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Apple ends agreements with Crimean developers following U.S. and European sanctions

Apple has apparently terminated their agreements with developers in Crimea, following sanctions against the region made by the United States government and European Commission. The sanctions prevent Apple from doing business in the region, and developers there will no longer be able to publish apps to the App Store. Apple's letter says that Crimean developers must immediately stop using Apple development software, and destroy any materials related to development

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Apple's website pays tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

Apple's home page, at the time of this writing, has been given over in tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. It's in honor of the man and his accomplishments, and coincides with the observation of Martin Luther King Jr. day in the United States.

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EE to refund customers £1 million after overcharging VAT

Customers of UK mobile operator EE are to receive a share of around £1 million after they were wrongly charged VAT. Those who happened to be outside the EU and used data on their plans between October 2012 and October 2014 were affected by a "billing system error." It's reported that 0.5 percent of EE customers were overcharged.

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Three UK reportedly looking to purchase O2 from Telefonica

The company behind UK mobile operator Three, Hutchison Whampoa, is reportedly looking to purchase competitor O2, which is currently owned by Telefonica. The deal could be worth as much as $13.6 billion to Telefonica, who The Financial Times reports to have enlisted the aid of investment bank UBS to analyze available options, including partnership and flotation of the business.

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iCloud end user agreement makes for art project

Apple's end user license agreements (EULAs) are rarely-read from cover to cover; they're often dozens of pages of legalese that make the average person's eyes glaze over. While it's mind-numbing for most of it, it was inspiration for artist Florence Meunier, who used an overlay featuring redaction marks to blot out unwanted text until what's revealed is a poem that tells the story of a man who didn't read the EULA and suffered the consequences.

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Facebook begins testing sound clip transcription in Messenger

Facebook's David Marcus took to his, well, Facebook page today to detail a new voice transcription feature that the company is testing for Facebook Messenger. The feature will take any sound clip that you send or receive and transcribe its contents in text below the voice clip itself.

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Filming begins on upcoming Steve Jobs biopic

After a tumultuous few months concerning casting details, it looks like the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle, has finally started filming. A film crew was spotted today setting up the garage at Steve Jobs' childhood home to prepare for filming.

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Intel CEO reaffirms relationship with Apple in face of ARM rumors

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has spoken about his company's relationship with Apple, following rumors that Apple will be moving away from Intel processors in its Mac lines in favor of internally-developed, ARM-based chips. Kraznich said that Intel continues to enjoy a strong relationship with Apple, and that no discussions of this sort had taken place between the two companies. He also noted that Apple would use the supplier that benefited them most, saying to CNBC:

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Virgin Mobile teams up with Walmart to offer contract-less prepaid LTE data sharing plans

Virgin Mobile USA has partnered with Walmart to offer new prepaid multi-line data-sharing plans. The new Data Done Right plans will be exclusively available from Walmart, and will be available beginning tomorrow, January 17. The multiple line plan will include a free Mobile Hotspot feature.

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Apple now selling refurbished iMacs with 5K Retina display

Apple is now offering the iMac with Retina 5K display on its Refurbished Store. Currently, Apple is offering three configurations of the desktop, in addition to several non-Retina iMac models.

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