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Steve Jobs' deposition lays blame on record labels for DRM strategy

In a recorded deposition played in court Friday during the $350 million class-action suit filed against Apple over locking out competing services to iTunes from consumers' iPods, Steve Jobs echoed the same sentiments that were given as testimony by current executives earlier in the week. Jobs said that Apple had an obligation to patch holes and prevent hacks by updating its software continuously to protect its relationships with the record labels, which provided Apple with their catalog of music to sell on iTunes.

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Apple adds nine new Flyover locations to Maps, expands Siri movie listings to 6 new countries

Apple has been hard at work to provide behind-the-scenes enhancements to its Maps app and the Siri personal assistant service. With the enhancements, Maps now gains Flyover imagery and data for nine new locations while Siri expands her knowledge of movie show times and listings to 6 new countries.

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Apple's first employee opens up about Steve Jobs, the creation of Apple II

In a rare interview, Apple's first employee, Bill Fernandez, opened up about working with Steve Jobs, his role in building the Apple II computer, and how he played matchmaker to introduce Jobs to co-founder Steve Wozniak.

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Foursquare to launch new iPad app soon

At the Mashable Media Summit, Foursquare chief revenue officer Steven Rosenblatt announced that the company will finally be releasing its self-titled app for the iPad. Rosenblatt says that this would allow users to plan their dining and travel experiences while browsing on the iPad from their couches. Foursquare's iPad experience is said to be coming in a matter of weeks.

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FCC credits Apple's iOS Activation Lock for declining iPhone thefts

As a result of Apple implementing Activation Lock on its iOS software, iPhone theft cases are on the decline. The Federal Communications Commission published a report in December detailing that iPhone thefts are down by a significant margin in major cities, such as in San Francisco, CA and New York, NY in the U.S. and London in the U.K.

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AT&T throttling unlimited data subscribers regardless of network congestion

Recent anecdotal evidence of throttling AT&T data speeds on unlimited LTE plans have been confirmed by spokespeople, despite regulatory pressure to eliminate the practice. AT&T users with those subscriptions are still being automatically throttled after they hit 5 GB of usage. This change can be as dramatic as a dip from 23 Mbps to 0.1 Mbps until the end of the billing cycle.

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Outcome of $350 million iTunes class-action suit rests on single plaintiff

Lawyers in the $350 million class-action suit filed against Apple over DRM issues with iTunes withdrew one of their two plaintiffs in the case after it was discovered that the person did not purchase an iPod during the period in question. Lawyers accused Apple of locking the iPod to digital music purchased from iTunes from September 2006 through March 2009 and it appears that one of the plaintiffs did not purchase an Apple music player during that time frame.

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Oregon Senator introduces bill to thwart government snooping in phones, PCs

Senator Ron Wyden has introduced a bill that would prohibit the U.S. government from mandating backdoor access into the smartphones and computers of Americans. The bill comes after the FBI engaged in a standoff with tech giants like Apple and Google over the use of encryption software on newer phones. Law enforcement officials cite public safety as a concern and claim that having backdoor access could help in criminal investigations.

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Fitbit Surge sees limited release for those who expressed early interest

It looks like the first round of Fitbit Surge trackers are being offered up to a select few who signed up to receive notifications about the device's availability. We've gotten a tip from a reader who was able to order one of the wearables with a special promo code during an exclusive "limited release."

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iTunes Radio brings you into the spirit of the season with holiday stations

In time for the holidays, iTunes Radio is now hosting a few new stations filled with your favorite holiday music to bring you good tidings and cheer. You can listen to classic holiday tunes on the Holiday Classics station or rock out to Rockin' Holiday. The various stations cover a variety of musical tastes and genres, but all share in the spirit of the season.

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