Since Steve and I can’t cover everything, at the end of each week day, we’ll offer this wrap-up of news items you should check out.
Apple is apparently looking into serious improvements for iCloud. The company is hunting for a senior product designer, according to the listing, spotted on Reddit. Candidates must be familiar with "Sketch, Keynote, Photoshop, or other design tools," and have five years of experience in user interface design, as well as "deep" familiarity with iOS and macOS.
In the Bay Area, Apple and Genentech are “particularly aggressive" in opposing tax assessors — elected officials who determine the value of property for tax purposes. Both companies are leading years-long efforts to recoup tens of millions of dollars they say they’ve overpaid in taxes on buildings, land, lab equipment, computers and other items.
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is reiterating some points from an open letter he sent to Apple CEO Tim Cook back in May. In an interview with NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, Nader suggested some other things Apple could have done with its excess cash. He began by criticizing Apple for executing its $100 billion stock buyback in May without asking shareholders their opinion beforehand.
Australia's government will debate proposed legislation before the end of this year that could force Apple and other companies to introduce backdoors into their products and services, such as the iPhone or iMessage, under the guise of assisting with national security and law enforcement investigations.