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3. Silicon Valley tech titans face bans from Russia under new law
Russia may soon be able to ban Silicon Valley giants, including domestic Russian startups and businesses, if they do not store Russian customer details and data inside the country. This is reportedly so the country's security and intelligence services can snoop on its citizens' data. Unlike the U.S. and other countries, Russia doesn't have the legal power to force foreign companies to hand over data. The government may force Internet providers in the country to block sites and services that fail to comply.
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4. Apple bought 24 companies in 18 months
In the past year-and-a-half, Apple has made two-dozen acquisitions (which we know of), chief executive Tim Cook announced at the company's fiscal second quarter earnings. That includes HopStop, BroadMap, Embark, Locationary, Topsy, Novauris and PrimeSense. That's up from 15 acquisitions in 2013, according to Cook in October. Despite having more than $159 billion in cash in the bank, Cook previously said he wasn't going to "buy something for the purposes of just being big." He added on the call that it has to work "culturally" with Apple's mindset and mentality.
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5. Brazil has its own "Internet Bill of Rights"
Brazil is one of the first countries in the world to adopt an "Internet constitution," guaranteeing principles, rights, and guarantees for Internet users in the country. It comes after President Dilma Rousseff was reportedly directly hit by the Edward Snowden leaks, after the U.S. National Security Agency was found to have spied on her communications. Brazil continues to work towards laws that require Brazilian data to be stored domestically, outside of the hands of prying eyes.