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US no longer requires Apple's help to crack iPhone in New York case

The U.S. no longer requires Apple’s assistance to unlock an iPhone 5s phone running iOS 7 used by the accused in a drug investigation, stating that an “individual provided the passcode to the iPhone at issue in this case.”

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Apple’s iBooks Store and iTunes Movies shut down by Chinese government

A Chinese regulator is said to have ordered Apple to shut down its iBooks Store and iTunes Movies only six months after the services were launched in the country.

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Pennsylvania slapped Uber with an $11.4 million fine for operating without a license

The Pennsylvania Public Service Utility Commission has voted to fine Uber US $11.4 million for operating without its authority and failing to comply with data requests for an investigation.

The FBI paid more than $1 million to hack the San Bernardino iPhone

FBI Director James Comey still won't say who hacked the San Bernardino iPhone for the FBI, or how the hack works, but we now know it was expensive.

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Uber and Twitter have jacked up their spending on political lobbying

Uber and Twitter significantly expanded their attempts to influence members of congress through political lobbying in the first three months of this year.

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Europe charges Google over Android licensing conditions

The European Commission has alleged demands by Google on phone makers regarding its Android operating system are anti-competitive.

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Looking for common ground in Apple vs. the FBI

In today's congressional subcommittee hearing, Apple and the FBI highlighted the ways they do work together already, but couldn't agree on a path forward.

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EFF sues to uncover government demands to decrypt communications

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the U.S. Department of Justice over its failure to disclose if Internet companies have been compelled to decrypt user data and communications.

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Lawmakers call for middle ground on law enforcement access to encryption

Technology vendors and law enforcement agencies need to look for a compromise that allows police to gain access to encrypted devices during criminal investigations, some lawmakers urged.

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Apple rebuts DOJ's appeal in N.Y. meth dealer's iPhone case

Apple opposed the Department of Justice's renewed demand that it assist investigators in accessing a drug dealer's iPhone, arguing that the government has not proved the company's help is required

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British Airways plane possibly hit by drone near Heathrow

A British Airways aircraft was possibly hit by a drone Sunday near Heathrow airport as it was coming to land, which is likely to raise concerns about finding ways to keep greater checks on the flights of the devices.

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San Francisco wants Uber and Lyft drivers to get business permits

San Francisco is sending letters to over 37,000 ridesharing drivers to notify them of the city's business permit requirement.

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House passes bill to limit FCC authority on net neutrality

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill that would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from regulating broadband pricing under its net neutrality rules.

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EU gives companies two years to comply with sweeping new privacy laws

Companies could face massive fines in 25 European Union countries if they mishandle citizens' personal information, under a new privacy law due to take effect in 2018.

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Apple probably won’t find out how the FBI hacked the San Bernardino iPhone

And the iPhone 5c in question hasn’t yielded significant evidence in the crime, according to a report.

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More than 43,000 sign petition against U.S. encryption-breaking bill

More than 43,000 people have signed a petition against proposed U.S. legislation that would require tech companies to break into their users' encrypted data when ordered to by a judge.