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New health care model given legal clearance to be tested in Missoula

Dr. Carol Bridges, the co-founder and co-owner of CostCare in Missoula, said their family practice location at 2819 Great Northern Loop in Missoula, off Mullan Road, will be changing to a direct primary care model on Jan. 1, 2018. The urgent care walk-in clinic on Russell Street, across from the YMCA, will still accept insurance.

iPhone users should be given compensation from Google, new lawsuit claims

iPhone users should be given money by Google for the data it has collected on them, according to the leader of a campaign group who is launching a mass legal action against the tech giant.

For some time in 2011 and 2012, Google was using special tricks to watch how people were using their phones and feed back that data into its ad network, according to former Which? director Richard Lloyd, who claims Google unlawfully harvested that information.

The campaign group is now launching a major campaign – thought to be the first of its kind – that reportedly hopes to land at least £1 billion in compensation for an estimated 5.4 million users of the device.

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Mr Lloyd, who is leading the campaign, alleges that between June 2011 and February 2012, Google used special technology to get hold of data that was being stored in Safari, the default browser that Apple builds into its iPhones. It was able to plan cookies, or small files that track people around the internet, and use them to get data that could then be used to personalise ads around the internet.

Google has dismissed the case and says that it intends to fight and win it in court.

47c20_phil-hammond-budget-1 iPhone users should be given compensation from Google, new lawsuit claims

He says that people should now be able to get compensation for that data collection in an easy way. He hopes to take a case to court on behalf of the five and a half million people who were using iPhones at that time, and get money back on all of their behalfs.

He told Radio 4’s Today programme: “There is some precedent in the UK courts, where a small group of individuals settled privately with Google, but what has never happened, and what I think is a huge gap in the regulatory system, is everyone else who was affected by this workaround, the privacy settings on Safari, they’ve never had any access to redress at all and that’s what we’re trying to tackle with this claim.”

He added: “What we’re asking the court to do is allow me to represent the five and half million people that were affected, all on the same basis that their data rights were breached, and that Google should be held to account.

“At the moment there is a sense that Google and similar tech giants from Silicon Valley are behaving as if they are above the law, that they can’t be held to account in the courts in this country.”

A Google spokesman said: “This is not new – we have defended similar cases before. We don’t believe it has any merit and we will contest it.”

In August 2012 Google agreed to pay a civil penalty of 22.5 million US dollars (£15.1 million) to settle charges brought by the United States Federal Trade Commission, that it misrepresented to users of the Safari browser that it would not place tracking cookies or serve targeted advertisements to those users.

It is reported to be the first such mass legal claim of its kind in the UK.

Legal firm Mishcon de Reya has been appointed to represent the group – Google You Owe Us.

Partner James Oldnall, who is acting for Mr Lloyd in the legal action, said: “Whilst the total sums made by Google from misusing this data are likely to be large, the damages suffered by each individual are relatively small.

“A representative action such as this can be brought on behalf of all consumers and removes the need for individuals to bring an action, which they are unlikely to do.

“In this way Google and other tech companies can be held to account in relation to any alleged breaches of UK data protection law.”

He said data had become an “important new currency” and was valuable to large corporations, therefore consumers needed methods which could effectively police the rights given to them.

The case is reported to start next year.

Additional reporting by agencies

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Internet service to be given to households: Minister

Minister for Information Technology M Manikandan has said that the government is all set to roll out ‘Illamthorum Inayam’, providing internet service to households on Fibre to Home Technology (FTTH).

Addressing after distributing free laptops to school students here on Tuesday, he said in the first phase, the government proposed to digitally connect 12,524 village panchayats and identified the villages.

The digital connectivity was aimed at helping people in rural areas to get access to high quality medical services and consultations through videoconferencing, using internet, he said.

Addressing functions organised by the School Education department in Thiruvadanai and RS Mangalam blocks, the Minister distributed free laptops to 1,153 students at the total cost of ₹1.72 crore.

Mr. Manikandan said after former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had launched the free distribution of laptops to school students, the government, during the last five years, had distributed lap tops to 33 lakh students on a total outlay of ₹8,900 crore.

For this year, the government proposed to distribute free laptops to 5.35 lakh students and the distribution was going in all the districts, he said.

iPhone 8 Production Said to Drop Significantly Given Popularity of iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X

With fewer major selling points and given a consumer preference for the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects iPhone 8 production to see a 50-60 percent sequential decline this quarter.

In his latest research note for KGI Securities, obtained by MacRumors, Kuo said the lower-than-expected iPhone 8 demand could result in fewer orders for Apple supplier Pegatron, which assembles the iPhone 8 in Taiwan.

Pegatron — iPhone 8 production to decline 50-60% QoQ in 1Q18F on lower-than-expected demand: With fewer major selling points and given a consumer preference for iPhone 8 Plus on a limited price gap, we expect iPhone 8 production orders to see 50-60% QoQ decline in 1Q18F, potentially shrinking Pegatron’s utilization rate. But considering new iPhone orders may become more diverse (compared with a single model of iPhone 8 in 2H17), and assuming the new models will come with more compelling features than iPhone 8, we are positive on Pegatron’s growth momentum in 2H18F.

Just this week, research firm Canalys said the iPhone 8 Plus outpaced the iPhone 8 last quarter with shipments of 6.3 million units versus 5.4 million units respectively. Canalys said the iPhone 8 Plus is the first Plus-sized iPhone to out-ship its smaller 4.7-inch sibling in a single quarter.

Apple doesn’t disclose iPhone sales on a model-by-model basis, but chief executive Tim Cook said the iPhone 8 Plus has “gotten off to the fastest start of any Plus model,” which came as “a bit of a surprise” to the company.

Kuo remains positive about iPhone X demand, and estimates production will rise 35-45 percent this quarter compared to last quarter, which should help to alleviate supply constraints heading into the holiday shopping season. The device still has a 3-4 week shipping delay online, with limited in-store availability.

Kuo said Apple’s primary manufacturer Foxconn will convert its iPhone 8 Plus production lines into iPhone X lines in late 2017 to fulfill additional orders. Still, Apple is unlikely to achieve supply-demand balance until 2018.

Android given Saudi citizenship has more rights than women

Saudi Arabia’s decision to grant citizenship to a human-like robot has sparked uproar among critics of the kingdom, who point out that the machine has more rights than women and migrant workers.

The robot, called Sophia, was the world’s first to be recognised as a citizen of a country, according to the Saudi authorities.

It was granted Saudi Arabian nationality at the Future Investment Initiative, a business conference in Riyadh this week, at which the country unveiled plans to build a $500 billion mega-city.

Sophia was designed by the Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics to look like Audrey Hepburn and was interviewed on stage at the event dressed in a suit, without the headscarf or covering that women are required to wear in public in…

Woman who posed as drug, mental health counselor given 2 years in prison

Chase Beh had just turned 20 when his desperate mother placed him in intensive therapy with a counselor she hoped would rescue him from longtime substance abuse and mental health issues.

What his mother didn’t know was that the counselor, Kimberly Even, was a fraud. Not only was Even unlicensed, she’d been repeatedly warned by the professional organization that sets standards for drug counselors to stop claiming she was certified, federal court records show. The state regulatory agency that issues licenses was also investigating her credentials.

Beh, meanwhile, didn’t respond to the treatment Even gave him and quickly relapsed, according to federal prosecutors. An employee at the North Shore Adolescent Recovery Center warned Even that Beh’s addictions were dangerous and needed full-time impatient attention, but Even ignored him, prosecutors said.

Weeks later, while still under Even’s care, Beh died of a heroin overdose.

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