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The 10 Top News Stories Of 2018 (So Far)

From microprocessor vulnerabilities to billion-dollar acquisitions, from data privacy scandals to top executive resignations, CRN takes a look at the news stories that captured our attention in the first half of the year.

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9. Apple Takes A Hit Over iPhone "Throttling"

At the very end of 2017 Apple issued a statement acknowledging that the company had deliberately slowed the performance of older iPhones to help preserve the life of their batteries -- and had been doing so throughout the year.

As 2018 dawned, Apple came under heavy criticism from consumers and partners for not disclosing what became known as "Throttling." The practice was seen by some as a way to push customers to upgrade their iPhones more quickly.

In January CEO Tim Cook defended Apple's use of throttling, but admitted that Apple had made mistakes in not being more transparent about the practice. The controversy is seen as having tarnished Apple's reputation. And there have been reports that two federal agencies, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, are investigating whether Apple broke any securities laws in its handling of the throttling issue.

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