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DOJ wants new judge to reverse pro Apple All Writs Act ruling

DOJ wants new judge to reverse pro Apple All Writs Act ruling

With just days before the court clash between Apple and the FBI in the San Bernardino case, the US Justice Department is gathering all the ammo it can get. Or, in this case, trying to divest Apple of such ammo. It has requested that a different federal judge reverse a ruling in a different New York case also involving Apple and the unlocking of an iPhone. There, the judge ruled that the use of the All Writs Act in this case was unconstitutional, which Apple immediately cited for its California case.

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Tech giants, including Microsoft, file brief supporting Apple

Tech giants, including Microsoft, file brief supporting Apple

Although Apple has recently scored a victory in an almost similar case, its battle with the FBI in the San Bernardino case is yet to come to a head in a formal hearing a few weeks from now. Like a giant army slowly building up from different corners, tech companies have now formally rallied behind Apple's cause, filing amicus brief on the company's behalf. Among those who put their name on paper are some of the who's who in the industry, including Google, Amazon, Facebook, Airbnb, Reddit, and, yes, Microsoft as well.

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DOT bans e-cigarettes on commercial flights

DOT bans e-cigarettes on commercial flights

A final ruling has been made about e-cigarette use on commercial flights: they’re banned and you'll get in big trouble for violating the ban. The ruling surprises exactly no one, but had to be made, as some travelers have eschewed common sense to use the 'vaping' devices during their flights. The DOT announced the final rule today, with the agency applying the same rules to e-cigarettes that it has for regular cigarettes.

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Apple faces €1m fine per iPhone unlocking refusal in France

Apple faces €1m fine per iPhone unlocking refusal in France

Despite its victory in court yesterday, Apple is still facing an uphill battle when it comes to iPhones, encryption, and the company’s staunch refusal to obey every unlock order that comes its way. France has proposed a million Euro fine for every iPhone the company refuses to unlock. The same penalty could apply to Google under similar conditions, and is being considered as a way to strong arm companies into giving governments access to suspected terrorists’ smartphone data.

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Judge: Apple can’t be forced to unlock iPhones under All Writs Act

Judge: Apple can’t be forced to unlock iPhones under All Writs Act

In a case unrelated but entirely relevant to the San Bernardino legal battle, a New York judge has just ruled that Apple cannot be forced to unlock an iPhone for the FBI under the All Writs Act, something George Washington himself had signed into law back in 1789. In this case, the matter revolves around an iPhone belonging to Jun Feng of Queens, New York. The DEA seized his phone while executing a search warrant on Feng’s home back in 2014. When it came time to search the phone, though, law enforcement was stopped by an increasingly contentious issue: the phone was, and still is, encrypted.

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Samsung cleared of 2014 Apple patent infringement case

Samsung cleared of 2014 Apple patent infringement case

It might be less than a fourth of the hefty sum it had to pay Apple last year, but even a $120 million reprieve is a big break for Samsung. But more than not having to pay that amount, the US Appeals Court ruled that Samsung didn't infringe on one of Apple's patents that Cupertino sued it for nearly 2 years ago. To add insult to injury, at least for Apple, the court also declared that the other two patents in the lawsuit were, in fact, invalid. If that weren't enough, it also said that it was Apple who was infringing on one of Samsung's patents.

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Apple taps developer of encrypted messaging app to help make iOS more secure

Apple taps developer of encrypted messaging app to help make iOS more secure

Apple's fight against the FBI rages on this week. Earlier today, Apple filed their formal response with the court, likening the "govtOS" that they'd be forced to create to a "cancer." But while the court battle continues, Apple appears to be exploring another avenue to keep their customers' data private and secure.

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AT&T files lawsuit to hinder Google Fiber in Louisville

AT&T files lawsuit to hinder Google Fiber in Louisville

The people of Louisville, Kentucky have no doubt been excited at the prospect of getting Google Fiber in their city. Last September, Google announced that they were in talks to bring their gigabit internet speeds to the city, along with two others. Unfortunately, AT&T isn't happy about one of the agreements that the city has made, and has filed a lawsuit against them.

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Apple files its response to court order, Google, Facebook to follow

Apple files its response to court order, Google, Facebook to follow

The heat hasn't cooled off in the fight between Apple and the FBI over the encrypted iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter, a case that, due to the circumstances of the crime, has bled into mainstream media and divided not just companies but also citizens. Soon, however, the case might be taken to yet another step higher. Apple has just submitted it legal response to the federal court's order and, in turn, is asking the courts to vacate the order on the grounds that the government is overstepping its legal boundaries and is setting a chilling precedent.

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Microsoft President “wholeheartedly” supports Apple in FBI case

Microsoft President “wholeheartedly” supports Apple in FBI case

Another day, another new development in the encryption battle that's pitting Apple against the FBI. Earlier we saw comments from FBI Director James Comey on the situation. Namely, he didn't believe that the order given to Apple for this one instance will not open the door to future cases just like this one. Well now we're hearing that Apple is getting some help from an old rival.

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FBI’s backdoor iPhone access is just the beginning: Apple asked to open 9 new phones

FBI’s backdoor iPhone access is just the beginning: Apple asked to open 9 new phones

Apple's battle with the US government has been going on for around a week now, and it doesn't look as though there's any end in sight. There is a lot of debate as to whether Apple is in the right or wrong, with their stance on not unlocking the San Bernardino shooter's phone. However, it seems as though Apple has been right about at least one thing.

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Apple responds to questions about San Bernardino case

Apple responds to questions about San Bernardino case

What do you do when you're at work, and your boss asks you to do something that you find to be unethical? Maybe you go over his head, and talk with his boss, or even someone in HR. But what happens when the US government gives you an order to do something like that? If you're Apple, you can't really go over the government's head. But you can go to the people.

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