FOUR STORIES NOT TO MISS
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.