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Full Charlie Rose interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook now posted

09/16, 9:42pm

Show website features full interview in two parts, includes talk of Jobs, diversity, innovation

A nearly two-hour conversation with Apple CEO Tim Cook covering a wide variety of topics is now available in full from the Charlie Rose show website as well as PBS' own Hulu channel. Excerpts from the interview are also available on PBS' iOS app. The sit down discussion with Rose was filmed almost immediately after Cook unveiled the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the Apple Watch and the Apple Pay mobile payments system.

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Texas court finds CBS infringes upon Personal Audio LLC's patent

09/16, 7:35pm

Jury awards Personal Audio $1.3 million, less than the $7.8 million sought

Podcasters may not be in the free and clear of patent violations after a ruling this week in a Texas court. Six jurors found that CBS Corporation, home of the television network with shows like The Big Bang Theory and Person of Interest, infringed upon the patent by streaming episodic content of its television shows on the Internet. The trial had only last four days, with CBS failing to prove the patent owned by Personal Audio LLC should be invalidated.

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Netflix comes to Germany with day-one support on many devices

09/16, 3:07pm

Includes Apple TV, Chromecast

Netflix has expanded into Germany, according to an announcement by the streaming video service. Plans start at €8 per month for basic SD streaming. Two simultaneous devices plus HD quality is €9, while four simultaneous devices with Ultra HD (when available) is €12. As elsewhere, each account can have up to four profiles, which can be age-restricted if need be.

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Orange offers to acquire Spanish carrier Jazztel for 3.4B euro

09/16, 12:44pm

Completed acquisition of Jazztel would make Orange second-place carrier in Spain

European carrier Orange has offered to acquire another telecoms company in Spain, Jazztel. The deal, said to be worth 3.4 billion euros ($4.4 billion) or 13 euro per share in cash, would help Orange increase its standing in the country, and could help it overtake the current second-place carrier in the country, Vodafone, shortly after completion.

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Free iTunes U2 album now up to 'record-breaking' 33 million in 'sales'

09/16, 1:37am

Some users downloading, some streaming, averaging 5.1 million per day

Less than a week after Apple added U2's new album Songs of Innocence to iTunes' users libraries as a free gift, Apple has revealed that the album has been downloaded, streamed or played in its entirety more than 33 million times, an average "sales" figure of 5.1 million copies per day. Apple did also provide a tool for users who didn't want the gift to remove it completely if they desired.

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Cook: Consumers 'are not our product,' pushes privacy policies

09/15, 11:50pm

Apple's product-centric business model differentiates it from others, CEO says

During more of the interview for PBS' "Charlie Rose" show, Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed the thorny issue of user privacy, with Cook coming out strongly differentiating Apple from other companies, noting that Apple "tries not to collect data." Cook said he believes users "have a right to privacy," and used the issue to reiterate that Apple was not cooperating with US government spying programs.

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Sprint revamps prepaid program, now available in three data tiers

09/15, 9:29pm

New prepaid plans start at $35 with unlimited voice, text and 1GB of data

Today, a new series of tiered offerings for prepaid cellular plans were announced by Sprint. Inspired by the changing needs of wireless consumers and the need to be competitive against AT&T and Verizon, Sprint is offering plans in a different way than was announce earlier in the year. Plans have been simplified to three different base plans, giving consumers the amount of data they need.

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Apple joins data-security industry group ahead of Apple Pay debut

09/15, 7:34pm

Association's aim is to improve cryptographic and data keys, thwart physical and online attacks

Apple is now a member of a non-profit trade association made up of mostly financial institutions, cellular carriers and software and hardware developers devoted to improving security in applications, transactions, data and cryptography. The group, GlobalPlatform says its objective is to "create a standardized infrastructure that accelerates the deployment" of secure software and data, "protecting them from physical or software attacks." Most of Apple's carrier and financial partners in Apple Pay are also members.

