Trump draws rebukes after touting aviation safety record

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump took credit on Tuesday for a record year of safety for commercial aviation in 2017, swiftly drawing criticism and derision from commentators who said the achievement reflected trends predating his administration.

Trump threatens to withhold funding to Palestinians

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Tuesday the United States may withhold payments to Palestinians because they are “no longer willing to talk peace.”

The FCC is still tweaking its net neutrality repeal (but that’s normal)

 You may think, from the pomp accompanying the FCC’s vote in December to repeal net neutrality, that the deed was accomplished. Not so — in fact, the order hasn’t even reached its final form: the Commission is still working on it. But while it may be frustrating, this is business as usual for regulations like this and concerned advocates should conserve their outrage for… Read More

With a new acquisition, Apple looks to improve workflow for developers

Apple has acquired Buddybuild, a startup that offers services to aid app developers with user testing and iteration.

Apple will roll the Vancouver-based Buddybuild team into its Xcode engineering division, where the team will create new tools and features for iOS developers. We don’t know exactly what form those will take yet, but it is likely they’ll still be related to debugging and collecting user feedback. Buddybuild’s currently offered services and products are similar in some ways to Apple’s existing tool TestFlight (also an acquisition), which allows app developers to share test beta app builds.

Apple has always made courting developers a cornerstone of the strategy for its platforms. Let’s call it “trickle-down platform development”—first you give developers powerful tools and an app store that puts their concerns front and center, then they create software that draws consumers to the platform. Each time Apple succeeds in attracting developers to build an app experience that is unique to its ecosystem, it’s a win from Apple’s perspective.

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Drugmakers raise 2018 U.S. prices, stick to self-imposed limits

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Drugmakers opened the new year by raising U.S. prices on dozens of medicines, but early data showed the increases generally remained within a 10 percent self-imposed limit in response to a backlash from consumers and politicians.