Encrypted Smartphone Sales Banned in California; iHeartRadio Reaches 80mil

Posted January 21st, 2016 at 11:34 am (UTC-4)
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FILE - An iPhone 6S Plus is seen at the Apple retail store in Palo Alto, California September 25, 2015.

FILE – An iPhone 6S Plus is seen at the Apple retail store in Palo Alto, California, September 25, 2015.

Now California State Wants to Ban Sale of Encrypted Smartphones

California’s assembly member Jim Cooper introduced legislation to ban the sale of smartphone devices that come with unbreakable encryption. The state is home to the world’s biggest technology companies. If approved, the legislation would require any smartphone manufactured “on or after January 1, 2017, and sold in California after that date” to be “capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider.”

Mysterious Fault Downs Reaper Drones

Freedom of Information Act documents show the U.S. Air Force’s flagship Reaper drone is plagued by a mysterious technical fault which causes the craft to fall out of the sky, be destroyed or suffer severe damage. The unmanned drone – which conducts surveillance and airstrikes in Syria and Iraq against Islamic State militants – has been hit with a number of technical problems.

IBM Acquires Ustream, Launches Cloud Video Unit

IBM Cloud Senior Vice President Robert LeBlanc announced IBM’s video and cloud applications to be aligned into an integrated unit. In its latest acquisition, live video provider Ustream, is also part of a new Big Blue enterprise: the Cloud Video Services Unit. Ustream, in operation since 2007, delivers live and on-demand video for customers such as The Discovery Channel, Facebook, NASA, Nike and Samsung.



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