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Report details the fall of GT Advanced in Apple's quest for sapphire

Apple's partnership with GT Advanced Technologies was a marriage that seemed to have been made in tech heaven. Apple, consumer of a quarter of the world's sapphire just for the iPhone's camera lens and Touch ID fingerprint cover, wanted more of the scratch resistant material to cover its smartphones and GTAT wanted to grow and transition away from the money-losing solar panel business. Tempted, GTAT signed a deal with Apple and eventually found itself bankrupt, dishing the dirty laundry of the supplier relationship with Apple in the process.

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Smartphone encryption could lead to death of a child, government claims

The U.S. government is fighting back against new encryption technologies on smartphones made by Apple and those using Google's latest version of Android. With a strongly worded argument, an official at the U.S. Department of Justice plainly stated that without access to a suspect's phone, a child could die in cases such as kidnapping.

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Google acquires Mac app-maker RelativeWave, gives away $80 Form app for free

RelativeWave, the team behind the Mac app Form, has announced that it is now part of Google. As part of the acquisition, Google has made the $80 prototyping and design app available as a free download on the Mac App Store. The RelativeWave team will continue development of the app under Google.

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Apple will offer automated iAds with partner Rubicon Project

Apple is partnering with Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project on a new program for its iAds division that will offer a way for companies to purchase space on Apple's mobile app advertising network through a more automated process, rather than dealing directly with Apple's sales team.

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T-Mobile US makes it even cheaper to call overseas

T-Mobile is giving its Simple Choice plan users some cheaper options for international calls. Starting today, they can sign up to get unlimited calling from the US to landlines in over 70 countries for just $5 a month per account, up to 10 lines, with the updated Stateside International Talk option. It's also offering the same plan, plus unlimited calling to mobile phones in over 30 countries and 1,000 minutes to mobile phones in Mexico, for just $10 a month per account.

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Apple online store gets hefty redesign

Just in time for Black Friday, Apple's online store has had a pleasant and extensive redesign. Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, and accessories feature prominently along the top navigation bar. Clicking through on each takes you to some very nicely laid out landing pages for each category with plenty of full-width imagery.

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O2 shows that sharing is caring with new bundles

UK mobile operator O2 has announced new plans for families and those with multiple handsets. Sharer and Family Sharer enables O2 subscribers to share data bundles of up to 8GB across multiple mobile devices attached to a single account. The new plans aren't limited to smartphones either as tablets and other data-connected hardware are all included.

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You can now search through each and every tweet posted to Twitter since 2006

Have you ever felt like searching through tweets you published years ago? Now you can using Twitter's search engine. Searches on the social network were previously limited to just a week before tweets were removed from the index (but still viewable by other means – direct links, profile timelines, etc). Twitter has worked on rolling out a new search engine that not only keeps up with the plethora of tweets being beamed to the service on a daily basis, but also enable users to search through those vintage messages.

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AT&T: Government may need warrant to obtain location data

AT&T has joined the growing legal conversation around the privacy of location data, stating that federal investigators might be required to obtain a warrant before gathering such data in the future, The Wall Street Journal reported today.

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NSA reform bill killed in U.S. Senate

A bill introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy and supported by a coalition of technology companies designed to curb NSA data collection had undergone a Senate vote and failed by two votes. The USA Freedom Act fell short of the 60 votes needed to pass, garnering 58 votes in favor and 42 against.

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