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Apple's Cook meets with Chinese vice premier following report of iCloud hack in China

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday met in Beijing with Ma Kai, China's vice premier, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua, and "exchanged views on protection of users' information." The meeting came just days after a report emerged that indicated Chinese-based hackers had attacked users of Apple's iCloud cloud storage service in the country.

AT&T fired employee who accessed personal info of around 1,600 customers

AT&T said it fired an employee who gained unauthorized access to personal information on around 1,600 customers, including their Social Security and driver's license numbers. Nearly all of the customers affected were wireless customers, according to AT&T.

Apple highlights privacy safeguards amid concerns over user data being compromised

Apple  put a major new focus on how it safeguards its users' private information and launched a website to keep its customers better informed of how their data is stored and protected. Meanwhile, amid concerns that its new iPhones and forthcoming Apple Watch wearable device will be collecting reams of health data, the company reportedly sent emissaries to quell concerns in Congress.

AT&T to close and revamp location-based 'Alerts' marketing program

AT&T Mobility is shutting down its location-based "Alerts" text-message-based marketing program at the end of the month and plans to release an updated version of the service later this year.

NSA, GCHQ target 'leaky' apps to gather data on smartphone users, according to Snowden leak

The National Security Agency and its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters, have been targeting smartphone applications as part of a years-long surveillance effort to gather data such as a smartphone users' locations and the unique identifying characteristics of their phones, according to documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

AT&T shuts down mobile part of AdWorks advertising network

AT&T is shuttering part of its advertising network that had allowed advertisers to deliver ads based on the behavior of AT&T's mobile subscribers. Instead, the company is focusing on tracking subscriber behavior via its U-verse TV service and other internal platforms.

Report: NSA can hack into Apple, Google and BlackBerry smartphone data

The National Security Agency has the ability to hack into and access user data on smartphones running software from Apple, Google and BlackBerry, according to a report from German newspaper  Der Spiegel.

Infonetics: Countering the OTT onslaught with subscriber data

We may all be sick of the phrase "dumb pipe"--as in, "how do operators avoid becoming one?"--but that doesn't mean the question has necessarily been resolved. If anything, operators are more concerned than ever about how to remain relevant as the over-the-top (OTT) players continue to broaden their scope. 

FCC orders carriers to protect customer information residing on devices

The FCC voted to require wireless carriers to protect and safeguard subscribers' information that sits on their smartphones and other mobile devices.

Report: NSA collecting calling records of millions of Verizon customers

The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of customers of a  Verizon Communications subsidiary,  according to a top-secret court order issued in April that was uncovered by The Guardian.