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Jeff Daniels could play John Sculley in troubled Steve Jobs biopic

A new report claims that actor Jeff Daniels is in the running to portray Apple's former CEO John Sculley in the upcoming Universal Pictures biopic of Steve Jobs. If that happens, Daniels will be working again with Aaron Sorkin, who is writing the script for the movie based on Walter Isaacson's acclaimed biography of Jobs. Daniels plays the lead character in The Newsroom, the HBO TV series that Sorkin created and which will end after three seasons later in December.

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Apple reportedly planning to open its first Brooklyn store location

Apple has reportedly signed a lease for a new retail store location in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. If true, it will be the first store Apple will operate in that section of the metropolis and the seventh overall in New York City.

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Dashlane will soon let you change your passwords in one click

Password manager Dashlane is preparing a powerful new way to quickly change all of your passwords. The new Password Changer will instantly change all of your passwords with the click of a button, hassle-free. The password changer works with a number of popular services and retailers, including Amazon, Dropbox, Evernote, and Twitter.

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Pebble adds localization support for French, German and Spanish

The Pebble team has today announced that new localization support, silently included in the recent firmware version 2.8 for the company's range of smartwatches, has been enabled. This functionality introduces localization support for French, German and Spanish on Pebble smartwatches. Should you reside in one of the affected regions, it's now possible to have content displayed in one of three new supported languages, not limited to just notifications.

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Apple blocking requests to make its full federal diversity report public

Apple has refused to make all of the data from their federal diversity filing public. While Apple did publish some diversity data earlier this year, they have blocked requests to have the data released to the public. The EEO-1 report that is being requested is a federally mandated detailed breakdown of workforce composition. Apple was joined by other companies in this refusal, according to USA Today:

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Apple said to be preparing new R&D facility in Japan

Apple is reportedly preparing to build a new research and development facility in Japan. The new facility will apparently be on par with the larger R&D operations in other parts of Asia, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo told a crowd at an election rally, according to Reuters:

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News outlets battle the courts to see 2011 deposition video of Steve Jobs released

Footage of Apple's late co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs may be released to the public after being played in an antitrust court case just last week. Lawyers representing the Associated Press, Bloomberg and CNN have filed a motion with the courts to have said deposition media – recorded back in 2011 – made available. According to the CNET report:

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Judge rules iPod class-action suit must go on

Despite Apple's efforts to toss out a class-action lawsuit over iTunes DRM and locking the iPod, U.S. district judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers said that the suit must continue. After Apple's investigation late last week revealed that neither representing plaintiffs in the suit are qualified to make claims as they had purchased their iPods outside of the window stated for the suit, Judge Rogers said she will hold a hearing for selection of new plaintiff representatives.

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Leaked document reveals DiCaprio's importance as Steve Jobs to Sony

Leaked documents from the Sony Pictures hack reveal why the studio had pulled out from producing the Steve Jobs biopic based on Walter Isaacson's biography. According to the leak of Sony's internal forecast of the film, the studio projected that revenue for the movie would drop by as much as 25 percent after Leonardo DiCaprio, originally cast for the role of Jobs, pulled out. The movie is said to still be on track under Universal after Sony withdrew.

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Steve Wozniak talks early days of Apple in profile piece

Bloomberg sat down with Steve Wozniak last week for a short profile of the Apple co-founder. In a video of their interview, Woz speaks in detail about the early days of Apple — from hand designing the boards of the Apple-1 to his eventual departure from the company in 1987.

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