A lot has been happening in tech recently. And most of all, today, we have to (unfortunately) choose our top three news stories. Here we go.
FBI Might Hack iPhone Without Apple
In a surprising turn of events in the Apple v. FBI case, the Department of Justice has cancelled a court hearing, citing a breakthrough that may allow them to hack into the iPhone used by the San Bernardino attacker Syed Farook without Apple’s help.
"As the FBI continued to conduct its own research, and as a result of the worldwide publicity and attention to this case, others outside the U.S. government have continued to contact the U.S. government offering avenues of possible research. On Sunday, March 20, 2016, an outside party demonstrated to the FBI a possible method for unlocking Farook’s iPhone. Testing is required to determine whether it is a viable method that will not compromise data on Farook’s iPhone," Federal authorities said.
The government did not reveal the identity of the ‘outside party’ who offered to help with the case, however, they did admit being “cautiously optimistic” about the ordeal. The FBI have until April 5 to provide an update. Apple lawyers did not consider this a legal victory, and fear that the standoff would be back to square one within a couple of weeks.
Alibaba to Enter India’s eCommerce Market
Chinese eCommerce giant Alibaba is all set to enter the eCommerce scene in India this year. The company plans to build its business in an organic fashion or contemplate other opportunities for expansion.
“We are planning to enter the e-commerce business in India in 2016. We have been exploring very carefully the e-commerce opportunity in this country, which we think is very exciting on the backdrop of Digital India. We have investments in both payments and e-commerce already and we will over the course of next year will figure about exactly what our strategy is,” said J. Michael Evans, President, Alibaba Group.
Intel Founder Andy Grove Passes Away
Former Intel CEO and Chairman Andrew Grove died at the age of 79. Grove founded Intel in 1968 along with Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore, and was a key figure in directing Intel to focus on Microprocessors rather than memory chips. He became the company’s President in 1979 and CEO in 1987, and led the Board as Chairman from 1997 to 2005.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of former Intel Chairman and CEO Andy Grove. Andy made the impossible happen, time and again, and inspired generations of technologists, entrepreneurs, and business leaders,” said Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel.