Apple sends out termination notices to developers in Crimea following Obama executive order on sanctions

“Tensions between Russia and the U.S. over Crimea are spilling into the world of tech: developers are reporting that Apple is sending out notices of termination to people whose accounts are registered in Crimea, citing sanctions that the U.S. has ordered against the region as a response to Russia annexing it earlier in 2014,” Ingrid Lunden reports for TechCrunch.

The note in full:

This letter Serves as Notice of termination of the Registered Apple Developer Agreement (the “Agreement RAD”) Between you and Apple, Effective immediately.

Apple May terminate your Status as Registered Apple Developer A at Any time at ITS Sole Discretion Under the RAD Agreement. The new sanctions on the Crimea Region announced by the US Government on December 19, 2014 and announced by the European Commission on December 18, 2014 prohibit the continuation of the RAD Agreement between you and Apple. For more information, please review Executive Order 13685 and the European Commission Notice.

We Would like to remind you of your Obligations with regard to software and All Other Confidential information you That Obtained from Apple as A Registered Apple Developer. You must promptly Cease All use of and destroy such materials and Comply with All the Other Obligations set forth termination in the RAD Agreement.

“Apple’s move is in response to an Executive Order signed by U.S. President Barack Obama on December 19, which describes ‘additional steps to address the Russian occupation of the Crimea,'” Lunden reports. “The U.S. has sided with Ukraine in opposing Russia’s annexation of it in March 2014, and these measures — made to fall in line with similar sanctions crafted by the European Union — are intended to tighten the screws on Russia to relent.”

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  1. Executive orders from a guy who’s never been an executive a day in his life.

    > Bob: “Did you hear about the Obama administration scandal?
    > Jim: “You mean the Mexican gun running?”
    > Bob: “No, the other one.”
    > Jim: “You mean SEAL Team 6?”
    > Bob: “No, the other one.”
    > Jim: “You mean the State Dept. lying about Benghazi?”
    > Bob: “No, the other one.”
    > im: “You mean voter fraud?”
    > Bob: “No, the other one.”
    > Jim: “You mean the military not getting their votes counted?”
    > Bob: “No, the other one.”
    > Jim: “The NSA monitoring our phone calls, emails and everything else?”
    > Bob: “No, the other one.”
    > Jim: “You mean the of drones in our own country without the benefit of the law?”
    > Bob: “No, the other one.”
    > Jim: “Giving 123 Technologies $300 Million and right after it declared bankruptcy and was sold to the Chinese?”
    > Bob: “No, the other one.”
    > Jim: “You mean the president arming the Muslim Brotherhood?”
    > Bob: “No the other one:.
    > Jim: “The IRS targeting conservatives?”
    > Bob: “No, the other one.”
    > Jim: “The DOJ spying on the press?”
    > Bob: “No, the other one.”
    > Jim: “Sebelius shaking down health insurance executives?”
    > Bob: “No, the other one.”
    > Jim: “Giving SOLYNDRA $500 MILLION DOLLARS and 3 months later they declared bankruptcy and then the Chinese bought it?”
    > Bob: “No, the other one.”
    > Jim: “The NSA monitoring our phone calls, emails and everything else?”
    > Bob: “No, the other one.”
    > Jim: “The president’s ordering the release of nearly 10,000 illegal immigrants from jails and prisons, and falsely blaming the sequester?”
    > Bob: “No, the other one.”
    > Jim: “The president’s threat to impose gun control by Executive Order in order to bypass Congress?”
    > Bob: “No, the other one.”
    > Jim: “The president’s repeated violation of the law requiring him to submit a budget no later than the first Monday in February?”
    > Bob: “No, the other one.”
    > Jim: “The 2012 vote where 115% of all registered voters in some counties voted 100% for Obama?”
    > Bob: “No, the other one.”
    > Jim: “The president’s unconstitutional recess appointments in an attempt to circumvent the Senate’s advise-and-consent role?”
    > Bob: “No, the other one.”
    > Jim: “The State Department interfering with an Inspector General investigation on departmental sexual misconduct?”
    > Bob: “No, the other one.”
    > Jim: “Hillary Clinton, the IRS, Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?”
    > Bob: “No, the other one.”
    > Jim: “I give up! … Oh wait, I think I got it! You mean that 65 million low-information voters who don’t pay taxes and get free stuff from taxpayers and stuck us again with the most pandering, corrupt administration in American history?”
    > Bob: “THAT’S THE ONE!”

    1. A man goes into a restaurant, his server is wearing an ‘Obama 2012’ button on her apron. After he is finished eating, he pays the bill, leaves the restaurant and outside he gives a homeless man some money.

      He comes back into the restaurant and says to the waitress, “I see you’ve voted for Obama.” She replies, “Yes, I did.” “I just wanted to tell you that I redistributed your tip to the homeless guy outside the restaurant. Have a nice day.”

