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Tim Cook speaks at Startup Fest in interview with Neelie Kroes, discusses app economy, coding in education, more

[UPDATE: Video embedded below.]

Tim Cook featured at StartupFest this morning, in an interview with Neelie Kroes discussing Apple’s influence in startups and entrepreneurship culture. Cook covered many topics including the role of entrepreneurs and the App Store, the startup climate in Europe, economic optimism, technology in education, Apple Watch and more. We’ve included some snippets of the talk below …

In the interview, Tim Cook says Apple gives entrepreneurs the ability to sell their app instantly worldwide through the App Store. Apple provides technical and marketing assistance to clear the path so the developer can focus on their product. Most young companies should be principally focused on the product; Apple tries to help ease the frictions to fuel more entrepreneurs to do exactly that. Apple is bringing an app development center in Naples to kickstart the app economy in places it hasn’t yet been.

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Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS Devices, Tech Industry Tagged: App Economy, Apps, developers, interview, privacy, Tim Cook

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Benjamin Mayo

May 24th

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Privacy guidance for drone operators issued by US agency

phantom drone The NTIA has published best practice privacy guidelines for the use of commercial and non-commercial drones to gather personally identifiable data. The guidance was agreed by all the various stakeholders involved, including drone companies, consumer privacy groups and news organizations. Read More

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Natasha Lomas

May 20th

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The Europas — It’s time for different type of tech conference

awards3 (1) Let’s face it. Some tech conferences have lost their way. While TechCrunch Disrupt remains a firmly curated, media-driven, event, with hundreds of journalists attending, a couple of other conferences have really gone for scale. A minimum of 15,000 people, thousands of companies, echoing halls — and a lot of investors (and journalists) turning their badges around so they don’t… Read More

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Mike Butcher

May 20th

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Study finds that police body cameras may increase assaults — if used improperly

taser body axon Putting body cameras on police seems like a net good for everyone involved, but how to deploy them and what the subtler effects will be are questions that would be better answered sooner than later. Otherwise, as a new large-scale study shows, we risk making things worse — body cameras could actually increase incidents of violence. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 17th

Gadgets

The Internet of Things is a security nightmare, warns EFF

Marten Mickos (left) and Nate Cardozo A panel discussion on finding a balance between security and privacy here at Disrupt New York 2016 touched on various aspects of a complex topic, including strategies for securing customer data and the big risks posed as more types of devices come online. Read More

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Natasha Lomas

May 9th

Gadgets

Waze downplays exploit that let researchers track users

map_wazers@2x-189683ccb1ad385f21269ea920bda9bd Waze has responded to security concerns raised yesterday in a Fusion report documenting an exploit found by UC Santa Barbara researchers. In short: it’s legit, but not as dire as it’s made out to be. The exploit leverages the Waze feature that shows you nearby users, showing that the data you’re seeing is live and giving you options should you need help. The researchers… Read More

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Devin Coldewey

April 29th

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Mobile

Developer version of Opera for Mac now has a free, integrated VPN for privacy and region-hopping [Video]

Virtual Private Networks are becoming increasingly handy things to have, offering greater security on public Wi-Fi networks, making it harder for websites to track you and accessing content only available in particular countries. Usually you have to pay for these, but the latest developer version of the Opera for Mac has one built right into the browser, and it’s completely free to use.

Until now, most VPN services and proxy servers have been limited and based on a paid subscription. With a free, unlimited, native VPN that just works out-of-the-box and doesn’t require any subscription, Opera wants to make VPNs available to everyone.

If accessing content from other regions is your primary interest, the browser currently allows you to virtually travel to the USA, Canada and Germany, but more regions will follow once the feature makes it into the stable version.

Opera’s developer browser is a free download. Once installed, follow the instructions below to activate the feature.

Mac users just need to click the Opera menu, select “Preferences” and toggle the feature VPN on. A button will appear in the browser address field, from which the user can see and change location (more locations will appear later), check whether their IP is exposed and review statistics for their data used.


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Ben Lovejoy

April 21st

Apple

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Legal analysis of anti-encryption bill says it’s unconstitutional, unenforceable and would harm investigations

While the FBI abandoned its court case against Apple, the dispute of course still rumbles on in Congress, with hearings today and a proposed bill to force U.S. tech companies to break encrypted devices on demand. But at least one legal expert thinks the Feinstein-Burr bill is deeply flawed, arguing that it is unconstitutional, unenforceable and would harm U.S. investigative capabilities.

And not just any legal expert: you can’t really ask for better credentials in this area than those of Paul Rosenzweig.

Paul Rosenzweig is the founder of Red Branch Consulting PLLC, a homeland security consulting company [and] formerly served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Department of Homeland Security. He is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute. He also serves as a Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University [and] a Senior Editor of the Journal of National Security Law & Policy.

In a blog post on Lawfare, Rosenzweig sets out the three problems he sees with the Feinstein-Burr bill …

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Ben Lovejoy

April 19th

Apple

Mac

Apple tells NY judge FBI has ‘utterly failed’ to prove it needs help unlocking iPhones

apple-vs-fbi-logo-seal Apple has strong words for the Justice Department. The simple fact that the feds unlocked a phone without any help shows that they didn’t need it in the first place, Apple asserts: “The government has utterly failed to satisfy its burden to demonstrate that Apple’s assistance in this case is necessary.” Read More

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Devin Coldewey

April 15th

Apple

Gadgets

Mobile

Link Shorteners Can Spy on You

Anyone who’s used a link shortener has probably considered their vulnerability. It’s no big deal when you’re just bookmarking a blog post, but a little more troubling when you’re shortening directions to your house. If you’ve ever punched in the wrong bit.ly link, you may have inadvertently spied on someone already.

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Alissa Walker

April 14th

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