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US authorities block China Unicom from the nation’s telecom market

The decision marks the telecom regulators’ latest move to lock down US networks against the risk of Chinese espionage, a threat that national security officials began highlighting several years ago with the spread of cheap, Chinese-produced networking gear in small and rural wireless networks. “Today we take another critical step to protect our communications networks …

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Apple posted record holiday quarter sales despite supply constraints

The company on Thursday reported $123.9 billion in revenue for the final months of the year, an 11% increase from the year prior, fueled by demand for its latest lineup of iPhones and other devices as well as the strength of its services business. Apple (AAPL) also posted earnings per share of $2.10, better than …

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Apple is back on top in smartphone sales worldwide after a record win in China

That’s according to findings from two separate research reports, which come just before the tech giant is set to release its earnings for the most recent quarter on Thursday. A report by Counterpoint Research, published Wednesday, said Apple (AAPL) reached its “highest ever” market share in China in the three months to December. This is …

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Wordle-spoiling bot taken down by Twitter

The account, @wordlinator, would tweet: “Guess what. People don’t care about your mediocre linguistic escapades. To teach you a lesson, tomorrow’s word is…,” then adding the spoiler at the end. Twitter removed the account on Tuesday. A Twitter spokesperson said the account was “suspended for violating the Twitter rules and the automation rules around sending …

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China pledges ‘purification’ of the internet ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics and the Lunar New Year

The Cyberspace Administration of China announced Tuesday that its month-long internet “purification” campaign is intended to create a “healthy, happy, and peaceful online environment.” The powerful internet watchdog — which President Xi Jinping set up in 2014 in the name of protecting China’s internet and data security — tied the campaign to the start of …

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Tim Cook allegedly stalked by woman who trespassed and sent photos of a loaded gun

In a court filing late last week with the Santa Clara County Superior Court, Apple said a woman from Virginia has exhibited “erratic, threatening and bizarre” behavior. The woman allegedly drove across the country to make personal contact with Cook and trespassed on his property on two occasions, according to the filing. She also claimed …

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Four attorneys general sue Google for ‘deceptive’ location tracking

The parallel lawsuits by the District of Columbia, Texas, Indiana and Washington state zero in on Google’s collection of location data, which can be used to target advertising and build profiles on internet users. The DC Attorney General’s lawsuit alleges that since 2014, Google (GOOG) has made misleading public statements about how users can opt …

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