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Stanford, Duke to start medical trials using Apple's HealthKit

09/15, 1:29pm

Institutions aim to improve speed, accuracy

In the next few weeks, two major US hospitals -- linked with Stanford University and Duke University, respectively -- are embarking on medical trials using Apple's HealthKit platform, according to Reuters. Doctors at Stanford say they're working with Apple on tracking blood sugar for children with diabetes. Duke, meanwhile, is planning a pilot to track blood pressure, weight, and other statistics for patients with cancer or heart diseases.

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Phones 4U goes into bankruptcy, cancels iPhone 6 preorders

09/15, 11:10am

Puts jobs of 5,596 people at risk

UK retailer Phones 4U has gone into administration -- the UK equivalent of bankruptcy protection -- following a decision by network operator EE not to renew a contract ending in September 2015. The company now lacks any network partners, as earlier this month Vodafone said it would skip extending its own contract. All of Phones 4U's 550 stores are shut today, and will only reopen if and when administrators decide business can resume. The situation could endanger the jobs of some 5,596 workers.

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Automattic reacts to leak of Gmail logins, resets 100,000 passwords

09/14, 2:23pm

Passwords reset based on database comparison to leaked Gmail credentials

Fallout could still be on the way as a result of the collection of nearly five million Gmail username and password credentials leaked on a Russian Bitcoin forum, but for now at least one company is taking action. Automattic, the company responsible for the blogging platform WordPress, announced it has reset user passwords for more than 100,000 accounts based on the information contained in the list.

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California enacts bill that ends negative review clauses, penalties

09/14, 1:45pm

Bill imposes fines on parties, businesses trying to enforce non-disparagement clauses

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that would make it illegal for businesses that provide services or sell goods to impose a contract on consumers that would waive their right to make statements against it. Assembly Bill 2365 adds a section into the California Civil Code that makes it unlawful for a business to take action against a customer who decided to voice their displeasure, imposing penalties for each attempt to do so.

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National Federation of the Blind sues Uber over refused rides, abuses

09/13, 1:08pm

One complaint alleged service dog transported in trunk of driver's car

Ride sharing service Uber is being sued by the California branch of the National Federation of the Blind for mistreatment of the disabled. The complaint, filed in the Northern California District Court, alleges refusal of rides to blind persons with service dogs, abandonment of blind travelers in harsh weather conditions, and cancellation fee being charged after being refusing to transport blind riders. Additionally, there is one report of a Uber ride share driver putting a service dog in the trunk of the car, with the driver refusing to pull over and rectify the situation when the passenger realized where the dog was riding.

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Full extent of J.P.Morgan hack not known, two months after attack

09/13, 11:14am

Names, addresses, phone numbers taken; banking info probably safe

Information security professionals are still apparently sorting out the depth of an intrusion at J.P.Morgan Chase from earlier this summer. Three people with information regarding the digital break-in have spoken to press, claiming that the hackers had -- and in some cases may still have -- high-level access to bank servers, as well as gleaning information from around a million customer accounts.

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MIcrosoft closing in on $2.5B Mojang deal, may be announced Monday

09/13, 10:44am

Acquisition cost pinned at eight times Minecraft's 2013 sales

More details are emerging from Microsoft regarding the rumored deal for Mojang deal. According to sources familiar with the matter, the software giant could announce the deal which would net it the Minecraft developer as soon as Monday, for $2.5 billion in cash. The acquisition cost is about eight times the developer's sales for 2014, and there is no clear known heir to the Minecraft throne in the pipeline.

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Details on Apple Pay revealed: 'safer' system, Apple gets 0.15 percent

09/12, 7:30pm

Apple gets 0.15 percent cut of purchases, does not affect purchase price

Some of the details of Apple's new mobile payment system, Apple Pay, have been revealed in a report by Britain's The Financial Times. As briefly alluded to by CEO Tim Cook, Apple does get a small commission on sales made using Apple Pay, to the tune of 0.15 percent (15 cents on every $100 spent), though this does not affect the purchase price.

