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Microsoft sues U.S. government over data requests

Microsoft sues U.S. government over data requests Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) has sued the U.S. government for the right to tell its customers when a federal agency is looking at their emails, the latest in a series of clashes over privacy between the technology industry and Washington. The lawsuit, filed on …

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Extortionist hackers borrow customer-service tactics

Extortionist hackers borrow customer-service tactics When hackers set out to extort the town of Tewksbury, Massachusetts with “ransomware,” they followed up with an FAQ explaining the attack and easy instructions for online payment. After balking for several days, Tewksbury officials decided that paying the modest ransom of about $600 was …

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Daily Mail parent in talks with private equity for Yahoo bid

Daily Mail parent in talks with private equity for Yahoo bid Britain’s Daily Mail is in talks with potential partners to mount a joint bid for Yahoo’s (YHOO.O) internet assets, eyeing a plan to buy the troubled U.S. Internet pioneer to help boost advertising revenues from the Mail’s globally popular …

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U.S. to continue appeal of iPhone data case in New York

U.S. to continue appeal of iPhone data case in New York The U.S. Justice Department on Friday said it would keep fighting to force Apple Inc to open an iPhone in a New York drug case, continuing its controversial effort to require Apple and other tech companies to help law …

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Adobe issues emergency update to Flash after ransomware attacks

Adobe issues emergency update to Flash after ransomware attacks Adobe Systems Inc (ADBE.O) issued an emergency update on Thursday to its widely used Flash software for Internet browsers after researchers discovered a security flaw that was being exploited to deliver ransomware to Windows PCs. The software maker urged the more …

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FBI director says unlocking method won’t work on newer iPhones

FBI director says unlocking method won’t work on newer iPhones The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s secret method for unlocking the iPhone 5c used by one of the San Bernardino shooters will not work on newer models, FBI Director James Comey said. “We have a tool that works on a narrow …

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Suit that mimics life at age 85 has no creases

Suit that mimics life at age 85 has no creases With the push of a button, a perfectly healthy 34-year-old museum-goer named Ugo Dumont was transformed into a confused 85-year-old man with cataracts, glaucoma and a ringing in his ears known as tinnitus. Dumont had volunteered at Liberty Science Center …

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FBI trick for breaking into iPhone likely to leak, limiting its use

FBI trick for breaking into iPhone likely to leak, limiting its use The FBI’s method for breaking into a locked iPhone 5c is unlikely to stay secret for long, according to senior Apple Inc engineers and outside experts. Once it is exposed, Apple should be able to plug the encryption …

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Egypt blocked Facebook Internet service over surveillance

Egypt blocked Facebook Internet service over surveillance Egypt blocked Facebook Inc’s (FB.O) Free Basics Internet service at the end of last year after the U.S. company refused to give the Egyptian government the ability to spy on users, two people familiar with the matter said. Free Basics, launched in Egypt …

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Samsung seen rediscovering its mobile mojo with Galaxy S7

Samsung seen rediscovering its mobile mojo with Galaxy S7 Early indications of stronger-than-expected sales of new Galaxy S7 smartphones suggest technology giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is emerging from a two-year decline at its flagship mobile business. Squeezed by Apple Inc in premium products and undercut by Chinese rivals like …

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