Microsoft Vs DOJ Secrecy Orders

Microsoft just took a big stand against the government over user privacy

By on April 14, 2016 at 7:05 PM.

Microsoft just took a big stand against the government over user privacy

Apple isn’t the only company that’s fighting with the government over user privacy these days. Via GeekWire, Microsoft has sued the United States Department of Justice and has asked a court to declare the government’s secrecy orders as unconstitutional. Microsoft says it objects to orders issued by the DOJ that say the company cannot inform customers when law enforcement officials are seeking access to customer information and data. More →

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Textalyzer Texting Driving Law

People will absolutely hate this new tech, but it might save their lives

By on April 13, 2016 at 6:55 PM.

People will absolutely hate this new tech, but it might save their lives

Texting and driving might become a thing of the past if new legislation passes in New York City. The proposed law would allow police to use a special device to determine instantly whether a driver involved in a car accident was using a mobile device for any purpose at the time of the accident. More →

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Panama Papers Data Leak Tax Havens

Massive data leak reveals dirty secrets of the world’s wealthy elites

By on April 4, 2016 at 3:20 PM.

Massive data leak reveals dirty secrets of the world’s wealthy elites

One of the biggest stories in the world right now is the massive data leak of the so-called “Panama Papers” that reveal in great detail how the world’s wealthiest elites use shell companies to avoid paying taxes in their home countries. The documents are also filled with scandalous details about the behavior of several major government officials, including the prime minister of Iceland and Russian president Vladimir Putin. More →

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Samsung Lawsuit

Samsung is getting sued again for being a copycat, but not by Apple

By on March 30, 2016 at 9:41 AM.

Samsung is getting sued again for being a copycat, but not by Apple

Samsung and Apple have a long history of legal battles that started several years ago when Samsung took inspiration from Apple’s iPhone and iPad to revamp its own mobile product line. A whole lot of inspiration, in fact. So it’s natural to presume when you see new that Samsung is getting sued again, Apple’s legal team will wind up on the other side of the court room. This time around, however, there’s a new suit that seeks to drag Samsung into court and it was brought forth by one of the most beloved legends in sports: Pele. More →

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Apple Vs FBI iPhone Encryption Case

Apple stared down the FBI and won

By on March 24, 2016 at 8:20 AM.

Apple stared down the FBI and won

When news first broke that the FBI wanted Apple to build an insecure version of iOS to help the agency access the iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, I wrote that Apple needed to be careful to avoid the government’s clever public relations trap. It seemed that law enforcement officials wanted to use a high-profile act of terrorism as a way to create political pressure on Apple to comply with its demands and set a precedent for future cases. While I believed Apple was right to resist such demands, I also thought there was a chance this could backfire since no one wants to be seen as impeding an investigation that could prevent future terrorist attacks.

However, Apple stared down the FBI and won this fight for the best possible reason: It had the facts on its side. More →

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Apple Vs FBI

We asked every member of Congress with a computer science degree about Apple’s war with the FBI

We asked every member of Congress with a computer science degree about Apple’s war with the FBI

By on March 23, 2016 at 10:19 AM.

Just because Apple and the FBI avoided an historic showdown in court this week over a previously issued court order for Apple to create a so-called “government OS” that bypasses normal iPhone security measures, that doesn’t mean the whole thing was tidily wrapped up.

For one thing, no legislative precedent was set here – at the eleventh hour, the FBI said it thinks a mysterious outside party (which may have now been identified) will be able to help it get inside an iPhone used by one of the San Bernadino shooters – leaving the law enforcement agency free to pursue a similar “test case” in the future. That’s why we probably shouldn’t be surprised if Congress eventually wants to get involved, since legislative rule-making today could prevent this kind of thing from having to be worked out over a protracted court proceeding tomorrow.

So far, though, the most knowledgeable members of Congress about this issue haven’t been heard from much. That’s because, as it turns out, there aren’t all that many of them.

Of the 535 members of Congress, BGR has only been able to identify four whose education background includes a computer science degree. Perhaps just as surprising: their responses when approached by BGR about the Apple-FBI battle were not particularly uniform and can be illustrated along a continuum that ranges from the specific to the non-existent.

Let’s take a look. More →

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Apple Vs Samsung Supreme Court

The Supreme Court will settle the Apple-Samsung patent dispute for good

By on March 21, 2016 at 10:47 AM.

The Supreme Court will settle the Apple-Samsung patent dispute for good

You remember the patent dispute between Apple and Samsung that just seems like it will never die? Well it looks like the two companies are headed to the ultimate showdown in the United States Supreme Court. Reuters brings us word that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear Samsung’s appeal of what it claims are the excessive penalties that it’s paid for infringing upon Apple’s design patents. More →

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Tim Cook Vs FBI Interview

Tim Cook unloads on the FBI in an extensive new interview

By on March 17, 2016 at 12:33 PM.

Tim Cook unloads on the FBI in an extensive new interview

Apple CEO Tim Cook usually comes across as a relaxed and genial sort of person but he sounds hopping mad about how the FBI has behaved in its fight with the company over the iPhone used by the shooter in the San Bernardino massacre. In an extensive interview with Time this week, Cook unloaded on how the FBI and the federal government as a whole have tried to force the company to build an insecure version of its own operating system that could be used to unlock Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone 5c. More →

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Mark Cuban

Apple, the FBI and ‘the most dangerous question in America’

By on March 2, 2016 at 12:17 PM.

Apple, the FBI and ‘the most dangerous question in America’

When the contentious issue of government surveillance is brought up, a common sentiment expressed by individuals who see no problem with expanded state surveillance powers typically goes as follows: If you have nothing to hide, why do you care?

While this line of reasoning appears sound at first blush, it inevitably results in a slippery slope where governmental surveillance has the freedom to run wild, completely unchecked by any other considerations.

Recently, Mark Cuban, the outspoken owner of the Dallas Mavericks, penned a post articulating why the oft-asked question “What do you have to hide?” is, in practice, the most dangerous question in America.

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