John RibeiroBangalore Correspondent, IDG News Service

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for the IDG News Service.

iphone security

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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Facebook, Google, Microsoft to join tech industry in supporting Apple in court

The tech industry is rallying behind Apple in its appeal against a court order asking it to help the FBI unlock an iPhone 5c.

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Arizona county attorney to ditch iPhones over Apple dispute with FBI

Maricopa County, Arizona, will stop offering iPhones to new staff, calling it “the official smartphone of terrorists and criminals."

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Apple supplier Pegatron charged with overworking employees

Workers at the Shanghai operation of Apple supplier Pegatron work more than the maximum 60 hours a week stipulated by the iPhone maker.

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Apple wants government to form commission over FBI encryption demand

Apple CEO Tim Cook wants the U.S. government to set up a commission of tech, intelligence and civil liberties experts to discuss "the implications for law enforcement, national security, privacy and personal freedoms."

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Comey says the FBI doesn’t want to break anyone’s encryption

FBI Director James Comey claims the agency doesn't want to break anyone’s encryption or set loose a master key to devices like the iPhone.

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White House: FBI is not asking Apple for a 'backdoor' to the iPhone

The White House said it is not the aim of the government to compromise the security of Apple's iPhone, as it only wants the company to help in the case of one phone that was used by a terrorist in the San Bernardino, California, attack on Dec. 2.

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Tim Cook: Apple will fight 'chilling' court order to 'hack our own users'

Apple's CEO Tim Cook has reacted sharply to a federal court order that would require the company to help the FBI search the contents of an iPhone 5c seized from Syed Rizwan Farook.

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Apple opposes judge's order to unlock iPhone used by San Bernardino attacker

The FBI said it was unable to access password-coded encrypted content on the iPhone 5c.

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Apple sharpens focus on India with new maps development center

Apple is setting up a development center in India, a move that is seen to reflect the company's growing focus on the local market.

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Apple's iPhone sued for infringing touch feedback patents

Haptic technology company Immersion has accused Apple and AT&T of infringement of three of its patents in the latest iPhone models and Apple watches

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Vine boss, other key executives depart Twitter

Twitter is facing the exits of key managers, even as the company struggles with flagging growth in its user base

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Facebook sets up real-time 'Sports Stadium' for live chats and scores during big games

Facebook wants to grab the large audiences that American football attracts, and has launched Facebook Sports Stadium, which it describes as a dedicated place to experience sports in real-time with friends and the world.

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Apple plans to set up stores in India

Apple has applied to the Indian government for permission to set up a wholly-owned store operated by the company, taking advantage of changing rules for retail in India.