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FTC warns Android developers about apps that monitor users’ TV habits

FTC warns Android developers about apps that monitor users’ TV habits

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued warnings to a handful of Android app developers using controversial software that could invade users' privacy without their knowledge. Known as "SilverPush," the advertising framework can use an Android device's microphone to listen for television shows in the background, in turn providing third-party advertisers with information on users' viewing habits.

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German court says Apple infringed on OpenTV streaming patent

German court says Apple infringed on OpenTV streaming patent

You win some, you lose some. Apple has been both on the giving as well as the receiving end of patent infringement lawsuits. And it doesn't always win those. In Germany, the Dusseldorf District Court ruled that Apple infringed on patents held by Swiss company Kudelski and its OpenTV unit. These patents relate to video streaming technologies and, as such, Apple is being ordered not to use such software in its devices sold in Germany, including iPhones, iPads, and the Apple TV.

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Man charged, pleads guilty in celebrity photo iCloud hacking case

Man charged, pleads guilty in celebrity photo iCloud hacking case

A Pennsylvania man has been formally charged in the hacking case that saw hundreds of private photos from celebrities stolen from their iCloud and other cloud storage accounts and posted online in the fall of 2014. The US Department of Justice says 36-year-old Ryan Collins is facing felony computer hacking charges after he broke into more than 50 iCloud accounts and 72 Gmail accounts. He has agreed to plead guilty, and is expected serve at least 18 months in prison.

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Apple amps up the rhetoric in latest response to DOJ

Apple amps up the rhetoric in latest response to DOJ

Apple has just filed a legal response to the Justice Department's response to Apple's response to the court order on behalf of the Justice Department. That simplified yet still confusing chronology of legal filings only shows the circus surrounding the tussle between Apple and government agencies, specifically the FBI, over unlocking the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone. After being on the receiving end of some colorful remarks from the DOJ, Apple's latest legal statement fires back by saying how the Founding Fathers would be appalled by the DOJ's order.

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Apple FBI case simplified by John Oliver Encryption video

Apple FBI case simplified by John Oliver Encryption video

If you weren't already convinced one way or the other about the Apple FBI encryption case, today "Last Week Tonight" will do that job for you. John Oliver tackles encryption, showing how the situation has played out so far and how absurd everything has been. In this Last Week Tonight, like all Last Week Tonight episodes, Oliver not only takes the case and makes it all simple enough for any person to understand, he drops the mic at the end as well.

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DOJ could force Apple to hand over iOS source code

DOJ could force Apple to hand over iOS source code

From name calling to almost veiled threats. That's how far the tussle between Apple and the FBI over San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook's iPhone has gone. In its most recent legal response to Apple's own legal filing, the Justice Department pretty much implied that it could require Apple to just give it the source code to its iOS mobile platform should the company continue to refuse to give in to the FBI's requests to unlock the iPhone. This was in response to one of Apple's arguments that it would cause an undue burden on the company.

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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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