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Uber’s app fingerprinted iPhone hardware, breaking App Store rules

Device fingerprinting was used to prevent account fraud.

Uber rejects claims iPhone app tracked users after being deleted

The practice eventually led to Apple CEO Tim Cook threatening to remove Uber from the App Store.

Qualcomm says Apple broke contract, hindered performance of its chipsets

Chipmaker demands "fair value for our technological contributions to the industry."

Imagining a new Mac Pro, the “iMac Pro,” and the future...

Apple says it's taking pro users' complaints seriously. We'll see.

IDG Contributor Network: IoT is going to kill your smartphones

I don't remember when I last used my phone.Seriously. No, really, I am not a tech-denying hipster who brags about using command line for everything or who uses technologies that are deemed ancient even by the Amish community's standards.
I don't liv...

Tim Cook: Augmented reality is the future, and fake news is...

While Apple CEO Tim Cook is looking forward to his company’s next big idea, which sounds like it’s going to be augmented reality-related, he’s also stunned by the tech industry’s inability to stem the tide of fake news.In between tours of schools and meetings with developers in a trip to Britain, Cook spoke excitedly about the potential of AR in Apple devices to The Independent, and was equally impassioned about the scourge of fake news in comments to The Telegraph.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Amazon’s former Fire TV director gets poached by Apple

New hire brings years of experience at Amazon, Roku, Netflix, and more.

Why does it cost 20 times as much to protect Mark...

Tech CEO crazy security spending rundown When Snap's filed documents last week for its IPO filing, among the interesting snippets that emerged was the cost of security for its CEO Evan Spiegel: a somewhat extraordinary $890,000.…

Apple, Google, and 95 other tech firms join forces to fight...

Companies say executive order is "overbroad…lacks any basis in precedent."

Apple sets revenue and iPhone sales records in Q1 of 2017

The iPad is still sliding, but most other things are off to a good start.

Tim Cook: ‘Apple would not exist without immigration’

Apple has championed the causes of marriage equality and environmental sustainability in recent years, so its employees looked to the company’s leadership in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration from predominantly Muslim countries.

The order, which restricts immigration from seven countries and outright bans refugees from Syria, was handed down late Friday and led to protests in several U.S. cities and at airports where refugees were being detained.“Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do,” Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in an email to the company’s employees, later published by Re/code. “I’ve heard from many of you who are deeply concerned about the executive order issued yesterday restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.
I share your concerns.
It is not a policy we support.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Trump’s FBI boss, Attorney General picks reckon your encryption’s getting backdoored

This isn't going to end well US President Donald Trump's pick for his Attorney General and head of the FBI will have security specialists nervous, since both believe breaking encryption is a good idea. Senator Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions III (R‑AL) is Trump's pick for the top legal job in the US.
In congressional testimony, he outed himself as a committed backdoor man when it comes to encryption.
In the written testimony [PDF] to Senator Patrick Leahy, (D‑VT) he laid out his position. "Encryption serves many valuable and important purposes," Sessions wrote. "It is also critical, however, that national security and criminal investigators be able to overcome encryption, under lawful authority, when necessary to the furtherance of national security and criminal investigations." That's going to be bad news for people who favor strong encryption.

The finest minds in cryptography have repeatedly pointed out the impossibility of building a backdoor for law enforcement into secure encryption, since there's no way to stop others from finding and exploiting the Feds-only access.
If backdoors are mandated, then it could open up all our data to attackers.

Encryption is either strong or backdoored. Sessions' appointment is also going to cause Apple CEO Tim Cook and other tech execs to wear long faces.

During the San Bernardino iPhone case, Sessions was one of the main voices in Congress calling for Apple to create hacking tools for its own operating system and hand them over to the FBI. "Coming from a law enforcement background, I believe this is a more serious issue than Tim Cook understands," Sessions said at the time. "In a criminal case, or could be a life-and-death terrorist case, accessing a phone means the case is over.

Time and time again, that kind of information results in an immediate guilty plea, case over." Meanwhile, Trump has reportedly decided to keep James Comey as director of the FBI.

FBI bosses are appointed on 10-year terms to shield them from American politics and similar influences, although presidents can fire them. Republican-leaning Comey too thinks backdoors (or front doors as he likes to call them) are going to be essential for law enforcement to stop the communications channels of crooks and terrorists "going dark." Comey has said that he wants an adult conversation about encryption this year, and by adult he presumably means that anyone who opposes him is being childish. With the new AG getting his back, Comey might have more success than before in weakening encryption. ® Sponsored: Next gen cybersecurity.
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