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Google Infrastructure Security Design Overview

Google: This document gives an overview of how security is designed into Google’s technical infrastructure. This global scale infrastructure is designed to provide security through the entire information processing lifecycle at Google. Show More Summary

Crowdsourcing Is No Way to Design a Phone (Or Anything Else for That Matter

Ashley Carman, writing for The Verge: ZTE’s crowdsourced phone has already had quite a journey. After he phone’s concept — an eye-tracking, self-adhesive device — was voted on by ZTE users, the phone was put on Kickstarter. Now ZTE is giving us a clearer idea of what to expect specs-wise. Show More Summary

Samsung Heir Faces Arrest on Charges of Bribing South Korea’s President

Chow Sang-Hun, reporting for the NYT: The sprawling investigation into President Park Geun-hye of South Korea took a dramatic turn on Monday with word that prosecutors were seeking the arrest of the de facto head of Samsung, one of the world’s largest conglomerates, on charges that he bribed the president and her secretive confidante. Show More Summary

Apple Insider: ‘Safari Not Able to Play New 4K Videos From YouTube Homepage, Likely Due to VP9 Shift’

Mike Wuerthele, reporting for Apple Insider: What appears to be Google’s shift to the VP9 codec for delivering 4K video on the YouTube homepage is preventing Safari users from watching videos uploaded to the service since early December...Show More Summary

Android’s Emoji Problem

One practical side-effect of the fact that the overwhelming majority of Android phones are running old versions of the OS: they don’t have the latest emoji. ?

The iPhone Unsung Sine Qua Non

Jean-Louis Gassée: In retrospect, the ascendency of Smartphone 2.0 and the way it has shaped our culture seems obvious and natural. But the celebration and contemplation overlooks a crucial Sine Qua Non, a necessary (but not sufficient)...Show More Summary

A Russian Journalist on What to Expect Under Trump

Russian journalist Alexey Kovalev, in the wake of Trump’s farcical press conference last week: Given that Putin is probably a role model for Trump, it’s no surprise that he’s apparently taking a page from Putin’s playbook. I have some...Show More Summary

Apple in 2016: The Six Colors Report Card

Jason Snell: As we close the door on 2016, I thought it would be useful to look back at the year gone by and ask a panel of my peers who pay attention to Apple and related markets to take a moment and reflect on Apple’s performance in the past year. This survey is such a valuable service. The consensus scores feel like a very accurate assessment of Apple’s year. ?

Bloomberg on Andy Rubin’s New Company, Essential

Mark Gurman and Mark Bergen, reporting for Bloomberg: Rubin, creator of the Android operating system, is planning to marry his background in software with artificial intelligence in a risky business: consumer hardware. Armed with about a 40-person eam, filled with recruits from Apple Inc. Show More Summary

U.S. Appeals Court Allows Group to Sue Apple Over App Store ‘Monopoly’

Stephen Nellis and Dan Levine, reporting for Reuters: iPhone app purchasers may sue Apple Inc over allegations that the company monopolized the market for iPhone apps by not allowing users to purchase them outside the App Store, leading to higher prices, a U.S. Show More Summary


David Smith: I have a knack for remembering audio. I’m awful at remembering names and faces, but if I hear something I can often recall it later. This has manifested itself as a bit of a party trick for he podcasts I listen to, where...Show More Summary

Chris Lattner on Ted Kremenek

Chris Lattner on Ted Kremenek, his replacement as project lead on Apple’s Swift team: One thing that I don’t think is fully appreciated by the community: Ted has been one of the quiet but incredible masterminds behind Swift (and Clang, and the Clang Static Analyzer) for many years. Show More Summary

Consumer Reports Now Recommends MacBook Pros

Consumer Reports: New Apple software fixes a battery issue found in CR tests. The software, now in beta, will be part of a broad update soon. This makes it sound like CR found a problem with the batteries. They didn’t. They found a bug in a Safari developer mode. Show More Summary

Matthew Yglesias: ‘Beyond Wild Allegations, What’s Clearly True About Trump and Russia Is Disturbing’

Matthew Yglesias, writing for Vox: Allegations now floating around range from the salacious (Russia has Trump sex tapes made at the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow) to the serious (using intermediaries, Trump and Russia agreed to an explicit quid pro quo in which Russia would give him electoral help and in exchange he would shift US foreign policy). Show More Summary

Maureen Dowd Interviews Peter Thiel

Maureen Dowd: He recalls a story from his and Mr. Musk’s PayPal days, when Mr. Musk joined the engineering team’s poker game and bet everything on every hand, admitting only afterward that it was his first time playing poker. Then there...Show More Summary

The Math Behind a Theoretical 10.5-inch iPad

Dan Provost: The math works out perfectly. This new 10.5” iPad would have the exact same resolution as the 12.9” iPad Pro (2732?×?2048), but the same pixel density of the iPad mini (326 ppi instead of 264 ppi). Crunch the numbers, do...Show More Summary

WSJ: ‘Apple Sets Its Sights on Hollywood With Plans for Original Content’

Ben Fritz, Tripp Mickle, and Hannah Karp, reporting for the WSJ: Apple Inc. is planning to build a significant new business in original television shows and movies, according to people familiar with the matter, a move that could make...Show More Summary

App Extensions Are Not a Replacement for User Automation

Sal Soghoian, writing for MacStories (there’s a byline I never expected to write — it’s going to take a while to get used to Sal as a civilian): Here’s a thought experiment. Let’s imagine that Apple decided to combine their engineering...Show More Summary

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