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The targeted apps have included the mobile versions of Facebook, Yahoo’s Flickr, LinkedIn and Twitter, according to reports in The New York Times, the Guardian and ProPublica.
The software, developed in 2008, would let the agency locate phones and remotely turn on cameras and mics.
Taiwan's antitrust agency says Apple interfered with iPhone pricing by three carriers.
While the FCC is moving forward with a plan to let airlines allow the use of mobile phones on flights, the Transportation Secretary wonders if in-flight voice calls are "fair to consumers."
You'll still have to call your carrier if you want to free your phone, however.
In a letter to carriers asking why they oppose installation of a "kill switch" on handsets, Eric Schneiderman alluded to possible collusion.
Eight companies, from Apple to Yahoo, want world governments to revisit their surveillance laws.