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Pentagon approves iOS 6 devices: The Department of Defense said Friday that it has approved Apple iPhones and iPads running iOS 6 for use on its networks, meaning that the department can now issue those devices to its employees.

In a release Friday, Pentagon said that Apple would join BlackBerry and Samsung on the short list of commercial smartphone makers whose devices have met its security standards.

FCC chair nominee will sell holdings in AT&T, Verizon: Tom Wheeler, who has been nominated to become the next Federal Communciations Commission chairman, will sell his holdings in AT&T and Verizon, as well as numerous other technology companies to avoid a conflict of interest.

Files released from the Office of Government Ethics on Thursday, The Hill reported, show that Wheeler has also agreed to resign from the board of directors of EarthLink and several other positions that provide — or could give the appearance of — a conflict f interest.

Meanwhile, Julius Genachowski officially stepped down as FCC chairman Friday and joined the ranks of the Twitterverse, under the handle @JGenachowski.

Mignon Clyburn, who has been an FCC commissioner since 2009, will act as interim chairman while Wheeler goes through the confirmation process.

Lawmakers ask about Google Glass, privacy: Several lawmakers have asked Google to provide more information on how its Glass headset may affect the privacy of users and non-users alike.

Members of the bipartisan privacy caucus shared eight questions in a letter to the company, asking a range of questions including whether the device will have facial recognition technology and whether Google is considering amending its privacy policy to address Glass-specific issues.

The company said in a statement, “We are thinking very carefully about how we design Glass because new technology always raises new issues. Our Glass Explorer program, which reaches people from all walks of life, will ensure that our users become active participants in shaping the future of this technology.”

Apple’s Cook to testify on the Hill: Apple chief executive Tim Cook, along two other prominent company executives, will speak before the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations next week to talk about corporate taxes.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Cook said that he plans to propose his own “dramatic simplification” of corporate tax laws at the hearing, which will take aim at companies that move profits overseas to lower their tax payments.

He said that the plan is designed to encourage companies to bring foreign earnings back into the United States and invest that money in job creation as well as research and development.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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