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U2's 'Songs of Innocence' downloaded over two million times

09/12, 4:27pm

Total may be artificially inflated

U2's Songs of Innocence album -- which Apple is currently giving away for free via iTunes -- has already been downloaded over two million times since Tuesday, sources say. The group's back catalog appears to be doing well as well, with 17 albums on the iTunes Top 100 chart, led by The Joshua Tree at number 12.

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Best Buy, Walmart decline to support Apple Pay

09/12, 12:46pm

Retailers choose platform-agnostic option

Two major US retailers -- Best Buy and Walmart -- have announced that they will not support Apple Pay, according to the Wall Street Journal. The companies are instead said to be backing a payment service operated by Merchant Customer Exchange. The MCX technology requires only an app download, and is platform-agnostic, supporting older iPhones as well as Android devices. Apple Pay will be restricted to the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and Apple Watch.

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CBS, Time Warner CEOs warm to Internet TV versions of Showtime, HBO

09/12, 12:38pm

CEO comments suggest premium channels could have future standalone subscriptions

Subscriptions to Showtime and HBO separate from a cable television service could still happen, according to comments made at an investor conference. The CEOs of Time Warner and CBS both made similar statements, suggesting the channels may be available without requiring a cable subscription, with viewers able to watch shows over the Internet.

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HP pleads guilty to felony bribery charges, $58.7M penalty assessed

09/12, 12:10pm

Bribery of Russian prosecutorial office at heart of matter

Hewlett Packard has pleaded guilty to international bribery charges, as part of a plea arrangement it had previously negotiated. As part of the deal. the company's Russian subsidiary has admitted to charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in a transaction arranged with Russia's top prosecutorial office. The company will pay an additional $58.7 million to settle the charges on top of the $108 million it agreed to pay in April.

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BitTorrent CEO discusses net neutrality, turns fast lane idea around

09/12, 11:28am

Exec proposes bonuses for users, websites assisting with 'congestion'

BitTorrent's Chief Executive Officer Eric Klinker has made his response to the US Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality proposal, using the "fast lane" provisions, known. Klinker believes that a model similar to that of the electric distribution in the US can be used, where users and websites get lower rates for use in times of lower demand rather than the potential conflict of interest, and double-payment, that ISPs would get for having sponsored faster access under FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal.

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U2 deal cost Apple in excess of $100 million, sources say

09/12, 10:50am

Company paying for band, Universal's marketing

Apple's giveaway of the latest U2 album cost it over $100 million, sources tell the New York Times. The company is said to have paid the band and its music label, Universal, a blanket royalty fee, and on top of that promised a marketing campaign worth up to $100 million. That includes a worldwide TV campaign, which kicked off with a commercial shown during Apple's livestream on Tuesday.

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Yahoo fought NSA surveillance in 2008, faced $250,000 per day fine

09/12, 10:15am

Newly released documents shed light on 2008 FISC hearings

Reports have surfaced that search engine Yahoo (and possibly others) were threatened by the US government to comply with PRISM surveillance requirements, or face a $250,000 per day fine in 2008. While Yahoo fought the demand through the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, it ultimately lost and complied with the order, which paved the way towards mass surveillance of Internet users.

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Qualcomm previews new Snapdragon processors for entry-level devices

09/11, 8:15pm

Low-end SoCs intended for emerging LTE markets, areas still locked into 3G service

Instead of ushering in a new high-end, power packed chips, system-on-chip (SoC), maker Qualcomm announced this week that it's releasing two new processors aimed at the entry-level device market. The new processors, branded the Snapdragon 210 and 208, are being made to help the spread of sub-$100 devices in growing LTE markets, while also continuing to support areas on the verge of moving past 3G.

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Verizon CEO confirms Internet TV service arriving in early 2015

09/11, 3:52pm

Verizon in discussions with content provider for online TV service

Verizon will be introducing an Internet TV service sometime in early 2015, CEO Lowell McAdam has revealed. The service, which will provide a pay-TV service over the Internet, could potentially be more flexible to its subscribers than existing cable offerings, with the CEO hinting that customers may be able to pick and choose the channels they receive.

