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    Wow. Looking at the requirements, it seems like a private Apple would be a mess for all but very wealthy investors.
 I'm not much of an expert on private companies, but wouldn't this make it very difficult for the proposed Apple shareholders to sell their stock? Since it would no longer be publicly traded, it seems like it would really reduce liquidity. How do you even sell a private stock? Would you have to post an ad and find a buyer?  That could work for really large investors, but seems difficult for smaller holders.   Plus, without the same reporting requirements of a publicly...
 I think the difference is that Bill Gates was talking about humanitarian needs (i.e. food, water, vaccines, etc...).  As I understand, Facebook isn't doing this as a humanitarian venture but as a business venture.  Whether FB can make money off this is less certain, but they aren't trying to address 'needs' they are trying to provide a service for money.
 I'm not sure how much has been televised, but it is more than blogs reporting it. A number of national and international news sources have covered / are covering it:http://money.cnn.com/2015/07/27/technology/android-text-hack/http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/android-flaw-could-let-hackers-take-over-phone-text-n399016http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/android-stagefright-hack-make-protected/story?id=32738151http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33689399 It looks like at...
 It is national news – https://www.google.com/search?q=stagefright+android  shows thousands of stories on it.
Maybe I'm missing something, but doesn't this just mean that Cortana can access the microphone while it is running? It seems like giving it access to that while running would be no different than giving it access to the mouse or keyboard and wouldn't require access to the Mac file system or other devices. Of course any increased access could unearth a security flaw (like if the microphone allowed access to other devices) but the risk here seems much lower than giving it...
 I'd guess cost is only part of the equation. From what I recall, a WiFi chip uses a lot more power than a low-power Bluetooth chip (200-300 mA peak vs 15), so I'm guessing they are trying to use BT so they can increase battery life.
 From a security standpoint, having all computers air gapped (physically disconnected from the Internet) is best. But, when you have remote development at several sites, are interacting with other vendors, or your employees need to be able to access outside information, this may not be easy. The issues here isn't that the R&D computers were accessible _from_ the Internet (i.e. they probably didn't have a public IP address and probably couldn't be connected to by a...
 The 'watering hole' tactic is to place code in a legitimate website that people in your targeted organization may visit. When they do, this code infects their computer.
 I think Apple helped form ARM, but the original ARM ISA (and first couple of chip core designs) were done by Acorn (British).
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