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Google, Facebook, Microsoft & Twitter expected to file motions backing Apple in unlock debate

02/25/2016, 05:02 pm

Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter are all expected to file amicus briefs in support of Apple, which is refusing to help the FBI unlock an iPhone 5c belonging to San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook over wider data privacy concerns.

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Apple lead attorney Bruce Sewell to testify before US Congress on encryption debate March 1

02/25/2016, 02:02 pm

The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on encryption next Tuesday, and Apple's top attorney, Bruce Sewell, will be in the nation's capital for the discussion.

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Foxconn's Sharp takeover postponed because of undisclosed liabilities, report says

02/25/2016, 12:02 pm

Despite indications that Apple supplier Foxconn had completed a deal to take over Sharp, the company is now reportedly putting the acquisition on hold after discovering undisclosed liabilities.

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Obama administration, FBI must act to restore US government's credibility in Apple's encryption debate

02/25/2016, 12:02 pm

Actions by the leadership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation over the past month related to the San Bernardino encryption issue demonstrate a shocking level of dishonest and callous disregard for the nation's core principles of democracy. FBI director James B. Comey should issue a formal apology or resign his post, AppleInsider's Daniel Eran Dilger argues.

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Apple developing iPhone and iCloud encryption that counters FBI-requested workaround, reports say

02/25/2016, 01:02 am

Amid government pressure on Apple to build an iOS encryption workaround, the company is said to be developing stronger iPhone and iCloud safeguards that would render obsolete any exploit it might be compelled to create.

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Sharp reportedly accepts $6.25B takeover bid from Foxconn

02/24/2016, 10:02 pm

Following months of rumors and speculation, primary Apple supplier Foxconn has reportedly purchased embattled Japanese tech giant Sharp for $6.25 billion, beating out an offer from Innovation Network Corporation of Japan.

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Tim Cook: FBI is asking Apple to create 'software equivalent of cancer'

02/24/2016, 07:02 pm

In a lengthy interview with ABC News anchor David Muir, Apple CEO Tim Cook reiterated that the repercussions of complying with FBI requests to build an iOS backdoor don't end with one smartphone, but instead have implications that ripple far beyond to hundreds of millions of iOS device owners.

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Bipartisan encryption bill would create special congressional commission on encryption

02/24/2016, 06:02 pm

House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Senate Intelligence Committee member Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) on Wednesday announced plans to push forward a bill that would see the formation of a special congressional commission to address complex digital privacy issues, a hot button topic recently making headlines thanks to Apple's legal battle with the DOJ.

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'This would be bad for America,' Tim Cook tells ABC News about creating iPhone backdoor

02/24/2016, 04:02 pm

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook will take to the airwaves this evening in an exclusive interview with ABC's World News Tonight with David Muir, where he will explain why his company refuses to create a "backdoor" to unlock iPhones for the FBI.

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On Steve Jobs's birthday, don't forget those who made his story possible

02/24/2016, 11:02 am

It's easy to forget that the empires built by Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and their peers were raised on foundations laid more than a century ago. On the day Apple's co-founder would have turned 61, let's take a moment to appreciate the pioneers who came before.

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New poll says public sides with Apple over FBI in resisting iPhone unlock order

02/24/2016, 10:02 am

Public support for Apple's refusal to unlock an iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook appears to be leaning in the company's favor, according to poll results published on Wednesday.

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Facebook 'Like' button gains new reactions: Love, Haha, Wow, Sad & Angry [u]

02/24/2016, 09:02 am

Social networking giant Facebook on Wednesday delivered on its promise to add more context and nuance to its ubiquitous "Like" button, giving users options for love, laughter, sadness and more [updated].

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Apple to argue First Amendment rights in FBI decryption battle

02/24/2016, 01:02 am

As expected, Apple intends to argue its First Amendment rights as part of a multi-pronged legal strategy designed to flout a court order compelling the company unlock an iPhone linked to last year's San Bernardino shootings.

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Apple execs met with Malaysian prime minister to discuss R&D investments, app development center

02/23/2016, 10:02 pm

Amidst an expansion into secondary and tertiary markets, Apple executives recently met with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to discuss potential investment opportunities in the region, including R&D and app development centers.

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Rallies supporting Apple's stance on privacy see lukewarm response

02/23/2016, 09:02 pm

Internet rights advocacy group Fight for the Future staged a series of rallies in support of Apple's encryption fight on Tuesday, though the nationwide gatherings managed only to attract small groups of stalwart activists.

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Fourth betas of iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4 issued to Apple's public testers

02/23/2016, 01:02 pm

Apple on Tuesday provided members of its public beta testing programs with pre-release builds of both iOS 9.3 and OS X 10.11.4, a day after the fourth betas were provided to developers.

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Bill Gates says he doesn't back FBI in case vs. Apple, encourages more discussion

02/23/2016, 11:02 am

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates says he was taken aback by a recent report quoting him as supporting the FBI in its encryption battle with Apple, calling the oversimplification of his view on the controversy "disappointing."

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Bill Gates sides with FBI on Apple encryption fight, says scope is limited to one iPhone

02/23/2016, 12:02 am

Microsoft founder Bill Gates said he disagrees with Apple's decision to not provide the FBI with a software workaround that breaks iOS, and instead sides with a narrow reading of the government's request for assistance that supposedly precludes wider dissemination of the as-yet-uncreated expoit.

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Mark Zuckerberg voices support for Apple in encryption row, but FBI is winning public mindshare

02/22/2016, 05:02 pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg added his name to the list of tech leaders rallying behind Apple in its encryption debate with the Justice Department, but a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center suggests the FBI is winning over public sentiment.

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Former NSA director opposes iOS backdoor, but leans towards FBI in iPhone unlock debate

02/22/2016, 02:02 pm

On Monday, a former director of the U.S. National Security Agency -- Michael Hayden -- took a middleground stance on the Apple/FBI encryption debate, supporting the FBI in the short term while opposing a universal backdoor in devices.

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