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Here's what Google's CEO just said about Apple's battle with the FBI (GOOG)

Google CEO Sundar Pichai just weighed in on Apple's battle with the FBI, which has ordered Apple to help it unlock the phone of one of the shooters who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California, last year in an apparent terrorist act.

In a series of tweets, Pichai wrote that although Google gives "law enforcement access to data based on valid legal orders" that that is "wholly different than requiring companies to enable hacking of customer devices and data," which could set a "troubling precedent." 

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The three best things about wealth, according to best-selling 'Freakonomics' author Stephen Dubner

In the 11 years since economist Steven Levitt and journalist Stephen Dubner wrote their first book, "Freakonomics," their partnership has become an empire with four best-selling book that have sold over seven million copies, a popular podcast, a movie, countless speaking gigs, and other commercial opportunities.

It's a dream come true for Dubner, who is often depicted as Levitt's sidekick in the whole Freakonomics thing.

While Levitt is unquestionably the number-crunching data analyst of the pair, over the course of the past decade, Dubner has become more than just his scribe. Depending on the project, he does everything from the research to setting up the experiment, with Levitt always in charge of crunching numbers. 

He says that this Freaknomics journey

A huge 7-year-old bug has been found that affects hundreds of thousands of apps and devices

Researchers from Google have discovered a serious, seven-year-old vulnerability in code used by hundreds of thousands of apps and devices, the BBC reports.

It affects "glibc" — a library of open-source code. Hackers could use exploit the bug to crash or take control of services that make use of glibc. Google researchers say they have found that "remove code execution is possible, but not straightforward."

To avoid helping potential attackers, researchers are not providing the code they used to exploit the bug.

Here's how it would work if Apple cooperated with the US government to unlock iPhones (AAPL)

The FBI has ordered Apple to help it unlock an iPhone 5c that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters. 

But Apple is refusing to help the FBI break into the phone. CEO Tim Cook argued in an open letter that "it would be the equivalent of a master key, capable of opening hundreds of millions of locks — from restaurants and banks to stores and homes. No reasonable person would find that acceptable."

However, we can tell from the FBI's court order and Apple's own security documentation what it would like if Apple decided to play ball and let the FBI hack the phone.

Here's the first thing you need to know: Apple doesn't just have a magic key it could hand the FBI that would unlock an iPhone. Instead,

London startup Powa Technologies held back staff salaries due to a lack of revenue

Powa Technologies, an e-commerce software business backed with $175 million (£122.5 million), has missed a number of staff payments, The Financial Times (FT) reports.

The London company, which has a mobile app called PowaTag that allows people to buy and order something by taking a photo of it on their smartphone, allegedly held back staff salaries and payments to contractors as it struggles to raise further capital.

A video message to staff that was seen by the FT reportedly shows Dan Wagner, Powa CEO and founder, telling staff that the company was "missing or late with staff payments and salaries."

Wagner, who told the FT last April that he was building the biggest tech company in living memory, admitted in the video message that Powa was "pre-revenue."

The 10 most important things in the world right now
Posted February 17, 2016 0:37 AM
The 10 most important things in the world right now

Good morning! Here's what you need to know on Wednesday.

1. A Chinese military adviser has warned China to be prepared for war in the Korean Peninsula. Tensions in the region have risen following Kim Jong Un’s recent nuclear and satellite tests.

2. Saudi Arabia, Russia, Qatar, and Venezuela agreed on Tuesday to freeze oil production at the level of supply produced in January, dashing oil bulls' hopes of a cut that would have increased prices.


The Daily Mirror's strategy director says it's 'moving out of toddler stage' in digital and that it has an ad blocking plan (TNI)

When The Independent announced last week it was closing its print editions (and selling off sister title, the i newspaper) to focus entirely on digital, one would imagine there was a lot of soul-searching going on amongst its Fleet Street competitors.

Not so at Trinity Mirror — owner of The Daily Mirror and People national newspapers plus more than 100 regional titles in the UK and Ireland — according to its strategy director Piers North.

"We don't and can't comment on other businesses," North told Business Insider. "It changes nothing for us regarding digital. Our focus remains on growing those digital revenues — through audience, yield, and other streams where possible — and understanding that balance of scale, as well as data, to deliver on revenue."

Trading firm Plus500 grew revenues in 2015 despite a year from hell

Retail trading platform Plus500 was derailed by the regulator last May after it demanded the company stop everything it was doing in the UK and fix its anti-money laundering checks.

To make things worse, the company went through an abortive merger with Israeli gambling software company Playtech last year too.

All the issues weren't fully resolved until January this year — but Plus500 still managed to grow revenues in that time.

Plus500, a shirt sponsor of Atletico Madrid,

10 things in tech you need to know today
Posted February 17, 2016 0:37 AM
10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! Here's the tech news you need to know this Wednesday.

1. Tiger Global has made a $1 billion (£700 million) bet on Apple. The investment fund bought 10.6 million shares in the Cupertino company in Q4 2015.

2. Google's think tank has become its own company called Jigsaw. Parent company Alphabet is spinning it off into a new unit, and will focus on using tech to tackle geopolitical challenges.

3. Kanye West's latest album has been pirated more than half a million times. TorrentFreak reports that after the rapper made the decision to make it an exclusive to streaming site Tidal, hundreds of thousands of people have downloaded it illegally.


Indonesia has banned Tumblr over 'pornographic content'

Indonesia has banned Tumblr.

According to the BBC and local reports, the country's Information Ministry took the decision to block the blogging platform over "pornographic content."

Tumblr, unlike Facebook and some other social networks, allows adult content on its site.

According to an Indonesian-language news report, the ban is part of a larger internet crackdown — 477 other sites have also apparently been blocked in the country.

The Muslim-majority country only has a "partly free" internet according to a 2015 report from Freedom House. Bloggers have been arrested before, and content on social media has been blocked.