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Google acquires graphic opinion poll service Polar for Google+

09/11, 3:50pm

Polling system closing down at end of 2014, users given a way to export existing polls

Opinion poll service Google, a move that would fold the service into Google's social media channel. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but with the Polar team joining Google+, the polling system is being shut down before the end of 2014.

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Apple MFi summit coming Nov. 12-14; Joswiak goes to Code/Mobile

09/11, 3:41pm

MFi gathering will brief companies on HomeKit, iBeacon, other tech

Apple will hold its annual Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad summit between November 12 and 14 this year in Shenzhen, China, according to an announcement. The event is intended to brief accessory and peripheral manufacturers. This year, Apple says that sessions will concentrate on HomeKit, iBeacon, AirPlay, and in-app purchases.

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Radio Shack posts brutal quarterly losses, bankruptcy imminent

09/11, 2:46pm

Company may be forced to liquidate if relief not found

Following a 10th-straight quarterly loss, electronics retailer Radio Shack noted that it may need to file for bankruptcy protections. The company, with its stock in danger of New York Stock Exchange delisting, is also reportedly evaluating other options for the future, including an outright sale, or a call for investors to boost cash stocks to survive until the generally lucrative holiday season.

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BlackBerry buys virtual SIM startup Movirtu, will support iOS, Android

09/11, 12:36pm

London-based startup to bolster BlackBerry's BYOD programs

BlackBerry has announced that it has acquired Movirtu, a UK-based startup pioneering virtual-SIM technology, allowing a single device to have multiple phone numbers associated with it. The buy would bring technology for a "bring-your-own-device" user to have one device spanning a business number with associated apps and contacts, and a personal contact number on the same phone without juggling multiple SIM cards.

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AT&T reportedly objected to HTC-produced budget Amazon Fire Phone

09/11, 12:22pm

Lack of AT&T exclusivity of budget Fire Phone in US allegedly at issue

AT&T may have prevented Amazon from creating a second, lower-cost smartphone, according to a report. The retailer was apparently working with HTC on such a device, but the carrier was apparently unhappy with the terms of the partnership, wanting exclusivity of both devices in the United States, rather than just of the higher-specification Fire Phone.

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China: antitrust actions not targeting international business unfairly

09/11, 7:40am

Qualcomm 'nearly done,' Microsoft well underway

Following international criticism, China's antitrust regulators vigorously defended ongoing antitrust actions. With concern from other nations growing over 30 multinational firms coming under fire for alleged anti-trust activity, the three heads of China's anti-trust regulatory agencies stood fast with their convictions that what they are doing is being accomplished "legally, transparently and fairly," according to China's Premier Li Keqiang.

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Apple hires Gap director of marketing Marcela Aguilar

09/10, 7:44pm

Gap CEO offers high praise, adds to small army of recent fashion-oriented hires

The campaign of hiring leading names from the world of fashion continues at Apple with trade magazine AdAge reporting that the iPhone maker has secured the services of Marcela Aguilar, the former senior global director of marketing and communications at US clothing retailer Gap. According to the report, she will be taking on a similar role at Apple, reporting to Senior Vice President for Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller.

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Bungie's Destiny hits $500 million in first day sales says Activision

09/10, 7:23pm

Figure is a 'sell-in' number, Activision already cashing in on 10-year deal

Activision Blizzard's $500 million bet on former Halo developer Bungie appears to be paying off after the first day. The company's Destiny launched this Tuesday, bringing in more than $500 million in sales for the Activision-published game. The sales figure that Activision claims makes the game "the biggest new video game franchise launch in history."

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Google acquires makers of Liftware system, Lift Labs

09/10, 6:47pm

Company will continue to sell the Liftware device, will work under Google X labs

Google announced today that it acquired Lift Labs, a company that developed a "tremor-cancelling" device for people with Parkinson's Disease. The terms or amount of the deal weren't disclosed in the statement from Lift Labs, but it was said that the Liftware system would continue to be sold. Lift Labs appears to be excited to work with Google, but also recognizes that it couldn't have been in the position without the support of customers, Rock Health and the National Institutes for Health.

