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Russia wants Apple's source code to prove it's not used for spying

The Russian government has asked for security cooperation from Apple and enterprise services firm SAP. The proposal would see Apple handing over the source code for their products so Russia could inspect them for backdoors or defects that could be exploited by spy agencies like the NSA. Apple has repeatedly denied working with the NSA or other government agency to create such backdoors, but the Russian government, well, they're not wanting to take any chances.

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Apple Stores will help you save some dough during US state tax holidays

Both the brick-and-mortar Apple Retail Stores and Apple Online Store will be participating in various state tax holidays around the United States. The holidays, designed to spur sales while giving shoppers a bit of relief, are typically scheduled are the beginning of August, and lop off the state sales tax that is added to purchases (local county and city taxes still apply, though).

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iPad owners can now enjoy free data, text and voice plans with FreedomPop

FreedomPop has announced that it will offer 500MB a month of free 4G LTE data for tablets that supports Sprint's network, along with direct sales of Apple's iPad mini and Samsung's 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 on their website.

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Virgin Mobile to roll out a fully customizable prepaid plan with limited web access

Virgin Mobile will be rolling out a new no-contract wireless plan, sold exclusively through Walmart. The mobile operator will be offering Americans the ability to activate up to five phone lines for a monthly fee starting from just $7 for each line. Available on August 9th, those who opt for Virgin Custom will have the option to customize everything to suit current needs and requirements, so long as you only enjoy using some of the popular social networks available.

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Sprint's first quarter 2014 results show they finally turned a profit

Sprint today released its earnings report for the first fiscal quarter of 2014, detailing a net income of $23 million, the best result in over seven years. The US mobile operator also confirmed that 3G network maintenance was largely complete, while LTE coverage expands to cover approximately 254 million people. Sprint had previously been struggling with new affordable plans to attract custom and forking out for upgrading 4G infrastructure.

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Apple has confirmed the acquisition of Swell

On Monday, unconfirmed reports that Apple had acquired Swell, a popular radio and podcast compiler app available for both iPhone and iPad, began circulating from various sources. At the time, Re/Code had noted the deal was worth around $30M and while the financial details surrounding the acquisition remain a mystery, Apple has now confirmed the deal to The Wall Street Journal.

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Catch Lollapalooza live with Red Bull TV

The Lollapalooza music festival kicks off in Chicago in a few days, but for those that can't make it, Red Bull has you covered. As part of a partnership, Red Bull will be live streaming the festival to a number of devices this weekend.

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Ford ditching BlackBerry for iPhone company-wide

3,300 Ford employees currently using a BlackBerry will be getting a company-issued iPhone before the end of the year, and 6,000 will be replacing their flip phones with iOS devices in the next two year. Ford spokesperson Sara Tatchio commented on the switch.

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Unread dev provides a look at the harsh realities of indie app development

Jared Sinclair, the developer behind RSS reader app Unread, has provided a detailed account of Unread's first year of existance. It's a sobering look at the state of indie app development and the market for pay up front apps. Sinclair goes in-depth about the stress of creating Unread, and the toll it took on his life. And all of the effort put into the app has not translated into sustainable revenue, according to the post on Sinclair's blog:

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Tampa man charged with scamming $309,768 from Apple retail stores

Sharron Laverne Parrish Jr. of Tampa has been charged with scamming a total of $309,768 from a number of Apple's retail stores located in 16 states, according to recently revealed federal court documents.

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