FOUR STO­RIES NOT TO MISS

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1 MI­CROSOFT PATCHES XP

Mi­crosoft was forced to up­date its out-of­ser­vice Win­dows XP twice in the wake of leaked US mal­ware tools be­ing put to use by hack­ers. Tools ini­tially de­vel­oped by the NSA were de­ployed by hack­ers to launch a ran­somware at­tack called Wan­naCry, which locked ma­chines across the globe .

2 COURT PLUNDERS PI­RATE BAY

Pi­rate Bay has been ruled il­le­gal by the Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice of the EU af­ter a seven-year bat­tle through the courts. Ac­cord­ing to the ECJ, Pi­rate Bay “plays an es­sen­tial role in mak­ing those works avail­able,” even if it doesn’t host the ma­te­rial. The rul­ing could see BitTor­rent in­dex­ing sites across Europe blocked.

3 UBER IN SEX­UAL HA­RASS­MENT CAR CRASH

Taxi app Uber suf­fered an­other PR pileup as the com­pany’s cul­ture came un­der scru­tiny. Twenty em­ploy­ees were fired over sex­ual ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions, CEO Travis Kalan­ick stepped down over a re­port into the firm’s toxic cul­ture, while a male board mem­ber stepped down af­ter mak­ing a sex­ist joke at an an­ti­ha­rass­ment meet­ing.

4 AP­PLE UN­CLEAR ON THE MAC PRO’S FU­TURE

Ap­ple has left Mac Pro users con­fused over whether there is a new ver­sion of the top-end ma­chine on the way, as the firm sug­gested in April. Ap­ple says that its newly un­veiled, US$4,999 iMac Pro will be the most pow­er­ful Mac ever when it ar­rives in De­cem­ber, but the ma­chine is by no means a di­rect re­place­ment for the ex­pand­able Mac Pro, of which there was no men­tion dur­ing its de­vel­oper con­fer­ence.

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