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Apple CEO interview with Charlie Rose

Apple's CEO Tim Cook recently sat down for a two-part interview with Charlie Rose of PBS.

He discussed a number of subjects in the first part of the interview, including Apple's notorious corporate secrecy, rivalry with Google, former CEO Steve Jobs, the Apple-IBM alliance, and TVs.

The second part of the interview covered government surveillance and the infamouse Edward Snowden leaks, as well as the company supply chain and its controversies.

An article by Zack Whittaker on ZDNet covers the highlights and offers a transcript.

Said Mr. Cook:
"I don’t think that the country, or the government’s found the right balance. I think they erred too much on the collect everything side. And I think the [U.S.] president and the [Obama] administration is committed to kind of moving that pendulum back.

However, you don’t want... it’s probably not right to not do anything. And so I think it’s a careful line to walk. You want to make sure you’re protecting American people. But......

Leaked schematic shows rumored NFC chip in iPhone 6

A MacRumors article by Eric Slivka calls attention to a Near Field Communication chip that may be used in the upcoming iPhone 6 from Apple. He writes, "Rumors of near field communications (NFC) support for the iPhone surface nearly every year, and this year's iPhone 6 rumors are no different, with reports split on whether the device will include the short-range communications technology frequently used for mobile payments. A couple of new reports do, however, come down on the side of NFC being included in the iPhone 6."

Such a capability could be used in a mobile payment systems. Such a system may well be unveiled later this year.

The article goes on to say, "The first mention came in a separate leak showing a purported battery from Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone 6 late last week. That report from Taiwanese newspaper Apple Daily also mentioned in passing that the iPhone 6 will include a PN65V NFC chip ...

iPhone 6 announcement expected in September

An article on MacRumors reports that "Rumors and past release date info have thus far pointed towards a September launch date for the iPhone 6, which has now been confirmed by a reliable source that spoke to MacRumors.

Mass shipments of the iPhone 6 from China to the United States are expected to occur during the last two weeks of August and it is likely that Apple will announce the iPhone 6 during the first or second weeks of September. The first deliveries of the device will come later in the month on a corresponding Friday, roughly a week and a half after the event."

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Apple was the main target of patent trolls in 2013

When you're the big man on campus, it seems like everyone is out to get you. That may have been exactly the case with Apple in 2013 regarding so-called "patent trolls."

Buster Hein at Cult of Mac reports, "A new study from legal analytics firm Lex Machina found that in 2013 Apple was the most frequent target of patent lawsuits, followed by Amazon at No. 2, as both companies came under heavy fire from a group of 10 “patent monetization entities” (aka patent trolls) that were responsible for a staggering 13 percent of the 6,092 patent-infringement suits filed last year."

The patent system in the U.S. may be due for a reform as many high-tech companies have lobbied for changes in the system.

Read the full article at Cult of Mac

Google-NSA relationship revealed through emails

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The report states:
"Disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the agency’s vast capability for spying on Americans’ electronic communications prompted a number of tech executives whose firms cooperated with the government to insist they had done so only when compelled by a court of law.

But Al Jazeera has obtained two sets of email communications dating from a year before Snowden became a household name that suggest not all cooperation was under pressure.

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