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Apple CEO Tim Cook says he'll fight the US government over a demand to build a backdoor in the iPhone (AAPL)

Apple CEO Tim Cook has criticised the US government after it called on Apple to break into the iPhone of a shooter in San Bernardino, California.

Cook published an open letter to Apple's customers on Wednesday attacking the FBI, which wants Apple to remove the limit on the number of times the passcode can be tried.

Apple argues this amounts to a backdoor it would have to write, which would later be open to abuse. 


Tidal screwed up the release of Kanye's new album, and people are furious

After months of anticipation, Kanye West finally dropped his latest album, "The Life of Pablo," following a performance on "Saturday Night Live."

West announced that the album is not available anywhere except on Tidal for the next week, which sent his fans clamoring to listen to it over the music-streaming service.

West originally had the album available for sale as a download, from Tidal, as well as for streaming. But he quickly changed his mind, removing the ability for users to download it, but not before some had paid cash for a download of "The Life of Pablo" that never materialized.

It's still available for streaming, if you subscribe to Tidal, but there's no sign of the download, even for those who paid for it.

Furious customers took to Twitter to voice their frustration with Tidal:

NO. Eff ...


The only way to get out of Amazon's terms of service is a zombie apocalypse (AMZN)

Only the fall of civilization from a widespread zombie attack will release you from Amazon’s terms of service for one of its new products. 

The company just released a game engine called Lumberyard that gives developers a bunch of free tools, but one of the best parts of the announcement was hidden in the Amazon Web Services Service Terms.

In one of the new clauses related to Lumberyard, Amazon says that developers can't use its materials for "life-critical or safety-critical systems."


The $400,000 Rolls-Royce Wraith towers above all other cars

The Rolls-Royce Wraith quite unlike any car in the world. As the adage goes, "A Rolls-Royce is a car you don't drive. It's a car in which you are driven." That may have been this case during the days of "Downton Abbey," but things have certainly changed.

With the two-door Wraith, you have a Rolls-Royce that's designed to be driven — and driven at high speed. Don't be mistaken — the Wraith isn't a spritely Lotus-esque English sports car. If you're expecting a bigger Elise with a leather-lined cockpit, you will be disappointed. On the other hand, it's far from a grand luxury limousine. This Rolls falls somewhere in the between the two extremes. 

Last year, Business Insider spent a few days behind the wheel of a 2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith, clad in a resplendent Royal Blue livery. 

The Wraith isn't the first Rolls-Royce we've driven, but it's certainly the most memorable. At the beginning of last year, we spent a few w...

The fabulous life of Amazon's billionaire CEO Jeff Bezos (AMZN)

Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, is one of the most powerful figures in tech, with a net worth of roughly $57 billion.

Today his "Everything Store" sells over $100 billion worth of goods a year.

Unfamiliar with Bezos' story?

Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through his personal investment company Bezos Expeditions.

Jeff Bezos' mom, Jackie, was a teenager when she had him in January 1964. She had recently married Cuban immigrant Mike Bezos, who adopted Jeff. Jeff didn't learn that Mike wasn't his real father until he was 10 but says he was more fazed about learning he needed to get glasses than he was about the news.


This chart shows how you'll probably die
Posted February 15, 2016 0:55 AM
This chart shows how you'll probably die

On March 5, an asteroid about 100 feet across will fly close to Earth. But don't worry, experts at NASA's Center for Near Earth Objects Studies say there's no chance of the space rock impacting our planet.

In fact, a person's chance of dying from an asteroid impact are astronomical: 1 in 74,817,414, according to The Economist. The probability of dying from a dog bite or lightning strike is much higher.

Drawing from data collected by


A Stanford professor says eliminating 2 phrases from your vocabulary can make you more successful

The way you speak not only affects how others perceive you; it also has the potential to shape your behavior.

Swapping one word for another could make all the difference in how you approach your goals.

That's according to Bernard Roth, a professor of engineering at Stanford and the academic director of Stanford's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, the d.school.

In his new book, "The Achievement Habit," Roth suggests several linguistic tweaks that can make you more successful. Here are two of the easiest:

1. Swap 'but' for 'and'

You might be tempted to say, "I want to go to the movies, but I have work to do."

Instead, Roth suggests saying, "I want to go to the movies, and I have work to do."


The company that's going to make chips for the iPhone 7 had its facilities damaged in an earthquake (AAPL)

The company that's set to take over a large proportion of Apple's chip production has been damaged in an earthquake — and the damage is worse than previously thought, DigiTimes reports.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's facilities were damaged in the February 6 Taiwanese earthquake, but the company initially said that the amount of chips it would ship would only drop by around 1%.

Now Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company is saying that the impact of the magnitude 6.4 earthquake is going to be bigger than initial reports claimed — but the company is still confident that it's going to meet its revenue targets.

The Taiwanese company


Apple is being sued over its pressure-sensitive screen (AAPL)

Apple is being sued by a Californian company that alleges the touch screen technology used in the iPhone 6 and 6s infringes on its patents.

Immersion filed complaints against Apple (as well as AT&T) in the US District Court and with the US International Trade Commission (ITC), The Next Web reports.

At stake is 3D Touch and Force Tech — tech introduced into the iPhone 6, 6s, and the Apple Watch that detects how hard a user presses the screen and responds accordingly. A light tap might click a button, for example, while a harder press brings up other options. This type of touch technology is known as haptic technology.


Robots will steal your job: How AI could increase unemployment and inequality

The future is supposed to be a glorious place where robot butlers cater to our every need and the four-hour work day is a reality.

But the true picture could be much bleaker.

Top computer scientists in the US warned over the weekend that the rise ofartificial intelligence (AI) and robots in the work place could cause mass unemployment and dislocated economies, rather than simply unlocking productivity gains and freeing us all up to watch TV and play sports.

And a recent report from Citi, produced in conjunction with the University of Oxford, highlights how increased automation could lead to greater inequality.

'If machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do?'

The rise of robots and AI in the work place seems almost inevitable at the moment.