James NiccolaiDeputy News Editor, IDG News Service

James Niccolai covers data centers and general technology news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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FBI says it may have found a way to unlock shooter's iPhone

The FBI says it may have discovered a way to break into the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino mass shooters, and the agency has asked a judge to postpone a court hearing in the matter that was scheduled for Tuesday.

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The Apple-FBI encryption dispute: What tech leaders have said so far

In the week since Apple said it would do battle with the FBI over its request for access to a smartphone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorists, tech industry leaders have been weighing in with their views.

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Most Americans support the FBI over Apple, Pew study finds

Most Americans think that Apple should help the FBI unlock a smartphone used by one of the terrorists in the San Bernardino mass shooting, according to a study released Monday by the Pew Research Center.

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Donald Trump says you should boycott Apple because it won't help the FBI

Donald Trump has called for a boycott of Apple products over its refusal to help the FBI break into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino mass shooters.

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Apple loses patent case over A7 chip, could face $860 million in damages

A jury has decided that Apple's A7 smartphone chip infringes a patent owned by the University of Wisconsin, and the iPhone maker could be on the hook for as much as $862 million in damages.

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Jack Dorsey named Twitter CEO, Bain appointed COO

Twitter has made co-founder Jack Dorsey its new CEO, ending months of speculation and handing him the tough task of turning around the company's sluggish user growth.

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Apple is said to recruit engineers for car development project

Apple's recent hires include a Mercedes-Benz executive who led its Silicon Valley R&D center.

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Apple's Tim Cook warns that sacrificing privacy 'risks our way of life'

Apple's chief believes the personal impact of security breaches can be devastating

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Apple's massive solar farm could power its entire California operations

The company expects "very significant savings" from the plant in Monterey County

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Apple's $450 million e-books settlement gets final approval

The final amount still depends on whether Apple loses an appeal on another ruling.

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Apple will keep pushing for a sales ban on Samsung products

Apple will appeal an order from this week that denied the ban

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Apple loses bid for sales ban in Samsung patent case

Apple failed to show that it suffered enough harm as a result of Samsung's infringement

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Why the Apple-IBM deal matters

Times have changed since Apple's '1984' commercial bashing IBM.

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Apple-Samsung jury corrects verdict form but leaves Apple's damages at $119.5M

The jury returned Monday to fix an error it made Friday in its damages calculations

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Will Satya Nadella launch Office for iPad next week?

Reports suggest a version of Office for Apple's tablet is finally happening.