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Digital rights group: Save security, reject FBI's iPhone unlocking request

Digital rights group Fight for the Future is hoping to give voice to ordinary people concerned with the U.S. FBI's attempt to force Apple to help it unlock the iPhone used by a mass shooter.

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Drones present minimal threat to aircraft, says study

Just how likely is it that a drone hits an aircraft and causes a death or injury? Not very, according to research from George Mason University. The study suggests the Federal Aviation Administration could significantly loosen rules regarding private drone use and not endanger general aviation.

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Almost 400,000 drones are registered with the FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration's drone registration system is about to hit the 400,000 mark, three months after it was launched.

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U.S. DOT: Google's self-driving tech doesn't fully qualify as a driver yet

Google wants its software to qualify as the driver of its autonomous cars, but the Department of Transportation says not so fast.

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Obama on encryption: 'It's fetishizing our phones above every other value'

At South by Southwest Interactive, President Obama warned that taking an "absolutist stance" on privacy vs. encryption isn't the right answer.

Obama on encryption: There must be a compromise

Speaking at SXSW in Austin, Texas, President Obama argues that the tech community can't afford an isolationist position and must help debate the merits of unbreakable encryption.

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Justice Department slams Apple's 'corrosive' rhetoric in its latest court filing

The DOJ accuses Apple of a "technological fiat" for resisting a court order to brute-force the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone.

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Experts say 'chip off' procedure to access terrorist's iPhone is risky

The iPhone 5c at the center of the legal battle between Apple and the FBI might be accessible through a delicate hardware technique, but experts warn it would be difficult.

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French legislators want to compel companies to decrypt data, because terrorism

Legislators in France are trying to make the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation jealous of their French counterparts.

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Department of Justice appeals New York court order in favor of Apple

The U.S. Department of Justice has appealed an order by a court in New York that turned down its request that Apple should be compelled to extract data from the iPhone 5s of an alleged drug dealer.

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Supreme Court denies Apple appeal in e-books price fixing case

Apple will pay $450 million as a settlement for e-book price fixing after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the company's appeal of a lower court's antitrust ruling.

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Suspected Bush family hacker Guccifer to be extradited to US

Romania's highest court approved the temporary extradition to the U.S. of a convicted hacker who is accused of breaking into the email and social media accounts of a Bush family member and U.S. government officials.

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UN human rights chief warns of worldwide privacy implications of Apple-FBI case

Apple got a shot in the arm in its dispute over helping the FBI crack an iPhone used by a terrorist, with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein warning that an outcome against Apple will set an unwelcome precedent.

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San Bernardino prosecutor raises concerns about ‘cyber pathogen’ in terrorist's iPhone

The district attorney of San Bernardino County, Michael Ramos, has raised concerns about the possibility of a ‘dormant cyber pathogen’ in the iPhone 5c used by a terrorist in attacks in the county on Dec. 2.

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Apple gets legal support from the tech industry, as well as a victim's husband

Amicus, or "friend of the court," briefs are expected from Microsoft, Google, Facebook, the ACLU, security experts, and others.

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IBM invokes Prodigy online's ghost in Groupon patent suit

IBM has sued online deals marketplace Groupon for infringing four of its patents, including two that emerged from Prodigy, the online service launched by IBM and partners ahead of the World Wide Web.