Russia

Security researcher involved in NBC Russia hacking piece disputes report

Recently NBC News ran a hysterical hacking story suggesting that you'll be hacked within minutes when you step off the plane in Russia. Now a security researcher involved in the story, Kyle Wilhoit, is disputing how it was presented. Trend Micro:

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Tim Cook on Russia: 80% of iPhones sold from Retail, record sales figures for the quarter

Russia has been in the headlines recently, more specifically their carriers dropping the iPhone. On today's Q3 2013 earnings conference call, Apple CEO Tim Cook had a little to say about the story, with a little less of a doom and gloom angle on things. In short, Apple is doing just fine with iPhone sales there, reporting record figures for the quarter just gone.

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Why Russian carriers are ditching the iPhone

As of this month, the iPhone is no longer available on any Russian carrier. You can still get iPhones in Russian, of course, both at independent retail chains and, now, directly from Apple. They're just off the Russian carriers, and Phillip Elmer-DeWitt thinks he knows why. From Fortune:

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Apple expands in Eastern Europe, opening online store in Russia for the first time

Apple has made a new, and quite significant, expansion in their Eastern European retail operations with the launch of an online retail store in Russia. Previously Russian Apple fans had to purchase their hardware via third-party resellers, and the online store represents the first time Apple has had any kind of retail presence there.

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iTunes Store looks set for Russian launch, small event to be held in Moscow on December 4

At long last, the iTunes Store looks like it will be officially launching in Russia. For a few weeks now, we have heard rumblings that it may be launching very soon, some users have already seen songs for sale in music searches at extremely competitive prices. Now Apple has supposedly sent out invitations to a small number of people to attend an event in Moscow tomorrow.

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iPhone 4S launching December 16 in Russia, Brazil, Taiwan, more

On December 16, Apple will continue the international roll out of the iPhone 4S, launching it in Russia, Brazil, Taiwan, South Africa, the Philippines, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.

MacRumors points to a number of confirmations that Apple is set to rollout the iPhone 4S in several additional countries on December 16th. The list includes Russia and Brazil, two of the world's most populated countries, which should bolster sales outside of the US.

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iPhone 3G International: Stage 3 Begins Sept. 26!

Apple said they would release the iPhone 3G in over 70 countries this year. They started off with 22 way back on July 11, added another 22 in August 22, and now it looks like they're planning on adding 29 more to the party starting September 26. According to Apple Insider, these include:

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