UN alleges Saudi crown prince linked to hacking of Bezos’ iPhone

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Jeff Bezos’ iPhone X was allegedly hacked.
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Allegations that the ruler of Saudi Arabia played a role in hacking Jeff Bezos’ phone made headlines around the world today. A forensic report indicates this was supposedly an iPhone X, and a WhatsApp account was used.

Bezos is more than the CEO of Amazon — he’s also the owner of The Washington Post, which has been critical of Mohammed bin Salman, the crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

AirPods 2 with wireless charging hit lowest price yet [Deals & Steals]

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And get a 10.2-inch iPad for under $280!
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Pick up Apple’s second-generation AirPods complete with a Wireless Charging Case at their lowest price yet, thanks to a $39.01 discount from Amazon. It’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup.

Others include:

Find all these and more in our live blog below!

How to block privacy-invading read receipts in email

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An untracked, artisanal email.
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Did you know that your boss might be tracking when you open and read her emails? Or that anyone who operates a mailing list can see when you open their emails, thanks to read receipts?

But did you also know that it’s trivially easy to block read receipts? You can make your overreaching boss think that you never read her emails, or at least make her a bit more paranoid. Email tracking uses something called tracking pixels. Let’s see how to block them, and disable email read receipts on Mac and iOS.

Google finds 5 privacy vulnerabilities in Safari’s privacy tools

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Apple's innovative Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature had some big flaws.
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Google’s security researchers unearthed some huge security vulnerabilities in Safari that let users’ online behavior to be tracked.

Ironically, the researchers found the vulnerabilities in the Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature Apple added in 2017 to shield users from tracking in the first place.

Get 77% off great Just Mobile accessories for iPhone, Apple Watch

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The prettiest Apple Watch dock money can buy?
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Treat yourself to some awesome new Apple Watch and iPhone accessories with up to 77% off Just Mobile products in the Cult of Mac Store.

You’ll find iPhone cases and screen protectors, Apple Watch charging stands, and portable battery packs all reduced to some of their lowest prices to date. Prices start at just $7.95!

But be quick — this sale must end next week!

Foxconn founder swears Wisconsin plant will pop up this year

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Foxconn founder Terry Gou (right) says he's making the U.S. a bigger focus in 2020.
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Apple’s top supplier is promising to start production at its Wisconsin plant sometime in 2020, even though the company already fell short of previous goals.

Foxconn founder Terry Gou made some vague promises about the plant to employees at a party in Taipei earlier this month. Gou, who secured $4 billion in tax incentives for the plant, said he plans to spend a lot of time in the United States this year and wants key employees to come with him.

Apple Watch bands lets you sport your Super Bowl colors

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For fans of the 49ers.
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You don’t have to paint your face or project primal screams to show which team you hope hoists the Super Bowl trophy.

Affinity Bands offer a well-designed and understated way to show your colors with Apple Watch bands and AirPods holders with official logos for either the San Francisco 49ers or Kansas City Chiefs.