TECH CRUNCH - July 4 - For the first time, Apple has published the number of requests it's received from governments to take down apps from its app store. In its latest transparency report, published Tuesday, Apple said it received 80 requests from 11 countries to remove 634 apps from its app stores during July 1 to December 31, 2018. Apple didn't list the apps that were removed, but noted in most cases why the apps were pulled. China made up the bulk of the requests, seeking to remove 517 apps claiming they violated its gambling and pornography laws. Vietnam and Austria also requested the removal of several apps that violated its gambling laws, while Kuwait asked Apple to pull some apps that fell afoul of its privacy laws. Apple said it received 29,183 demands from governments - down ~10% on the last reporting period - to access 213,737 devices in the second half of last year. Apple also received 4,875 requests for account data, such as information stored in iCloud - up by 16% on the previous reporting period - affecting 22,503 accounts.