wants to pull the US out of the Open Skies Treaty, one of the most wide-ranging arms control pacts in the world. Originally an idea by President Dwight Eisenhower and made reality by President George H.W. Bush in 1992, it allows …

Vox Sentences: Only 800,000 can prevent forest fires

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California goes dark to prevent wildfires

  • California’s largest electricity provider, Pacific Gas & Electric, started shutting off power early Wednesday, eventually planning to throw about 800,000 customers in the Bay Area into darkness in an attempt to prevent more wildfires. [LA Times / Joseph Serna, Jaclyn Cosgrove, and Patrick McGreevy]
  • Forecasts for the week predicted strong, dry winds (known colloquially as