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Tim Cook meets with Israeli President, celebrates opening of new Apple office

Apple CEO Tim Cook made a stop over in Israel on Wednesday, Feb. 25 following a stop in Germany. Cook, along with Apple vice president of Hardware Technologies Johny Srouji, met with current Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. Cook was apparently in the country for the opening of Apple's new offices there in the city of Herzliya

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Gemalto denies 'massive theft' of SIM card encryption keys by NSA and GCHQ [updated]

Update: A new report in The Intercept claims that Gemalto is drastically downplaying the effects of this attack. In the report, several security researchers came to the conclusion that "the company made sweeping, overly-optimistic statements about the security and stability of Gemalto's networks, and dramatically underplayed the significance of the NSA-GCHQ targeting of the company and its employees."

Original story: Digital security vendor Gemalto revealed its findings today following last week's report of an incursion by the NSA and the GCHQ into the vendor's SIM card encryption keys. While Gemalto noted that an operation by NSA and GCHQ "probably happened" in 2010 and 2011, the intrusion could not have resulted in a "massive theft" of SIM card encryption keys as the breach affected the company's office network and not its secure networks.

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Apple ordered to pay $533 million for infringing on gaming-related patents

A federal jury in Texas has ordered Apple to pay $533 million in damages after it found that the company's digital media distribution services – including the iTunes Store – infringed on three patents owned by Smartflash LLC. The patents in question were allegedly used without permission in third-party games that were available from iTunes.

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Apple Pay now used by more than 1 million Chase Bank customers

It seems that Apple Pay has really, well, payed off for Chase Bank. The company announced today that over 1 million of its customers have started using their credit or debit cards with Apple's payment platform since its launch last fall.

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Early backer Kickstarter pricing for Pebble Time increased to 30,000 watches

Due to the insane interest and backing that Pebble's latest endeavor, the Pebble Time, has received, the company has issued an update announcing that it has decided to increase the number of units it will ship in May from the $179 tier to 30,000. In addition, the Pebble team says that it will open up a new reward tier with a June ship date after the current tier is full.

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Ting launches open beta for its GSM network

Ting's GSM network, which it announced late last year, has officially entered into an open beta. Previously, customers could test the network out on an invite-only basis.

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Apple reportedly acquires digital audio instrument maker Camel Audio [updated]

Update: Jim Dalrymple over at The Loop reached out to Apple for comment. Here's what they said:

"Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

As Dalrymple notes, this is typically the response Apple gives when they have indeed purchased a company.

Original Story: It looks like Apple acquired digital audio instrument and plug-in maker Camel Audio, according to the company's corporate information listed in the UK government's Companies House website.

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Mercedes-Benz chairman isn't losing any sleep over Apple Car rumors

Dieter Zetsche, the Chairman of the Board of Daimler AG and the head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, doesn't seem to be concerned about the recent rumors that Apple may be developing its own automobile. In a recent interview, he is quoted as saying, "If there were a rumour that Mercedes or Daimler planned to start building smartphones then they (Apple) would not be sleepless at night. And the same applies to me."

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Microsoft announces new OneDrive API for all of your devices

Microsoft has announced a new API for OneDrive that will make it easy for developers to integrate the company's cloud storage service into their apps. The API supports all major platforms, including the web, Windows, iOS, and Android.

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This is Pebble Time: Color e-paper and weeklong battery life

Kickstarter darling Pebble is back with a new, color, crowdfunded e-paper smartwatch. Meet Pebble Time, crowdfunding for $159.

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