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Macworld lays off most staff, will end print edition

09/10, 5:21pm

Editorial director Jason Snell leaves

Long-standing Apple-themed publication Macworld has laid off much of its staff, and is closing down its print edition, according to blog and Twitter posts, as well as USA Today. Former editor-in-chief Jason Snell mentioned the information in a blog post, and staff from the company, including Dan Miller and Roman Loyola, have taken to Twitter to deny that Macworld is closing entirely, while acknowledging job cuts. In his post, Snell adds that he's leaving the publication to focus on other projects. Miller says he will be with the company for another month to help with the transition, and mentioned that the web site will continue.

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Xbox One release struggles in Japan, moves 23,500 units in first week

09/10, 4:15pm

First week sales significantly less than the Xbox 360 release, Titanfall most popular game

Microsoft is struggling to get a foothold in the Japanese gaming market, with the release of the Xbox One lending further proof that the console can't move past the popularity of the PlayStation 4 in the latter's home country. Japanese gaming site Famitsu reports that Microsoft's next-gen console sold only 23,562 units in its first week of release.

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Gmail addresses, passwords of nearly 5M users show up online

09/10, 3:25pm

Google says there is no evidence of a breach, many logins are said to be outdated

Another credential scare has turned up online, this time for one of the world's largest free email services. The emails and passwords of around 4.66 million Gmail users have turned up on a Russian Bitcoin forum, traced backed to English, Russian and Spanish users of the service. It's not clear where or how the list was collected, but it is said that many of the logins are outdated.

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Microsoft reportedly plans phasing out of Nokia branding from devices

09/10, 2:59pm

Leaked document also claims Windows Phone to be replaced by Windows brand

Microsoft may start producing mobile devices without the Nokia branding by the end of this year. An alleged leaked internal document from Microsoft Mobile, the Devices and Services arm of Nokia acquired by the company, apparently shows that both the Nokia and Windows Phone names will be replaced on new smartphones with Microsoft and Windows respectively.

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Apple Pay to support Discover cards, collect fees from banks

09/10, 11:19am

Apple, Discover 'in discussions'

Discover card holders will be able to make use of the new Apple Pay mobile payments system at some point, according to a Twitter post by the company. "We are in discussions with Apple to add Discover cards to Apple Pay in the future," the post reads. When Apple Pay was announced yesterday, only Visa, Mastercard, and American Express credit cards were mentioned. The service will also support debit cards.

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Apple acquisition of Path 'essentially a done deal'

09/10, 10:10am

Company may be making second go at social networking

Apple is poised to announce an acquisition of the Path social network, says a source claimed to be within Apple's engineering team. "It's almost done, if not signed already, but it's essentially a done deal," the person claims. The source adds that Apple is interested in more than just talent, and wants Path to be incorporated partly or wholly into its Messages app.

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Sprint announces new 'iPhone for Life' rental option

09/10, 1:19am

New plan avoids sales tax, allows upgrades every 24 months

Sprint has announced a new option for iPhone users or potential buyers on its network with a new program, "iPhone for Life," that allows users to rent, rather than purchase, an iPhone model and routinely upgrade it every two years by simply adding $20 per month to their existing or new plan. New Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure explained that the $20 monthly fee would be for a base model, but customers save on financing or paying full price on the device by avoiding sales tax.

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Cook on Tuesday announcements: Steve would be 'incredibly proud'

09/10, 12:20am

Apple Watch may be first new product never seen by Jobs, Apple Pay 'incredibly safe'

In interviews with the Wall Street Journal and ABC News' David Muir, Apple CEO Tim Cook reiterated many of the sentiments expressed during the Tuesday press even that introduced the two new iPhone 6 models, the Apple Watch wearable and the Apple Pay mobile payments system. He also, however, had a few words in response to questions, ranging from his thoughts on Steve Jobs in the three years since his passing, and how the iPhone 6 will trigger "the mother of all upgrades."

