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Hacker who stole nude photos of celebrities gets 18 months in prison

Ryan Collins ran a two-year phishing scam to gain the passwords of more than 100 people, including Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna and Avril Lavigne

The hacker who stole nude photos of female celebrities in 2014 has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison, officials announced on Thursday.

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Porn sneaks into iOS 10 GIF search, Apple frantically removes all evidence

Apple is on a moderation spree after users found pornography in iOS 10. The NSFW images were discovered in iMessage’s new GIF search feature, leaving a very red Apple scrabbling to ban search terms.

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Apple admits celebrity accounts hacked but denies iCloud breach

Apple admitted that some of its most famous customers’ iPhone accounts were invaded by hackers, as US law enforcement investigates the mass leak of intimate photographs of more than 100 celebrities.

Its central iCloud systems were not breached in the attack, despite claims by the hackers, Apple stressed, averting a wider threat that might have affected all iPhone owners.

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Pandora deal helps indie musicians get noticed on internet radio

Pandora’s relationship with music labels hasn’t exactly been cozy, with more than a few legal disputes over royalties. Today, though, it’s extending an olive branch. The internet radio service has forged a deal with the Merlin rights agency’s 20,000-plus indie labels to help their artists get discovered.

The move will use Pandora’s music discovery techniques to bring “additional exposure” to these musicians when they’re relevant to listeners. They’ll also have direct access to playback data (to help decide on set lists and tour locations), and they’ll get custom communication channels to reach fans.

The agreement is big, whether you’re an up-and-coming artist or just want to hear music beyond the big three record companies. Merlin’s labels represent about 10 percent of streaming music worldwide, so you’re likely to notice if you listen to enough tunes. Of course, this isn’t quite a selfless gesture.

On top of the extra attention it draws to Pandora, the pact gives the company a better shot at offering service outside of the US. It has offerings in Australia and New Zealand, but the lack of direct artist connections has made it hard to expand elsewhere. That may prove crucial — Pandora has to compete against international heavyweights like Apple and Spotify in the online radio space, so it might not want to depend on one country for its success.

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