            1. They moved their “corporation headquarters” to Canada which any intelligent person knows, does not mean they closed their restaurants. The server (by the way, Burger King, doesn’t have servers Einstein), didn’t lose her job as the actual Burger King is still open.

            2. Gee, you know quite a bit about fast food, lemme hear you say “Fries with that?”…ya think they mighta moved to escape Uncle ‘Bama’s corporate taxes along with the other 25 major companies that have participated in tax inversions since Asshat took office?

            3. You do understand that it is Congress that passes the laws that create taxes and they are collected by the IRS. I guess it is a difficult concept to understand that the President is the Executive Branch of Government and only enforces existing law. Let me spell it out slowly. There is the Executive, the Legislative and Judicial Branches of the Government. They each have their distinct functions.

              Be sure and take your meds.

              By the way, I have worked fast food and managed a fast food restaurant for a number of years. I learned a lot about sales, marketing and management that I applied with the Byte Shop helping us to reach number 142 on the INC 500 fastest growing companies on 1984. I met Jobs, Gates, Osborne and probably sold the computer to your elementary school that you used typing tutor on.

              Spare me your stupidity. I see enough of that looking at the right wing nut jobs and christian fundamentalist infesting the world.

            4. Welcome to Jack in the Box. May I have your order please. You ever work in a well oiled machine? Taking an order while collecting for the order that is ready.

              There is value in honest hard work. Perhaps you should try it sometime.

            5. Seems like you need so Lithium to help you cope with reality. I do have a bit of arthritis in my right hip so the midol just might help at the end of the day when it starts to bother me but I would much rather take arthritis strength acetominiphan.

            6. I did hate upselling though. Would you like fries with that. It is a particularly conservative kind of thing. Selling 16 cents worth of coke for 1.29 or 25 cents worth of potatoes for 1.50.

            7. Ok, so a man enters restaurant in Riyadh and orders bacon-cheeseburger. He is immediately arrested by mutawwa, held prisoner for seven months, then is beheaded on YouTube. His last words were, “gee, I only wanted to have lunch and discuss the latest Apple rumors!”

            8. Have at him, CitizenX! But botty will never admit when he is wrong or makes an illogical statement. He just keeps posting drivel. Eventually he will just call you a liar. That is his modus operandi.

              He assumes that everyone is less intelligent and less educated. He assumes that anyone who disagrees with him or his dogma must be a lazy, incompetent fool looking for a handout. Botty takes it as a given that any information posted by his favorite right-wing funded organizations must be true. Botty is the tunnel-visioned, dogmatic cancer that is dividing this country.

              Suck it Botty. CitizenX has you pegged.

            9. No doubt. He’ll also defend BK’s right to “lol”move to Canada and fire the server that doesn’t exist cause it’s the ahmurican way to exercise your right to avoid giving back to the country that you flourished in.

            10. I love how you right wingers love to just make stuff up. Burger King bought Tim Hortons a Canadian fast food chain, that is all. Per Burger King Corporate we are not moving operations to Canada, the headquarters will remain in Miami where they started. This is why you all come across as idiots, you get your information from sources that just want to get you foaming at the mouth and don’t bother to fact check anything.

            11. From Burger King’s website:

              “In 2010, 3G Capital, a global multi-million dollar investment firm focused on long term value creation, purchased Burger King Corporation, making it a privately-held company.”
              …Burger King did not buy Tim Hortons, it was a merger that moved BK’s HQ to Canada to escape the corporate tax rates of the United States.

    2. Did you hear about the Bush administration scandal?

      You mean the one where he abducted & tortured innocent people, places the entire domestic population under unconstitutional surveillance, started a war for no reason, disappeared countless people and held them with no access to basic rights, ran the economy into the ground and generally f—Ed up the entire known habitable universe?


      1. sure did! Did ya’ also hear that YOUR Obola signed the extension to the Patriot Act TWICE? Did ya’ hear ol’ Gitmo is still goin’? OR did ya hear ol’ Obola is right back in Iraq + Syria and fixin’ to pour a 55 gallon drum of whoop-ass on Putin in the Ukraine?

        1. Did you hear that no state would accept the Gitmo prisoners? Do you remember the right-wing attacks when Obama released some of those prisoners?

          Do you have any clue that the GOP in Congress has worked for years to undermine this administration by blocking anyhthung and everything that he has tried to do, even things that were previously suggested by and supported by Republicans?! The GOP cares more about getting the Presidency than it does fulfilling its obligations to this country. Money and power are more important than truth and decency.

          I wish that political parties would disappear. Maybe reason could finally take precedence over rhetoric.

    3. You do realize that the President of the United State of American is described in our Constitution as follows:
      Section 1: President and Vice President
      Clause 1: Executive Power

      The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected,…

      He is the Chief Executive Officer in the Executive Branch of our government. So I guess he has executive experience.

    4. No fan of Obamanation but most of what you list above has been disproven or laughed out of the room by serious journalists. However, Faux Newz Channel has apologized on air for the utter bullshit it was pumping continuously over no go zones in Europe after the recent terror attacks in Paris.

