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Apple warns that FBI could monitor cameras and microphones next

Apple warns that FBI could monitor cameras and microphones next

If you've been following the case between Apple and the FBI, then you know that Apple has been asked to create a new, insecure version of iOS that allows any phone to be easily unlocked. The scariest thing about the case isn't what they could do with that software, but rather the precedent that such a ruling could set. And Apple's head of online services recently shared his thoughts on what that might lead to.

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UN aviation agency unveils new rules to prevent future aircraft disappearances

UN aviation agency unveils new rules to prevent future aircraft disappearances

New rules have been made public on the anniversary of the loss of MH370 that are intended to prevent any future aircraft disappearances from happening. The ICAO Council adopted new rules to prevent the loss of aircraft that run into distress in very remote locations. These new rules will be amendments to Annex 6 of the Chicago Convention covering the operation of aircraft.

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IRS suspends PIN tool following 800 fraud attempts

IRS suspends PIN tool following 800 fraud attempts

The IRS, victim of at least one hack, has temporarily suspended its Identity Protection PIN tool. The agency cites more than 800 fraudulent reports it had blocked up to the end of February, and says it is working on increasing its security measures to further protect against such fraud attempts. The tool was suspended on Monday — it isn’t clear when it will be reinstated, but until then taxpayers must call the IRS to retrieve their lost numbers.

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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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