Apple Daily Report: Judge tosses proposed class action against Apple (and more news)

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. 

According to Law360, a California federal judge on Wednesday tossed a proposed class action alleging that fixes for the security bugs known as Spectre and Meltdown slowed down the processing speed of Apple devices.

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Apple has released its Chinese New Year gift guide, which includes a "New Year Special Edition" pair of Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones available in a “silver wing grey” design.

Speaking of Beats, AppleInsider reports that Apple has kicked off its annual back to school promotion in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and South Korea, offering students a pair of Beats headphones with qualifying discounted hardware purchase. 

A cyber security researcher canceled a hacking conference briefing on how he said he could crack the FaceID biometric facial recognition on iPhones, at the request of his employer, which called the work “misleading,” according to Reuters.

Reuters also reports that China’s Huawei Technologies has punished two employees for New Year greetings sent on the smartphone maker’s official Twitter account using — oops! — an iPhone.

Speaking of China, CNBC reports that the China Anti-Infringement and Anti-Counterfeit Innovation Strategic Alliance says Apple must respect a court order banning the sales of some iPhones "rather than defy and even trample the Chinese law by leveraging its super economic power and clout."

The law firm Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman has announced that it’s investigating whether Apple and certain executives violated U.S. federal securities laws after the company lowered its revenue guidance by up to $9 billion for the first quarter of its 2019 fiscal year earlier this week. 

Larry Kudlow, financial analyst and economic advisor to the Donald Trump administration as head of the National Economic Council, today said that “Apple technology may have been picked off by China,” via CNBC).