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February 23, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple spent the weekend scrambling to respond to a security bug called "Gotofail" discovered first in its iOS devices and then in its Mac OSX. Beyond just leaving users vulnerable, the flaw ignited a debate among cybersecurity experts because the mistake in the code was considered so basic. Some wondered how Apple could have made such a simple error. "This sort of subtle bug deep in the code is a nightmare," wrote Google's security expert Adam Langley on his blog. "I believe that it's just a mistake, and I feel very bad for whomever might have slipped in an editor and created it. But others wondered whether the code was a deliberate attempt to create a backdoor for government spy agencies.
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BUSINESS
February 21, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple said Friday that it had acquired Burstly , a small Santa Monica-based company that lets developers make their apps available for testing by outside users. The acquisition was first reported by TechCrunch and later confirmed by an Apple spokeswoman. No price was disclosed.  PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy Although Apple has restrictions on how widely companies can beta test apps on its iOS platform, third-party companies such as Burstly have allowed developers to reach more users.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien and Vincent Bevins
Apple threw open the doors Saturday to its first store in Brazil, one of the world's fastest-growing smartphone markets and a region that is crucially important to the company. Chief Executive Tim Cook announced the opening in a tweet : "'Obrigado' to everyone who visited our new store in Rio de Janeiro today and to our terrific customers across Brazil!" The opening is the company's first in Latin America, and comes in a country that is set to host the World Cup this summer and the Olympics in 2016.  The grand opening drew more than 1,700 people, according to the Brazilian newspaper the Globe.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A series of notable Apple rumors have hit the Web this week, including reports that say a new Apple TV could be unveiled soon and images that may or may not show the next version of the iPhone. Apple TV Apple is working on a new version of its Apple TV set-top box that could be unveiled as early as April and is expected to be released in time for the holiday shopping season, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. Citing unnamed sources, the report said the new Apple TV will use a faster processor than its predecessor and come with an "upgraded" interface.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 20-year-old man wanted in connection with a shooting in San Bernardino County that left one man dead and a woman critically wounded has been arrested, authority said Thursday. Robert Jerome Pope was taken into custody in the Los Angeles area and was being held on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said. Pope is suspected of gunning down Ernie Sanders, 22, in Apple Valley on Jan. 28, the Sheriff's Department said.  Sanders was pronounced dead at the scene in 20000 block of Serrano Avenue.  A woman was also wounded in the attack and taken to a hospital.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple released its annual supplier responsibility report Thursday, drawing praise from Greenpeace for steps the company has taken to reduce use of conflict minerals in its products.  "Apple's increased transparency about its suppliers is becoming a hallmark of Tim Cook's leadership at the company," said Greenpeace Energy Campaigner Tom Dowdall in a statement. "Apple has flexed its muscles in the past to push suppliers to remove hazardous substances from products and provide more renewable energy for data centers, and it is proving the same model can work to reduce the use of conflict minerals.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The creator of Flappy Bird has removed the popular game from both the Apple App Store and Google Play. Users who have already installed the game will be able to keep playing it, but it is not possible for new users to download the game, which was at the top of the free-apps chart for both Apple iOS and Android devices before being removed. Dong Nguyen, the game's developer, on Saturday tweeted that he would remove Flappy Bird from the app stores, just a few days after telling the Verge that Flappy Bird was making about $50,000 a day on average from advertisements.
BUSINESS
February 8, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Turns out that for Apple Inc., being one of the most innovative companies on the planet does have at least one big drawback. The Cupertino, Calif., company says it is the No. 1 target for so-called patent trolls. In court and regulatory filings, Apple provided a rare look at the amount of litigation it is facing from companies whose main business involves threatening to file patent lawsuits against other companies unless they agree to make royalty payments. Apple has faced nearly 100 such lawsuits in the last three years, according to the documents.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Chief Executive Tim Cook said Apple Inc. repurchased $14 billion of its stock over the last two weeks after a weak outlook caused its share price to plunge. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Cook said he was "surprised" by the 8% drop one day after the company's first-quarter earnings report. Apple projections for sales in the quarter ending in March were below what analysts had expected, and perhaps signaling its first year-over-year decline in revenue in more than a decade.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - Want to engrave a few words in Chinese on your new iPad? No problem - Apple offers consumers in mainland China free personalization. Just don't get too political. Say you type in the Dalai Lama's name in Chinese characters into Apple's online store engraving service. You'll receive a yellow pop-up box saying, "The engraved text is not suitable. " Other phrases that return the same error notice include "Tibet independence," "Xinjiang independence" and "Taiwan independence.
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