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FBI director says iPhone unlock demands are limited, won't 'set a master key loose'

02/22/2016, 10:02 am

The FBI's demand that Apple help it crack the iPhone 5c of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook has a "limited" scope, without impact beyond that case, according to a new editorial by FBI Director James Comey.

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Tim Cook says government should withdraw demands to unlock iPhone, form commission to discuss implications

02/22/2016, 07:02 am

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook issued a memo to his employees on Monday, escalating the war of words between his company and the U.S. government, and calling on officials to form a commission or panel of experts to discuss the implications of unlocking the iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooters.

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San Bernardino victims to support FBI in iPhone decryption fight

02/21/2016, 08:02 pm

Families of the victims of last year's San Bernardino massacre plan to file a legal brief in support of U.S. Department of Justice efforts to unlock an iPhone used by one of the shooters, adding weight to the government's case against Apple, a report said Sunday.

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This week on AI: Apple vs. the FBI, Apple vs. Kanye West, Apple vs. the world

02/20/2016, 04:02 am

Seemingly everyone in the tech world was talking about Apple's fight with the U.S. government over encryption and backdoor access to iOS. But the iPhone maker also found itself under fire from a variety of others as well, including hedge fund managers, and even rapper Kanye West. Catch up now on the busy week that was.

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House committee invites Apple CEO Tim Cook, FBI Director James Comey to discuss encryption

02/19/2016, 07:02 pm

Amid a firestorm of debate sparked by Apple's decision to fight an FBI data request, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Friday invited Apple CEO Tim Cook and FBI Director James Comey to offer testimony on the nuanced issues surrounding encryption.

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Apple ID linked to terrorist's iPhone 5c changed while device was in government hands, Apple says [ux2]

02/19/2016, 06:02 pm

In response to a Department of Justice motion to compel Apple's cooperation in the unlocking of an iPhone 5c used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists, company executives on Friday revealed the Apple ID passcode linked to that device was changed while the handset was in government hands, effectively blocking attempts to retrieve an iCloud backup.

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Avid iPhone user Donald Trump calls for Apple boycott over encryption fight

02/19/2016, 04:02 pm

Donald Trump, who is seeking the U.S. Republican presidential nomination, on Friday said consumers should boycott Apple until the company complies with government requests to help unlock an iPhone 5c tied to last year's San Bernardino massacre.

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US Department of Justice files motion to force Apple to crack terrorist's iPhone

02/19/2016, 02:02 pm

Apple's complex saga involving data encryption, civil liberties and national security took yet another twist on Friday when the U.S. Department of Justice weighed in, filing a motion attempting to compel the iPhone maker to create a backdoor to unlock a secured iPhone.

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Dominant Apple remains atop Fortune's 'most admired' list for 9th straight year

02/19/2016, 12:02 pm

For nearly a decade, Apple has been ranked as the "World's Most Admired Company" by business magazine Fortune, as the iPhone maker again took top honors for the new 2016 list.

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Billionaire Mark Cuban says Apple deserves a 'standing ovation' for fighting FBI on encryption

02/19/2016, 11:02 am

Apple did "exactly the right thing" by refusing a request from the U.S. government to create a backdoor to access a terrorist's locked iPhone, billionaire Mark Cuban wrote in response to the encryption controversy this week.

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AppleInsider podcast digs into Apple's fight for encryption

02/19/2016, 08:02 am

This week, the AppleInsider podcast analyzes the far reaching implications of a federal court order -- one that would see Apple undermine its own iOS encryption protocols to assist an FBI investigation.

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Overwhelming demand for Apple Pay's China launch causes sign-up hiccups [u]

02/19/2016, 08:02 am

A rush from Chinese users to sign up for contactless transactions via Apple Pay has taken its toll on the service's servers, preventing consumers from adding their credit and debit cards [updated].

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Apple reportedly enlists aid of free-speech attorneys in encryption battle

02/18/2016, 10:02 pm

Details surrounding Apple's legal battle to keep iPhone encryption intact continue to trickle out, the latest being a report claiming the company has retained the services of two prominent attorneys well versed in free-speech rights, suggesting such issues will be in play at upcoming court hearings.

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Facebook, Twitter voice support for Apple's stance on encryption [u]

02/18/2016, 09:02 pm

Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey tweeted "we stand with Tim Cook and Apple," while Facebook expressed it would "fight aggressively" against any government actions to "weaken the security" of consumer products.

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Apple poaches Telus executive to manage Canadian sales operations

02/18/2016, 08:02 pm

Apple added new blood to its Canadian management team in February with the hire of Brent Johnston, a longtime Telus executive who handled the regional telco's consumer segment.

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Senate committee chair mulls bill to punish companies that refuse decryption requests

02/18/2016, 08:02 pm

Amid a raging digital security debate sparked by Apple's fight to protect encryption FBI, the Senate Intelligence Committee is said to be working on legislation that would criminalize companies unwilling to comply with court-ordered decryption requests.

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John McAfee offers to decrypt iPhone used by San Bernardino terrorists, criticizes FBI

02/18/2016, 04:02 pm

Calling it a "black day and the beginning of the end of the U.S. as a world power," software developer John McAfee criticized the FBI on Thursday for attempting to force Apple to build a backdoor to access data from a terrorist's iPhone, saying that he will decrypt the handset himself for free.

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Protestors gather at San Francisco Apple Store to support fight against government backdoors

02/18/2016, 12:02 am

Internet rights advocacy group Fight for the Future held a rally outside a flagship San Francisco Apple Store on Wednesday in a show of support as Apple resists government pressure to implement software backdoors.

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Lawmakers, advocacy groups, Snowden take sides in polarizing Apple encryption debate

02/17/2016, 05:02 pm

U.S. legislators, public rights groups and security experts are planting their collective flags in a debate that could have serious ramifications for the future of consumer encryption sparked by a recent court order forcing Apple to aid in the decryption of an iPhone linked to the San Bernardino terrorist attack,

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Tim Cook & Jony Ive talk fashion, future of Apple in Vogue interview

02/17/2016, 04:02 pm

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook and lead designer Jony Ive took fashion magazine Vogue on a tour of their upcoming "spaceship" Campus 2, and explained how the Apple Watch is the realization of a long-term goal for the company.

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