Patents are a burden and a blessing, depending on how you look at them. For Apple, six pager technology patents from the mid- to late-90s are certainly looking to be more burdensome than a blessing.
At the end of 2013, a great deal of attention was put on the National Security Agency (NSA), and its efforts in acquiring a broad scope of information. Many companies were forced to come forward and outline how they did not work with the agency to collect sensitive data from its customers. Now, Apple and other companies are trying to make sure the NSA’s efforts are even more limited.
Earlier in the week, cybersecurity firm FireEye revealed a vulnerability in iOS called “Masque Attack,” which allows third-party, malicious applications to replace legitimate apps on an iOS device, that can then collect important, secure information right from the device.