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Bill Gates supports government efforts in Apple case
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NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Gates is supportive of investigators' efforts to force Apple to help them crack into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, saying a balance needs to be struck between government access and the need to preserve data security. While clarifying he doesn't
Top technology officer at hacked federal agency resigns
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The top technology official at a federal agency hit with hacks that compromised the personal files of 21 million Americans has resigned days before a congressional oversight committee hearing on the breach. Donna Seymour, the chief information officer for the Office of
Camera boost, virtual reality in new Samsung, LG gadgets
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — To revive interest in smartphones, Samsung and LG are improving their cameras and embracing the nascent world of virtual reality. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg joined Samsung at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, Spain, to announce that their companies are
US would let Apple keep software to help FBI hack iPhone
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration told a U.S. magistrate judge on Friday it would be willing to allow Apple Inc. to retain possession of and later destroy specialized software it has been ordered to design to help the FBI hack into an encrypted iPhone used by the gunman in December's
Big tech companies are joining Apple in its encryption fight
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The tech industry is starting to line up with Apple in its fight against the federal government over the encryption it uses to keep iPhones secure. Earlier this week, a U.S. magistrate ordered Apple to help investigators break into an iPhone used by one of the San
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A large Los Angeles hospital owned by a South Korean company chose to pay hackers who were holding its computer network hostage, a move its CEO said was in its best interest and the most efficient way to end the problem. Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center said Wednesday
Covertly, Israel prepares to fight boycott activists online
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TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel is using its world-leading expertise in cyber security to take on the growing threat of the global pro-Palestinian movement to boycott Israel. The Israeli government recently allotted nearly $26 million in this year's budget to combat what it sees as worldwide
Scientists stop calling out to comet lander as hope fades
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BERLIN (AP) — European scientists say they have stopped sending commands to the Philae space probe, which became the first to touch down on a comet more than a year ago. The German Aerospace Center says the chances of re-establishing contact with Philae are "almost zero" and any response from
Breakthrough: Scientists detect Einstein's gravity ripples
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WASHINGTON (AP) — In an announcement that electrified the world of physics, scientists said Thursday that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago. Astronomers hailed the finding as an achievement of historic
Apple co-founder is bringing us an even nerdier 'Comic Con'
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak had a front row seat as the personal computer began to reshape society. So it made perfect sense to him to bring a convention meshing technology with pop culture to Silicon Valley. The convergence will occur March 18-20 in San Jose,
Japan Internet company SoftBank's profit suffers over Sprint
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TOKYO (AP) — Japanese telecommunications and Internet company SoftBank is reporting an 88 percent drop in fiscal third quarter profit as it struggles to turn around its U.S. carrier Sprint. SoftBank Group Corp. reported Wednesday a 2.3 billion yen ($20 million) October-December profit, down
India Internet ruling blocks Facebook 'Free Basics' program
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — India's government has effectively blocked a Facebook program that sought to connect with low-income residents by offering free access to a limited version of the social network and other Internet services. Regulators in that country have banned programs like Facebook's
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says timeline will stay in real time
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NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said Saturday the social media website's stream of tweets will stay live and in real time, disputing a media report that a change was in the works. News and entertainment site BuzzFeed reported on Friday that Twitter was going to introduce a timeline
Facebook celebrating its users' friendships for its birthday
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is giving friendship collages to its 1.6 billion users in celebration of the social network's 12th birthday. The collages will be packaged in video presentations of photos of friends and family that have been previously been posted on Facebook. The photos are
College student finds glitch to own Google site, gets $12K
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BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts graduate student who pointed out a glitch that allowed him to briefly "own" the world's most heavily trafficked website has been awarded more than $12,000 from Google. The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/1nzBRQD ) reports that Babson College MBA candidate Sanmay Ved
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