This week on AI: March special event, Supreme Court rejects e-books appeal, ransomware strikes Mac, encryption debate & more

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This week got off to an inauspicious start with the discovery of a Mac ransomware threat, followed by a Supreme Court snubbing of Apple's appeal of its $450 million e-books antitrust case. But the biggest news was Apple's confirmation of a special event on March 21, expected to feature a next-gen 4-inch iPhone model, revamped 9.7-inch iPad and more.

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Everything you need to know:

  • Apple will 'loop you in' on new products at a special keynote event on March 21 > >
  • Which is to be live streamed on Apple's website > >
  • A new 4-inch iPhone model is expected to debut, as per the latest case leaks > > from China > >
  • Including one for a 9.7-inch 'iPad Pro' with Smart Connector > >
  • The Mac platform saw its first ransomware attack when Transmission was infiltrated by "KeRanger" > >
  • But AppleInsider explained how to verify Mac checksums to keep your machine protected > >
  • In legal news, Apple will have to pay $450 million for its e-book indiscretions after the Supreme Court denied an appeal > >
  • Supporters chimed in on the Apple vs. FBI iPhone encryption case > >
  • Like Apple execs Eddy Cue > > and Craig Federighi > >
  • And a vitriolic response from federal prosecutors > >
  • That was called a 'cheap shot' by Apple's top lawyer Bruce Sewell > >

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