      There is plenty of stuff to bitch/complain/protest about the President about, but the list above does a great discredit to your position.

    1. European Banking Cadre: “Obama, you must stop those Apple Developers in the Crimea. they may destroy our plans.”

      Uncle ‘Bama’s Cabin: “Yes suh, Mr. Yo’peein’ Banka Man, I be fetchin’ dat’ right now fo’ ya’. You knows I aim ta’ please.”

      European Banking Cadre: “Excellent, you may remain president and continue your golfing.”

      Uncle ‘Bama’s Cabin: “Thanks ya, Mr. Yo’peein’ Banka Man, I is much obliged!

      1. All 3 are asshats. The only reason I didn’t include Reagan, Carter, Nixon, Ford, and the other Bush is I couldn’t find them all in one picture. If you think that any of them are less corrupt than any of the others you’re extremely naive.

  2. Oh children. Do you think one is better than the other? REALLY? My country has been sold out. It doesn’t matter which of the two parties we vote for. Dump them both.

    THIRD PARTIES RULE! 😀 – ->You can’t stop me from dreaming of a better future.

    1. You are right . They are the same thing. The USA is not longer a democracy . It is a ruled by an oligarchy . The elections are just a masquerade to make people think they have some power .

  3. It was old when the whack job far-right wingers starting defaming him in 2009, just after he replaced the worst president in American history and inherited a mess of epic proportions. Now it’s comical. And you continue to use whatever method of social media you can get your hands on, even a site dedicated to all things Apple, which when I last checked had nothing to do with politics. Your comments are borderline racist, your opinions just continue to demonstrate the failure of our education system over the last 25+ years, and your diatribes continue to ignore anything that happened in the prior administration.

    I’m an independent, whether that matters to any of you. Honestly all of Washington is broken, and it’s everyone’s fault. But I’ve had it with this level of immaturity, and completely insulted that those who frequent this site – people who I would think would have half a brain – demonstrate a level of moronic, sophomoric and immaturity that puts you at a level on the food chain lower than amoeba. Find another site and return from the holes you came out of.

    1. It is shocking how vehement the right-wing hatred toward Obama is, and I agree, it borders on racism, based on their comments and attempts at humor. Yet their champions Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz left the country in economic tatters, led us into two absolutely devastating wars, one that we started for no valid reason other than Cheney’s delusional wish to reinvent the global oil order (thereby leading Cheney to commit treasonous acts for which he should be in prison rather than Scooter), and which has allowed ISIS (far, far worse than Saddam) to rise to power in the tattered remnants of the invaded country; the other war resulting from their abject failure (under Rice’s questionable leadership of NSA, for which she has seemingly been given a free pass compared to right-wing hysterics over Benghazi) to protect the country from the worst attack since Pearl Harbor; adopted a policy of torture that has forever tarnished and stained the American symbol of peace, justice, liberty, for the rest of the World. Obama and the current administration is certainly not perfect, and they have done things that I am critical of and disappointed with. But realistically, no administration can be perfect, and mistakes will be made due to the volume and complexity of decisions to be made over 4 or 8 years. Kennedy had his Bay of Pigs on his resume. But we have a much improved economy, slow job growth, the stock market at near all-time high based on genuine earnings, rather than fraudulent subprime mortgages and credit default swaps; Bin Laden captured; our world reputation and image very slowly healing (though always will be a scar there); a president who wants his populace to have access to decent health care and decent education. Yet the Far Right calls Obama the worst President in history and wants him impeached! Really? Why? If you look at the data objectively, there is no way to consider him worst in history; thus, their vehement hatred can only be described as irrational and personal.

      1. Hey Newton are you willing to pay for my “”AFFORDABLE”” health care premiums for me and my family? Please make the the check out for roughly $3800.00 and change for me please. Does that sound like FREE HEALTHCARE? NOTHING comes for FREE! Free healthcare???? There is no such thing. GMAFB.

  4. S.O.B. bastard MOF.
    US is trying again to start a cold war against Russia.
    Starting with the FASCIST coup it organized and executed in Kiev.
    CIA see in Russia a potential threat to its crumbling economy.
    Not only Russia, it’s also China, India, Brazil…
    In fact, it’s the new anti-american economic ALLIANCE = BRICS: Brazil, Russia,India,China,
    So, next victim could be one of these countries.
    Malaysian airplane was shot down by Ukrainians, backed and supported by US. The idea was also by CIA.
    US blamed Russia as planned, but from the first moment it happened, it was clear it was a usual a big american flop.
    CRIMEA NEVER belonged to ukraine.
    It was transferred to ukraine ILLEGALLY by Khrushchev in 1955.
    CRIMEA belonged to RUSSIA for at least 150 years.
    American assholes…
    What about Texas ?
    What about California ?…Arizona ?….
    These belonged to MEXICO.
    Too bad mexico is silent.
    I hope it takes US to international court of justice over these lands that should be given back to them.

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