TIANJIN, CHINA - 2017/10/01: Chinese customers are trying the new iPhone 8 in an Apple store. In Sept., iPhone 8 arrived on the market, but in many Apple retail stores around the world queues disappeared, especially in China, even though the actual selling price has declined, which is very rare. (Photo by Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images)

A court in Munich has ruled in favor of Qualcomm Tech against Apple—whom it alleges infringed patents on the tech company's battery-saving technology.

Apple plans to appeal the verdict, however Qualcomm paid a €1.3 billion ($1.2 billion) bond to get the iPhone models 7 and 8 (the models which use the technology in question) off the shelves in Apple stores and third-party locations alike. Only the iPhone XS and iPhone XR will be available to purchase for the time being.

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A report released yesterday by the Inspector General for the Department of the Interior concluded that National Park Service (NPS) officials did not alter records on crowd sizes at President Donald Trump's inauguration. The report also found that NPS officials did not leak unauthorized information to the press about a phone call between Trump and Acting NPS Director Michael Reynolds:

We did not find evidence to substantiate any of these allegations. All of the witnesses we interviewed denied that the NAMA official instructed staff to alter records for the inauguration or to remove crowd size information. We also found no evidence that the public affairs employees released any information to the media about the President’s phone call, or that the employee who responded to Reynolds’ request was required to go through the chain of command.

Trump, often through embattled White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, has quibbled over the size of the crowd that attended his inauguration ever since the National Park Service retweeted a post comparing the crowd size at Trump's inauguration to the larger crowd at former President Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration. Two aerial photographs of the National Mall (seen below) reveal large patches of empty space during Trump's swearing-in, spaces the crowds filled at Obama's ceremony. Photographers captured the respective ceremonies around the same time of day, Trump's at 11:04 AM and Obama's at 11:30 AM.

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[DIGEST: The Atlantic, Business Insider, Washington Post, LiveScience]

If you’re like most people, you sleep with your smartphone within reach. Maybe you’re even guilty of doing some pre-bed emailing, Facebook scrolling or news reading. Scientists say that evening ritual may be hurting your sleep.

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[DIGEST: CBS, Fortune]

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has found nothing of significance on the iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook. The FBI spent many months analyzing the phone's contents, under the belief might hold clues about the plans and contacts of the attackers, who killed 14 people during a holiday gathering in December. According to an anonymous source with knowledge of the FBI's activities, the Bureau will continue to review the information seized in the investigation.

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[DIGEST: Wall Street Journal, New York Times]

In court papers filed on Monday, the government announced it had cracked the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters and no longer needs Apple's help to unlock the device. The government intends to drop the legal case against the company.

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