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Canada ready to give retailers an out for the Apple Pay fees that don't exist

The fight between merchants and the credit card industry continues as the Canadian government is mulling over a proposal, which could be announced as early as this week, to give retailers the ability to reject Apple Pay (and mobile payments in general—if and when they're available in the country), The Wall Street Journal reported today.

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Some Apple Store locations may open early for Black Friday 2015 sales

Some Apple Store retail locations in the US may open as early as 8 am on Friday, November 28, othewise known as Black Friday 2014, and the company's online storefront is expected to join in with the same sales deals found in its brick-and-mortar locations.

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Apple reportedly boosting iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus production to keep up with demand

Apple is reportedly boosting production for two its flagship smartphones as it struggles to keep up with demand. It is reported that Apple may be tapping electronics assembler Pegatron, in addition to Foxconn, to produce additional units of both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as the company heads into the holiday shopping season.

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AT&T ditches plans for in-flight 4G LTE connectivity

AT&T announced that it will be abandoning plans to bring in-flight wireless connectivity. The carrier will not be bringing its 4G LTE service to the skies as previously planned through an air-to-ground-based service for domestic flights, citing that in-flight connectivity is too risky of an investment.

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President Obama wants ISPs to be regulated under net neutrality principles

President Barack Obama has issued a new request to the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify broadband wired Internet service in the US as a public utility, like telephone or power companies are currently classified. This is just the latest attempt to regulate Internet service providers under net neutrality principles.

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New devices help Apple make gains with businesses

Apple has increased its device share of the enterprise market, reversing a recent downward trend. Apple's iOS devices accounted for 69 percent of all corporate mobile device activations. This apparently comes down to the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, according to VentureBeat:

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Apple moving to Cambridge, UK to tap into local talent with new R&D office

Apple is looking to open new offices in Cambridge, UK. According to a report over on Business Weekly, the tech company will be deploying staff to 90 Hills Road, which sits in the vicinity of the city's mainline rail station, botanic garden and world-renowned university. According to the report:

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New drone flight over Apple Campus 2 reveals update on construction progress

Another drone flight video has been published to YouTube, showing off the new Apple mothership Campus 2 in 1080p quality. The footage shows progress made when compared against previous videos of the new construct, capturing the project from a variety of angles. Not only have the foundations been laid, but construction has commenced on the building structure itself.

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Home Depot switches execs to iPhones, MacBooks as it blames Windows for massive breach

Home Depot's security breach that left 56 million credit card numbers and 53 million customer email addresses vulnerable was blamed by a Windows vulnerability. When executives at the home improvement retailer learned of cause of the breach, those executives were quickly given replacement MacBook laptops and iPhones

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Walmart vs. Visa — With Apple Pay caught in the middle

Credit card transaction rates are still a contentious point with merchants and retailers and newer digital wallets like Apple Pay and the forthcoming CurrentC developed by the consortium known as MCX, which counts Rite Aid, CVS, and Walmart among its members, are caught in the middle. The issue brought up at the recent Money 2020 conference is how systems like Apple Pay handle card transaction rates between in-store and in-app purchases, and it was an issue raised by Walmart executive Mike Cook during a Q&A session.

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