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Apple and Qualcomm End Their Legal Beef and Drop Lawsuits

Apple and Qualcomm End Their Legal Beef and Drop Lawsuits

The convoluted legal battle between Apple and chipmaker Qualcomm may be coming to an end. The companies said Tuesday that they're dismissing all litigation against each other. Apple will pay Qualcomm an undisclosed sum as part of the settlement, which includes a six-year licensing agreement between the two.The settlement also covers suits brought by Apple's…

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The Time Tim Cook Stood His Ground Against the FBI

The Time Tim Cook Stood His Ground Against the FBI

In 2016, Tim Cook fought the law—and won.Late in the afternoon of Tuesday, February 16, 2016, Cook and several lieutenants gathered in the “junior boardroom” on the executive floor at One Infinite Loop, Apple’s old headquarters. The company had just received a writ from a US magistrate ordering it to make specialized software that would…

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Shakeups at the Department of Homeland Security Top This Week’s Internet News

Shakeups at the Department of Homeland Security Top This Week’s Internet News

Kirstjen Nielsen left her gig as head of the Department of Homeland Security last Sunday.Jim Watson/Getty ImagesLast week was the kind of week where we saw a black hole for the first time, former Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti got hit with 36 charges of tax dodging, perjury, and theft, the National Enquirer maybe went…

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Withing’s New Smartwatch Is a Few Steps from Greatness

Withing’s New Smartwatch Is a Few Steps from Greatness

In 2014, the French brand Withings debuted the Activité watches. They were remarkable—classic, understated analog watches that also functioned as a simple fitness trackers. (Disclosure: I bought an Activité Steel.)Withings' line of health care products were so beautiful and well-designed that Nokia bought the company in 2016. For the next two years, it befuddled everyone…

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Mathematicians Discover the Perfect Way to Multiply

Mathematicians Discover the Perfect Way to Multiply

Four thousand years ago, the Babylonians invented multiplication. Last month, mathematicians perfected it.On March 18, two researchers described the fastest method ever discovered for multiplying two very large numbers. The paper marks the culmination of a long-running search to find the most efficient procedure for performing one of the most basic operations in math.Quanta MagazineAboutOriginal…

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