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Apple boss demands Bloomberg Super Micro U-turn, Russian troll charged, NSA hands out cash, and more

Roundup After we encountered a libssh security blunder, a leaky Tea Party, and a dodgy Redmond sports marketer, another week is in the book. Here are a few more bits of infosec news to occupy the weekend. The way the Cook, he grumbles Apple boss Tim Cook is still not over the Bloomberg hit piece on Super Micro that named the iGiant …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Oct 2018

European Commission: We've called off the lawyers over Ireland's late collection of Apple back taxes

The European Commission has decided to withdraw court action against Ireland over the delayed recovery of €14.3bn worth of back taxes that were ruled as illegal state aid, it has confirmed. Back in August 2016, competition commish Margarethe Vestager told Apple to cough $13.1bn in taxes it had swerved due to an arrangement …
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2018
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Apple to dump Intel CPUs from Macs for Arm – yup, the rumor that just won't die is back

Apple will abandon Intel processor chips for its Macs in favour of homegrown Arm-based chips, according to a securities analyst. Formerly at KGI, Ming-Chi Kuo of KeyBanc Capital Markets, has a strong record of reliable Apple predictions. Kuo issued the prediction in a research note, suggesting the switch would be made in 2020 …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Oct 2018

Web browsers sharpen knives for TLS 1.0, 1.1, tell protocols to dig their own graves for 2019

Sysadmins and netizens, it's time to get serious about killing off old, buggy and insecure versions of Transport Layer Security (TLS) – the encryption used to secure connections to HTTPS websites like your bank, El Reg, and so on. For one thing, web browser makers are laying out coordinated deprecation plans, meaning if your …

Apple opens Dialog box of cash: $600m deal for a chunk of chip biz's power-management-fu

Apple has agreed to hand $600m over to Dialog Semiconductor in return for a slice of the chipmaker's business and brains. The deal (PDF) will see Apple paying $300m in cash and another $300m to keep Dialog delivering silicon to it over the next three years. Apple will also be absorbing 300 Dialog employees that already work …
Richard Speed, 11 Oct 2018
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Chinese Super Micro 'spy chip' story gets even more strange as everyone doubles down

The veracity of a bombshell yarn claiming Chinese agents managed to sneak spy chips into Super Micro servers used by Amazon, Apple and the US government is still being fiercely argued over five days after publication. On Tuesday, the media outlet behind the claims, Bloomberg, responded to growing criticism of its report by …
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Watch Series 4: What price 'freedom'? About as much as you'd expect from an Apple product

Review What could be more Silicon Valley than inventing a technology to alleviate the inconvenience caused by another you invented? But that's one of the biggest appeals of the Apple Watch. After 18 months of lolling about without a discernible purpose – like a boomerang kid who can't decide what to do with their life – the Watch has …

Super Micro China super spy chip super scandal: US Homeland Security, UK spies back Amazon, Apple denials

UPDATED UK spymasters and US Homeland Security officials have supported Western tech companies' denials that Chinese agents were able to smuggle hidden surveillance chips into Super Micro servers. Mainstream media megastructure Bloomberg reported last week that Beijing's military intelligence pressured or bribed a Chinese …
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On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others

Seven years ago on this day, Steve Jobs, the cofounder of Apple and a man held up as one of the most remarkable innovators of modern times, died at his home in Silicon Valley, aged 56. To commemorate the day, this morning Apple CEO Tim Cook posted a picture of Jobs in his prime with the simple message: "Steve showed me – and …
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The secret history of Apple's Stacks

Now almost 35 years old, the desktop metaphor is so enduring, it's even migrated to the smartphone era. Some people call their home screen a "desktop", even though nobody has ever carried around a 3 x 5-inch miniature wooden desk on which they stick things. It's absurd. Back on the personal computer, something else …

Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?

Analysis Chinese government agents sneaked spy chips into Super Micro servers used by Amazon, Apple, the US government, and about 30 other organizations, giving Beijing's snoops access to highly sensitive data, according to a bombshell Bloomberg report today. The story, which has been a year in the making and covers events it says …
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Apple macOS Mojave: There's goth mode but developers will have to wait for the juicy stuff

Review Apple takes great pride in shipping macOS annually, as regularly as clockwork. Only a few macOS updates have failed to arrive in the window between July and October each year – and those were a very long time ago. 10.4 Tiger, which followed its predecessor by 18 months, arrived while Microsoft was in the middle of its Longhorn …
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Apple forgot to lock Intel Management Engine in laptops, so get patching

In its ongoing exploration of Intel's Management Engine (ME), security biz Positive Technologies has reaffirmed the shortsightedness of security through obscurity and underscored the value of open source silicon. The Intel ME, included on most Intel chipsets since 2008, is controversial because it expands the attack surface of …

Hacky hack on whack 'Hacky Hack Hack' Mac chaps hack attack rap cut some slack

The Australian teen who last month admitted hacking into Apple's internal network and stealing data from the Cupertino giant has been spared jail. A magistrate judge in the Melbourne children's court sentenced the young man – now an adult at 19 but who was 16 at the time he broke the law – to eight months probation with no …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Sep 2018
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Spoiler alert: Google's would-be iPhone killer Pixel 3 – so many leaks

The launch of the Google's Pixel 3 has become the leakiest since an Apple employee left a prototype iPhone 4 in a bar. After a batch of Pixel 3 test units were stolen and went on sale on the black market, the trickle of photos and benchmark scores over the summer became a flood. The latest revelation leaves Google with little …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Sep 2018
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Former Apple engineer fights iPhone giant for patent credit and denied cash, says Steve Jobs loved his 'killer ideas'

Analysis A former Apple engineer is suing his old employer to force it to acknowledge his role as the inventor of "Find My iPhone" and to compensate him for unfair dismissal. Darren Eastman, the inventor credited on an Apple patent for detecting battery errors (US 7877631B2), is seeking to have his name added to five Apple patent …
Thomas Claburn, 28 Sep 2018
 fully functional Apple-1 computer sold for $375,000 according to Boston-based RR Auction Photo Credit: RR Auction

Working Apple-1 retro fossil auctioned off to mystery bidder for $375,000

A rare Apple-1 computer was yesterday sold to an unknown bidder for $350,000, fetching $50,000 more than seller RR Auction first anticipated. fully functional apple-1 computer sold for $375,000 according to boston-based rr auction photo credit: rr auction Click to enlarge The unit included a set of originals: a mod-free …
Paul Kunert, 26 Sep 2018
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Oh, and another thing, Qualcomm tells court: Apple handed Intel our chipping source code

Qualcomm has attempted to add another accusation to its 2017 lawsuit against Apple – this time claiming to a San Diego court that Cupertino wasn't just careless with proprietary info, but that it stole "vast swathes" of data to pass over to Intel. The accusation comes in the form of an amendment filed on Monday to a lawsuit …

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