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Report: Microsoft to buy Minecraft developer Mojang for $2 billion

09/09, 10:17pm

Sale would be against Mojang's philosophy, could bolster Xbox support for Microsoft

Microsoft has entered into discussions that could see it signing a deal to purchase Mojang AB for more than $2 billion, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. Mojang AB is the developer behind Minecraft, one of the most popular games across the globe. The potential sale marks a shift in philosophy for the Swedish developer, as its majority shareholder and founder Markus "Notch" Persson has been a proponent against large corporations and mainstream video games.

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Authorities ordered to give Kim Dotcom copies of Megaupload data

09/09, 9:18pm

Data wrapped up in copyright infringement, legal battle since seizure in 2012

Data from the machines seized in 2012 as part of a warrant search on Kim Dotcom's mansion in New Zealand and the home of Bram van der Kolk will be returned soon, on the order of the New Zealand Court of Appeals. It was announced this week that the court has ordered the police to release clones of the devices and computer seized to Dotcom and his second-in-command at Megaupload. It was ordered that the data be released immediately, but could also be released in pieces if it could speed up the delivery.

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Senate Judiciary Committee readying hearing on net neutrality

09/09, 7:55pm

Senator pushes for more citizen input days after FCC commenting period closes

There is still some fighting left to do for the United States Senate when it comes to net neutrality, as Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced that there would be hearing in the near future. The senator, who is also the chairman for the Senate Judiciary Committee, is calling the hearing for September 17 in order to take testimony on the importance of keeping the Internet free and open.

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Mayo Clinic to demonstrate HealthKit at Apple iPhone/iWatch event

09/09, 10:26am

Will have to build on earlier WWDC showing

The Mayo Clinic will make an appearance at today's Apple press event in order to demonstrate integration with iOS 8's HealthKit platform, according to the Star Tribune. Mayo was one of the first partners announced for HealthKit at WWDC, where an example given was a patient recording their own blood pressure, and unusual readings being automatically forwarded to a doctor. It's unclear what exactly will be shown today, but presumably a more elaborate demonstration will be involved.

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European regulators refuse latest Google antitrust deal, demand more

09/09, 9:51am

Increased settlement offers make resolution of deal by chairman's exit unlikely

Google's latest settlement offer to fend off anti-trust allegations in the European Union has been refused. The European Commission has issued a statement regarding complaints by businesses and competitors over Google's settlement offer, saying that the search engine giant must add to the settlement package, and the offer as it stands is insufficient, given the arguments which "should be taken in consideration" with any counter-offer.

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Disney stores being fitted with upgraded iBeacons, NFC readers

09/09, 12:17am

Apple Stores, McDonalds also said to be receiving upgraded beacons, NFC terminals

Ahead of an expected announcement of an Apple-led mobile payments solution, there have been new reports that prominent retailers such as Disney Stores, McDonald's and Apple's own retail stores have joined the ranks of businesses receiving new, upgraded NFC readers and iBeacon sensors as required. The system, if successful, could offer a future alternative to the planned move to a "chip and PIN" credit- and debit-card system already widely in use in Canada and Europe.

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ABC teases exclusive post-event interview, calls Tuesday 'historic'

09/08, 9:12pm

Network appears to have been granted insider access, keeping mum for now

Apple plans on making a "groundbreaking" announcement tomorrow, alongside its introduction of new iPhones and a possible "iWatch," according to ABC News. The network plans to run a post-announcement special segment at 6:30PM in most time zones hosted by its lead anchor David Muir -- who has apparently been given special insider access to the event and what Apple has planned. The teaser trailer infers that Muir will be interviewing Apple executives, possibly including CEO Tim Cook.

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First CarPlay-equipped vehicles now on the road from Ferrari

09/08, 7:35pm

Luxury manufacturer becomes the first to feature Apple tech in two models

Although Apple still lists a number of car companies as delivering vehicles incorporating its CarPlay technology before the end of the year (and indeed one model is definitely in production), luxury carmaker Ferrari has beaten the others to the punch with the deliveries of the first cars to feature the iOS integration into built-in infortainment systems. The Ferrari FF and California T are the first models with CarPlay as standard, and are hitting the road as of today.

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