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Apple bows to China

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Apple bowed to Chinese pressure and withdrew the app HKMap.live, a realtime, crowdsourced map of the city’s protests that the company said was used to “target and ambush police.” The company last week rejected the app from appearing in the App Store because it "encourages activity that is not legal," developers said. But after a public outcry against the company, Apple let it run for a few days. Hong Kong authorities then said the app was being used to victimize non-protesters and Chinese state media suggested it was aiding "rioters," and Apple determined it violated App Store policy. Pro-democracy protests are now in their 18th week in Hong Kong.