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FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, file photo, employees cheer customers as they enter a newly-opened Apple Store in the Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing. Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems announced Thursday, April 24, 2014, they have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

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Apple tightens privacy rules for health apps. "Apple is tightening up its privacy rules to ensure a new generation of health and fitness apps are not thwarted by growing concerns over how developers use personal data," reports the Financial Times' Tim Bradshaw. "The rules will stop personal data collected through Apple’s new HealthKit platform being used to target adverts for products such as weight loss remedies."

White House picks D.C. attorney Danny Marti to be the next “IP czar.” "The White House announced Thursday that it is nominating a new intellectual property enforcement coordinator, known colloquially as the 'IP czar.' He is Washington lawyer Daniel H. Marti," reports The Switch's Nancy Scola. "The position coordinates U.S. law-enforcement strategy around copyright, patents and trademarks. The coordinator's duties, somewhat controversial from the start, include harmonizing the enforcement activities of several federal agencies under the White House's Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement."

Google’s Smith said to be top candidate for U.S. chief technology officer. "Google Inc. executive Megan Smith is close to heading to the White House," reports Bloomberg's Brad Stone and Brian Womack. "Smith, 49, who was most recently a vice president at Google’s X lab, is a top candidate for the role of U.S. chief technology officer, according to people with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be identified because the process is private."

Hacked? Customers are often last to know. "[For] insiders, news that JPMorgan Chase had been victimized was more confirmation than revelation, just the latest headline from a digital crime wave that shows no sign of ebbing," reports The Washington Post's Craig Timberg, Andrea Peterson and Ellen Nakashima. "But for the millions of customers of JPMorgan Chase, the news reports that began appearing Wednesday were the first indication that their personal information might have been stolen by hackers. Like Target, Neiman Marcus and countless other companies, the nation's largest bank chose to keep evidence of a cyber-crime private until journalists forced the issue."

FTC picks winners in latest robocall-defeating contest; scammers keep scamming. "On Thursday the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the winners of a robocall-defeating contest that the commission held at DefCon in early August," reports Ars Technica's Megan Geuss. "The FTC says it receives 150,000 robocall complaints each month, down from 200,000 per month one year ago."

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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