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Apple’s Tim Cook explains that FBI request is like ‘software cancer’ in interview

Apple’s Tim Cook explains that FBI request is like ‘software cancer’ in interview

Apple CEO Time Cook appeared on ABC World News Tonight last night, and in a 30-minute interview with David Muir, he goes into detail about Apple's stance encryption, as well as why they will not give in to the FBI's demands for backdoor access into an iPhone that belonged to a terrorist. The television broadcast of the program only included a small portion of the interview, but ABC has now posted it online in full, and it's a must-watch for anyone closely following the Apple/FBI topic, as well as the larger issue of privacy and the government.

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In defiance, Apple works on making iPhone harder to hack

In defiance, Apple works on making iPhone harder to hack

Following the hoopla concerning Apple’s battle with the FBI over unlocking the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone comes a new report claiming the company is working on the development of new security measures that’ll prevent it — and the government — from breaching the phones. This will be a big blow for law enforcement and various government agencies, which have sought backdoors to the encryption.

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FBI vs Apple fight update: Bill Gates recants (sort of)

FBI vs Apple fight update: Bill Gates recants (sort of)

While yesterday it seemed that former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates landed squarely on the government's side of a recent legal dispute between the FBI and Apple. The case involves a locked smartphone owned by one of several San Bernardino shooters, and whether or not Apple should be obligated to create a new version of their iOS operating system to allow access to data stored within said device. It would appear that Bill Gates doesn't think the case is as black and white as most would suggest.

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Microsoft makes modest statement in support of Apple over iPhone encryption

Microsoft makes modest statement in support of Apple over iPhone encryption

The news about the FBI ordering Apple to offer backdoor access to an iPhone belonging to a terrorist, along with Apple's subsequent refusal, has been dominating headlines this week. On an issue that's sure to prompt ongoing debate about encryption and privacy, several other tech giants are voicing their support for Apple's stance. It took a bit of time, but Google's Sundar Pichai tweeted his agreement with Tim Cook's open letter on encryption, along with Jan Koum, the founder of WhatsApp. Now Microsoft has spoken up, albeit in a moderate way.

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UK teen arrested over FBI, DHS data hacking

UK teen arrested over FBI, DHS data hacking

Following the news earlier this week about data on some 30,000 FBI and Department of Homeland Security employees being stolen and subsequently posted online, a suspect has already been taken into custody, authorities have revealed. In what's not all that surprising, as it's become common in many of the high-profile corporate and government hacking incidents recently, the suspect is a 15-year-old boy, this time found living in England.

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Google, National Park Service team to digitize 3800+ artifacts

Google, National Park Service team to digitize 3800+ artifacts

The U.S Department of the Interior has announced a partnership with Google Cultural Institute to digitize and publish “thousands of historically and culturally significant objects” online for the public to explore. The objects include artwork, records, artifacts, photos, and more, and are drawn from the National Park Service’s massive museum system (more than 380 park museums and millions of objects). The work was done in preparation for NPS’ Centennial anniversary this year.

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Zuckerberg responds on India internet, remains mum on Net Neutrality

Zuckerberg responds on India internet, remains mum on Net Neutrality

This afternoon Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to comments about India's refusal to allow "Free Basics" in the country. While Facebook appeared to be bringing free internet to the world with this initiative last year - but as soon as it became apparent that not all was what it seemed, India responded. They responded by banning Free Basics altogether. Then earlier this month, they went a step further, issuing a Prohibition of Discriminatory Tariffs for Data Services Regulations, 2016. Today Zuckerberg responded.

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IRS successfully thwarted hack attempt (this time)

IRS successfully thwarted hack attempt (this time)

The IRS has announced it successfully blocked hackers who were attempting to steal electronic filing PINs belonging to taxpayers. The attack, which took place in the prime of tax season, is the latest attempt to steal data, but fortunately for tax payers was not successful this time around. Notably, the IRS announced last year that it had suffered a data breach, one that left hundreds of thousands of taxpayers vulnerable to identity theft.

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DOJ and Homeland Security hacked by ‘impersonator’

DOJ and Homeland Security hacked by ‘impersonator’

Unfortunately, 2016 has brought news of another government data breach, this latest one affecting workers at both Homeland Security and the Department of Justice. Information on thousands of employees was accessed by an intruder, though a Justice Department spokesperson has said there is no evidence at this time that "personally identifiable information" was breached. When the hack took place is unclear, but it marks the latest in a growing number of federal security failures.

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US Customs officials intercept 16k faux hoverboards

US Customs officials intercept 16k faux hoverboards

The United States Customs and Border Protection has announced that it confiscated more than 16,000 counterfeit hoverboards worth more than $6,000,000 USD. These counterfeit hoverboards, like ones before them, are potential safety hazards; more than a few faux hoverboards have caught on fire, prompting airlines, the postal service, and more to ban them.

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FCC’s radical new proposal will overhaul set top box market

FCC’s radical new proposal will overhaul set top box market

Yesterday, a report surfaced claiming the FCC would soon propose a change involving set top boxes, and such a proposal was indeed made public today. According to the FCC, “Ninety-nine percent of pay-TV subscribers are chained to their set-top boxes because cable and satellite operators have locked up the market.” If the commission gets its way, its proposal will save consumers money currently spent on leasing boxes from providers, and will open the doors for more consumer options.

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Google teams with Fox News for final Republican debate

Google teams with Fox News for final Republican debate

Google has teamed with Fox News Channel ahead of the final Republican debate. This is the last debate ahead of the 2016 primaries, and with this Google partnership, people will have a trio of new options for staying up to date on the details. Says Google, it is integrating three additional elements into the debate, including Google Trends data, questions from YouTube stars, and a new way to get info from candidates.

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