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Owners of some drones will have to register their details with the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), as new rules concerning the flying machines come into effect. Originally proposed earlier this year, pilots of drones and unmanned flying machines weighing at least 0.55 pounds and as heavy as 55 pounds, including payloads such as camera systems, must perform an online registration with the FAA, as the US government continues to try and regulate the growing industry.
Apple's contentious time spent with e-book antitrust monitor Michael Bromwich has may be coming to a close. A letter filed jointly by Apple and the US government claims that the computer manufacturer has "implemented meaningful antitrust policies, procedures, and training programs that were obviously lacking at the time Apple participated in and facilitated the horizontal price-fixing conspiracy found by this court," and recommends that the antitrust monitor's tenure need not be extended.
Apple is working with the US government alongside a number of other major companies and institutions to develop new wearable technology. The Pentagon project, said to be using third-parties instead of its own development resources due to the rapid pace of creating new technologies, is aiming to create ways for sensors and other electronics to be embedded into the outwards-facing surfaces of vehicles, such as a jet, or part of the uniform worn by military personnel.
A measurement of US government web traffic has revealed that 26 percent of visits come from Apple devices -- with nearly 17 percent originating from iOS devices, with another nine percent from Macs. This puts the platform at about one-half the traffic generated by Windows devices (58 percent), with Android devices in third place with 14 percent. The data comes from analytics of over 300 government websites.
In a report set to be delivered to Congress this week, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Healthcare.gov website has a number of security issues yet to be addressed. While a number of steps have been taken to secure the health care portal since its troubled release, the complexity of the system and lack of security protocols in some instances still continue to plague the system.
During more of the interview for PBS' "Charlie Rose" show, Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed the thorny issue of user privacy, with Cook coming out strongly differentiating Apple from other companies, noting that Apple "tries not to collect data." Cook said he believes users "have a right to privacy," and used the issue to reiterate that Apple was not cooperating with US government spying programs.
Under threat from microblogging service Twitter, photo storage domain TwitPic is closing its doors on September 25. Citing a legal demand to abandon a trademark application it filed for in 2009 or it would lose access to the Twitter API, the founder has declared that he cannot "fend off a large company like Twitter to maintain our mark, which we believe wholeheartedly is rightfully ours."
The White House has named a new federal head of intellectual property enforcement. Attorney Danny Marti was named as the next Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator for the executive office of the President, a position that has laid fallow for the last year after the departure of the previous head, Victoria Espinel, to lead the Business Software Alliance.
The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) has released a report, revealing a number of insights into the activities of the National Security Agency (NSA). The report, posted on Tumblr, comes as part of a DNI directive from August 2013, itself prompted by President Obama in June of the same year, with the report listing how many information requests and surveillance-related activities have been performed by the US government in the entirety of last year.
Chinese state media is calling for the country's government to penalize US technology companies for their alleged roles in the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance row. The People's Daily and China Daily accuse companies including Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Apple of helping the US government to monitor and threaten the security of users in China, asking for Beijing to "punish severely the pawns."