Google CEO's Twitter Post Back's Apple's Resistance to Court Order

Today's topics include Google CEO Sundar Pichai's reaction to Apple's refusal to help the FBI unlock the iPhone of one of the suspects in the San Bernadino, Calif. mass shooting, Toshiba's new 1 terabyte solid-state drive for laptops, Intel's latest Internet of things products, and Dell's hyperscale-style infrastructure for online carriers.

Tim Cook took a bold public step on Wednesday by announcing that his company will not comply with a federal court order demanding the company help the FBI to unlock the iPhone of one of suspects in the killing of 14 people in San Bernardino Calif. on Dec. 2.

Now, Google CEO Sundar Pichai is offering his thoughts. On Wednesday, Pichai tweeted that Cook's public comments are important and user privacy could be compromised if companies are forced to enable hacking.

Pichai added that he looks forward to thoughtful and open conversation on the issue, which will have a profound impact on technology companies and cell phone owners alike.

Toshiba had two big stories this week. On Tuesday, Toshiba's U.S.-based storage division launched a 1TB solid-state drive for end-user devices.

Then on Wednesday, the same division announced that Dell will be the first original equipment manufacturer to use a second new SSD inside its enterprise servers.

The drives are designed specifically for commercial notebooks and desktop PCs as well as consumer upgrades and high-end notebook applications.

The upcoming Embedded World 2016 show will feature a broad array of hardware and software from Intel, all focused on making it easier for developers to create new products for the Internet of things.

The chip maker will roll out new developer kits, software tools and modules aimed at reducing the complexity of creating Internet of things devices and services while also cutting the time it takes to bring them to market.

Dell is preparing to unveil a new and highly flexible rack-level infrastructure offering. It's designed to help carriers and cloud service providers address the changing demands accompanying the rapid growth of data and emerging trends like the Internet of things as well as 5G networking.

Dell plans to introduce the DSS 9000 at the 2016 Mobile World Congress later this month. The DSS 9000 is influenced by hyperscale system designs used by Web-scale vendors like Google and Facebook, but it will be marketed to service providers and carriers.

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