Speaking at the Fortune Forum in Guangzhou on Wednesday, Cook also stressed that he believes strongly in freedoms, in comments after a United States democratic senator's remarks on Tuesday that Apple had a moral obligation to promote free expression. The "messaging apps and virtual private network (VPN) services ... help [ed] users subvert China's Great Firewall". "Global leaders in innovation, like Apple, have both an opportunity and a moral obligation to promote free expression and other basic human rights in countries that routinely deny these rights", Leahy said in a statement to CNBC on Tuesday.
Ups & 6 Downs From Last Night's WWE SmackDown (Dec 5)
Owner and Zayn are routinely vocal about being unfairly targeted by Shane, and up until now, their claims were questionable. Not only that, but Shane stated that if Owens and Zayn lose, they will fired from the WWE - not just SmackDown Live .
Yet Cook expressed confidence that some of the apps will eventually be reinstated, according to reports from Reuters. "My hope over time is that some of the things, the couple of things that's been pulled, come back. I have great hope on that and great optimism on that", Cook said at the Fortune Forum in Guangzhou, China.
Cook said he was happy with iPhone X sales in China, which is Apple's third-largest region by sales, although the smartphone continues to be edged out by competitors. Ironically, Cook admitted in an earnings call in August that Apple was forced to remove VPN apps from its App Store in China after government pressure. The companies have since reconciled their differences. And AAPL stock is down about 0.2% in mid-day trading as a result.
GVC Holdings tables $5.2bn Ladbrokes Coral takeover bid
The merger would follow previous combinations like that of Paddy Power and Betfair as well as Ladbrokes with Coral. A potential deal would give Ladbrokes Coral shareholders around 46.5 per cent of the combined group.
Apple, Facebook find something to praise China for amid internet clamp WUZHEN, China: Top executives at Apple Inc and Facebook Inc managed to find something to praise Beijing for at an internet conference in China this week, even as its Communist Party rulers ban Western social media and stamp on online dissent.
Abu Dhabi Identified As Buyer Of $450m Da Vinci Salvator Mundi
The painting, the title of which means "Savior of the World" in English, was the most expensive painting ever sold at auction. The museum's opening has also coincided with a period of heightened political tension in the Gulf and the broader Middle East.