Cyberculture agenda: Apple vs. FBI

Apple’s FBI Battle Is Complicated. Here’s What’s Really Going On

The case has polarized the nation—and also generated misinformation. WIRED’s here to separate the facts from the non-facts.


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After the Department of Justice today issued a motion to compel Apple to comply with its request to build software that could prove integral in unlocking the San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone, Apple has responded with a statement. Within the statement Apple deemed it unnecessary to cooperate in creating the requested software, because it was no longer possible after the phone’s passcode was changed while in FBI custody.
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The Department of Justice has just filed a motion to compel Apple to cooperate with the FBI and comply with the original court order requiring the company to write software that removes a key security element of the San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone 5c.
Leading tech companies are rallying behind Apple – some belatedly – in its fight against a court order requiring the company to help investigators break into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California mass shooters
CEO Tim Cook roared in defiance of a court order demanding he unlock a terrorist’s iPhone, but other companies have been muted or silent on the matter. – Feb 17, 6:00 PM

GWEN IFILL: The battle over privacy vs. security is back front and center, as Apple digs in against the FBI and the courts over the issue of access to data on its phones. December 2, 2015, that’s the day Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik – Chris Welch – Feb 17, 3:56 PM

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has chimed in on the escalating battle between the FBI and Apple over iPhone encryption. Describing the letter published by Apple’s Tim Cook as ‘important,’ Pichai says that a judge’s order forcing Apple to assist the FBI

The Pirate Bay, one of the largest and best-known torrent trackers in the world, has implemented a new Torrents Time feature that allows users to stream content directly without requiring any other downloads. While you won’t need a torrent or P2P application, you will need Torrents Time’s desktop download, which only launched last week but has already added this new capability. Once you’ve added the program, the torrent file will play directly in the browser when you hit the ‘Stream It!’ button.


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In a move designed to reassure the people who made the #RIPTwitter hashtag trend around the world today, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has gone on a charm offensive in a tweetstorm. He says “we never planned to reorder timelines next week.” Hello Twitter! Regarding #RIPTwitter: I want you all to know we’re always listening. We never planned to reorder timelines next week. — Jack (@jack) February 6, 2016 If the ‘next week’ part caught your eye (maybe they’ll do it later?), Jack has more… Twitter is live. Twitter is real-time. Twitter is about who & what you follow. And Twitter…
The Hunt for the Algorithms That Drive Life on Earth

The biological world is computational at its core, argues computer scientist Leslie Valiant. His “ecorithm” approach uses computational concepts to explore fundamental mysteries of evolution and the mind.

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